With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
If there was a perfect time to be introduced to Irish rapper Rejjie Snow, the release of his extensive, 20 track debut might just be that opportunity. For a bit of background on Alex Anyaegbunam, the emcee’s talent was scouted by none other by Madonna, which bought him a support slot on her tour and gained him an international fanbase before a record was even made. Dear Annie showcases the raw talent that Madge saw, with jazz style beats under Snow’s cool and honest lyrics about a love, lust and loss. While the album’s first half is a somewhat upbeat affair, with ‘Pink Lemonade’, ‘Spaceships‘ and ‘Egyptian Lover’ offering danceable sounds and optimistic endeavours, there’s a distinct switch to the album’s second half with ‘The Rain’, ‘Room 27’ and ‘Desolé’ being a more sombre affair, with sporadic vintage radio style speeches introducing the tracks and filling the gaps in between.
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