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Single review: Charli XCX – ‘Boom Clap’

Taken from the film ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ – taken a while to land as a download it seems – Charli XCX return to her poppy side after her deviation into Iggy Azalea territory. With a shamelessly radio-friendly chorus, it balances her more serious RnB side with her commercial outings like ‘SuperLove’, so should […]

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Single review: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’

‘Fancy’ sees a combination of two of the best female talents around, though this joining-up isn’t quite as great as you’d imagine from them both collaborating. ‘Fancy’ manages to repeat the same electronic loop throughout its entire running time which quickly proves a little too tedious even with the added crowd sounds. Azalea’s raps manage […]

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Phil’s Top 100 Music Singles of 2013: #20 – #1

So in this final part, here are my top twenty songs of 2013! 20. Gary Barlow – ‘Let Me Go’ (Released: November, No. 2) After a few years captaining the reformed Take That man-band, Barlow released his first major solo single in fourteen years. Taking inspiration from Mumford and Sons, this perky, country-tinged number feels […]

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Phil’s Top 100 Music Singles of 2013: #60 – #41

With forty songs already covered, let’s get into the top sixty, with numbers 60 through to 41. 60. Bellowhead – ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’ (Released: February, didn’t chart) Around for the best part of a decade, this second single from their ‘Broadside’ album grabbed my attention with its catchy folk-indie-pop vibe that fitted neatly onto […]

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This Week’s New Single Releases (8th December 2013)

My round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. Amber Run – ‘Heaven’ Avicii meets Mumford and Sons meets Autotune in this cross pollination of genres. A slow burner, taking half of its running time to even touch on its chorus, fans of Coldplay and similar indie bands will seek refuge […]

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Phil’s Sound of 2014

As the BBC release the latest list of artists that we could be riding high in the charts next year as part of their ‘Sound of 2014’ poll, I eschew their technique of polling dozens of critics and music experts to compose my own list of fifteen artists who I think we’ll be hearing more of […]

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This week’s new single releases (30th June 2013) Part 1

Part one of my round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. Andrea Begley – ‘My Immortal’ After Leah McFall hit the charts with some of her covers, it’s time for the winner to also arrive in the top 40. A slow-paced, stripped back beautiful cover of the Evanescence classic, it’s […]

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This weeks single releases – 10 February

Philip Lickley take us through another batch of new single releases – what will you be downloading this week? Single Releases – 10 February Avicii V Nicky Romero – ‘I Could Be The One’ [rating:3/5] Buy: I Could Be the One Fresh from big hits like ‘Levels’, Avicii teams up with Nicky Romero on this […]