Sam and the Black Seas – The Game

This fantastic single is taking fans by storm in another amazing offering from Sam and The Black Seas. Lyrical, throaty vocals merge beautifully in a fervent crescendo, reminiscent of the well established Mumford and Sons alternative indie folk style. The clever, moody video, complements the band members who come to life before our very eyes at the tip of the artists pen, almost as though the artist dreams them into life, each his own creation. Catchy drumbeats and insistent percussion round off a melody that you can’t help getting swept along with… and then..  just as you’re getting familiar with the vibes you’re hit again! This time, by the husky sexy voice of lead singer Sam who takes us by the arm and pulls us into the heart of his angst. With lyrics like “say what you say…live and complain that someone is bringing you down”. An inward looking mini biopic of a guy looking at himself and railing in anger against what he sees, his failures and broken dreams and how someone is bringing “him down”. The artist is having an ongoing battle criticising himself, a touch of genius that reveals this torture is the barbed wire entwined around the cello strings. Fiction is mixed with reality when the artists ink drips onto the face of the band member leaving the audience to wonder where reality begins and artistry ends. I’m not sure I wanted the artistry and sheer genius of the Alberto Ponticelli to end in this noir style video which pays homage to DC comics. A pure black diamond of tortured genius in all its facets, priceless! One diamond in the rough that has sparkle in its darkness!

Hype – Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris

No doubt about it, this track is going to leave you hyped. It’s an upbeat and powerful rendition that is, frankly, banging. This Future House offering is short but is going to leave you fighting the urge to move, so you may as well give up and get with the vibe. This is the first song created together by Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris for four years so it carries an energy and verve that is not to be missed if you’re a Future House enthusiast. This is cool stuff and is already gathering a following.

Sledgehammer – Rhianna

The number one thing that you need to know about this track is that it is the new theme music for ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Once you know this, you start to be able to match the evocative spacey feel with the images of the depths of the universe. Rhianna’s evocative haunting voice penetrates the track, and this is vastly different from her more typecast upbeat music. A Trekkie herself, Sledgehammer sees Rhianna co-writing with Sia. The instrumentals and vocals do begin to feel generic, but that’s theme tracks for you. However, as it develops you get more in to the groove and Sledgehammer begins to drag you in.

Shades – Alexandra Savior

Upbeat and funky from the off, Shades is a Summer tune that will carry you right on through and provide a backdrop for the best summer memories. The powerful chorus, notable tempo and ethereal (and slightly R&B) vibe, entice you in to wanting more. Shades is an awesomely cool song from this LA songwriter, co-produced in partnership with Alex Turner. The amazing vocals leave you ensnared and sure to play the track over and over, its feel good beat bustling you along. Summer Time just got better with the addition of this track.


Matoma & Becky Hill – False Alarm

The Tropical House genre will be boosted no end by the incredible passion coming across in False Alarm by Matoma and Becky Hill. The pop beat starts and in less than a heartbeat is joined by lyrics and vocals that will leave you wondering what stopped you in your tracks. This is a catchy tune no doubt, with piano chords riffing through creating an altogether grand track that is perfect for summer. You’re going to want False Alarm to carry on way beyond its stopping point, and you’ll be hitting rewind to get back to the start and do it all again.