Mandy’s Top 20 Tracks of 2017

2017 has seen the release of so many incredible songs. It’s extremely difficult to pick the best 20! I decided to give it a shot anyway. Here are my top 20 tracks of 2017:

20. “White Noise Boys” by Airways

19. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran

18. “Separate Ways” by Joe Dolman

17. “The Last Of The Real Ones” by Fall Out Boy

16. “Pay The Man” by Foster The People

15. “Born To Die” by Coasts

14. “One Of Us” by New Politics

13. “Drown” by Kovic

12. “Sight For Sore Eyes” by Knox Hamilton

11. “Something Beautiful” by Joe Dolman

10. “Ropes” by Kovic

9. “Sorry” by Nothing But Thieves

8. “Let Me Love You” by Coasts

7. “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by Fall Out Boy

6. “I Think It’s Strange (Acoustic)” by Joe Dolman

5. “Broken Machine” by Nothing But Thieves

4. “Explore” by Sundara Karma

3. “Heart Starts Beating” by Coasts

2. “Amsterdam” by Nothing But Thieves

1. “Happy Family” by Sundara Karma

Check out all of these songs below! 

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Danielle’s Top 5 Albums of 2017

What Do You Think About The Car? – Declan McKenna

At the age of 15, Declan McKenna was the youngest solo artist to perform at Glastonbury winning the Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. His debut album ‘What Do You Think About The Car’ has  a certain maturity to the lyrics and topics that it explores for such a young singer and did I mention that they are ridiculously catchy.

Top five tracks:

The Kids Don’t Want To Come Home
Paracetamol
Humongous
Brazil
Why Do You Feel So Down

Attractions Of Youth – Barns Courtney

Barns Courtney has certainly come a long way since I saw him at a very intimate gig at the Oporto last February. Putting Barns Courtney in a single music genre is a virtually impossible task and ‘Attractions of Youth’ just goes to show what a diverse musician he is. From rock to folk(ish) and then rap this album is a treat for your ears.

Top 5 tracks:

Glitter and Gold
Fire
Hobo Rocket
Little Boy
Kicks

Emerging Adulthood – Dan Croll

Dan Croll’s second album has been a long time coming and I can assure that it was certainly worth the wait. ‘Emerging Adulthood’ cwas released in July and with catchy hits like ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Tokyo’ was a definite favourite for my summer playlist.

Top five tracks:
Tokyo
January
One Of Us
Bad Boy
Educate

 

Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect – Sundara Karma

On twelfth night the three wise men came to a stable in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and on the 6th January 2017 Sundara Karma gifted the world with their debut album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect.’

This album has become such a ‘go to’ soundtrack for me that I often forget that it was actually released this year!

With highs…..and more highs, because there literally aren’t any lows when it comes to the infectious sound of Sundara Karma, this record is all I need for dancing round my room.

P.S introducing Mandy to SK’s music remains, to this day, my greatest achievement in life.

Top 5 tracks:

She Said
Flame
A Young Understanding
Watching From Great Heights
Lose The Feeling

This Life, Vol. 1 – Coasts

Who are we kidding, of course Coasts were going to be on my list of Top 5 Albums and taking the top spot too!

Coasts second album ‘This Life, Vol. 1’ has a certain maturity to it, exploring themes that have often challenged the band. All of this is done whilst maintaining a distinct Coastsness and includes some absolute belters.

Top 5 tracks:
Take Me Back Home
Heart Starts Beating
Chase The Night
Make It Out Alive
White Noise
(I wanted to put all ten tacks on my ‘top’ list but Mandy said that I had to choose five)

Mandy’s Top 5 Albums Of 2017

Featured Images via Sundara KarmaNothing But ThievesCoastsKnox Hamilton and Foster The People 

With 2017 coming to a close, I wanted to take a look back at some of the incredible music that has been released this year. It wasn’t easy to pick only five best albums, but here are the ones that stand out from the rest of the pack to me: 

5. Sacred Hearts Club by Foster The People

Foster The People did not disappoint with their third studio album. They dabbled in a lot of new sounds (check out “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy”) that took me by surprise at first, but quickly grew on me. And of course the album comes complete with brilliant lyrical work from the genius that is Mark Foster.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Pay The Man”
  • “Sit Next To Me”
  • “Lotus Eater”
  • “I Love My Friends”
  • “Static Space Lover”

4. The Heights by Knox Hamilton

Knox Hamilton didn’t disappoint with their debut album. The Heights is track after track of pop-rock goodness. Each track has its own unique sound, from the bright pop of “Rightfully So” to the grungy rock vibes of “Call Me Up.” 

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Rightfully So”
  • “Sight For Sore Eyes”
  • “Washed Up Together”
  • “The Heights”
  • “Call Me Up”

3. This Life, Vol. 1 by Coasts

The Bristol boys’ second album was anything but a sophomore slump. Coasts explore more complex themes and display a sense of musical maturity throughout this album. From the feel-good “Take Me Back Home” to the heartwrenching “Born To Die,” Coasts deliver an album full of single-worthy tracks.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Heart Starts Beating”
  • “Let Me Love You”
  • “Born To Die”
  • “Chase The Night”
  • “White Noise”

2. Broken Machine by Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves’ sophomore album is nothing short of a masterpiece. The topics that they touch on are so incredibly deep and relatable. It’s hard to find words to describe the feeling of belting out these lyrics along with frontman Conor Mason, but the closest I can come is to say that it’s a cathartic experience. From start to finish, this album is truly a work of art.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Amsterdam”
  • “Broken Machine”
  • “Sorry”
  • “Particles”
  • “Live Like Animals”

1. Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect by Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma quickly became one of my favorite bands with their debut album. Their music has so much packed into it. The raw emotion of “Happy Family” that never fails to bring me to tears. The beautiful lyrics of “Loveblood.” The deep meaning paired with the funky beat in “Explore.” Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect has everything you could ever hope for in a debut album and more. This is easily the best debut I’ve ever heard, and certainly the best album of the year.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Happy Family”
  • “Flame”
  • “Explore”
  • “She Said”
  • “A Young Understanding”

Song of the Week: Drown

Featured Image via Kovic

British band Kovic are back at it again with their newest single “Drown.” I’ve had this song on repeat ever since its release on Friday. Having seen Kovic open with this song all six nights of their last UK tour with Coasts, I’m instantly transported back to dancing in the front row with my friends every time I hear it. I have had the infectious chorus stuck in my head ever since the tour ended, so believe me when I say the release of “Drown” was a highly anticipated one for me.

“Drown” is also featured in the soundtrack for FIFA 18, quite an accomplishment for such a new band and certainly a testament to their talent.

Check “Drown” out below!

Coasts Release Sophomore Album “This Life, Vol. 1”

Featured Image via Coasts 

On August 18, my favorite band, Coasts, released their sophomore album titled This Life, Vol. 1. I never expected a second album this soon, as their self-titled debut was just released in January 2016. But hey, I’m not complaining. 

Image via Coasts

The Bristol boys really outdid themselves with this album. It still has the “Coasts vibe” I’ve come to love, but shows a certain maturity that separates it from their debut. They kick it off with two lighthearted tracks, “Take Me Back Home” and “Heart Starts Beating,” both of which are absolute bangers live. “Come On Over” is the perfect pop ballad to listen to on a summer’s night, but it isn’t until after this track that we hit some real emotional depth. “Let Me Love You” is by far Coasts’ most powerful track. It delves deep into the world of mental health, shedding light on a subject others often deem too dark to write about. It never fails to make me emotional. Coasts keep it slow with “Paradise,” featuring floaty background vocals that I absolutely adore. 

“Make It Out Alive” kicks off the second half of the album, and I for one cannot wait to see the energy of this track live. The driving rock of the chorus backed by Chris Caines’ epic dance moves will be a sight to behold. “Chase The Night” is yet another moving track, featuring dark imagery that evokes strong emotions. Coasts give us one more lighthearted track, “White Noise,” which gets stuck in my head entirely too often. The chorus is too catchy not to love. They finish the album with two deeper tracks, but they have completely different moods. “Tomorrow” gives a message of hope, the promise that tomorrow will be better. “Born To Die” is a heartbreaker complete with a gospel choir. I dare you not to tear up during this track. It ends the album on a solemn note, something I found to be a bit of a shock. Not a bad shock, but a shock nonetheless.

This album shows so much growth for Coasts. They dive deeper with their emotions, not just on the ballads, but also on the upbeat tracks. Not only did they step up their lyrical game, they upped their musical game as well. I can easily see these tracks moving a crowd to tears or making them jump for joy. And I’m not the only one who took note of this: the album charted at #17 in the UK, their highest ranking yet. 

Oh, how far they’ve come since “Oceans.”

Give This Life, Vol. 1 a listen here.

Now that we’ve got Vol. 1, who else is ready for a Vol. 2?!? 

Coasts This Life Vol.1 Album Review​

Featured Image: Coasts

It’s here, it’s finally here! Coasts second album This Life Vol. 1 is released today and I am absolutely loving it!

Coasts took to their social media channels at midnight last night/ this morning for a listening party. Sadly my phone battery died about 30 seconds in so all I got to hear was that the guys from Coasts went to bingo last night – as if I needed any more reason to love them.

When I first heard the singles from the new album including ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Paradise’ I thought that they had a kind of tropical sounding vibe to them yet that was bringing the party to my door.

Yet compare this to the thought-provoking and often chilling  ‘Let Me Love You’  ‘Chase The Night’ and ‘Born To Die’ you have a well-rounded album that has a more grown up feel to it, referencing topics that are often ignored to great effect.

I loved the constant surprises and curve balls that This Life threw out, I mean like can we talk about the choir in ‘Born To Die’? Totally majestic and so unexpected.

This Life Vol.1 is a revealing insight into issues that many of us face including dealing with mental health demons and highlights that (this) life is not all sunshine and daisies.

So what’s your favourite song from the new album?  I literally can’t decide, I love them all but at a push, I’d have to say from the  singles: ‘Take Me Back Home’ ‘Heart Starts Beating’ (affectionately  known as High Stakes Blackjack) and from the newer songs ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Make It Out Alive’.

I took to Twitter to see what other people’s faves were:

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This Life Vol. 1 charts at No.14 in the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and people of the UK can look forward to Coasts epic 38 date tour in September/October.

I obviously can’t tell you which dates I’m going to (because the guys might find out and that would ruin the surprise of randomly turning up)

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Give This Life Vol.1 a cheeky listen here.

Coasts announce new album and marathon UK tour

Featured Image via Coasts

How are your excitement levels right now? Mine are through the roof and it’s all because of Coasts who made not one but two massive announcements today.

Coasts’ greatly anticipated second album entitled This Life will be released on the 18th August.

Image via Coasts 

If this wasn’t enough good news for one Wednesday the guys from Coasts also announced a marathon 38 date UK album tour!

Coasts will be playing at many cities where they haven’t been before as well as some of their favourite haunts. So whilst we at Adore worry about how Chris Caines’ voice will hold up, the question isn’t so much will you be going but rather how many of the dates will you be going to?

Image via Coasts