- When Wild Beasts shared their unabashedly theatrical debut single, ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’, back in 2006, the early hype suggested they could well become one of the UK’s most brilliantly idiosyncratic bands. As the Cumbria-formed four-piece now prepare to bow out 12 years later, we can confirm that they greatly exceeded their early potential. This career-spanning retrospective – featuring songs from all five of their albums, re-recorded at London’s legendary RAK studios – makes for a fitting eulogy for the Mercury-approved quartet, displaying both the breadth and calibre of their catalogue, and their incredible prowess as a live band. If you need us we’ll be luxuriating in Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming’s glorious vocal harmonies, hoping for a reunion in the not-too-distant future.
- If you're a rap fan then Rejjie Snow is likely a name that has frequently - if quietly - appeared on your radar. Dublin’s breakout hip-hop star has been making waves since he started out around 2012, after dropping out of a football scholarship. The sporting world’s loss has been music’s gain and this - his debut album - has felt a long-time coming. With smooth, Irish-accent-tinged bars and even smoother beats, there’s something truly engrossing and chilled about Rejjie Snow’s sunshine-infused sound. Executively-produced by Rahki (who, for reference, worked on To Pimp A Butterfly), and with features including the likes of Aminé and Anna of the North, this is a debut that finds Snow playing in the big league. And with its gentle discourse on love and loss, Dear Annie looks set to keep him there.