Here's the rundown on FOULDER's tracks of Q1. Featuring three comeback singles, a star taking the UK charts by storm and a young pretender.
Incubus - "Trust Fall"
Listening to the back catalogue of Incubus recently, I was struck at the variation the group has had over the last 24 years. Unfortunately, last album If Not Now, When? was a bit of a dud. HOWEVER. "Trust Fall" sees the group back to what they do best - a build up worthy of A Crow Left of the Murder with lead singer Brandon Boyd on point.
Jack Garratt - “Chemical"
Jack Garratt has gone from strength to strength since bustling onto the scene with his Remnants EP last year. "Chemical" sees him turn up the bass, showing a skill worlds apart from the perceived pop credentials. Get ready to catch him at every festival this year.
Harry Harris - "No Ball Games"
Releasing his second album early this year, Harris has already been honoured with five stars from the Telegraph - and it's clear why. Fantastic songwriting and natural skill on the guitar give this - the highlight from Songs About Other People, for me - an ethereal quality. Complete beauty in simplicity.
Kanye West - "All Day"
Well, he's back. And how. The grit of his College Dropout / Late Registration years, the bass of his more recent G.O.O.D. Fridays releases ("Clique", "Mercy"), and a clear inspiration from British grime (if you have this to go off) have me on the edge of my seat for West's Glastonbury appearance.
Blur - "Go Out"
Harking back to 1997's self-titled and 13 in its sound, "Go Out" bodes well for the Britpop moguls' eighth long-player, the first in 12 years. More of the lazy drawl, Albarn. And the "oh-oh-oh-oh"'s echoing throughout the track really give the track a quality that is Just Classic Blur.
Notable: Brandon Flowers - "Can’t Deny My Love"
I, for one, am very sad that The Killers are on hiatus. However, with "Can't Deny My Love", we've got the 80's synth-pop back in the game - and Flowers' b-e-a-utiful voice back. Flower has always very deftly trodden the line between Springsteen-esque rock and Kate Bush pop ballads, and "Can't Deny My Love" elevates that to stadium level. Bring on The Desired Effect.