MACCABEES – MARKS TO PROVE IT
Three years on from their Mercury-nominated, Given To The Wild, Maccabees are back with a fourth album that promises to revisit the intoxicating excitement of their debut. The jittery determination of single ‘Marks To Prove It’ and the sweeping lament of ‘Kamakura’ recall the emotional intensity of Colour It In, but overall the record has a much more mature passion. ‘Spit It Out’ is a touchingly explosive choral hymn and ‘Pioneering Systems’ has a understated melancholic richness reminiscent of Leonard Cohen. Marks To Prove it is still the Maccabees just all grown up.
GENGAHR – A DREAM OUTSIDE
Gengahr have coyly described their career so far as a series of “happy accidents” ,but the pure psych-pop perfection of A Dream Outside is no mistake. The North London quartet’s debut is a fairy tale trance of wistful falsetto melodies, trippy beats and catchy choruses all lovingly drunk on moonshine. A short but delightfully sweet 36 minutes, it’s an effortless listen as the band transverse from woozy wonderings on tracks like ‘Bathed In Light’ to suddenly propelling head first into sonic eruptions like debut single, ‘Powder’.
TITUS ANDRONICUS – THE MOST LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY
A 29 track rock opera about an unnamed protagonist deep in despair following an encounter with his doppelgänger told over five acts. For any other band this would be a disastrous premise for an album, but for Titus Andronicus’ 4th record it’s a mindbending 93 minute exhilarating epic. The record showcases Titus’ full arsenal as they battle larynx swelling hardcore (‘Stranded (On My Own)’) swaggering bar brawl rock (‘Lonely Boy’), Springsteen gypsy punk (‘Fatal Flaw’) and somber minimalism (‘Stable Boy’). Strap in, it’s a helluva ride.
GIORGIO MORODER – DÉJÀ VU
At the grand age of 75, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder is back with his first solo album in over 30 years featuring a superstarheavy line-up (Britney, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie). Sadly the album does not induce déjà vu as it rarely reaches Moroder’s former glories as his distinctive disco is ironically drowned out by cheap overpowering EDM. There are glimpses of pop perfection on the beat heavy ‘Diamonds’ featuring Charli XCX, but Britney’s over auto-tuned cover of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ is enough to bring up anyone’s burger and fries.
MUSE – DRONES
Drones is the sound of Muse disappearing further up their collective nuprog bum holes. A concept album about a protagonist’s indoctrination as a “human drone” and then their defection, it’s a confused record laced in overblown operatics, cliché lyrics (“Love, it will get you nowhere” – ‘Psycho’) and bombastic riffs that’s all been done before (see Marilyn Manson, Queen). There are brief glimmers of the band Muse once were when they occasionally take their foot off the deafening pomp, on the emotive ‘Mercy’ and the heavenly harmonies of title track ‘Drones’.
DISCLOSURE- BANG THAT
Bang That’ is certainly a summer anthem in the making. Disclosure have been playing this track in their DJ sets for a while now but that’s not to say they haven’t been busy behind the scenes, touring the world, churning out remixes of Pharrell and Usher and a collab with Mary J Blige. Bang That’ will be the first single from their upcoming album and with its catchy, bouncy, basey vibes it reminds us why we fell in love with the brothers work in the first place.
DAVID ZOWIE – HOUSE EVERY WEEKEND
This is a seriously strong contender for this year’s summer anthem. With its infectious and repetitive lyrics it really does make you want to be out listening to house every weekend. It’s been making waves behind the scenes for a little while but it’s now being played all over the world and has racked up over 2 million listens on Soundcloud! It’s reached the point where it’s crossing over into the commercial world of radio, and with backing from some of the biggest stations in the UK it’s set to be a massive hit.
SAM FELDT FT. KIMBERLY ANNE – SHOW ME LOVE
Robin S – Show Me Love has got to be one of the most popular bootlegged and remixed tracks in the world and just when you think we’ve had enough of the track, Sam Feldt drops this beauty making us fall in love with it all over again. Signed to Spinnin’ and already hitting more than 6 million streams online, the Dutch deep house prodigy releases this as his first UK single. It features the voice of Kimberly Anne, whose vocals cut through the deep rework of the 90s original. Sam has been named the artist to watch in 2015 by Spotify and with his full house, progression and saxophone riffs we can definitely see why.
TWOLOUD– MOVE (SHOWTEKEDIT)
Showtek add their edge to Twoloud’s ‘Move’, their edit of which offers nothing but raw electro with bass chords and big beats with a ragga breakdown building tension for the drop. This track just makes you want to jump. Strong enough to be a festival and club game changer this summer, the Dutch brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen give us hope that there’ll be more productions like this coming before the end of the year.
ISHI – PUSH IT (CAZZETTE VS. ISHI REMIX)
This time Swedish Producer iSHi has teamed up with label buddies Cazzette for a remix of ‘Push It’, which was premiered during their main stage set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. Going off the incredible crowd reaction this is guaranteed to be a house hit this year. You may be familiar with iSHi whose production work includes the likes of Rihanna, Emeli Sande and Tinie Tempah and now it’s time he stole the limelight himself. There are also rumours of a forthcoming album and with the contacts he has we can only assume a star studded A-class line-up which I can’t wait to hear if this track is anything to go by. Tune in to the Charlie Hedges presents podcast every Friday on soundcloud and itunes. For more Charlie hedges facebook.Com/charliehedgesfriends twitter.