We Get The Run Down Of Top Nu Sounds To Get You Moving This Spring.
We catch up with resident music writer Jessica Howkins as she brings us the nu sounds and top chart releases this spring.
Nelly Furtado The Ride
The video for lead single, Pipe Dreams, sees Nelly hauled up in a squat whilst someone rocks back and forth on a lazy boy, suggesting that the whole ‘Maneater’ period didn’t end well. The Ride is surprisingly the Canadian singer songwriters sixth studio album and is produced by Grammy Award-winning musician John Congleton and there’s a definite eighties John Carpenter vibe going on.
50 Cent- Street King Immortal
A long time coming, Street King Immortal was originally scheduled to be released in 2011 and has in fact had 4 separate release dates – fingers crossed that it is 5th time lucky as 50’s sixth long player is reportedly of a traditional hip hop nature, involving producers such as Alex da Kid, Bangladesh, Cardiak, Dr. Dre, Hit-Boy, Jake One, Jim Jonsin, and Just Blaze among others.
With talk of Coldplay’s last album being on the cards fans have drawn a sigh of relief that this spring’s Kaleidoscope is actually just an EP meaning there’s life in the old Coldplay dog yet. Named after an interlude track on 2015s A Head Full of Dreams, the Link suggests that this period of work remains unfinished business for the band.
Laura Marling Semper Famina
Recorded in LA and produced alongside Blake Mills, Semper Femina is released on Marling’s own label, More Alarming. “I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women.” Lead single Soothing shudders with eroticism as does the self-directed video that accompanies it. Good work.
Depeche Mode – Spirit
With a European stadium tour set to begin in Stockholm in May and with the only UK date being the 3rd July in London, fans will have little time to familiarise themselves with new album Spirit, the fourteenth from the UK’s kings of electronica. Produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and The Last Shadow Puppets fame.
Charli XCX- TBA
With her third album set to be the most pop and electronic influenced of her career, Charli XCX is set to build upon the success of lead single After the Afterparty with a long player packed full of chart friendly hits that will reach the download charts this may on her own label Vroom Vroom. British producer Sophie has been confirmed to be involved in the album’s production, along with producers, BloodPop and Stargate.