Singles Round Up: 16th November 2014

Given that nothing else this weekend could match the momentous comeback of S Club 7 on Children In Need, this week's Singles Round Up is as standard as they come. A batch of singles in no particular order, apart from the one that took my fancy the most. Onwards.

Kristina Maria - 'You Don't Have The Right To Cry'
Canadian singer-songwriter Kristina Maria is managed by Vito Luprano, who brought us Celine Dion, but 'You Don't Have The Right To Cry' is no 'My Heart Will Go On'. Nothing wrong with Maria's vocals, yet the whole track misses the power it so desperately is searching for.

Olly Murs - 'Wrapped Up' ft. Travie McCoy
The one musician you'd bank on surviving a nuclear apocalypse, Olly Murs is back with lead single 'Wrapped Up' from his upcoming fourth (yes, really) album Never Been Better. Not sure about that statement, but the track is an inoffensive attempt at funk pop, albeit one with an unnecessary cameo from Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy.

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne - 'Real Love'
Starting off strong with just strings and Jess Glynne's soulful vocals, 'Real Love' soon descends into your average dancefloor pop ditty. Not that I'm one to question Clean Bandit's approach; however, sometimes, less is more and there's nothing wrong with a traditional approach, sans electronic beats.

Ty Segall - 'The Singer'
Talking of traditional, Ty Segall is perhaps releasing music in the wrong era. Even if just by a decade or two. 'The Singer' has flashes of Radiohead and builds smartly to a busy climax via a nifty guitar solo. Solid.

Sinead O'Connor - '8 Good Reasons'
The second single to be taken from Sinead O'Connor's latest album, '8 Good Reasons' proves the voice is still in good knick, even if the track itself is a bit too maudlin and one-note for these ears.

Demob Happy - 'Succubus'
Having completed their first-ever headline tour, Brighton's Demob Happy arrive in single form with 'Succubus'. It's moody and a bit early-Queens Of The Stone Age in its approach, if not quite as seductive as its title suggests. Promising though.

Ásgeir - 'King And Cross'
Marking the upcoming re-release of his debut album In The Silence, 'King And Cross' won't be new to Ásgeir fans (even if the video might be) but is easygoing and charming enough to potentially win the Icelander new ones.

cloud life - 'Archduke / Holy Ghost'
With both tracks running under a combined three minutes, the debut outing for cloud life, AKA 23 year old Californian Sean Mazzapica, at least won't take up too much of your time as you decide if his lo-fi electronic leanings are for you. It's a tad too slight for our tastes.

Dracula Legs - 'Sand To The Beach'
A quick glance at the very hairy fellows that make up London five-piece Dracula Legs should give you an impression of what to expect on 'Sand To The Beach'. It's raucous, hooky and a bit rough around the edges, but appealingly so.

Single of the Week

S Club 7 - Greatest Hits Medley

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