MX ritaoraoftheyear 2017 | Best Releases 45-41

MX ritaoraoftheyear 2017

50 Best Releases

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U.R.S.U.L.A. – Mythomalia Mix

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‘Mythomalia Mix’ was one of the more mysterious releases from PC Music’s Month of Mayhem but it’s probably a collaboration between labelhead A. G. Cook and Spinee. ‘Mythomalia Mix’ is 9 minutes of insane, eery t.A.T.u remixes and it’s definitely a standout from the month. The only problem? It’s too damn short!

highlight track: THE REMIX OF “CLOWNS”

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Billy Cullum – Lonely Hearts Club

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Easily one of the best new artists of the year, Billy Cullum was a clear standout talent when I first had the joyful experience of seeing him as Mark Cohen in the UK Rent Tour back in October 2016. Since then, not only have I seen the show eleven times but Billy has launched a music career which began with charming tropical house banger “Lost in You”. Stylistically, this album lies closest to Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ and there are clear influences scattered from the alt-pop women of today. Billy is best when he’s at his most passionate – a tone that is most prevalent here on tracks like the brooding “Cyanide” and an unexpected cover of Britney’s “Born to Make You Happy”. Overall a very promising and vocally stunning debut album.

highlight track: CYANIDE

43

Poppy – Poppy.computer

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If ‘Bubblebath’ was Poppy’s attempt at making a project that sounds like a popstar, ‘Poppy.computer’ is her attempt at making music that sounds like her character. To put it frankly, the singles campaign for this album made it seem like this project was going to be simply awful – buzz tracks like “Let’s Make A Video” and “My Style” had generic and dated production, and each song screamed “budget cuts”. However, to my surprise, not only did the singles work better in the context of the album, but all of the songs that weren’t released yet were a million times better than the ones that were. I never thought Poppy would top “Lowlife” but nevertheless she did in the form of the seemingly Crystal Castles inspired “Software Upgrade”. “Fuzzy” is the closest thing here to a chart-pop hit, and “Pop Music” is a wonderful, almost emotional devotional ballad to the form itself. This project may not be as strong and consistent as ‘Bubblebath’ was, but… it’s truly Poppy.

highlight track: SOFTWARE UPGRADE

42

Sia – Everyday is Christmas

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It seems odd putting a Christmas album in this list now that the holiday season is over, but honestly, if it came down to pure enjoyment factors, this album would be even higher. ‘Everyday is Christmas’ isn’t just your simple average Christmas album – every song on here is an original written by Sia, and precisely half of them are ballads. Three of these ballads in particular – “Snowman”, “Snowflake” and “Underneath the Mistletoe” defy the idea of a Christmas song – these songs stand on their own out of the merit of their beauty and vulnerability. I would seriously consider these aforementioned three songs to be among Sia’s best ever work, and following in the footsteps of Ariana Grande’s ‘Christmas & Chill’, this is a collection of Christmas songs that I’m going to struggle to keep to just the holiday season.

highlight track: UNDERNEATH THE MISTLETOE

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Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

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Was it unexpected for Miley Cyrus to “return to her roots” with her newest album ‘Younger Now’? Who knows? Personally this seemed like a suitable enough artistic progression from her experimental psychedelic album ‘Miley Cyrus & her Dead Petz’, considering that this is just a more accessible version of some parts of what we were hearing on that. This album may have been a commercial failure but not a single song sticks out on here as a hit – what she has here is a cohesive collection of strong pop folk music. Tracks like “Bad Mood” and “I Would Die For You” are gorgeously gloomy and some of her best work lyrically. I don’t think Miley intended for this album to be a huge success (and it seems like she doesn’t care too much overall; her last album was released for free originally). I think Miley was making the album that she wanted to make, and that is highly admirable. She did a great job at making something that feels fully realised.

highlight track: I WOULD DIE FOR YOU

Sia’s second Christmas song “Snowman” is an unexpected ballad

Move over Frosty, Sia’s new “Snowman” single has arrived and it’s the unconventional ballad you were never expecting.

At the intersection of Ariana Grande’s “Not Just On Christmas” and Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” is this beautiful ode to a snowman from Sia.

The ballad follows up the lead single “Santa’s Coming For Us” (which, as we have realised, is not as scary as we were expecting based on the title) as the second song to be taken from Sia’s upcoming Christmas album ‘Everyday Is Christmas’.

So far, Sia’s first foray into holiday music is shaping up to be very interesting with her voice sounding sorta out of place but mostly quite charming.

‘Everyday is Christmas’ arrives on November 17th and that means only one thing – it’s less than a week till we get to find out what on earth “Puppies Are Forever” sounds like. Can’t wait.

Santa’s Coming For Us! Sia’s Christmas music is finally here

Halloween is over and it’s time for Christmas – and what better way to celebrate than some new Christmas music courtesy of Sia.

“Santa’s Coming For Us” is the first single to be lifted from the pop sensation’s upcoming first Christmas album, titled ‘Everyday is Christmas’

Believe it or not, “Santa’s Coming For Us” isn’t as frightening as it sounds. In fact, it’s not even the oddest track title on the album – that award goes to “Puppies Are Forever” – God knows what that song is going to sound like.

‘Everyday is Christmas’ is Sia’s eighth album overall and the follow-up to the huge successes ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ and ‘This Is Acting’, a duo of albums that provided Sia with her biggest hits including “Chandelier”, “Elastic Heart” and “Cheap Thrills”.

“Santa’s Coming For Us” is available now. ‘Everyday is Christmas’ follows on November 17th.