LMSUKmedia Top Picks: What we’re listening to – Week 4
Calvin Harris & Rag n Bone Man – Giant
The song marks one of Harris’ first releases of 2019, following on from the hugely successful year he enjoyed in 2018 with the likes of the smash-hit singles ‘One Kiss’ (which featured Dua Lipa) and ‘Promises’ with Sam Smith. “Giant” tells the story of a person who became stronger after a relationship. He was taught life lessons during that time and came out a more confident person. He feels as though the roles are reversed with that person and he wants to help them. Rag’n’Bone Man begins the song with a mellow beat.
John Newman – Feelings
John Newman has been one of the major breakthrough artists in the UK in recent years, and with his distinctive voice, the writer and performer of some of the biggest anthems, including his three number one singles, ‘Feel The Love’, ‘Love Me Again’, and ‘Blame’. After a short hiatus, John is back with release of his brand new single, ‘Feelings’. Newman seems to be back to his best with this new track, looking to build on his popularity since moving back to the UK.
LONA – Shangri La
London four-piece Lona are moving at the speed of light with their ambitious beginnings. Since transitioning from highly popular band JUDAS, they’ve announced a UK Tour and released two amazing singles, firstly ‘She’s With Me’ and now ‘Shangri La’. ‘Shangri-La’ is a biting piece of electronics, which is more inclined towards rock than synth pop.
LONA said this about the track: “The idea of ‘Shangri-La’ is loosely inspired by James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. The concept of a paradise of peace and youth. Our song is a modern spin on this, set upon the London Shangri-La hotel. It’s about two lovers desire to go back to place where their love was serene.”
Arcades – Kiddo
A pop/rock disco anthem that advocates for better mental health from the off. The band’s message is strong in achieving its aim on such an important topic. Of the subject matter behind the track, Tommy said: “I wrote Kiddo whilst going through a very dark period in my personal life. It’s about fighting off those little demons inside your head that can sometimes get the better of us all. It all came from a phone call I had with my dad back in early 2018…Being able to finish writing it was like putting those dark times to bed for good – None of us are perfect and that’s what makes us perfect. Don’t suffer alone. Seek the help that is there. This song’s for you guys”.
Jerry Williams – Gameshow
Our final track this week is local hero Jerry Williams who recently released her latest EP ‘Gameshow’. The title track ‘Gameshow’ was written by 23-year-old Jerry after the tragic death of a close family friend who died from cancer. “It was the first person who had passed away who I had known and it really knocked me for six.” She explains. “Just knowing that she was gone, broke my heart. It felt so unfair and cruel.” Jerry’s energy emanates from the speakers and it’s impossible to listen to this record without tapping your foot and singing along.