This Week in Records


As Freshers’ kicks in, the week is one for sophomore albums. It sees the much-awaited follow-ups from both CHRVCHES and Disclosure, with Disclosure’s collaboration with Lorde heading up the singles. We also have a new release from The Chemical Brothers’ latest album, Born In The Echoes. Not to forget, Sam Smith’s theme for Spectre is set for release too.

Caracal, taking its name from a rarely seen desert lynx, sees the Lawrence brothers team up with a myriad of voices- with Sam Smith, Gregory Porter, Kwabs and Lorde featuring on the album. The follow-up to 2013’s SettleCaracal continues the duo’s flair for catchy beats and great collaborations. Out via Island.

CHRVCHES return with Every Open Eye this week. Headed by the release of the energetically electronic ‘Leave A Trace’, showcasing front woman Lauren Mayberry’s sugary vocals. The video release for the track led to a backlash of slut-shaming, with Mayberry speaking out about women in the music industry: definitely more of a reason to listen to the album. Out via Virgin/Glassnote.

Former member of The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, brings us his sixth studio album b’lieve I’m goin downIt follows 2013’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze, creating a mythical combination of Vile’s old soul voice and his indie rock tone. Out via Matador.

Not only do we have the release of Caracal this week, but Disclosure are also offering us ‘Magnet’ from their sophomore album, which sees them team up with Lorde. It layers the singer’s soothing, breathy vocals over lightly tapping drums, bringing a softer dimension than found on the other releases. Out via Island.

‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’ is the latest track to spill from electronic duo The Chemical Brothers’ album Born In The Echoes. Combining twanging electronics and futuristic slides with a rising pace, the pair continue their flair for creating great dance music; the track was received very well at their Bestival headline slot. Out via Virgin EMI.

Spectre’s theme will finally be released this week. Sam Smith brings us an orchestral and typically Bond ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, that Disclosure are said to have “added additional production to” after Smith detailing that it was the quickest song he ever wrote. Out via Capitol.


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