#Review: Leah McFall – INK (Mini Album)


   

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Leah McFall first came to the public attention as a runner-up on the second series of The Voice UK, back in 2013. Since then, she’s been busy crafting her sound and has finally released her first mini album, INK, which she will be touring throughout the UK, this month.

Leah McFall - INK

The title track, Ink’, is also the opening track of the mini album; it’s a subtle, laid-back song with haunting melodies and incredibly well-placed backing vocals that add a interesting depth to it. The song (and several others on the record) has strong resemblances with NAO.

‘Happy Human’ is an uplifting, full-on track with a positive message. ‘Bottle It’ stands out for it’s edgy sound – similar to the current tropical house trend but with her own, unique interpretation. ‘Colours At A Funeral’ is a raw, emotional song that has a deep soulfulness to it and is followed by another stand-out song, ‘Language’; the latter is a great song, probably the most poppy song (and my personal favourite) on the record. It’s a quite a blend of late 80s and 90s pop sounds and has that feel-good factor about it.

The closing track is Leah‘s first, independently released single, ‘Wolf Den’, which boasts an upbeat, quirky sound and really showcases just what she can do with her voice; whistle notes and all. It’s the perfect end to the whole mini album.

The production throughout, is what I’d describe as subtle yet intricate – it doesn’t scream out pop and it can’t easily be pigeon-holed, but that’s what makes it such a fantastic release. It’s very dreamy with seemingly simplistic production (although that’s most definitely not the case); it’s been impeccably well produced and each song makes an impact in a different way. Leah‘s powerful vocals and delicate ad libs have been layered beautifully and weave stunningly around the instrumentation, creating euphoric highs and emotionally-driven lows throughout the entirety of the record. It is an honest offering and almost exposes a vulnerability about the singer. This is undoubtably something fans will appreciate; an insight into her world.

In summary, this mini album has a lot to offer and is a very strong independent release that’s currently charting highly on the UK iTunes charts. Although she may not have won The Voice UK, her talent definitely outshines any other contestant to have graced the show previously or since. This release is a symbol of what fan power, self-belief and determination can achieve and her every success is deserved! Let’s hope a full-length album follows, and soon!

Rating
5


‘INK’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ink-ep/id1206458926


INK on Spotify

INK on YouTube

Wolf Den (Official Video)

Bottle It (Official Video)

Happy Human (Official Video)


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#MellowMonday: James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’


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James Arthur rose to fame when he won the X Factor back in 2012. It was then in 2013 that he released his self-titled, debut album. Having left Syco and taken a break from music, he’s set to return with his second album Back From The Edge, lead by this single, ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

This song is raw and brimming with emotion – it feels honest and paves the way for a really deep album. Having been through a lot over the past couple of years, I am intrigued to see how it will shape his sound, especially after working with the likes of MOKS on ‘Otherwise‘.

Are you excited to have James Arthur set to return? What do you think of this new, mellower sound? What song would you choose for #MellowMonday? Please leave your thoughts or song choices in a comment below.

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‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/say-you-wont-let-go/id1151197696?i=1151197755


#FeelGoodFriday: Foxes – ‘Amazing’


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Foxes is a London-based singer who shot to fame when her vocals were featured on Zedd‘s 2013 song, ‘Clarity’, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

Since then, Foxes has released her debut album and is now immanently about to drop her second album, All I Need.

‘Amazing’ is one of the songs taken from her follow-up album and it’s a real belter! It’s a great combination of pop and electronic music and it may not be your obvious pop, chart-topper but it’s definitely making my Friday much better!

I’m also looking forward to meeting her at the album launch in HMV in Brighton on 7th February 2016 – anyone else going?! Please share this on your social medias!

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‘Amazing’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/amazing-single/id1057165812