There's always a time when rumours of old girlbands decide to put their differences aside and reunite. The original Sugababes came back with Flowers, Pussy Cat Dolls performed on the X Factor not so long ago. And there's rumours that Destiny's Child will be getting back together. Last month Beyonce's dad, Matthew Knowles, promised fans that 2020 will be the year they will reunite. Just as I was writing the first draft of this article, a new album was released.
Donyae Asante’s new album Flaws and All is a deeply creative, thoughtful Millennial anthem. While I’m hesitant to characterize the specificity of his work of an entire generation, it moves from wistful clips of winning a speech tournament in high school only to have to delve deep into social media influenced trauma to adapting to the highs and lows of love, sex and everything in between. Asante shows that he’s ready to bare it all without polish or filter.
On October 25, Yes announced and released a box set containing previously unreleased studio material under the title From a Page, along with a re-release of In the Present - Live from Lyon. This has brought the attention of Yes fans back to the days of the following lineup: Benoît David (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Oliver Wakeman (keys), and Alan White (drums).
In the summer of 1984, Eurythmics’ David Stewart and Annie Lennox were commissioned by Richard Branson and Virgin Records to compose a musical soundtrack for Michael Radford’s film version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Eurythmics’ songtrack album was subsequently released one month following the film’s premiere and contained nine songs derived from the instrumental interludes Stewart and Lennox composed for the movie.
Hey everyone! So as you know my hobby is music making—and I have been trying to strike out in a more professional direction in that avenue so I have been uploading a lot of my music to Spotify—I have made hundreds over the years so I am slowly remastering them and uploading them!
I just finished a seven song project called Network. The genre for this project is not singular. It encompasses a broad range of hip-hop, soul, and trap. I meant for these to be truly expressive soundtracks of different times in my life. Honesty was a big part of achieving that. I had to say things I hear no one else saying. This is something was very difficult and strenuous as you can imagine. The mission was to give similar messages in a completely unique way. At the same time, it had to remain relatable. I believe people listen to more relatable tracks. It’s feels nice to hear a song that describes something you have gone or are going through.
Released in 1986, Leather Jackets is considered by Elton John himself to be his worst album — "about as close to an unmitigated disaster as anything I've ever released" according to his autobiography . Producer Gus Dudgeon said it was a mad hassle to produce, Elton was in the thick of his cocaine addiction at the time and it was the first Elton John album since Tumbleweed Connection not to yield a top 40 hit charted the worst and probably an album everyone involved in making it would rather forget.
Michael Kiwanuka started his career as a session musician providing the rhythm for acts such as; Chipmunk and Bashy. After this he pursued a solo career spawning four EPs: Tell Me A Tale EP (2011), iTunes Festival: London 2011 (2011), I'm Getting Ready EP (2011) and You've Got Nothing To Lose (2014) as well as three studio albums: Home Again (2012), Love & Hate (2016) and Kiwanuka (2019).
I first stumbled across Umi a few months ago, starting with the tracks "Happy Again" (2017) and "River" (2018). She very quickly became one of my favorite artists, so as you'd expect I got very excited when I saw she released "Love Language" this year. I was even more impressed with the fact that it is a visual album. First-time listeners, please watch the music videos as you listen to the album. It makes all the difference.
New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Angel Witch have returned with their fifth studio album Angel of Light, their first album since 2012s As Above, So Below.
Simply Red have been a personal favourite of myself and my parents for many, many years. So, you could imagine my excitement when I heard a new album was on the way.