GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Daylight (Rosala Records released 4th June)
10CC’s Graham Gouldman is a busy man, fronting 10CC on their 40th anniversary tour and releasing a new solo album entitled ‘Love & Work’ due for release in August. This is the lead single and dedicated to the late Andrew Gold, who Gouldman worked with in Wax best remembered for the hist single ‘Building A Bridge To Your Heart’). In fact the album is dedicated to Andrew Gold as well. It is a pleasant tune – perfect daytime fodder for BBC Radio 2 – nothing special but fine to listen too.
LISBEE STAINTON – Sidekick (Western Songs released May 28th)
Lisbee Stainton has released a couple of enjoyable singles to date and this latest one is no exception. She has a light, summery vocal and this song you could see on future TV shows needing a summer tune. Lovely harmonies on the mid-section and this song deserves to be a hit. A nice ray of sunshine in these dark times…
THESE REIGNING DAYS – Living It Up (Ecco Recordings released 21st May
The band’s debut single ‘Changes’ was very good indeed, reminding me of the mighty Muse. This new song though sees the band go for a highly catchy indie rock song, with a nod the 80′s in the guitar and the Ultravox approved synth riff. I am sure I can hear some pomptastic church organ towards the end of the song. Based on these two songs alone their debut album due in the summer is shaping up to be one of the year’s listening highlights.
JAMIE HARTMAN ‘Before I Close My Eyes’/'Buddha Allah Jesus Jones’ (Flat Cap Records released 21st May)
Third single lifted from his excellent new album ‘III’, which has already been album of the week on BBC Radio 2. This double A side single has the mellow refrain ‘Before I Close My Eyes’ and the more upbeat ‘Buddha Allah Jesus Jones’, a tune perfect for a summer’s day. Do check Jamie Hartman out as he is a superb singer and has pop rock tunes to die for.
THE CAST OF CHEERS ‘Animal’ (V2)
The band’s second single, following on from ‘Family’ which had rave reviews from various BBC Radio 1 DJ’s. It isn’t bad but sounds like many other indie pop bands out there and can’t say I’d play it again.
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Power Plays w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)
BLOCK BUSTER Losing Gravity (Frontiers)
WATCH ME BREATHE Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It (The Label Group/INGrooves)
FIRES OF FREYA Take A Bow (indie)
BLACK STAR RIDERS Underneath The Afterglow (Nuclear Blast)
STOMPIN’ HEAT Shiny Curly Red Hair (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 THE DEFIANTS Zokusho (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 CORELEONI II (AFM Records)
14:00-16:00 TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native (Fuego)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
BAD COMPANY Company Of Strangers (1995)
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