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Track of the Week // Tove Styrke “Borderline”

So sorry I haven’t done one of these in so long!! Truth is, although Wi-Fi is as common as anything throughout Asia, there is no guarantee that it will always work so attempting to stream music presented a real modern day hardship most of the times. Therefore, I’d been keeping track of all the new music I’d missed out during my travels for when I return to the UK, which I am now. Good to be back but I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I don’t miss the sunshine…

 

Anyway! One obvious stand-out track that I have just listened to now (and already hooked) is the lead single off Tove Styrke’s latest EP, Borderline released late last year, to be included in her upcoming sophomore album Kiddo.

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This track comes with bags of attitude and fun wordplays. Indeed, this song’s got some of my favourite lyrics, like /I live my life in shackles but I’m borderline free, I used to be blind and I still can’t see/ . It’s clever but it’s cheeky, and it’s cute bouncing on and off the beats.

 

Tove and I actually go way back to my high school days when I used to follow the Idol franchise religiously. On her respective series, Tove merely lost out on the crown to a couple of dudes when she finished third but she has since been tipped by critics all over the world to be the one to watch. Well, if she was anything to write home about then, she certainly is the singer-songwriter everyone should be listening out for in 2015!!

This is not the everyday-Pop-diva Tove I remembered from some tired, rehashed-out reality show, in a surprisingly good way. This track shows that this Swedish powerhouse is capable of reinventing herself to stay fresh and exciting with impressive ease.

 

If you don’t know who Tove Styrke is yet, Borderline is definitely the song to get onboard her love train with!!

 

Love, Oliver

*Borderline – EP is available to download on iTunes here. New album Kiddo is due to release on 16/03.

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Track of the Week: Fall Out Boy “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

Fresh out the oven doesn’t even begin to describe this week’s selection from Fall Out Boy, whose new promotional single The Kids Aren’t Alright was only just released no more than two days ago.

 

American Beauty _ American Psycho

This is the third song we’ve heard from the Chicago band’s much anticipated upcoming sixth album entitled American Beauty / American Psycho, following the smash hit Centuries and the title track – all of which you can instantly download when you preorder the album on iTunes.

The pop-punk ballad opens with pulsing percussions rolling alongside these super catchy whistles, and it only gets better from there as it progresses into a powerful chorus where Patrick Stump scream-sings some rather emotional words. In comparison to the two previously released tracks, The Kids Aren’t Alright by far has the most sentimental characteristics yet, whilst retained is their hyper energy.

The vocals are, as usual, impeccable. Apart from his signature high notes that we’re all too familiar with, Stump also shows off a fair bit of his lower register – listen out for the flawlessly executed verses and bridge.

 

I have to say, the boys are killing it harder than they ever were before the five year hiatus. Who is excited for the album? *hand shoots up*

 

Love, Oliver

*American Beauty / American Psycho is out 19/01 in the UK – preorder on iTunes now.
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The Best Tracks of 2014

As the year of 2014 draws to a close, I look back at the highlights of this year’s music scene. I thought, if I was to compile an album based on the sound that would best represent my 2014 iPod library, what would it sound like? And it ended up sounding something like this…

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Track of the Week: Olly Murs “Seasons”

Never Been Better (Deluxe Edition)

My pick this week may seem unlikely as Olly Murs isn’t exactly the type of artist I would associate my musical taste with. Truthfully, I don’t find Never Been Better any different from his previous records so I guess you could say that he’s found his niche in the industry but as far as the album at hand is concerned, Seasons is a definite standout for me. A brilliant one at that, too.

 

Listen to the slowed down version of the song on Murs’ official Vevo channel:

You can win yourself a copy of Never Been Better for this Christmas here!!

I particularly enjoy the reggae touch in this song, which is a pleasant change from Murs’ usual samey-samey Pop beats. The grooves immediately brought to my mind something that Maroon 5 would do in their earlier years – the good times. 🙂

Before the track made it onto the album, the X-Factor alumni reportedly did a cyber audition for the hitmaker verging on legendary status, Ryan Tedder, who also provides background vocals here. The OneRepublic frontman clearly didn’t select Murs to record this song for no reason. As usual, I feel Tedder has yet again brought the best out of an artist as the improvement in Murs’ vocals is pretty clear to hear.

 

This track’s got all the attributes of a chart-topper – it’s super catchy, very very radio-friendly and I can already visualise a fun and energetic music video (Heart Skips A Beat) for it. Plus, it’s loaded with immense rent-a-rapper potential to become a solid hit in the States so I’d be very surprised if this doesn’t follow the Demi Lovato-duet “Up” as a single.

 

Love, Oliver

*Never Been Better is out on iTunes and Amazon now.

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BANKS Goddess UK Tour – The Ritz, Manchester

If you follow me on Instagram (@oliverinstead), or even had a quick glimpse of my recent IG feed on the sidebar, you would probably remember that I am a proud owner of BANKS‘ debut album entitled Goddess (talk about appropriate album naming). Last night, I was very lucky to be able to watch the goddess herself perform at The Ritz, Manchester!!

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A few months ago, I became aware of this gig purely by chance when I was flipping through a random magazine left on a table at my workplace… out of excitement, I actually ripped the page off!! Initially I was hesitant to let £25 part with my wallet because my current financial state doesn’t exactly allow this sort of luxury to indulge as much as I would’ve liked but as soon as I found out that Josef Salvat, who I previously reviewed (here) was supporting, I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed!! Continue Reading