Alya Elouissi – “The One” | Single Review

Alya Elouissi is a singer-songwriter from London and this is her debut single “The One”, which has already been creating the buzz in it’s short life so far. With the purest of voices, Alya croons her way through a beautiful atmosphere that’s full of space but filled with pianos which seem to spread out with the loveliest little riffs. All of the extra room is taken up by the sheer surprising amounts of passion and emotion that seems to pour alongside Alya’s voice and it just makes for some real nice, uplifting listening.

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Courts – Back of the Mind | EP Review

One thing to always do: always start at home. Back of the Mind is the new EP from local lads Courts. I became a huge fan of these guys after stumbling upon their track ‘Feel My Love’ many moons ago. There was something about the band’s blend of hip hop and indie elements that really drew me to them, and I’m glad to say that Back of the Mind features all of that drawing ability too.

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UNBLOOM – “No Other” | Song of the Week

Now this is a good song. ‘No Other’ is the latest single to come from UNBLOOM, who is just about to release his new EP This Could Be Everything / This Could Be Nothing. Collaborating with Davey on the vocals, this is a song that focuses on the moments of regret that come with trying to have a good time. I’ve experienced this many times, with the most notable being the second swig of Polish Vodka and immediately throwing up in the toilets of The Noak Bridge pub. Sorry about that.

With bouncing synths, jovial drums and an overall sense of happiness going on, ‘No Other’ could be the perfect soundtrack to any good time and certainly has all the tools to do, but it’s arc in the lyricism provides some much needed depth that helps it stand out from the rest of the dancefloor anthems that circle the hips each month. UNBLOOM has provided the perfect dancefloor hit for the overthinker, and it’s a good way to let loose in the music as the lyrics have you covered. Nice work.

Everything Everything – A Fever Dream | Release of the Week

Everything Everything are possibly the most underrated band around today. These guys have been politely digging away at honing their sound into one that adds a bit of depth and character to modern Pop music, and it’s only until 2015’s Get To Heaven that the masses began to notice. A Fever Dream is the band’s new album and it’s another dazzling display of Pop music with a bit of topical deepness to it.

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Happy Birthday Sounds Good | 1st Birthday – Thank YOU!

Hi everybody! Thank you for attending the 1st Birthday of my wonderful baby blog, Sounds Good. It’s been up all night impatiently waiting to open up all of it’s presents and nearly ruined everything. BUT CAN YOU BLAME IT? I sure cannot. So please join me in singing, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…

Okay that’s weird. As mentioned on Twitter, I have recorded a little message just to say thank you to all of you who have been involved in helping this first year of Sounds Good be the most fun and exciting year I’ve had as a guy who writes about music. It was originally going to be a video message, but my face did not look great on camera, so nevermind. To those of you I might’ve forgotten to mention, please don’t be hurt by it, I was tremendously sweaty and was on the 15th take of this bloody thing.

As a little thank you to all of you, I’ve decided to showcase my awful guitar & singing skills and recorded a little cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘I Sat By The Ocean’. They’re my favourite band (no shit) and that song in particular is one that’s very special to me, so what a great way to pay homme-age (get it?) by ruining it for all of you. Enjoy!

Listen to “Sounds Good | 1st Birthday | Thank You”.

Listen to “Sounds Good’s 1st Birthday | “I Sat By The Ocean” Cover”.

To all of the fellow bloggers, artists, bands, record labels and PR companies who have contributed to making the first year of Sounds Good so good, thank you so much, I love you so hard. Here’s to another year!

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains | Album Review

If you’re new to the blog and have just stumbled upon it please be aware that I am a huge fan of Queens of the Stone Age. The following review may contain scenes of giddy screaming, hints of hyperventilation and a smidge of tears. Today marks the release of QOTSA’s seventh album Villains, and with the world seemingly becoming switched on to the talent of the Desert-dusted veterans it’s possibly their most anticipated record yet. Coming four years after the release of the seminal …Like Clockwork, Villains looks set to build upon the foundations of a new beginning and head off on another journey of re-discovery. With producer Mark Ronson involved, this record is finally the soundtrack behind Josh Homme’s ‘Ginger Elvis’ moniker. It’s heavy, it’s sentimental, and it knows how to dance.

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