This Week In Records (20/07/2015-26/07/2015) sees a diverse spectrum of releases. From the heavy metal of Lamb of God’s return with VII:Sturm Und Drang, to the rising Shura’s latest offering of ‘White Light’ and a glittering collaboration between Sigma and X Factor’s Ella Henderson. Read the rest of our picks for this week, below.
Alternative-rock band The Survival Code impress with their debut album MMXV, with ‘Living a Lie’ and ‘Changing The Universe’ being particularly memorable. The band’s individual qualities come together really well – an understated quality that can make or break an artist at this stage of their career. The Survival Code are doing all the right things with their music and, with a sound similar to a Biffy Clyro and You Me At Six, the future is bright for the trio from London. One to watch. Out Friday 24th July via IRL.
While American indie trio On An On have gone slightly under the radar in recent years, the release of their second album And The Wave Has Two Sides has been hotly anticipated. Spearheaded by the emotive ‘Drifting’ (a track that wouldn’t look out of place on a Mumford & Sons record), the acoustic guitar and thought provoking lyrics combination could take the trio to the higher level of recognition. Out Friday 24th July via Roll Call Records.
One of the most consistent heavy metal bands around, Lamb of God’s eighth studio album comes after a small hiatus. VII:Sturm Und Drang is an almost ferocious record, with ‘Erase This’ especially standing out along with ‘Overlord’ being arguably one of the best songs the American quintet have ever produced, with an obvious Metallica influence. A record not for the faint-hearted. Out Friday 24th July via Epic Records.
As part of BBC’s ‘Sound of 2015’ shortlist, singer/producer Shura’s stock has risen significantly this year. New single ‘White Light’ follows the successful mould of previous releases ‘2shy’ and the brilliant ‘Touch’, a calming melodic backing track with vocals not too dissimilar to Janet Jackson in her prime. Recently added to Radio 1’s playlist, and with a debut record landing soon, the future is bright for the electropop artist.
The talented duo Sigma have already brought us number ones such as ‘Nobody To Love’ and ‘Changing’, and adding the vocals of Ella Henderson to their latest track ‘Glitterball’ has done them no harm at all. The former X Factor contestant’s strong vocals are very much suited to the track and with summer vibes aplenty it wouldn’t be a surprise if this collaboration brings the English drum and bass duo another high UK chart entry.
Foxes’ latest single oozes 80’s disco, with ‘Body Talk’ also showing the progression and development from the Southampton-raised singer in the lead up to her second album dropping later in the year. Famous for singles such as ‘Let Go For Tonight’ and ‘Holding On For Heaven’, this song was first played on BBC Radio 1 in May following a successful world record attempt for ‘the most live gigs played in 12 hours in different cities’ – including an intimate performance at our very own SUSU.