#Review: You Me At Six – VI


   

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You Me At Six are an English rock band from Surrey. Since forming in 2004, the band have enjoyed various successes with all of their albums (except their first) reaching the Top 5 of the UK Album Charts and their fourth album, Cavalier Youth, reached Number 1! Now, 2018 sees the band return with their aptly-named sixth studio album, VI. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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One thing is for certain, this band are superb at adapting their sound and have continued to evolve throughout their already pretty lengthy career. Their previous album, Night People, received rather mixed reviews suggesting it was a rather disjointed effort – although credit to them for trying something new! However, this is all about to change with VI!

The album bursts into life with the very gritty and rather explosive ‘Fast Forward’, which sees Franceschi screaming, “Pour some gasoline on,” with his trademark gravelly voice. The track has highs and lows in all the right places – prominent, grungy synths make this a strong album opener…think U2 but heavier!

Next to follow is the hugely atmospheric, stadium-filler, ‘Straight To My Head’ with 80s-style synths, strong bass lines and an incredibly catchy, chant-able chorus – possibly the best track on the record.

There is a distinctly indie meets disco sound across the album too. Lead single ‘3AM’ epitomises the vibe of the record; like something by The KillersThe Maccabees or even Bastille maybe, with a running rhythm to the vocals, whilst ‘Back Again’ is possibly the most pop-like track on the album, seeing Franceschi using his falsetto – a great, feel-good track.

They’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success.

Possibly the weakest songs have to be ‘I O U’ – a bass-led affair that feels disjointed in places; it’s quite experimental, in that it changes pace and sound throughout. Also, ‘Predictable’ is quite similar to something by Arctic Monkeys; it’s a little droning and not particularly memorable. Whilst ‘Pray For Me’ is a wonderfully euphoric song but throughout feels like it’s going to a place that it never actually goes.

‘Danger’ instantly grabs your attention with a beat that starts almost identically to Toni Basil‘s ‘Mickey’, but quickly demonstrates it’s much more edgy than that. It’s an upbeat track with some incredible, diverse vocals – a really strong track!

Probably the most controversial song on the album, is closing track, ‘Losing You’ – it builds beautifully with some captivating vocal effects and all-consuming reverb on the synths and guitars. It is bound to be a real mixed-bag with the fans.

It has to be said that You Me At Six have done a superb job with this record – they’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success. They’re a band that press forward and continue to grow and VI clearly shows that the band have made an album they wanted to make – for that, they should be very proud.

Rating
3.5


‘VI’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vi/1380831965


VI on Spotify

3AM (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrELmjpktYE


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of this band’s…? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#Playlist – re:MIXTAPE

 

 


   

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We felt it was time to create the ultimate remix playlist, to accompany/rival the likes of the latest Now That’s What I Call Remix album, putting all the world’s best remixes into one mammoth playlist.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of remixes we love, as well as suggestions from you guys!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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re:MIXTAPE Playlist

This playlist is packed to the brim with some of the best remixes around:

  1. Bazzi – Mine (Jengi Remix)
  2. Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do featuring SZA (A-Trak Remix)
  3. NEIKED – Sexual featuring Dyo (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  4. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)
  5. Charlie Puth – Attention (Bingo Players Remix)
  6. Avicii – Lonely Together featuring Rita Ora (Alan Walker Remix)
  7. Sigrid – Strangers (TIEKS Remix)
  8. P!nk – What About Us (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)
  9. Kesha – Praying (Frank Walker Remix)
  10. Craig David – I Know You featuring Bastille (Sultan + Shepard Remix)
  11. Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water (R3hab Remix)
  12. Maroon 5 – Wait (Chromeo Remix)
  13. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (BloodPop® Remix)
  14. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (E11even Remix)
  15. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)
  16. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (Alan Walker Remix)
  17. Rita Ora – Anywhere (R3hab Remix)
  18. Britney Spears – Make Me… featuring G-Eazy (Tom Budin Remix)
  19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)
  20. The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This featuring Coldplay (Alesso Remix)
  21. Sam Smith – Like I Can (Artful Remix)
  22. Zedd – Stay featuring Alessia Cara (The Kemist Remix)
  23. David Guetta & Afrojack – Dirty Sexy Money featuring Charli XCX French Montana (Banx & Ranx Remix)
  24. Charli XCX – Boys (Nevada Remix)
  25. Clean Bandit – I Miss You featuring Julia Michaels (Cahill Remix)
  26. Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (Cash Cash Remix)
  27. Anne-Marie – Heavy (John Gibbons Remix)
  28. NEIKED – Call Me featuring MIMI (Alex Adair Remix)
  29. Kesha – Learn To Let Go (Feenixpawl Remix)
  30. Mabel – Finders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds (DUSK Remix)
  31. Rita Ora – Your Song (Cheat Codes Remix)
  32. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (Fred Falke Remix)
  33. ZAYN – LIKE I WOULD (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  34. Busted – Thinking Of You (TAYST Remix)
  35. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore featuring Selena Gomez (Attom Remix)
  36. Julia Michaels – Issues (Alan Walker Remix)
  37. Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (Said The Sky Remix)
  38. Selena Gomez – Wolves (Said The Sky Remix)
  39. James Arthur – Naked (CADE Remix)
  40. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Tiësto Remix)

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a follow on Spotify too – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/1nN0ylV9EkCnCFOo3b6jW5?si=fFo3ZTQuTfq57o7xBw5Yig. If you’ve got any songs to suggest for us to add to the playlist, please let us know 🙂

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#Two4Tunesday: Bastille – ‘Good Grief’ & KT Tunstall – ‘Evil Eye’


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Bastille – ‘Good Grief’

Bastille released their debut album back in 2013 and have been touring and recording since then. Now, 3 years down the line, they are ready to release their follow-up album, Wild World, and ‘Good Grief’ seems to be their first single to pave the way to their new full-length record!

The track opens with a quote from Kelly Le Brock‘s character, Lisa, in the film Weird Science. It then launches into a catchy, fun-filled, pop-fuelled anthem, perfect for the upcoming summer!

Note: The official music video has now been released and can be viewed below.


‘Good Grief’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/good-grief/id1120257541?i=1120257751



KT Tunstall – ‘Evil Eye’

It’s been 3 years since KT Tunstall last released any new music but she’s made a return with this powerful new song,‘Evil Eye’, taken from her new EP, Golden State.

The new track is intense and upbeat and sees her take a slightly new direction to her songwriter style, with a modern synth twist in places.

It’s current and refreshing – just a fantastic song!


‘Evil Eye’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/evil-eye/id1120427343?i=1120427447


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#Playlist: September 2015

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So, this month we got back in the swing of things and came back in full force! We shared new tracks by MOKS featuring James Arthur, Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding, Pentatonix and Justin Bieber.

We also brought some Mellow Tracks by Timeflies and Ryan Adams, threw some Thursdays back with City High, Mary Mary and Stacie Orrico and brought some wild-card tracks by Galantis and Cartel.

We even did another interview, with Life Of Dillon and hopefully we’ll be bringing you another one in October!

We hope you have enjoyed our song choices throughout September and you can find the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!


NEW BANNERS!

This month, we’re bringing you two new banners; ‘Happy Robot’ (at the top of this post!) and ‘Dopey Face’ – keep an eye out for them both at the top of our blog!


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#ThrowbackThursday: City High – ‘What Would You Do?’

City High was an American rap/hip hop trio, consisting of Ryan TobyRobbie Pardlo and Claudette Ortiz.

This was undoubtedly their most well-known song and my word was it an amazing track! Not only did it reach Number 3 in the UK charts, back in 2001, but British band Bastille recorded and released a cover of the song in 2013 (also featured below).

The song’s lyrical and video content confronts the idea that some single mothers, facing poverty, are forced into prostitution to support their children; it is intended as a motivational anthem and in an odd way, it does the job! It also features a sample of Dr. Dre‘s hit song, ‘The Next Episode’.

What a massive anthem! Are you still loving this song as much now as you were 14 years ago? Please leave your #ThrowbackThursday songs in a comment below or on our Facebook/Twitter accounts.


‘What Would You Do?’ is available on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/what-would-you-do/id14204174?i=14204203


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City High – What Would You Do?

Bastille – What Would You Do? (City High Cover)

#Two4Tunesday: Ryn Weaver – ‘The Fool’ & Ella Eyre – ‘Together’

This week’s #Two4Tunesday features two up-and-coming pop lasses, both of whom have a lot to offer the world of pop music and culture!


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Ryn Weaver is incredible! Born Erin Michelle Wüthrich, of Argentinian/American decent, she has quickly become an internet success story picking up recognition from Charli XCX and Hayley Williams (Paramore)!

This sensational artist seemed to just emerge out of nowhere with her debut track, OctaHate, going viral. You may remember the original video where there was a little girl as her younger counterpart with some stunning imagery throughout. Sadly, Ms Weaver recently stated that she hated the original video and has since removed it online asnd replaced it with a new version in which she and her best friend have a food fight; it’s such a shame as the original video was one of my all-time favourites!

However, since then, Ryn Weaver has released her follow-up track, The Fool, which is also the title track to her upcoming album. Once again, the video is heavily incorporated with artistic imagery and makes for a really interesting visual accompaniment.

Ryn Weaver, as an artist, truly excites me; she not only produces interesting, unique and quirky pop songs but also visual masterpieces to accompany them, making for a fantastic re-defining of the word ‘artist’ in the music industry. I can’t wait to see what more she has in store for us!


‘The Fool’ is available to download from iTunes right now – please go grab your copy and show support for this incredulous artist – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-fool/id981136094?i=981136101


Ryn Weaver – ‘The Fool’



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Next is the latest release from Ella Eyre. Ella trained at BRIT School and came to recognition for her collaborations with RudimentalNaughty Boy, Tinie TempahBastille and DJ Fresh but since then has released a string of Top 20 hits, the most recent being ‘Together’.

This particular track has a fresh, summer feel with its calm verses and intense, drum and bass style choruses. This song confirms the incredible talent Ella Eyre has and that she deserves recognition for her talents.


‘Together’ is out now on iTunes, please go and download it – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/together-single/id978502227


Ella Eyre – ‘Together’


So here ends another #Two4Tunesday! Please remember to share the link to this post on your social media accounts and tell us what your two favourite tracks are right now. Thanks for the continual support!

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