FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1 – Tich – Obsession
Fresh from the release of her surprise hit, ‘Dumb’, earlier this year, Northampton’s own, Tich, has been making a name for herself by supporting Olly Murs, Justin Bieber and Pixie Lott on tour over the last few years. It looks like she’s picked up their nack for releasing a simply catchy, tuneful pop song. Tich, real name, Rachel Furler, has moved away from following her contemporaries, who stick to auto-tuned vocals and electronic productions and instead opts to let the song speak for itself.
2 – Paul Oakenfold ft.Azealia Banks – Venus
With over 30 years in the business and almost 50 years into his life, DJ and producer, Paul Oakenfold proves himself still worthy enough to stand alongside the biggest acts in dance music today. So far Oaky has the theme tune to Big Brother, the DJ Magazine Award for best DJ 1998-99 and two hit artist albums. ‘Venus’ will be taken from his upcoming third full release, Pop Killer and features the motor-mouthed Azealia Banks, who sounds right in the middle of her comfort zone on a track which blends together trance and hip hop effortlessly.
3 – The 1975 – Sex
Thanks to their breakthrough hit, ‘Chocolate’ knocking it out the park by scoring a top 20 hit here earlier this year, Cheshire based band, The 1975 are re-releasing their debut single, ‘Sex’, which continues their fun 90s Britpop styled sound. While ‘Sex’ takes a little longer to get going than its predecessor, it has enough charisma to allow it to stand independently as a song to be reckoned with.
4 – Brookes Brothers ft.Chrom3 – Carry Me On
Drum & Bass Duo, Brookes Brothers, have been on the scene for over a decade, straight out of the same camp as the likes of DJ Fresh and Adam F. It looks like their persistence with years of hard work is about to finally pay off as their latest single, ‘Carry Me On’ is right in the middle of the here & now. With vocals from Chrom3, this is very much the sound of today with deliciously soulful vocals and melodic D&B beats. It’s easily up there with recent hits from John Newman, Rudimental and Alex Clare. While the retro video gives the whole thing a charming unpolished rawness.
5 – Ray Foxx ft.Rachel K Collier – Boom Boom (Heartbeat)
Yes it’s beach season and a track right ahead of the rest of them in terms of perfect-beach material, is this from London DJ, Ray Foxx. Already gaining support on BBC’s Radio 1, despite the title, this song is fresh and cool rather than the cheesy namesakes from Vengaboys or Outhere Brothers. This could be one of the big dance anthems to watch over the Summer.
Shane’s Retro Pick
Masters At Work – To Be In Love
An absolutely flawless dance anthem this week from kings of house music, Masters At Work. Their style has been rather broad across the years from the soulful house of this to the soca influences of ‘Work (The Brookstick Song)’ more recently. This has one of the greatest vocals on a dance record ever, with long-time collaborator, India, providing her stunning massive pipes to the record. It’s a timeless track which demands attention. When it’s on, I can totally lose the sense of my surroundings. My only criticism with the track is it’s length, as I feel it’s deserving of a third chorus. Despite being close to four minutes in length, it never seems enough, always making me want more, or as often is the case, giving it a second spin. Luckily though there’s a whole bunch of remixes, some of which extend well beyond 10 minutes of absolute bliss.