Sunday 7 June 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #22

In case you missed it - You shouldn't have, but just in case you did.

I have had the most stupidly hectic week. Like, I don't leave my house much but the last few days have been nuts. I've seen Jerry Williams, Kloƫ, Ryn Weaver, The LaFontaines, spent a day at Wild Life and tonight I'm heading to A Loss For Words' final UK show ever. Absolutely heartbroken. I'd be surprised if tears do not fall. Other than that, this week has seen a HELL LOAD of album releases which has lead me quite nicely into falling completely and utterly in love with Holychild. Brat pop that isn't Charli XCX may just be my new favourite thing.

Keep up to date with all of the daily goings-on over at WIIHAMB Daily.

Messy May Round-Up An extremely confused mix of all sorts of various things that went on in May. Somewhere in that post there are things about Jack Garratt, Slam Dunk Festival and a sort of review of The LaFontaines debut album.

I can confirm that ‘Junior Dragon is the stand out track from The Lafontaines’ upcoming debut album ‘Class’. I’m a little bit gutted that seeing as they’ve put this track out just days before the album release, we can assume that it’s unlikely this will ever be a proper single. And that is annoying. Because this is great. It’s at that 0.36 moment when things kick off and what was just another track on the album punches you square in the face before grabbing you by the legs and dragging you to the dancefloor. I doubt it’ll be long before ‘Junior Dragon’ is a strong favourite in the Scottish five piece’s live set.

I meant to post this last week and that didn’t happen, so here it is for you today. The Weeknd’s semi-surprise return to things. The thing about The Weeknd is that I’m not sure much changes in terms of his sound from track to track. ‘The Hills’ seems quite dark though; but in essence the lyrical content is fairly textbook Weeknd. What can you do eh?

I don’t think I’ve posted a cover on here in a little while. I love the original of ‘Lean On’ and missed a trick by not posting it when I first heard it, but here we have Saint Raymond’s cover which took me by surprise. Not only is it a bit of an odd choice for Saint Raymond’s style, I was also a little taken aback by how well the guitar works as the lead instrument.

I’ve found this track and Raleigh Ritchie’s previous single ‘The Greatest’ a little tricky to get into. I don’t know why, but I know that there are elements within this that I absolutely love. The “I lost my mind…” chorusish parts are really special. And overall this track is a little different to what we’re used to due to the addition of Sounwave’s production, but it works.

Throwback Thursday
I’ve actually technically posted Ashanti on TBT before but she was featuring on a Ja Rule track (the ultimate “urban” duo) so then again, technically it doesn’t count. Amelia directed me to this compilation of Best Songs of 2003 and this was in there, I remembered its epicness, and so here it is for you today.

The prolific tweeter and all round rad chick, Halsey, has just announced the release date for her debut album ‘BADLANDS’ and put out this sick new track to go along with it. If you live in the US (and realistically probably everywhere else) you can pre-order the album not, but standard procedure, not if you’re in the UK. We might get the album one day… probably summer 2020. Feel free to confirm or deny this Halsey (and/or Halsey’s people). Until then, anticipation will be rife.

Everyone’s been raving about I the Mighty for a hot minute, especially with their ‘Connector’ album release this week, but this is the first I’ve heard of them. AND I LIKE IT. It’s not just “typical rock band”, is it? I think I like the mellower sections best, but the structure overall is pretty cool. I also just read that this video was shot in one take. I don’t know how true that is, but if it is true, that is pretty good going.

June playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

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