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This week Joshua Coase went solo in the studio to bring you eight fresh new releases which have caught his eye as well as his Album Of The Week! You can view his favourite new tracks he picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!
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Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week
Emeli Sande – Soon (Feat. Dave East)
Emeli Sande marked her return to the scene with the release of Starlight back in September, which I featured on the very first week of this show!
I was surprised about how quickly the singer-songwriter has released new material following the release of her second album Long Live The Angels just 18 months ago, but here she is and she has just dropped her new EP Kingdom Coming.
The EP marks a contrast to the music that is usually associated with Emeli but it is a welcome transition as the Scottish singer experiments with new sounds to tell powerful stories which many can relate to.
Over the course of the EP she collaborates with Wretch 32, Giggs and Dave East, who features on this track, Soon. Dave provides a hip-hop element to this track which focuses on Emeli wishing to visit her ex but has find it difficult to do thus far as life always seems to get in the way.
Dave – Question Time
This single by Dave was released a few weeks ago and caught my attention. While I decided not to feature in the show that week I feel like the time is right to play it now as it coincides with the release of his new EP, Game Over, as well as recent political events.
The South London-born grime artist, whose full name is Santan Dave first entered the music scene when he was 16 with a desire to pursue in art in some form. He initially tried his hand at animation and then piano, before deciding to express himself through rap.
This politically charged rap track is not the type of music which I would commonly listen to but Dave has found a way to grab my attention with his ability to tell his stories through rap and minimalistic backing.
If you are a fan of rap music in general or appreciate listening to good stories being expressed through music then check out his EP. While Question Time stands out, How I Met My Ex is also well worth a listen.
Shallou – You & Me
This is a brand new release from Joe Boston, aka Shallou. The artist originally from Rockville, Maryland moved to Chicago where he began making electronic music in his bedroom, a place where many artists often start their careers in this day and age.
Shallou already has over 23 million total streams on Spotify, producing music which is fundamentally electronic, but with certain indie elements.
In his own words, he describes his music as “happy/sad” and I think that is certainly demonstrated in this track titled You & Me. The ambient electronic instruments in this track provide light and shade in a song which has bright as well as dark elements.
Easter Island Statues – Bow & Arrow
The Easter Island Statues are a three-piece alternative-rock band from Oxford who described themselves as being a mixture of The Breeders, The Ramones and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Over the summer the band have been working on their first EP, Why Don’t You Live In The Garden? It is due for release on December 15th and I had the pleasure of listening to it ahead of release last week after vocalist Donald Campbell got in touch with me via the Nerve Radio Facebook page.
Bow & Arrow is the first single to be released from the forthcoming EP and the track has been featured on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing in Oxford.
The band are on the rise and have been picked by BBC Introducing to play the quarterly BBC Uprising event at the O2 Academy in February 2018.
If you are a fan of indie-rock bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Vaccines and any of the other bands mentioned above then you will definitely be a fan of the Easter Island Statues.
Tom Misch – Movie
Tom Misch is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/producer from just outside Peckham, South East London.
Tom started out making music three years ago, uploading tracks to Soundcloud, which were mainly 90s hip-hop beats. His music style quickly progressed when he discovered a love for jazz and drew upon inspiration from artists such as J Dilla, Robert Glasper, Bill Evans and Christian Scott.
The producer is certainly making a name for himself and has a growing fan base but despite this success he still records the majority of his tracks in his bedroom in his parents house.
Tom collaborated with Stormzy and Zac Abel over the summer and is now working on his debut album, Geography, which will be released on April 6th next year.
His plans for his album are for it to be a fusion of electronic and live music, giving him a chance to sing and write lyrics to tell his story for the first time. Movie is the first single to be taken from the record and it is a piece of music which is very easy to sit back, relax and listen to no matter where you are.
Freya Ridings – Lost Without You
Freya Ridings is a new, upcoming singer-songwriter from London. The 23-year-old only released her first single back in May of this year and I suppose that it is a sign of the times that I’m shocked that she is just only starting out at this age, but I guess that is down to the plethora of artists breaking through at 16 and 17.
Freya’s debut single Blackout very quickly gained popularity, with over 1 million streams on Spotify and she has gone from strength to strength ever since, recently headlining her first two shows in London at the St. Pancras Church and more recently at St Giles on the Field.
Lost Without You is her third single and is a beautiful piano ballad telling the story of regret and letting someone you care about leave your life.
Her stunning vocals and ability to capture the listener very much remind me of two of my favourite artists, Birdy and Hannah Reid from London Grammar. So if you are a fan of them then I am sure that you will love Freya Ridings.
IDER – Body Love
IDER is an electronic pop duo formed by two best friends from North London, Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville.
The duo came on the scene in 2016 with their single Sorry and followed that up with the track Pulse, quickly drawing attention and praise from Radio 1 DJs Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.
Their song King Ruby features on the FIFA 18 Soundtrack and the duo have just released this new single Body Love, which features an elegant piano melody and pretty harmonies.
The Staves & yMusic – Trouble On My Mind
The Staves are without a doubt one of my favourite groups and I’m delighted to close my tracks of the week with their latest release Trouble On My Mind.
The Stavely-Taylor sisters from Watford, Jessica, Camilla and Emily have some of the most beautiful and pure voices I’ve ever heard and I had the privilege of seeing them perform live two years ago in Bournemouth.
The trio’s second album If I Was, released in 2014 is an iconic album which you must check out if you are a fan of folk pop music. In the wait for their new album, to bridge the gap they released a wonderful EP Sleeping In A Car in 2016 and a double A Side, Tired As Fuck/Train Tracks earlier this year.
The wait for their third studio album is almost over after The Staves announced that The Way Is Read is due for release on 24th November.
Trouble On My Mind is one of the singles which will feature in this new LP and the sisters have teamed up with New York-based ensemble yMusic to produce the album. If this is a sign for what we can expect from the album as a whole then I cannot wait!
Joshua Coase’s Album Of The Week
Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All
Sam Smith is back and has released another hit record which I am sure will go on to top the UK and Global Album Charts for many weeks to come.
The Thrill Of It All does not have the commercial pop hits which so prominently featured in his debut album In The Lonely Hour but he certainly does no need to rely on that to be successful in the industry as Sam has firmly established as one of the UK’s most talented artists, blessed with an amazing, iconic voice.
Sam marked his return with the track Too Good At Goodbyes and has since released two singles, Pray and Burning, which I featured in Monday night’s show.
Those are predominantly piano based songs, but I am a big fan of Sam’s versatility and chose to feature two more up-tempo tracks on the show, One Last Song and No Peace (Feat. YEBBA).
It’s another great record from Sam Smith and while it may not rank as highly for me as his debut album, his song-writing and story-telling is as captivating as ever and it was a no-brainer choosing it as my Album Of The Week!