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Chart Chat Edition 807 – W/C 07.06.15

Chart Chat Edition 807 – Week Commencing 7th June 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?

Kathryn Williams – ‘Hypoxia’ (Album)

After seventeen years North-east songwriter Kathryn Williams is ready to release her twelfth album. It was inspired by ‘The Bell Jar’ by Slyvia Plath and gets its full release on the One Little Indian record label next week. Ed Harcourt has been on duty as producer and the duo wrote the track ‘Cuckoo’ together which has been made available to download prior to the full release of the album. Opening track ‘Electric’ is stripped back and acoustic, showing the true beauty of Kathryn’s voice while ‘Mirrors’ is more dark and brooding with the vocals distorted. This week sees her play intimate gigs in London, Liverpool and Durham with further concerts planned for early July. To date four of her albums have charted, but none peaked higher than ‘Old Low Light’ in 2002 which reached no.56. I’m not sure that this record will beat that, but she continues to deliver and her fans will be keen to hear the results of her labour.

Leon Bridges – ‘Better Man’ (Single)

The hugely talented soul and gospel singer Leon Bridges is back in action next week with his latest single ‘Better Man’.  It is a stunning track which manages to capture a real 1960’s feel to it, and it could so easily have been sung by someone like Sam Cooke. It is musically rich, boasting a full band and a genuine saxophonist.  His debut album is set for release a week later (on the 22nd June) and that looks set to establish him as a force to be reckoned with. The title track was released back in March and captures a similar old school soul vibe. UK fans wishing to catch him live need to be aware that he is making an appearance at Glastonbury later this month before moving on to play a short series of UK concerts during July. I can’t promise that this single will end up becoming a top forty hit, but he is an artist who looks destined for significant success during the remainder of 2015.

Matt Redman – ‘Unbroken Praise’ (Album)

Brighton based singer songwriter Matt Redman returns this week with his twelfth album ‘Unbroken Praise’ this week. Recorded live at the famous Abbey Road studios in London, it features eleven tracks and for me the highlight has to be his soaring and powerful version of ‘It Is Well With My Soul’. The track has an anthemic power about it, while ‘King Of My Soul’ has more of a modern day chart feel to it. Other highlights on the album include ‘Abide With Me’ and the title track itself. For those unaware of Matt, he is a Christian worship leader and author who enjoyed a top twenty hit when he guested on the track ‘Twenty Seven Million’ by another Christian act LS7. He currently has five concerts planned in the US and will hopefully make an appearance in the UK later this year. Matt certainly gets his message across in a powerful way and this album is sure to be well received by his army of fans around the world.

Misty Miller – ‘Happy’ (Single)

London based singer Misty Miller released her brand new single ‘Happy’ this week. It’s a fantastic loud and proud track which will get you singing along after a couple of listens. It follows on from the slightly less frantic ‘Next To You’ which was released earlier this year and comes four years after her self titled debut album.  Her hair may now be darker than when she started out but she is still knows a good tune when she hears one. She is signed to the Relentless Records label where she shares a roster with chart acts Chris Malinchak and Julio Bashmore. She is set to appear live at the Brixton Fightback for Social Housing this week where she will support Alabama 3 and Fat White Family before putting in an appearance at the Bushstock Festival. Of course if there was any justice this would be in the top forty for weeks but with the major labels dominating proceedings this may have to settle for Indie chart glory.

Robin Schulz featuring Jasmine Thompson – ‘Sun Goes Down’ (Single)

German electronic DJ and producer Robin Schulz managed to make his LILLYWOOD collaboration ‘Prayer In C’ as one of the biggest tracks last Summer and he is aiming for similar success with his brand new single ‘Sun Goes Down’. This time around he has teamed up with London based singer songwriter Jasmine Thompson and I have to say that it was one of those tracks that when I first heard it on the radio and I just had to find out who it was by. Jasmine is only 15 years old but has already reached the top forty with her acoustic cover of Rufus & Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ following its use in a supermarket advert. The video to this track first appeared as long ago as October last year and it has been viewed over 75m times since then. The track has already gone on to reach the top three in Austria, Germany and Switzerland so there is no reason to expect anything other than a monster hit in the UK.

Sam Duckworth – ‘Amazing Grace’ (Album)

Having recorded five albums under the monicker Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly we now find Sam Duckworth releasing his latest long player under his own name.  Entitled ‘Amazing Grace’ it is released next week and follows on from a tough year for the 27 year old who freely admits that he came close to giving up music at some points. Instead he chose to go into the recording studio with his friend Jay, and he admits that the resulting process was “fun” and describes how much he enjoyed spending time with his friends doing exactly what he loves to do. Fans have been able to listen to a rough mix of ‘Only A Fool’ online, and in it’s basic guise it makes for an impressive listen. It is simple but well constructed, in the same way that Jason Pierce works his magic with Spiritualized. He will be playing some live shows in Liverpool and Manchester later this month and it will be interesting to hear his new material in a live environment.

Samantha Harvey – ‘Dance With My Father’ (Single)

Samantha enjoyed her first taste of chart action last year with her debut single ‘Angel’, a cover of the Sarah McLachlan track. It was released to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK and it received thousands of views on YouTube. Now she is aiming to go one better and reach the top forty with the follow up single which is a cover of the Luther Vandross track ‘Dance With My Father’. Those already familiar with the song will know how emotional the lyrics are, and Samantha’s vocals certainly bring them to life. Her Facebook page has over 90k Likes and her YouTube channel has seen well over 60k views of her performing this track. Fans of Samantha will already know that she has also performed covers of ‘All Of Me’ (John Legend), ‘Earned It’ (The Weeknd) and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Ed Sheeran) to name but three. She is slowly building a loyal fan base and could well be one to watch out for over the coming months.

The Twilight Sad – ‘It Never Was The Same’ (Single)

Scottish post punk band The Twilight Sad release their new double a sided single this week. Available on 7″ vinyl and as a download it features ‘It Never Was The Same’ which is taken from their fourth studio album ‘Nobody Wants To Leave & Nobody Wants To Be Here’ but there is equal interest in the flip side which contains a cover of ‘There’s A Girl In The Corner’ performed by Robert Smith of The Cure. The album has been their most successful release so far and it peaked at no.51 last year. They have yet to make an appearance on the singles chart, and I suspect this release will do little to change that. The band will be making three festival appearances next month; T In The Park in Balado, the 2000Trees Festival in Cheltenham and the Latitude Festival in Cheltenham. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we hear a fifth album from them, and a few more UK dates would not go amiss.

UB40 – TBC (Album)

Those who haven’t been keeping up with events may be confused by the two different versions of UB40 which are currently in existence. One version perform as UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue while the remaining original members simply perform as UB40. It is the latter who are currently working on a new album, and have signed up with PledgeMusic to help fund the release and also to increase interaction with their fans. The album is set for release early next year, but fans signing up to the campaign now can receive a limited edition CD of dub mixes once the album sees the light of day. They are set to play a series of gigs during May before returning later this year for another set of concerts in October. Whether they can recapture their original success remains to be seen but there will be no shortage of fans queueing up to see them on tour and signing up for their next album.

Next Week…

Other artists releasing singles in the remainder of June include Fall Out Boy, Alesha Dixon, Don Broco and Maverick Sabre while album releases are set to include Giorgio Moroder, Indigo Girls, Everything Everything, The Orb and Bill Wyman. We will be back soon with more reviews so don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter account and our main website

Ian Anderson

7 June, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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