Nerve Radio’s New Music Monday – 26/02/2018

New Music Monday is back and live on Nerve Radio every Monday at 7pm!  This week Joshua Coase was joined by Nerve Radio Presenter James Stephenson.

The pair our on hand to bring you the best new releases from established and new up and coming artists!

You can listen to the show in full here!

You can listen to all of this week’s tracks on our Spotify playlist here!

You can view their favourite new tracks that they picked for this week along with some artist/track information below!

Joshua Coase’s Tracks Of The Week

Twin Shadow – Saturdays (Feat. HAIM)

Twin Shadow - Saturdays (Feat. HAIM)

George Lewis Jr., AKA Twin Shadow resides in Florida but was born in the Dominican Republic and this week he has released not one but two new singles.

While Little Woman is a good record, it is his collaboration with HAIM in his track Saturdays which makes the cut on this week’s show.

Having previously co-produced for HAIM on both their previous albums, including their track Ready For You, the trio have returned the favour on this track.

These two new singles are promoting his new album, Caer, which is due for release on 27th April.

This song is perfect for a summer road trip and George’s voice reminds me very much of Kings Of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill.

If you wonder what The Vaccines would sound like with an 80s accompaniment, then check out this track.

Rukhsana Merrise – Come My Way

Rukhsana Merrise - Come My Way

Rukhsana Merrise is very much near the top of my list for artists to watch in 2018 and she is back with her first release of the year, Come My Way.

Having first appeared on my radar when featuring on my show in October with her track Talk About It, this release is equally as strong.

If you are a fan of Ray BLK then you will love the sound from this singer from West London, who first made her name back in 2014 when deciding to write, record and release a new song every week of the month.

She then released this as an EP, which was appropriately titled September Songs and it remains her only EP to date.

Rukhsana has differing musical influences, which range from Fleetwood Mac, to HAIM, to Frank Ocean. Not a bad list of inspirations.

PREP – Don’t Bring Me Down

PREP - Don't Bring Me Down

PREP are an alt-soul group who have just released their first track since 2016, when they dropped their debut EP, Futures.

Don’t Bring Me Down is their first single taken from their upcoming EP, Cold Fire, set for and April release date.

Another 80s inspired track to feature on the show this week, this group remind me of Empire Of The Sun and the chorus features one of the most catchy hooks you will in a song this year.

Poppy Ajudha – Spilling into You (Feat. Kojey Radical)

Poppy Ajudha - Spilling into You (Feat. Kojey Radical)

Poppy Ajudha is a UK soul singer making waves in the contemporary jazz scene. Her aim is to reinvent the jazz scene and empower other women.

She has just released her brand-new EP, FEMME and it is her single, Spilling into You stands out for me.

Granted, this track came out a few months ago but I felt it was justified to include it on the show given the fact her EP only came out last Friday.

Joshua Coase’s Album/EP Of The Week

Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman (EP)

Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman (EP)

Charlotte Day Wilson is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada, whose music blends R&B, folk and jazz.

Charlotte’s song writing is her way of confronting things that she’s felt were holding her back and making it hard for her to feel deserving of love, particularly exemplified in her lead single, Doubt.

Her tracks feature wonderful vocals and a smooth backing accompaniment, with her voice reminding me of Lapsley.

Make sure you listen to Let You Down and Nothing New!

Other Albums/EP’s To Check Out This Week

Pale Waves – ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID (EP)

Poppy Ajudha – FEMME (EP)

Vance Joy – Nation Of Two

James Stephenson’s Tracks Of The Week

Track reviews written by James Stephenson

Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel

Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel

After nearly three years away from music to take over the film industry in 2016 with star turns in both Hidden Figures and BP winner Moonlight, Janelle Monae returns with two new singles from her upcoming album, Dirty Computer.

Make Me Feel is the standout of the two, an incredibly tight pop song with some succulent electro beats, and guitar licks that kind of remind me of Prince, which I know is a bold statement to make.

Then again, Prince did work with Janelle before his untimely passing, and he knew talent when he saw it.

Pale Waves – Heavenly

Pale Waves - Heavenly

The perfect band for people who quite like The 1975 but think Matt Healy’s arrogance is impossible to see past, Pale Waves ingeniously switch up the indie rock formula by switching him out for a woman.

Aside from that, Pale Waves are remarkably similar to Healy’s chart-toppers; in fact, they’re both signed to the same label, and The 1975’s frontman even directed one of their music videos last year.

Pale Waves could be as big though, landing 5th in the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 poll, and their new EP, ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID has some terrific indie-bops on it.

Heavenly is the record’s main cut and it is pretty terrific, mainly because it is indistinguishable from a 1975 song. But I really like The 1975.

Lewis Capaldi – Rush (Feat. Jessie Reyez)

Lewis Capaldi - Rush (Feat. Jessie Reyez)

Lewis Capaldi’s been really making a name for himself recently: dubbed as Scotland’s answer to Ed Sheeran, Capaldi has been the support act for Sam Smith and Rag N Bone Man on their recent tours.

Ironically, Capaldi can be best described as a much better Rag N Bone Man. His new single, Rush, is a lighters-in-the-air stadium tour song that combines his anguished vocals and well written lyrics with a big drumbeat and the welcome harmonies of Jessie Reyez.

Capaldi’s new track is like James Morrison’s Broken Strings, but with more gravelly high notes.

Seven Lions – Calling You Home (Feat. RUNN)

Seven Lions - Calling You Home (Feat. RUNN)

This diverse list of picks leads me to EDM, where this producer’s been making waves for a number of years with some huge tracks, working with the likes of Tove Lo and Ellie Goulding.

Seven Lions’ latest track, Calling You Home, is a massive dance song with a terrific drop that combines some dubstep elements but tows the line enough that you don’t feel like a colossal hipster for listening to it.

Over the top, vocalist RUNN not only shows Seven Lions’ great eye for a singer, but her sound really compliments the excellent production underneath her.

If you’re into people dancing around their DJ decks and jumping again and again, then this EDM track’s probably going to work for you.

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