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Debuting a new take on covering songs, The 1975 revives their genre-bending style with Sade's By Your Side.

The British quartet have initially dominated the music scene with their indie rock tunes such as Robbers and Settle Down. Only recently did they venture into more velvety aesthetics present in their Sade cover and was introduced in their latest album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, which won them the Best British Group Award at the Brits 2017

Though usual listeners of the Manchester natives found themselves with reservations about the cover because of its extreme vocal filters, we can’t deny that the romantic soundscape that George Daniel brought into the song still encapsulates the delicate style of The 1975.

As a an avid fan of the band, any cover by The 1975 is enough to fill my daily cravings. It would be interesting to hear original songs with this style hopefully in the near future.

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Here’s By Your Side by Sade:

 

Listen to The 1975’s cover here:

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After a 16 month hiatus from music, our homegirl Lana Del Rey is finally back and out of her mystical abode with new single, Love!

Why 'mystical abode,' you may ask? Well, whenever I listen to Lana Del Rey, I get reminded of a peculiar but ethereal force. Perhaps it's her entire pixie aesthetic or maybe just her whole essence. But whatever it is, we're very excited to hear more of her music this year.

Initially titled, Oh, to be young and in love, Lana Del Rey creates a nostalgic realm through Love and its cinematic posters.

 

A teaser for her forthcoming album, Love, revolves around the retro-sounding aesthetic Lana Del Rey is known for. She sings of young lovers and romance, turning it into soulful melodies made majestic by her expressive alto voice - "Look at you kids with your vintage music. Coming through satellites while cruising. You're part of the past, but no, you're the future."

I honestly was not interested in listening to her music during the peak of her career, but this single just changed something in me. I guess you could say that I'm really looking forward to her new record.

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Listen to Love here:

 

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Having been an avid fan of The 1975 since I was 17, it goes without saying that I believe no one can ever perform their songs live as great as they do. 

Though Creeper didn’t necessarily exceed fans’ expectations, the Southampton band was able to transform The 1975's A Change Of Heart into a tender rendition despite being known for the punk aesthetic.

I have yet to hear a cover of this song that would blow me away, but Creeper did a decent job with just vocals and a piano. Though it would have sounded better with a few harmonies in the second verse, it was still a good attempt nonetheless.

Watch the cover here:

 

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There really is no stopping British quartet Glass Animals from constantly bringing us gooey melodies, eh?

Recently gracing the local Laneway stage, there’s no denying that Glass Animals are spectacular live. With this, the lads have stopped by Triple J in the land down under to film a cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.

The cover starts off with a few mellow harmonies before spurring into the band's pleasantly jaunty style – Glass Animals, after all, is known for their bouncy yet chill music.

Nothing could really go wrong with covering a "safe song" like Crazy, but Glass Animals definitely made it their own.

Watch the cover here:

 

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Remember when Ariana Grande had huge curly blonde hair? Me neither.

But a talented artist called Tronicbox on YouTube was able to make our curiosity come to life with photoshopped images of current popstars as 80s singers. Though that’s not the most exciting thing. Tronicbox remixes pop hits and turns them into 80s style anthems!

A few oldies junkies would usually complain how it was so much “better in the 80s,” as if they were already alive in that era. We really can’t blame them as there were a lot of timeless dance-pop anthems in that decade that we still can still hear on the radio today. But Tronicbox was able to merge these two decades into eargasmic tunes that you're going to feel sorry for snubbing current popstars!

If you’re a fan of the synth-based disco era and some glorious riffs, give these remixes a listen and thank us later!

 

 
 

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After being signed to The Vamps’ record label, Steady Records, rising boy band New Hope Club is making waves amongst teenage fangirls – much like their other boy band counterpart The Tide – with their debut music video, Perfume.

Keeping their YouTube page updated with vlogs and covers (like this one), definitely adds up to the exposure. Moreover, every member sings and plays the guitar! Though it might not really come as a surprise since we’ve got former X-Factor contestant Reece Bibby, Paul McCartney’s doppelgänger Blake Richardson, and the charming George Smith.

While the only reason I’ve discovered the band is because of my sister’s contagious obsession, I must say that I’d probably fall in love with them too if I was a couple of years younger. *cue secondary school memories*

With a few hooks here and there, some simple lyrics, and a catchy melody, New Hope Club definitely understands the formula to get younger fans enthralled through Perfume. The music video, though simple, is “not bad” for a debut. Packed with mostly singing parts with slow motions scenes, it surely brings out the teenage kick we’re all guilty of obsessing over a few years ago.

A band to watch out for, New Hope Club proves that honest-to-goodness content is not yet dead. While they might be seen as following The Vamps’ footsteps, it’ll come as no surprise to see New Hope Club on the charts if they only try to mimic no one but themselves and create a unique sound that will further charm our hearts.

Watch the music video here:

 

Photo credit: Thomas Hole

Sunday, 29 January 2017 09:56

New Music Mondays: January 2017 Wrap Up

Time flies when you have a bunch of new music to listen to, eh?

With January 2017 coming to an end, we’re beyond thrilled to share with you five of our top picks for last week’s New Music Friday from Spotify.

Be sure to add these songs to your playlist!

 

 

1000 Nights – FRENSHIP

Mostly known for their well-received single, Capsize, electro-pop duo FRENSHIP is back with a bolder track, 1000 Nights. Merging the celestial vibe of HONNE and the feel-good melodies of OneRepublic, the track definitely deserves a listen.

 

 

Solid Gold – Sam Rui

Debuting this track on her Laneway set, Sam Rui turns intimate club experience into a wave of soulful tunes in Solid Gold - a local talent to watch out for (if you haven't already!)

 

Common Things – Little Comets

Dubbed as the British Vampire Weekend, Little Comets return with the a light narrative about appreciating life's simple pleasures in this radiant track.

 

Valentine – Train

The band behind our secondary school jams is finally back with a brand new song off their new album, a girl a bottle a boat! Just in time for February 14th, Valentine delights listeners to Train’s usual sweet, soft-rock melodies.

 

Another Way – Ten Fé

Reviving the synth-based songs of the 80s, Ten Fé kicks off 2017 with a heart-warming track, Another Way. This is prior to the release of their debut album, Hit The Light, that i'm sure will surprise us with more mellow beats.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:49

The Vamps January 2017 Covers RANKED

The Vamps might be taking separate vacations at the moment, but there's no stopping the British lads from producing content for their fans. Of course, this is through posting covers on YouTube, much like when they were just starting out. 

Treating us with four new covers in January, it's apparent that The Vamps are keeping up with the latest music releases too! Their two Ed Sheeran covers just show how much they adore their fellow British crooner as well, and unsurprisingly they did not disappoint.

Here are the four covers RANKED:

 

4: Sexual  NEIKED (Connor Ball)

There's no denying how much of an all-rounder Connor is. I mean, who needs a band when you can play the drums, bass and lead guitar, and on top of these, sing? Though the cover didn't give much of an impact compared to the others, it still deserves a listen!

 

3: Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran (James Mcvey)

For James, less is more, and this is evident in his effortless cover of Ed Sheeran's Castle On The Hill

 

2: Rockabye – Clean Bandit

Need I say more? Connor's deep alluring basslines and Brad's raspy vocals just make this cover!

 
 

1: Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran (Brad Simpson)

You've probably guesssed it, our favorite cover out of all the others is Brad's rendition of Shape Of You! Though the background and the sound of waves splashing onto the shore are definitely contributing factors, Brad's version gave the song a fresher and breezier vibe!

Photo Credit: Dean Sheerwood

Initially seen as a step backwards from last year’s exciting line up, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017 surprisingly proved that not even a heavy downpour could stop the grandeur the festival continues to execute annually.

Attracting a crowd of thousands were four stages shared by a range of both local and international acts, promised to bring music discovery to a whole new level. Catching a certain band might be every fan’s initial motive to attend the festival, but it’s definitely inevitable not to leave without being captivated by a band’s live music for the first time.

Delighting the slightly small crowd in the early afternoon was Australian artist Tash Sultana performing at the Bay Stage. Though it’s a shame that not even half of the grounds were filled to watch her play the ever so captivating chord progressions in Jungle and effortlessly alternate between a windpipe and an electric guitar.

Switching the mood to a fierier ambience were punk rockers Luca Brasi’s thundering set that attracted a number of hardcore fans, mostly in their teens, who belted out an incomparable energy as they moshed in front of the Garden Stage. All these happened as the rest of the laneway-goers, still transfixed to their seats (aka the ground), watched from afar. For a moment, they were entertained not by the act onstage, but the aforementioned teenage boys’ aggressive yet entertaining moves.

It wasn’t until in the middle of Sam Rui’s set that it started drizzling. But the local act maintained her charm onstage with her atmospheric vocals as she debuted a new single, Solid Gold, played a cover of Jojo’s Too Little Too Late, and endeared her fans with her most popular song, Better. Having been lucky enough to catch KOM_I of Wednesday Campanella after Sam Rui’s set, I was welcomed with the sight of the bubbly Japanese performer being thrown over the crowd while inside an enormous inflatable balloon. Some of her other notable antics at Laneway were giving away free matcha to the crowd and singing on top of a ladder. I must say that this is the level of dedication every artist should have.

Moving on to another local act was shoegaze band Astreal. Considered to be music veterans in the local scene having formed in 1992 as Breed, Astreal didn’t seem to be much of a crowd pleaser as evident from their unexpected shy demeanor.

Enduring what turned out to be heavy rainfall, crowds started gathering in front of the Bay Stage yet again for AURORA’s set. The Norwegian singer-songwriter bewildered us throughout her mystical set, performing songs like Running With The Wolves and Conqueror. Aside from her mesmerizing stage presence and undoubtedly alluring vocals that could just transport you to places, the 20-year-old musical wonder is beyond her age when it comes to communicating with fans. I had the pleasure to meet AURORA and was left almost speechless with her endearing gaze that just translates her genuine appreciation towards her supporters.

Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe was fascinating to watch as he slayed song after song with his quirky dance moves. He was also quick to respond to members of the crowd by reciprocating their greetings with winks and shout outs. The band captivated the crowd with catchy anthems such as Vital Signs and Magnolia and their it was a pity that their outstanding set was limited to only 50 minutes.

On another note, if Tame Impala went metal, it would sound like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It’s spellbinding in a way that just wakes one up, which prepared us for Whitney’s mellow set that happened afterwards. Braving the rain despite being already drenched, I waited right behind the barrier for Whitney like a true dedicated fan and sang along to a few of my favorites, Polly and Golden Days. The band also treated us with a cover of Bob Dylan’s Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You that triggered a male fan to confess his love for the band through deafening screams – though this received giggles from the crowd, it was amusing to see Julien Ehrlich responding with a shrug. For some reason, I was enthralled by Whitney’s “low key” aesthetic and seeing them live just escalated my fondness.

Making up Poptart were Singapore DJs weelikeme and KiDG that brought the party to those who sought for shelter from the rain in the White Room. Catering to the hipster crowd that evening, the duo played songs by Two Door Cinema Club and Grimes, and ended their set with Stereophonic's Dakota.

Returning to Singapore with electrogaze instrumentals were Tycho, who brought out ethereal vibrations through their soft melodies some of which were Awake and A Walk. But what seemed to be the highlight of the festival was Glass Animals’ infectious zest that radiated throughout the crowd as the band hooked everyone with their brilliantly crafted visuals. Bringing all of their album covers to life, every song played was accompanied by enchanting lighting the color of their specific album – blue and purple for Zaba and yellow and orange for How To Be a Human Being. Though let’s not forget the star of the evening, a lone pineapple that was later held up high by Dave Bayley as he performed Pork Soda, and of course, along with a giant inflatable pineapple being passed over the crowd.

Ending the final set on the Bay Stage was Nick Murphy, previously known as Chet Faker, who astonished the exhausted audience with his downtempo music. Though I only got to catch Gold and Fear Less, it’s safe to say that the Australian artist was one of the most anticipated acts of the day, still drawing a large crowd at 11pm with his hazy synths.

Thanks to the unexpected downpour, the enigmatic air of what everyone else would assume taste like the pretentious air or “festival-goers” and their undying obsession with flower crowns, Laneway turned out to be a dynamic gratification that was enjoyable for everyone regardless of age.

 

Text: Teejay Vergara and Ling Donwei

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Ed Sheeran is all about keeping the spotlight to himself this 2017 as he shares with Billboard the real deal about delaying the release of his latest album, ÷ "The plan was to come in September and then the album was meant to come in November, but the week the album was coming out was the week the presidential elections."

Sheeran thought it was a good idea to capture people's full attention without having to share the spotlight with other celebrities who were also making headlines at that time.

A brilliant marketing strategy turned out to be a win-win situation for all parties involved as everyone got their own “time to shine.” Though we’re not obviously ecstatic about Trump, we got some solid records released prior to ÷.

Who and what exactly got in the way of Ed Sheeran’s much-anticipated album release?

 

1.     Donald Trump Got Elected As U.S. President

 

 

2.     Bruno Mars came out of his cave with the smashing “24K Magic”

 
 
 

3.     The Weeknd’s “Starboy” saw the light of day

Will ÷ be worth the wait? I guess we'll just have to see on March 3!

 

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