Album of the Week: Rita Ora – Phoenix

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Rita Ora’s new album has been greeted with universal acclaim. Six years in the making (due to legal disputes with her label) a lot of the album feels familiar. This is a function of the streaming age, with singles being dropped over time. We’ve been listening to the late Avicii with Rita on “Lonely Together” and “For You” from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack for a fair while now but there are plenty of new treats here. NME described it accurately as “a confident pop gem that stands tall on its own”. We look forward to it this week.

Album of the Week: Mumford & Sons – Delta

Loving the new Mumford & Sons album – look out for three more tracks tomorrow morning – or listen below!

Album of the Week: Mumford and Sons – Delta

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Mumford and Sons surprisingly achieved huge success in the 2000s with banjo strumming folk, against all the odds. Their 2015 album Wilder Mind ‘electrified’ them to mixed responses. This album continues their evolution with new sounds, although lead single “Guiding Light” still has the banjo-esque sound. This album has received some mixed reviews, however trust us – there are some great and varied tunes here.

Album of the Week: Imagine Dragons – Origins

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Only a couple of years after the smash hit album Evolve comes Imagine Dragons’ fourth album, 12 tracks of solid pop rock, written to conquer the charts. Although the singles don’t seem quite as strong as the last album this is still a great listening experience, if you enjoy melodic thumping rock.

Album of the Week: The Teskey Brothers – Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe)

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Groovy bluesy music – from Australia! The Teskey Brothers have released a deluxe version of last year’s Half Mile Harvest with two great new tracks – “I Get Up” and “Say You’ll Do”. A fantasic album evoking the Motown sound.

Album of the Week: Robyn – Honey

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We don’t always agree with Pitchfork reviews, but in this case we do:

her masterful command of emotions on the dancefloor slowly reveals itself across another enthralling record

Pop and dance filled with emotion, development and great tunes. This will almost certainly be on most top albums of the year lists, something worth the eight year wait since her last release.

Album of the Week: RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace

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Some good music out this week (we’ll spin a few for New Music Friday). Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem Of The Peaceful Army got a bit of a savaging in some critical quarters, but even if not the most inventive new rock is still well executed and enjoyable. Also out is MØ with Forever Neverland and Khalid’s devastatingly good EP Suncity. Most interesting for us though was Sydney trio RÜFÜS DU SOL’s third album Solace. Fantasic electonica that further develops their sound. “No Place” is a track we’ve been enjoying for a bit, but there is plenty of substance here.

Album of the Week: David Bowie – Loving The Alien (1983 – 1988)

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Some great new albums out this week from Jess Glynn, Kurt Vile and Elvis Costello. Our Album of the Week is one we’ve been looking forward to for a while – our fourth annual treat in the shape of the lastest installment in the David Bowie box set series. Each set comes with 8+ albums including original remastered albums, new live releases and collected singles.

Some of the highlights of Loving The Alien include two double-disk concert albums, a remake of Never Let Me Down (1987 album) and a bunch of dance mixes. We’ll highlight some of our favourite tracks off the box set from this master musician this week.

Album of the Week: Anika Moa – Anika Moa

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A challenging call this week with some big releases – A Star Is Born, Sydney songwriter Ivy Adara’s Intraduction EP, Eric Church’s powerful Desperate Man, the excellent Felivand with In Bloom and Twenty One Pilot’s big Trench.

 

We had to go with the beautiful album by kiwi Anika Moa though. A collection of songs which belie her TV persona, the album was recorded in New Orleans a few months ago with an amazing backing band. Enjoy!

Album of the Week: Tom Petty – An American Treasure

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Filled with great outtakes, demos and live versions, we’re looking forward to this sad retrospect of this great man’s talent this week.