As Semester 2 rears its head, there are some exciting releases to ease the pain of the return to a routine. Bloc Party’s much-awaited album Hymns will arrive, along with new music from Sia, and Jamie Lawson.
Bloc Party are releasing their album Hymns on Friday, and The Edge have had an exclusive listen. Despite rumours of a hiatus, and despite the bassist leaving, the new line up looks great. Bloc Party are coming to Southampton very soon joined by Ratboy and Drenge. Tickets are selling fast and this is not one to be missed. Out Via BMG.
Sia’s This is Acting is also out, with only one song on the album that was not written for another artist. Songs on the album were written for but rejected by Rihanna, Adele and Pitch Perfect 2, with one song co-written with Kanye West. This will be Sia’s seventh studio album. Out Via Inertia.
South African, indie-electronic artist, St Lucia, is releasing his second studio album, Matter. This is in the top ten most anticipated dance albums of 2016, amongst big names such as Calvin Harris and Kygo. This may be St Lucia’s big year. Out Via Columbia.
Following the success of ‘Silverlined’, XYconstant return with ‘No Further’. It provides the summery, airy flair that was found on ‘Silverlined’ but with a deeper house edge and lower vocals, that a less clear-cut than found on their other work. Out via Parlophone Records.
Jamie Lawson, the first person to be signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, releases ‘Cold In Ohio’ this week. It’s the third track on his self-titled sophomore album, bringing with it gentle crooning, softly sung vocals and a sombre tone. There’s something cosy and comforting about it too. Out via Gingerbread Man Records.