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Chart Chat Edition 802 – W/C 12.04.15

Chart Chat Edition 802 – Week Commencing Sunday 12th April 2015


For those reading this for the first time, Chart Chat has been in existence for over 15 years. We completed eight hundred editions reviewing the weeks charts and new releases before deciding it was time for a change of format.  Now we will be looking at new music ahead of its release, and it won’t always feature tracks released as singles. I have learned in recent years that the best music does not always make the charts, and to renew my love of music I have had to look to broader horizons.

Anyway here are this weeks list of new singles, albums and EPs to draw to your attention. They should all find themselves released very soon, if they are not available already.

Ash – ‘Cocoon’

First up this week are the Irish rockers Ash who have been building up to the June release of their new album ‘Kablammo’ with their new single ‘Cocoon’. It marks their first major release since their 2010 A-Z series which saw them release 26 singles across the year including 11 which made the top 100 although they did issue the ‘Little Infinity EP’ in 2012. ‘Cocoon’ is classic Ash, rushing along with an anthemic singalong chorus – exactly the kind of track that brought them to the nations attention some twenty years ago. Fans wishing to catch them live can do so over the Summer as they are set to play a cross section of festivals and headlining shows. I still can’t believe that it has been over twenty years since the teenagers first impressed us with their ‘Petrol’ single. Since then they notched up a couple of number one albums and are well overdue for some commercial success. This is more of a promotional release but I think that the forthcoming album could see them enjoying a higher position than they have achieved during recent years.

Chloe Black – ’27 Club’

Australian born singer songwriter Chloe Black releases her brand new single ’27 Club’ on the 26th April. It is released as a single track download and a digital EP which contains the radio edit, the Elderbrook remix and the bonus track ‘Cruel Intentions’. The stunning black and white video which accompanies the track was uploaded to her Vevo account on the 2nd March and it has been viewed over 40k times since then. It was filmed in the Barnes cemetary in London and was shot and edited in just three days. Comparisons have already been drawn between her work and that of American singer Lana Del Rey but for me her works stands on its own without the need to liken it to other artists. If the journalists and critics are right then she is certainly one to watch in the remainder of this year, and it would be great to see her appear at some of the bigger festivals in the UK during the summer.

Electro Velvet – ‘Still In Love With You’

With May just around the corner it is time for the UK Eurovision entry by Electro Velvet to get its release. Entitled ‘Still In Love With You’ it is available as both a digital download and a CD single with the remix and Karaoke version being included as bonus tracks. The duo consist of vocalists Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas with the latter having previously been a contestant on both The Voice and X Factor. She enjoyed a top 100 appearance with her single ‘Hold On To Your Dreams’ and has duetted with Will Young. Of course it is impossible to say what kind of song would see the UK put in a serious contender for Eurovision so it doesn’t seem too unreasonable to submit a track such as this which is likely to be very different to the other countries. Of course all of us here at Chart Chat wish her well and let’s hope she can secure a top thirty hit like her predecessor Molly Smitten-Downes.

Fox Stevenson – ‘Sweets (Soda Pop)’

Next up this week is the singer, songwriter and producer Fox Stevenson who has already got a collection of EP’s to his name but it has been his brand new single ‘Sweets (Soda Pop)’ which has seen him enjoy top thirty success in the Netherlands and Belgium.  The curious animated video which accompanies the track was first uploaded back in November and has been viewed 1.7m times since then. He came to prominence through the YouTube based music community Liquicity where his track ‘Cloudhead’ became very popular while his Soundcloud page has picked up over 2m plays and he is well on his way to becoming a star across Europe. He also looks after his own label Cloudhead Records and is clearly a man of many talents. I do like this track, although whether it will go on to become a hit in the UK remains to be seen but the backing of the Ministry Of Sound label can only serve to help.

Natalie Imbruglia – ‘Instant Crush’

Australian singer / songwriter Natalie Imbruglia has notched up ten UK top forty singles in her career so far, with five of those going on to reach the top ten. She also enjoyed five hit albums including her 2005 outing ‘Counting Down The Days’ which went straight to the top of the chart. Now she is due to return on the 27th April with a cover of the Daft Punk track ‘Instant Crush’ and it looks set to secure her a first hit in over seven years. It will feature on her forthcoming album ‘Male’ which is pencilled in for release in August and includes covers of tracks from Damien Rice, Neil Young, The Cure and Death Cab For Cutie.  It is very much her take on the song, with the original disco feel overhauled to give more of a pop / rock feel in keeping with her hits such as ‘Torn’ and ‘That Day’. Interest in her comeback is likely to be high, and as such gaining airplay should be little more than a formality. I expect to see her back in the top forty in early May.

Rough Copy – ‘Same Formula’

Rough Copy rose to prominence following high profile appearances on both the ninth and tenth series of X Factor. First time around they progressed to the Judges Houses stage but dropped out after Ajobe struggled to get his Visa through in time.  The same thing happened a year later, but this time they continued as a duo and got through to the live shows where mentor Gary Barlow reunited them as a trio. Eventually they were edged out in the semi final, losing out to Luke Friend who scored a top forty hit of his own recently with ‘Hole In My Heart’. Their first single ‘Street Love’ was a reworking of Anita Bakers ‘Sweet Love’ and reached the top thirty on the r’n’b chart. They are following that success up with their new single ‘Same Formula’ which is out to download on the 4th May. The video to the track was uploaded to the bands Vevo account on the 1st April and has been picking up views ever since. It is a straight forward r’n’b number and I think it could do well for them once it is released.

Shayne Ward – ‘My Heart Would Take You Back’

Shayne released his first three albums on Simon Cowell’s Syco label before being dropped after ‘Obsession’ only reached no.15. Since then he has appeared on the reality TV show ‘Dancing On Ice’ and has featured in West End productions Rock Of Ages and The War Of The Worlds. Acting remains something of high interest to Shayne and recently he has been auditioning for a role in the popular soap ‘Coronation Street’. He has been working on his fourth studio album ‘Closer’ with legendary producer Mike Stock and the fruits of his labour see the light of day this week. ‘My Heart Would Take You Back’ is the first single to be taken from it, and is also released this week. The video that accompanies it was shot earlier this year and is a classy black and white affair which picked up 250k views in a little over two weeks. He would love to prove the doubters wrong and notch up his first top forty hit in almost five years.

Wire – ‘Joust & Jostle’

This track features on the bands self titled album which is also released this week. It is their fourteenth studio album since they originally formed back in 1976 and their first since 2013’s ‘Change Becomes Us’. Although they have commanded a loyal following over the years they have enjoyed relatively little chart success with their highest charting single remaining ‘Outdoor Miner’ in 1979 which peaked at no.51. Similarly on the album chart only ‘154’ in 1979 has reached the top forty, with a peak position on no.39. This track is distinctly Wire, and rattles along at a fair old pace clocking in at just two minutes twelve seconds. It’s not the shortest track on the album with that honour belonging to the one minute fifty two second song ‘High’. It’s great to have them back and with a UK tour planned for this month and a US tour to follow in June it looks set to be a bright year for the band.

Wiz Khalifa – ‘See You Again’

There has been great anticipation of this track being released as a single and now this week that has happened. For those unaware, this is a track which features in the seventh and most recent Fast & Furious movie and has been made popular by the video which includes snippets of actor Paul Walker’s final scenes. It is an emotional time in any franchise when a central character departs, but it is even more poignant here because Paul’s death means this really is goodbye. However it’s not just trading off the film, this is a sensitive and well produced track with Wiz declaring that his aim was not to leave viewers leaving the cinema feeling sad. So it trys to capture the upbeat spirit of the movies, and lines such as “the days hard work forever pays / now I see you in a better place” really hit the spot. It would be a bold gambler to bet against this entering at the top of the charts next Sunday afternoon.

Next Time…

Lots of artists have new albums or singles coming in the weeks ahead.  Ones which are getting us excited include the Tracey Thorn EP ‘Songs From The Falling’, Ella Eyre’s debut album ‘Feline’, Paul Weller’s eagerly awaited return with ‘Saturns Pattern’ and The Fall’s latest offering ‘Sub-Lingual Tablet’. So don’t forget to keep in touch with us on Twitter and to keep an eye out for edition 803 which should be with you all very soon.

Ian Anderson

14 April, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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