Here are reviews from some albums being released this summer.
Blu & Exile – Miles
Dirty Science Records
2020 marks eight years since Blu & Exile’s last full length album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them.
Now in an effort to make up for lost time, the dynamic duo are back to drop the double album ‘Miles: From An Interlude Called Life’ (‘Miles’ for short).
The album includes features from Blu’s childhood friend and now platinum recording artist Miguel, Exile’s childhood friend Aloe Blacc, Dirty Science alum Fashawn, along with several emerging artists like The Last, Artful Dodger, Choosey, Iman Omari, and more.
“We planted the seeds of creativity and grew about 40 plants,” Exile says of the release. “We picked the ones that we thought were the best for an album, but that didn’t mean that the other flowers weren’t beautiful.”
Blu & Exile are ready prove they haven’t missed a beat, as their undeniable chemistry is yet again put on display.
Tracks include: Blue, When the Gods Meet, True & Livin’, Miles Davis, The Feeling, Music Is My Everything, Bright As Stars, Blue As I Can Be, You Ain’t Never Been Blue, Miles Away, Troubled Water, Roots of Blue, African Dream, Requiem of Blue, The American Dream Pt. 2, Dear Lord, To the Fall, But Not Forgotten, All the Blues.
Bronson – Bronson
Ninja Tune Records
Bronson, the brand new group by Odesza and Golden Features, unveils their debut self-titled album on Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune.
Bronson is available on clear LP, limited edition black and yellow LP, and CD.
Grammy-nominated duo Odesza and acclaimed Australian producer Golden Features have come together to form the powerhouse group Bronson.
The self-titled album Bronson pushes the soundscapes of their previous projects to explore the darker edges of dance music.
The LP features heavyweight collaborations from lau.ra of Ultraista, Gallant, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
The Bronson album reflects on their respective needs to challenge personal struggles, both internal and external.
Moreover, the trio recognized that its own battles were merely microcosms of the surrounding world. The hope was to craft a body of work that was reflective of that duality of lightness and darkness inherent to the human condition.
Pressed on Black and Yellow Vinyl.
Tracks include: Foundation, Heart Attack, Bline, Know Me, Vaults, Tense, Call Out, Contact, Blackout, Dawn (feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs).
Bush – The Kingdom
BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
The Kingdom is the upcoming eighth studio album by English rock band Bush. It was originally scheduled to be released in May but the release date was later pushed back.
Bush released two singles prior to the album, the first being “Bullet Holes” which was released in May 2019 and featured in the film John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and the second single off the album was “Flowers on a Grave” and was released in March 2020.
Bush was formed in London in 1992. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, lead guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Nik Hughes.
In 1994, Bush found immediate success with the release of its debut album, Sixteen Stone.
Despite the band’s success in the US (especially in the mid-1990s), the band was considerably less popular in its home country – a period when Britpop groups dominated the UK charts and the appeal of the grunge sound had declined – and they have enjoyed only marginal success there.
Tracks include: Flowers On A Grave, The Kingdom, Bullet Holes, Ghosts In The Machine, Blood River, Quicksand.
The Chicks – Gaslighter
Columbia Records Group
Gaslighter is the brilliant new album from The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks), and is the fifth studio album to be released by the band.
It is the band’s first new album since 2006’s aking the Long Way, which won five Grammy Awards including “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” and “Song of the Year.” Gaslighter is produced by Jack Antonoff with The Chicks.
Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains, and moms, The Chicks have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon. Since the release of their debut album, Wide Open Spaces in 1998, The Chicks’ music has stirred emotions in fans across the world, making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time.
On June 25, the band changed its name to The Chicks, dropping “Dixie.” The name change followed criticism that the word had connotations of American slavery.
Alongside the name change, the band released the protest song “March March.”
Album contains explicit lyrics.
Tracks include: Gaslighter, March March, My Best Friend’s Weddings.
Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
Brightest Blue is Ellie Goulding’s highly anticipated fourth studio album release.
Originally scheduled for June 5, the album’s release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 13 Goulding released “Worry About Me”, a collaboration with Blackbear, as the first single from the album. The accompanying music video, directed by Emil Nava, was released the same day. Upon the song’s release, it received generally positive reviews from music critics. Commercially, the song debuted at number 78 on the UK Singles Chart.
On May 21, the song “Power” was released as the album’s second single. The accompanying music video was directed by Imogen Snell and Riccardo Castano, and was released later the same day. It peaked at number 86 in the UK.
Brightest Blue is Goulding’s first album since Delirium (2015).
The full record was produced by Ellie Goulding and Joe Kearns.
Tracks include: Start, Power, How Deep Is Too Deep, Cyan, Love I’m Given, New Heights, Ode to Myself, Woman, Tides, Wine Drunk, Bleach, Flux, Brightest Blue.