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Single review: Damon Albarn – ‘Heavy Seas of Love’

For a song that oscillates between slowed down versions of The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ and Womack and Womack’s ‘Teardrops’ it’s actually pretty good and his best solo offering so far. The mix of the two musical styles really suits the song and keeps your interest, and even though it’s as downbeat as you’d expect from […]

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The best new album releases in April 2014

When you’re done reminiscing about last month with my cool March playlist, you can start looking forward to the best LPs getting a release in April. Last month saw big new releases from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Elbow, Rick Ross, Eagulls and Johnny Cash amongst many others. So what albums are we looking forward […]

Listen: February 2014 new music playlist

Two new tracks from the Klaxons, a new one from Gruff Rhys, the return of both Howling Bells and Little Dragon, killer remixes from Four Tet, Kanye West, Mssing No and brand new tracks from exciting up-and-comers like JUNGLE, Circa Waves, Hockeysmith and more. It’s safe to say February was a pretty awesome month in terms of great new music.

Below I’ve put together the cream of the February crop into a handy playlist – which you can also find on the All-Noise Soundcloud page. Check it out and let me know what you think…

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Watch: Damon Albarn – ‘Lonely Press Play’ video

Fresh from picking up the Award for Innovation at last night’s NME Awards, Damon Albarn has released the studio version of new Everyday Robots track ‘Lonely Press Play’.

So far all we’ve had is live and acoustic versions after Albarn debuted the track earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival and then performed it on Radio 2 – listen to the album version below, which is accompanied with a travelogue-type video filmed by Albarn himself:

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Listen: Damon Albarn – ‘Lonely Press Play’

With his solo album Everyday Robots due out in April, Damon Albarn has been steadily dripping new material out into the public domain.

There’s been a live version of ‘Lonely Press Play’ doing the rounds, after the Blur/Gorillaz/lots-of-other-projects frontman debuted it at the Sundance Film Festival, and now there’s a stripped-back acoustic version of the track available for your listening pleasure.

Albarn performed ‘Lonely Press Play’ during his appearance on Radio 2 this weekend – check it out below:

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This Week’s New Single Releases (16th February 2014)

My A-Z round up of the new singles available for digital download this week.

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera – ‘Say Something’
Here’s a slow-paced piano-led ballad that is programmed to pull at your heart-strings and certainly feels like the post-Valentines come down. ‘Say Something’ is a song that you really want to go somewhere but it doesn’t quite build on its initial concept; a huge chorus never really appears. The verse is touching and well balanced between the vocals of the main singer and guest artist Aguilera over some swelling strings and it finally brings a bit more power in the final third. It’ll fit nicely over the touching end of a television drama but not sure how strong it is on its own, but it’s a well meaning tear-jerker if you’re in the right frame of mind. (6.5/10)
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Watch: Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’

As reported yesterday, details of Damon Albarn’s upcoming solo album were leaked online by his US label Warner Music. Predictably today has seen the Blur/Gorillaz polymath officially reveal all about the album – which is called Everyday Robots and is due for release on 28 April on Parlophone. The album will be preceded by the […]