The Hot Five – My favourite new tracks of the week, usually rounded off with a classic, obscure or alternate track from my music collection. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that I come across.
Track of the week: Hozier – ‘Sedated’
Fast-rising Dublin singer songwriter Hozier’s latest track is one that is well worth a listen. The songs arrangement allows for the focus to be on Hozier’s vocal, and vocal harmonies in the chorus help to show off this strong vocal performance. ‘Sedated’ was debuted on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show a few weeks back, and Hozier is set to embark on a UK tour next month, and will also feature at Reading and Leeds Festival, Latitude Festival, and Glastonbury Festival among others.
Alexis Taylor – ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’
Await Barbarians is the new solo record by Hot Chip front man Alexis Taylor, due for release this coming Monday. More somber than his band material, ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ is a piano-led piece of electronica with a strong, repetitive melody. The single subtly builds throughout while maintaining the track’s stripped-back feel. Alexis Taylor has been touring the UK in support of Await Barbarians, and will play in London, Leeds and Manchester this month before festival appearances at End Of The Road and Festival Number 6.
M+A – ‘When’
Here’s a track from Italian electro-pop duo M+A. The guys have gained some high profile coverage of late, being named winners of Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent competition. Subsequently, they will take to the stage three times at Worthy Farm, most notably on the West Holts Stage on Saturday 28 June. M+A successfully combine European dance-pop and laid back electronic vibes with a soulful twist. The band will also play the Y-Not and Brownstock festivals in the UK this summer.
Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’
There’s no doubt about it, following debut album Born To Die is going to be difficult task for Lana Del Rey. New track ‘Ultraviolence’ continues the trend set by other tracks previewed in the build up to the release of Del Rey’s second album, Ultraviolence (‘West Coast’, ‘Brooklyn Baby’). This new material is strong, picking up where her debut album left off. ‘Ultraviolence’ encompasses Del Rey’s signature sound, with its intense and atmospheric nature that has become synonymous with her haunting vocal performances. Fresh off the back of a sold out tour in the US, she is coming to Europe for a number of festival dates including Rock En Seine, Vida, Bravella and Glastonbury.
Hidden track of the week: Led Zeppelin – ‘Whole Lotta Love' (Rough Mix With Vocal)
I can’t leave it seven weeks and not mention the release of the remastered boxsets of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Remastered by Jimmy Page, and featuring an array of bonus material on cd and vinyl formats, these remastered packages are quite the collector’s piece for any Led Zeppelin fans.
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