Our Conor has an eclectic bag of brand new releases for you this month, including new tracks from Britney, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a total winner from Bright Light Bright Light featuring Ana Matronic. Play it now!
Blasting back into view with something a bit more slinky and refined Britney Spears makes a big impression on Make Me this month. It’s a promising taster for her new album. Banks continues to shine in her unique alt-pop way on Gemini Feed, a confident blast of moody sonics and a nagging hooks.
Tove Lo continues to be an interesting mainstream pop proposition on the swagger laden glitch-y electro-pop of Cool Girl, a punchy and memorable statement intent from the newcomer Vardaan Arora impresses hugely on the tropical pop of Feel Good Song, an infectious sun-kissed groove that outdoes similar tracks by bigger names. An impressive debut.
Queer pop cult favourite Bright Light Bright Light (pictured below) has been winning over listeners for years and on new album Choreography he ups the pop stakes once again. It’s hard to dislike an album that has Elton John, Jake Shears, Ana Matronic and Alan Cumming crop up, and Choreography is stuffed with ’90s house throwback moments, big hooks and winning ideas.
Jaryd James manages to take the current singer-songwriter trend and come at it from a new angle on debut album High, with assured songwriting and production that has a mainstream appeal but doesn’t feel tired.
Zhu appeared out of nowhere in 2014 providing thumping dance tunes with a pop appeal. On his first full-length release, Generationwhy, he takes a palette familiar to fans of tunes like ‘Faded’ and expands it even more. Spoken word interludes, the noise of a cityscape and plenty of sax solos mesh with an album stuffed with wobbling bass lines and urgent hooks.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor continues an impressive jaunt into self-releasing indie-albums on the alt-disco collection, Familia. Mixing lavish strings, intelligent songwriting with moments of pop brilliance, it’s a bold and confident pop album for grown-ups.
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