July 25, 2016 9:21 am

…Except how great Shura’s debut album is!

After re-releasing 2015’s classic “Touch” with the addition of vocals by Taleb Kweli earlier this year, Shura has given us her much anticipated debut album Nothing’s Real and it did not disappoint. The 80’s pop/R&B sounds are nothing short of fantastic. Nothing’s Real recycles some songs from the White Light EP, released in 2015, with some minor updates, but the tracks are right at home with their new companions. The influences of Janet Jackson and Madonna are very apparent on tracks such as “What’s it Gonna Be?” and “Indecision.”

The album fits nicely into what some are calling the future of pop music. Alongside other acts such as Tegan and Sara, the sounds of the 80’s are being reconstructed with modern elements. The clean, immediate sonic nature of the music is engaging. The sweeping synths are a mixture of classic analog and modern, nearly cheesy sounds. The lyrical content is superb.

Aleksandra Denton may be a 25 year old from England, but her lyrics are applicable to any and all 20 something’s around the world. “Touch” has an overly familiar feel. The turmoil of wanting someone so badly and knowing that it’s too late is something everyone can relate to. The emotions running through “Touch” are so strong that there are honestly palpable. It’s no wonder that the following track, “Kidz N’ Stuff” is about the same person. The album deals with heartbreak and introspective thoughts. The album feels like a true reflection of Aleksandra herself and that is what gives this album a good feel. Shura has a strong, bright future ahead of her.

December 9, 2015 2:35 pm

I have listened to “Love For That” by Mura Masa feat. Shura possibly a hundred times. I have watched the music video maybe a million times. No shame because how could I not?! Masa’s fun flute and steel drum sound mixed in with Shura’s magical lungs that reach the most beautiful pitch gives my ears such a buzz. The music video only adds to the charisma of the song. Theatrics, dancing and an enticing storyline will leave you absolutely falling in love with everything about this single. Check it out below!

Alex Crossan, the 19 year old “beat-slayer, heart-breaker, producer, singer, writer, lover” has got some serious musical chops. Appearing on BBC’s Sound of 2016 List and featured on Spotify’s Spotlight UK, there’s no doubt we’ll be hearing more of this kid. He sets on a European tour starting in the spring, so if you’re around you better not miss this!

His EP Someday Somewhere released earlier this year and has gotten some great reviews.. that’s just judging by the comments on his Facebook page. For lack of a more intricate description upon first listen to the EP, it is pure fire. The funk and high pitched sounds are similarly stimulating to that of a Years and Years/Frank Ocean musical brain child with a heavy dash of electronics to give it the edge so prominent in his sound. This guy needs to come to the US asap. I’m serious.