REVIEW: MATT TERRY – ‘TROUBLE’ 32

It’s been almost a year since Matt Terry won The X Factor and since then, he’s performed to thousands of fans and spent months honing his song-writing and artistic craft, the results of which he has now shared on his debut album Trouble.

Opening with new single “Sucker For You”, which lyrically showcases the ‘darker’ side of love and relationships, the collection kicks off by giving listeners an emotively powerful number to lose themselves in – allowing them the opportunity to connect with the lyrics and be physically moved by the track’s great musicianship and rhythm which could – and probably does – quite easily fill dance-floors everywhere.

Title track “Trouble” has a rather exotic, ‘party on a tropical sandy beach’ vibe to it but “The Thing About Love” is undoubtedly THE stand out piece on the album. With its poignant and powerful lyrics, combined with Terry showcasing the very best of his vocal ability, it serves as a reminder of just how and why he won over the judges, and more importantly, the public to claim The X Factor crown.

The album plays very much like a diary, charting the highs and lows Matt has gone through in the past couple of years, and the track-listing of the collection reflects this extremely well, alternating between upbeat and more subdued songs, which can easily be taken as musical metaphors for how love, and life, work for each and every one of us.

While there are several tracks which focus on the more negative sides of heartbreak and lost love, “Don’t Ask”, with its upbeat underside will help even the most broken hearted feel more positive and uplifted. It’s rare for a UK artist to even attempt singing in a foreign language, so, despite closing the album on an unusual note with it, Terry should be commended for his commitment to doing so on “SUBEME LA RADIO”, the collaboration with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul.

As a whole, Trouble is a solid first album for an artist who since claiming The X Factor crown in 2016 has worked tirelessly to make a name for himself in the ever-competitive music world. Whether or not this album will solidify his place a little more within it however remains to be seen but it’s sure to delight his growing fan-base.

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2017 MOBO AWARD WINNERS REVEALED 15

The annual MOBO Awards took place in the UK Wednesday (November 29).

UK grime artist Stormzy dominated, picking up three out of the five gongs for Best Male Act, Best Grime Act and Best Album for his debut “Gang, Signs & Prayer”.

Wizkid was crowned Best International Act, which means he goes down in history as the first African artist to have won the BET Award and MOBO Award for Best African Act as well as the MTV EMA for Best Worldwide Act and also the Best International Act.

Below is the full list of the 2017 MOBO Awards winners:

Best Male Act: Stormzy
Best Female Act: Stefflon Don
Best Album: Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Best Newcomer: Dave
Best Song: J Hus – Did You See
Best Video (in association with Link Up TV): Mist – Hot Property
Best Hip Hop Act: Giggs
Best Grime Act: Stormzy
BestR&B/Soul Act (supported by Mi-Soul): Craig David
Best International Act: Wizkid
Best African Act (in association with The Beat London 103.6FM): Davido
Best Reggae Act: Damian Marley
Best Jazz Act (supported by Jazz FM): Moses Boyd
Best Gospel Act (supported by Premier Gospel): Volney Morgan & New-Ye

2018 BRIT AWARDS: CRITICS’ CHOICE SHORTLIST REVEALED 18

We are extremely excited to announce that Jorja Smith, Stefflon Don and Mabel have been nominated for the 2018 BRITs Critics’ Choice award. These three outstanding talents have been whittled down from over 100 artists selected by a team of music industry experts across radio, TV, print and online.

The BRITs Critics’ Choice award has been successfully predicting and identifying the next artist to make waves in the music industry since 2008. Winners across the last ten years include Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and last year’s winner Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, who have gone on to achieve extraordinary chart success not only in the UK, but worldwide.

Jorja Smith, a 20-year-old R&B songstress from Walsall in the West Midlands met her now manager aged 15 but it was the release of her Dizzee Rascal inspired ‘Blue Lights’ in 2016 that put her and her soulful, diverse vocals into the spotlight. She has seen her international profile rocket this year after featuring on Drake’s ‘More Life’. 

Speaking of her nomination, Jorja said: “It’s an honour to be recognised amongst such incredible emerging talent. 2017 was a very special year and there’s so much more to come from me in 2018!” 

Multitalented rapper, singer and songwriter Stefflon Don sent ripples through the music industry with her cover of Wretch 32’s ‘Six Words’ and Section Boyz’s ‘Lock Arff’ in 2015. Her ability to switch between rap, grime, dancehall patios and smooth vocals effortlessly and with confidence is perhaps why she has gathered the attention of her musical peers – collaborating with the likes of Lethal Bizzle, French Montana and Skepta. 

Speaking of her Critics’ Choice nomination, Steff said: “I am so excited to be nominated for this amazing award. A big shout out to all my fans and dons for their support. 2017 has been lit and I can’t wait for 2018! Mad love to you all”

21-year-old Mabel released her first single, ‘Know Me Better’ on Soundcloud in July 2015. It was a viral hit and was picked up by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Annie Mac. By October of that year she had signed a major label deal. Fast forward to 2017, and her single ‘Finders Keepers’ has been one of the breakout hits of the year, spending five weeks in the UK Top 10 and reaching almost 20 million views on YouTube.  

Speaking of her nomination, Mabel said: “Being nominated for the Critics’ Choice award really is a dream come true for me.  So much hard work has gone into getting to this point, so to be acknowledged by something like the BRIT Awards means the world.”

The 2018 Critics’ Choice Award winner will be announced on Monday 4 December, and will be the first recipient of the bespoke award designed by Sir Anish Kapoor.