Album Reviews

Sounds from the TNT HiFi this month

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  • Natty - Release the Fear

    If you’ve already read the interview with Natty this month, then you’ll already know a little bit about this album.

    Despite the reggae connotations of the natty dreads, this album is far less about reggae and much more eclectic in its composition. With strong guitar riffs and indie beats, the album kicks off with a track called I’m Alive. In his own words, this song is all about making a start on the journey of releasing yourself from fear and regaining control of your life. It’s about making peace and giving thanks for life. 

    Natty described this album as a concept album with a strong message flowing through it with the message of the album title Release the Fear. There’s clearly a bigger message in there somewhere but I’m either not ready to embark on a spiritual journey or it’s just wasted on my cynical mind! I didn’t really feel the undertones but did really enjoy this album. 

    SS I Love You is the second track on the album and it’s got some Paul Weller-esque undertones to it, but in a good way, its got the good bits without the wanky hairdo and indie self-indulgence. The rest of the album flows seamlessly together and before you know it you’ll be chilling to the jangly guitars of Release the Fear which includes George the Poet’s dulcet tones. Stand out tracks for me are King Had a Dream, Seasons Change and Motherland. Natty is on tour in November and December across the UK. www.nattymusic.com

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  • Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

    I’m of the opinion that there comes a point in a bands life where they should hang up their hat and accept that they are past their "best before date". I’ve seen the Foo Fighters perform and I would have put them in that category based on their live performance as it just lacked the raw angst that comes of youthful anarchism, obviously, they all grew up and have built very good lives for themselves so the angst isn’t really streaming through their veins anymore. That was before I heard this album, and I realised I must be talking bollocks as they still kick arse in the angry rock department. 

    The first track is a gentle start to the album before they really smack you in the face with the outstanding track Run. This is a bloody good rock track, It would make a good jogging playlist addition for those wanting to step up their stride, you’ll be giving Usain Bolt a run for his money if you manage to keep up with this one! 

    By the time you get to the second track you’ll probably, like me, be totally bought into this album Make it Right is probably my favorite track on the album, it’s a classic in the making. They certainly did make it right because it’s fucking cracker! I’m not going to wank on about this album anymore, just put it on and rock out motherfuckers. This album may not have the teenage angst to reference, but it’s a bloody good rock album, and possibly one of the Foo Fighters best yet, so they clearly aren't over the hill yet, keep it up you magnificent old bastards!

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  • Lucy Rose - Something’s Changing

    Fuck I need to chill out after that last album. so let’s hope Lucy Rose's dulcet tones can calm me down a bit. Let’s get into this… First the intro… chilled out harp strumming… check! That’s better I’m starting to relax now, Lucy’s mesmerising vocals are doing the job of taking things down a notch or two. Her voice is simply stunning and will pull you in and give you a great big comforting hug, and boy did I need that after getting fucked up by the Foo Fighters! The track that introduced me to this Album was Stranger of Ways and it’s a lovely track which is a classic feel-good track. The only collaboration on this album is the fourth song which includes the harmony masters The Staves. 

    Despite originating from Warwickshire there is a strong American folk vibe going on and you could easily mistake some of this album for a Laura Marling track. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, but I’m not sure it does her justice, I think there’s something very special about Lucy’s voice and compositions, they are intoxicating in a delightful way. Stand out tracks for me are Love Song, Moirai and Strangest of Ways.

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  • Shapes: Kaleidoscope

    Rob Luis founder of Brighton label TruThoughts is back with another compilation in the Shapes series. Intended as a showcase of artists on the label, it includes well established Tru Thoughts artists like Hidden orchestra, Belleruche, Quanitc, Alice Russell alongside an unpredictable collection of tracks which you wouldn’t really put together normally. 

    I guess, by the eclectic nature of the collection, it should be possible for anyone to find a track they can connect with. From the 80’s synth stabs from The Seshen, to jungle breaks from Wrongtom and the Ragga Twins and everything in between this has everything on it. I’ve waxed lyrical about TruThoughts before and reviewed Quantics recent release a few months back, but this is a great gateway album to check out what TruThoughts is all about. Highlights for me include Cure by Moonchild, All I Do is Think About You - Terror Danjah Remix by Quantic and Flowering Inferno, and Que Me Duele? by Quanitc and Nidia Gongora.

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  • Ursula 1000 - Galleria

    Miami funkster Ursular 1000 is back with another installment of his outrageous electro funk. Signed to Eighteenth Street Lounge (the home of Thievery Corporation), Ursula has always provided a mash-up of Electronic pop and funk, and this is no exception. Delve back into the 80’s with this homage to the era of spandex and dodgy perms with a big twist of camp thrown in for good luck. Just as you thought you had this album sussed out it chucks in a dose of Hip Hop beats and lyrical dynamics of Tee-Double. Stand out tracks for me are I Just Came 2 Dance, Saturday Boogie - Basement Freaks and Neon Palms for it’s pure 80’s cheese. It’s got classic 808 claps and everything!

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