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Best Songs of 2014… So Far (Part 1)

Every year, as we enter July, I sit down and think about my favourite songs of the year so far, and this year has been no less of a challenge than in previous ones. With over 300 songs downloaded and having listened to probably over 750 new songs this year, whittling them down to just […]

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Watch: Chloe Howl – ‘No Strings’ video

With lyrics like ‘Fuck your no strings… I hope I have twins’ newcomer Chloe Howl marked herself out as a pop star with a difference when ‘No Strings’ was debuted on her recent Rumour EP. Each of the tracks on the EP got a video, but now ‘No Strings’ has graduated to ‘official video’ status. […]

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Single review: Chloe Howl – ‘Rumour’

There was a fear from me that it would the case of diminishing returns after the excellent ‘No Strings’ was followed by the good, but not great ‘Paper Heart’, but the quality level is lifted in this multi-layered funky lyrically interesting number that takes its funky, gloopy start and speeds along with a toe-tapping poppy […]

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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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New Music Round Up – top 13 of 2013

It just so happens that what is due to be the 20th edition of my New Music Round Up’s has coincided with the time of the year that everyone likes to publish retrospective lists. I thought it would therefore be a cool idea to go back through all the new music I’ve featured over 2013 […]

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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 […]