FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1 – Brand New Heavies – Sunlight
Topping my list this week is the return of 90s soul and funk favourites, The Brand New Heavies. They return with their first album since 2006’s Get Used To It. Lead single, ‘Sunlight’ features original vocalist, N’Dea Davenport who was with the group for classics like ‘Midnight At The Oasis’ and ‘Dream On Dreamer’. I’ve always respected the Heavies’ resistance to conform. Here again within 10 seconds of the track kicking in we’re launched into a frenzy of 70s disco, so pump up your afro and dance round your handbags girls.
2- Redlight – Switch It Off
Bristol born producer and DJ, Redlight came to prominence last year when he kicked off the current trend of bringing back old skool house with his hit ‘Lost In Your Love’ and garage track ‘Get Out My Head’. He’s finally back with the next single, ‘Switch It Off’ from his upcoming debut album. It’s another euphoric classic house track that echoes back to delights like ‘Lover’ by Rachel McFarlane and Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’ from the 90s heyday.
3 – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night
Hackney quartet, Rudimental are back this week as they launch the next single from their forthcoming self-titled debut album. ‘Waiting All Night’ has all the energy and build up of previous hits like ‘Not Giving In’ and ‘Feel The Love’, but this time takes a female vocal from Sugababe Mutya Buena sound-a-like Ella Eyre, over a rattling baseline mixed in with an epic down-tempo section towards the end which kicks into an explosive finale.
4 – Ed Drewett – Drunk Dial
Essex singer-songwriter Ed Drewett is probably best known so far for his feature on Professor Green’s ‘I Need You Tonight’, and you only have to look at Emeli Sande last year to see how prosperous that could be. We’ve all had a drunk dial before, but this track seems to highlight the benefits of spilling out honesty under the influence as opposed to the dreaded drunken text some of us may have been unfortunate enough to have sent. He sings the track with such determination over a happy-go-lucky beat which makes it hard to resist all the charm this song has to offer.
5 – Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out
Finally, heading up north to Edinburgh, Nina has been releasing EPs to iTunes for the last couple of years. Her latest, Stay Out, is picking up attention due to its clever lyrics and catchy guitar strumming. Nina has a similar vocal and performance style to her fellow Scottish songbird, Amy MacDonald, but has the wit and storytelling capabilities of Kate Nash.