Here are four albums that have been released over the last month or so that we just can’t get enough of!
James Blake – The Colour in Anything
It’s been three years since James Blake released his second album ‘Overgrown’, which earned him the Mercury Music Prize and since then his career has grown and grown. Blake has worked with some huge names in the music industry like Chance the Rapper and Beyoncé and his third studio album ‘The Colour in Anything’ has some awesome musical appearances also. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon joins Blake for a beautiful duet on the track ‘I Need a Forest Fire’ and ‘My Willing Heart’ was co-written by Frank Ocean. Blake has noted in interviews that ‘The Colour in Anything’ is meant to represent a transformation, a personal and musical transformation and one that we just can’t get enough of. The album is 76 minutes of beautifully haunting vocals that keep you hooked the whole time and has most definitely been worth the wait.
Kygo – Cloud Nine
Cloud Nine is the debut studio album from Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo. He first gained recognition with his remix of the track ‘I See Fire’ by Ed Sheeran which has over 60 million views on YouTube and in 2014 he released his first single ‘Firestone’, which was an international hit. Kygo is one of the pioneers of ‘tropical house music’, that soothing, feel good sound that was made for relaxing in the sun. The album contains 15 tracks that give off some serious tropical house/deep house vibes. Every track has a vocal collaboration on it and Kygo has managed to get some pretty good names like Tom Odell, John Legend, Foxes and Labrinth onto the album. The album is 55 minutes of rippling tropical house that make you long for summer that little bit more as you listen.
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead are back with their ninth album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, and gave fans a bit of a treat by dropping a surprise first track from the album, ‘Burn the Witch’, before the album was officially released. The album combines Radiohead’s great songwriting abilities with twisted vocals, amazing string arrangements and delicate piano work. There’s even a bit of nostalgia to the album as the band has used older material for the start and finish of the album that has been given a bit of a rework. ‘True Love Waits’ is a song that’s been loved by many since the mid-90s and is now finally on the album. It’s had a few key structural chords removed but it’s packed full of rippling pianos, a beautifully fitting end to another great album.
Katy B – Honey
This is Katy B’s third studio album and one which sees her making a return back to her original sound of underground dubstep and dance. ‘Honey’ expands her musical sound, and she has used a number of different producers to help her incorporate sounds like grime and drum ‘n’ bass to the album. She worked with DJ Hannah Wants on the track ‘Dreamers’ and for the most pop-orientated track on the album she ropes in Major Lazer to help produce. We’re sure you’ll all remember one of the catchiest tracks on the album ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble), which was released last October and reached Number One in the UK, and although the other tracks aren’t quite as catchy they definitely don’t disappoint. What’s so great about ‘Honey’ is how every track is different, she switches things up, but the one thing that ties them altogether is Katy’s distinctive voice and she shows listeners just what UK grime and dance can sound like.