Each Sunday, The Perfect Tempo provides you with the 5 best songs released this week! This is our Sunday Service.
- The Weeknd - Secrets
You’ll be hearing a lot about The Weeknd’s fourth album ‘Starboy’ this week, after featuring ‘I Feel It Coming’ last time I was tempted to skip featuring another track from it but I’m afraid this album is absolutely stellar and deserves another mention.The song I’ve picked this week is Abel’s personal favourite and it’s not hard to see why, it’s an absolute funk banger, The Weeknd channels his inner Prince in an 80’s styled smooth disco ballad, It’s a sharp departure from his usual singing technique as The Weeknd makes sure to lower down his vocal chords, making him sound completely different but still deeply smooth, The track would be nothing however without the superb production and yet again another hypnotic and catchy beat that will have you two stepping along.
- Pete Tong - Right Here, Right Now[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhP-Mtv7TTA&w=560&h=315]
So what do you get when you mix one of Britain’s most iconic homegrown DJ’s, some all time classic club tunes and an orchestra? you get Pete Tong’s Classic House of course! first premiered back in 2015 at the BBC Ibiza Proms, the idea proved so successful it has launched a whole sold out arena tour this and subsequently this album.
The album itself features a wide variety of classics and new songs remade by the world famous Heritage Orchestra, nothing however sticks out in your mind more than the fantastic opening of the Fatboy Slim track ‘Right Here, Right Now’
I believe there is no better sound in music than a live orchestra, the sound they are able to create is completely indescribable but what I can say is be prepared to get your breath taken away the second those iconic strings kick off this classic track. make sure to listen for yourself to truly understand why.
- Gabrielle Aplin - Miss You
I’ve been a fan and supporter of Gabrielle Aplin all the way since when she was posting cover’s of pop songs like ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked And Famous on YouTube way back in 2011, it’s brilliant to have seen her grow into one of England’s finest singer-songwriters, she’s never been afraid to grow her sound or try something original and her latest song is no different.Miss You is hopefully a solid preview of a yet untitled third project, Gabrielle has defintiley evolved from the guitar wielding teenager that released her heartbreaking and criminally underrated debut album ’English Rain’, her latest single however see’s her swapping those acoustic strings for a surprising selection of tropical house beats, her melancholic vocals somehow seemingly work perfectly when mixed together with the electronic background.
It’s not quite a ballad, not quite a club track, it’s something completely different and that’s not a bad thing at all.
- Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla (Planet Earth II Mix)
Any chance to highlight this fantastic band I will take and especially if it means highlighting one of my favourite tracks. Hoppipolla is easily one of the most emotional songs ever made, even if you couldn’t name it you are bound to have heard it played on countless charity appeals whilst tears most likely streamed down your face, it’s just that affecting.This specific remix however is featured on the BBC programme Planet Earth II, it feels slightly sped up than the original and much more immediate sounding due to the more present drums in the track.
It also builds a lot quicker than the original, this gives it a more larger, epic sound whilst maintaining much of the emotion that made it so special in the first place all those years ago. Back in 2006 the original featured in the first Planet Earth. It was a beautiful song then and it still is now.
Any opportunity to highlight such a fantastic Icelandic band such as Sigur Ros I will happily take and hopefully if you haven’t heard of them then you will now be inspired to check out their other equally superb material.
- Kate Bush - Cloudbusting (Live)
The final track is unfortunately unable to be added to our Spotify playlist due to Kate Bush’s fantastic live album Before The Dawn being unavailable to any of the streaming services, but I implore you to check out this must own for any music lovers library, if you were unaware It’s a full release of her stellar 2014 sold out shows in audio form.Picking just one track from this album is the hardest part, it shows that over 30 years since her last live tour performances that she still has that stellar voice and performing capabilities, nothing however captures the grandeur and emotion of those shows more than it’s finale ‘Cloudbusting’
It’s just 7 minutes of pure musical bliss, it reaches a crescendo of epic proportions and I just dare you to try and not shed a tear during her heartfelt thanks to the audience that close out the concert.
You can listen to all this weeks selections below;