- Shame have been pretty consistent in their unapologetic, unfiltered outlook ever since they first emerged at the tail-end of 2014. Happily, the South London punks continue to be led by the gut on this, their incendiary full-length debut. Recorded in just 10 days, Songs Of Praise is entirely flab-free, and ably captures the visceral energy and the grimy, claustrophobic feel of the five-piece’s legendary live performances. Frontman Charlie Steen spends the set flailing between studied apathy, simmering contempt and explosive fury, and the band showcase a range that extends from The Fall at their most menacing (‘The Lick) and bratty punk spleen (‘Lampoon’) to dreamy jangle-pop (‘Angie’). A richly realised debut set that’s so instantaneously infectious it could be a greatest hits.
- When Camila Cabello departed superstar girl group Fifth Harmony in 2016, she described her then forthcoming solo debut as “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again.” For all that portended moody melodrama (with initial single ‘Real Friends’ suggesting diary-style sweetness), somewhere along the way she released latin-tinged ‘Havana’, the Young Thug-featuring low-key banger. Suddenly Cabello had one of the biggest hits of 2017 on her hands. The album release was delayed, and - while there’s certainly introspective autobiography on display - as a record Camila now feels a little more pop, a little less personal. With delicate reggaeton, soaring vocals and a lilting club heat throughout, this is a warm and confident debut.