Nerve’s New Music Monday – 23/10/2017

Missed this week’s New Music Monday on Nerve Radio? Fear not, you can get the details on all the fresh tracks we played on the latest show right here!

This week Joshua Coase was joined by Nerve Radio Presenters James Stephenson and Maddi Zoe. You can view their favourite new tracks they picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!

You can listen to the show in full here!

Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week

Tom Tripp – Stand

Tom Tripp - Stand

Tom Tripp is a young up and coming artist from North London who is starting to get increasing attention in the music industry of late following the release of the track Pamela in August.

That song really caught my attention, with its catchy chorus and clever lyrics and I was very excited to find out that he had dropped his first EP on Friday.

This EP, RED, has a very electronic, R&B feel to it and features his first two singles which I am a big fan of, Pamela and Aurelia.

Aurelia, which Tom released just over a year ago on SoundCloud was the first time he had sung on a track, which is very surprising considering that he has a great voice. He has taken confidence from the feedback he received and now thankfully his vocals feature on all his songs.

Stand is the brand-new track to be released by the 21-year-old and if you are a fan of The Weeknd then you will definitely like Tom Tripp!

Alxndr London – Bed Bugz

Alxndr London - Bed Bugz

There is something very unusual about this track and there is also a lot of mystery which surrounds the artist, Alxndr London.

There isn’t too much information on the singer from the London but his musical influences are very diverse, ranging from Amy Winehouse to Nao.

This track, Bed Bugz, certainly has a gospel influence and Alxndr’s vocals and music production is a blend of soul, R&B and techno.

The singer released his latest EP just under a month ago titled Today and while April is the feature single, Bed Bugz is my favourite track and I look forward to hearing more from this artist in the future.

Michael Kaneko – Lost In This City

Michael Kaneko - Lost In This City

Michael Kaneko is a Japanese musician who is beginning to bring his music to a wider audience as we await the release of his new EP Westbound on October 25th.

Lost In This City is one of the tracks which has been released recently to promote Michael’s new EP and I discovered YouTube videos of him performing this sweet summer song back in 2013.

Why the track has only made its way onto Spotify and other streaming services in the past few weeks I have no idea, but I’m glad that we all get a chance to listen to it now!

This track really takes you back to the summer and would be perfect to listen to on the beach (although perhaps not Bournemouth beach at this time of year).

MGMT – Little Dark Age

MGMT - Little Dark Age

MGMT are finally back. Four years on from the release of their last new material, the duo have released this dark and mysterious track fittingly titled Little Dark Age.

This will be the title track from their forthcoming album and if this song is a sign of things to come then the LP is going to be a complete contrast to the first one which they released 10 years ago, Oracular Spectacular.

That outstanding album really put the Australian duo on the map, with tracks such as Time To Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids featuring up-lifting catchy synth melodies, contrasted with lyrics of a dark undertones.

Little Dark Age still features the weird, wonderful and sometimes sinister lyrics, delivered in a gloomy monotone style by lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden but the music to accompany it also echoes this tone in this track.

The minor key, metallic synth pop riffs are like something which you would hear in the science fiction film like Tron and that makes this piece of music unlike anything you have heard on this show before or perhaps ever will again.

Maddi Zoe’s Tracks Of The Week

Track reviews below written by Maddi Zoe

Mikky Ekko – Light The Way

Light The Way

Mikky Ekko has been releasing EPs since 2009 but only released his first single We Must Be Killers in 2012.

He also co-wrote and featured on Rihanna’s Stay in 2013. His upcoming album Fame is only his second studio album.

This new song Light The Way is his 8th single released. I chose it because Mikky Ekko sticks in my mind as a favourite artist from my favourite TV show MTV’s Teen Wolf and I think he has a great unique sound.

Nick Jonas – Home

Nick Jonas - Home

Nick Jonas actually started solo back in 2002 and then joined forces and formed The Jonas Brothers in 2005.

The Jonas Brothers released four studio albums, as well as featuring in Disney’s Camp Rock.

They split up in 2013 and Nick went solo again. This new song Home is for the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand. I chose this track because I have a weak spot for Nick Jonas’s music and this song is really uplifting.

James Stephenson’s Tracks Of The Week

Track reviews below written by James Stephenson

Taylor Swift – Gorgeous

Taylor Swift - Gorgeous

Taylor Swift is back with her third single from her upcoming  album, Reputation. Gorgeous is probably the best thing she’s released so far from her new material.

It is a relatively tight pop track with a lovely harmonic hook, it may not be the best thing she’s ever done, but it represents a welcome return to form after Reputation’s first two singles left me feeling cold.

Kygo – Kids In Love (Feat. The Night Game)

Kygo - Kids In Love

Kygo’s latest EDM anthem sees him team up with The Night Game, an 80s-infused band whose single The Outfield is one of my absolute favourite songs in the world right now.

Combining their two unique sounds together, Kids In Love is a soaring, energetic track with a fantastic lead vocal.

Joshua Coase’s Album Of The Week

Jessie Ware – Glasshouse

Jessie Ware - Glasshouse

Jessie Ware first came onto the scene in 2012 with the single Wildest Moments and I instantly became a fan of the singer-songwriter from London.

Her debut album Devotion peaked at number five in the UK Official Album Chart and with tracks like Running, Night Light and Sweet Talk it quickly became one of my favourite albums of the year.

While I was aware that Jessie was back this year with new releases it wasn’t until the release of the single Alone that I got excited about hearing this album.

Alone is a beautifully written song and the acoustic version on the deluxe version of the album is well worth listening to.

Other singles Midnight and Selfish Love are accompanied by some strong album tracks which see Jessie try her hand at different music styles. Your Domino, Hearts and Sam are a few of my favourites.

Other Albums To Check Out This Week

Niall Horan – Flicker

George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged

Giraffage – Too Real

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