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Chart Chat Edition 805 – W/C 10.05.15

Chart Chat Edition 805 – Week Commencing 10th May 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.

So what have we been discussing in the Chart Chat offices this week?

Carolynne Poole – ‘I Love You But Shut Up’ (Single)

The name may be familiar to some of you as Carolynne made it through to the final stages of two X Factor series, initially being rejected at the judges house stage and then later being voted off after a sing off against Rylan Clark. However she hasn’t let that put her off the music industry and this week sees the release of her brand new single ‘I Love You But Shut Up’. The track is an uptempo rock / country number which would pick up lots of airplay if it had major label backing. Without that it may struggle, but if that is the case then that is a shame as it would have been a huge hit if it had Shania Twain’s name on it. “I love you but too much talking and not enough love making” sings Carolynne in the chorus, and after a couple of plays it lodges firmly in your head! A separate track ‘Cupid Must’ve Been High’ received some airplay on the Radio 2 country show and hopefully we will hear more from her as the year progresses.

Graham Parker & The Rumour – ‘Mystery Glue’ (Album)

Renowned singer / songwriter Graham Parker is back once again with his band The Rumour and ‘Mystery Glue’ marks their first release since 2012’s ‘Three Chords Good’. So far two tracks have been made available to download; ‘I’ve Done Bad Things’ is a typical uptempo blues number while ‘Railroad Spikes’ is another track which would sound great in a smokey late night bar. They are now heading off to the US where they have a series of gigs booked for June. During their prime they notched up four top twenty albums between 1977 and 1980 with the final of those ‘The Up Escalator’ narrowly missing out on the top ten. They also enjoyed three hit singles with both ‘Hold Back The Night’ and ‘Sweet On You’ reaching no.24. Now over thirty years on it is great to have them back and recording new music once again and this latest release is certain to keep their fans happy for a while to come.

Jess Mattic – ‘The Experience’ (Single)

Electronic / dubstep duo keep up their one single per month release rate with their latest track ‘The Experience’. It is an electronic instrumental track which clocks in at just under five minutes, although it does contain a couple of vocal samples too. They are from Orlando in American and consist of Matt Fair and Jessie Boerner. They already have their next seven singles in the new release schedule starting with ‘Funkin’ Dance’ in June and concluding with ‘Give It Up’ in December. In addition to their own work they have also worked on remixes of other artists tracks and the most popular mix on their Soundcloud page is their update of Jody Watley’s hit ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Although we are big fans of them here at Chart Chat they are yet to make any major inroads into the UK charts and unfortunately I’m not sure if this latest track will do anything significant to change that.

Paul Carrack – ‘Live At The London Palladium’ (Album)

Not everyone is aware of just how many huge bands Paul has contributed to. Through his career he has featured as part of Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics and Roger Waters backing band The Bleeding Hearts. This May sees him performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Eric Clapton’s band while he will return to action in his own right through a series of concerts later this year. This weeks sees the release of this live album which brings together songs recorded across his long career. Standouts include his cover of Randy Newman’s ‘I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today’ (which he originally updated for his 2010 album ‘A Different Hat’), the Mike & The Mechanics songs ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘The Living Years’ along with his nine minute version of ‘Time Wait For No-One’. It’s fair to say that he rarely gets the credit he deserves but this collection serves as an introduction to new admirers and a companion to long standing fans.

Port Isla – ‘A.L.I.V.E.’ (EP)

Norwich based four piece Port Isla release their new four track EP later this month. Entitled ‘A.L.I.V.E.’ it features the title track alongside new songs ‘Ready For The Fight’, ‘Penny Red’ and ‘Raleigh’. I have to say that I am a big fan of the title track as it has a real anthemic feel to it and would sound great on the radio. This EP follows on from their last outing ‘In The Long Run’ which was released last November, and fans signing up to the bands mailing list will receive a free download of ‘Volcano’, a track taken from that release. They have been building their following with a series of live shows earlier this year as support acts to James Bay and Kodaline but they also performed as joint headliners with Walking On Cars. They are a band who display great promise and look as though they may go on to bigger and better things. For now this may come a little early for them to secure a first ever hit single.

Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Go!’ (Single)

It seems strange in some ways to be reviewing this as a single as really this needs to be heard in the context of their excellent album ‘The Race For Space’. It stands up as a song in its own right, although I have to say I prefer the track ‘Gagarin’ which also features on the long player. For those unaware of their work the band consists of the duo J Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth who specialise in mixing samples from old news reels and propaganda films into electronic music. The results are often stunning, as are their live shows and fans wishing to see them in the UK should get themselves along to the Lunar Festival in Warwickshire on 6th June. The single is released on 7″ vinyl and as a digitial EP which features the Radio Edit, the Errors Remix, the Louis La Roche Remix and the Kauf Remix. I don’t think we will see this inside the top forty, but if it serves to bring in a few new fans then it will have served its purpose.

Sarah Cracknell – ‘Red Kite’ (Album)

You would have to go back to 1997 to find Sarah’s debut solo album ‘Lipslide’ although it did get a deluxe reissue in 2012. Now, some eighteen years on, comes the follow up ‘Red Kite’ which hits the shops in mid June. It has been produced by Carwyn Ellis and Seb Lewsley who both previously worked with Edwyn Collins and features guest appearances from Nicky Wire and The Rails. Fans have been able to listen to the track ‘On The Swings’ via her Soundcloud page, and it does not disappoint. It is a jazzy laid back piece which perfectly suits Sarah’s distinctive vocals. She is undertaking a five date tour in the UK to promote the album, and will be playing in Brighton, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds. Her last album did contain one top forty hit in the shape of ‘Anymore’ but I suspect that a similar feat is unlikely  this time around. That should not detract from its success and I for one can’t wait to hear it.

Simply Red – ‘Shine On’ (Single)

It was a big surprise to many fans when Mick Hucknall announced the return of Simply Red for a series of 30th anniversary concerts this December. However even after that few expected the news that a brand new album had been recorded and will be released this June. It will be entitled ‘Big Love’ and the first single to be released from it is entitled ‘Shine On’. Already available as both the album mix and the Max Bidda Radio Mix it is very reminiscent of the ‘Stars’ era for the band and received its first play recently on the Ken Bruce Radio 2 show. The bands previous success speaks for itself with twelve top ten albums to their name including five which reached the top spot. Whether they can recapture that level of sales remains to be seen but this new track is impressive.

Wendy James – ‘Bad Intentions And A Bit Of Cruelty’ (Single)

Wendy returns this week with the first taste of new material from her forthcoming new album ‘The Price Of The Ticket’. Her band now boasts the impressive line up of Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and James Sclavunos (Grinderman / Bad Seeds) and the album promises to deliver. This comes released as a 7″ single which also features ‘Indigent Blues’, a track which is getting a standalone download release. The video was uploaded to her YouTube account at the end of April and has been picking up views since then. The track is a decent punk song with a driving acoustic beat interspersed with menacing bursts of electric guitar. Wendy’s vocals sit well amongst the mix and hopefully will pick up some airplay along the way. She has no  confirmed live appearance at the time of writing but fingers crossed we may see her playing festivals or concerts in the UK before the year is out.

Next Week…

As always there are lots of new singles and albums which don’t generate an in depth review. We expect Lunchmoney Lewis to storm the top three with his new track ‘Bills’ while Anne Dudley’s soundtrack to ‘Poldark’ is also worthy of a mention. Leonard Cohen has a new live album ‘Can’t Forget : A Souvenir of the Grand Tour’ while fans of Doctor Who will be keen to snap up Murray Gold’s latest soundtrack album. As for us we will be back with a new edition soon so please keep an eye on our Twitter feed @ChartChatUK. We hope to see you here again soon.

Ian Anderson (@ChartChatUK)

10 May, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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