All posts by Stuart Mackenzie

Media student from and studying in Edinburgh.

Imagine Dragons announce work on new album and release song

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Imagine Dragons have announced they are working on their third album.

The ‘Radioactive’ hit-makers left a message to their fans on their Facebook page.

The message also provided a clip with the band’s new song for upcoming Sci-Fi blockbuster, Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

 

Listen to the full version of Levitatehere. 

Read about Passengers in our list of film previews.

The Weeknd- Starboy

 

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The Weeknd’s Starboy front cover

 

With its immediate chart success, use of artistic music videos, and a recent single cover already making BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, The Weeknd’s latest album Starboy seems to have made a huge impression on the music industry.

Released on Friday, the R&B singer’s third studio album,  immediately catapulted to the number one spot in charts spanning 80 countries. Continue reading The Weeknd- Starboy

Scottish footballer alleges abuse

Photo credit: Andrew Smith
Photo credit: Andrew Smith

A Scottish footballer has come forward about his abuse from former football coach, Barry Bennell.

Dougie Gilligan, from Hamilton, claims he was abused on two separate occasions during a coaching camp when he was 13 years old, by the convicted paedophile, Bennell. Continue reading Scottish footballer alleges abuse

Kylie Minogue Drops a New Xmas Song into Our Stockings

by Stuart Mackenzie

The Australian music sensation is back, and just in time to spread more holiday cheer. However, this friendly neighbour isn’t singing the traditional carols. Ms Minogue debuted her brand new track ‘At Christmas’ on BBC Radio 2 this morning.

The cheerful tune kicks off with a keyboard-riff, not dissimilar to The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up, Buttercup’, and accompanying sleigh bells. It’s not long before the ‘Can’t Get You out of My Head’ hit-maker chimes in with lyrics taking you through all four seasons.

She leads us into a chorus of musical cheer juxtaposed with winter blue words that fits right onto our playlist of classic Christmas pop songs.

The jingle may not be ‘Santa Baby’ but there’s a good chance Kylie will once again be the star at the top of this year’s Christmas charts.

Listen to ‘At Christmas’ here:

 

Stu’s Spotify Specials

Stuart shares his Spotify picks

Music buff Stuart Mackenzie shares his top musical picks with edinburghnapiernews.com

 

  1. Bruno Mars- Chunky

With the new album’s release on Friday, the Hawaiian harmoniser is out with yet another funky single that is sure to get you grooving. Following suit from the previous jams such as, ‘24K Magic’ and ‘Versace on the Floor’, the new song indulges us into a romanticised old-skool aura with classic R&B sounds. The only thing that mattered back then was the size of your girls’ backside. Opening with a short synth-solo, we are instantly greeted by the classic Mars voice and a nostalgic, Rapper’s Delight-esque bassline. As the tune increases in party-rhythm, we are led into a chorus melody not dissimilar from past-hit Treasure. The song may not make it to party-anthem territory, but it is definitely one to tap your toes and cruise with your crew to.

  1. John Mayer- Love on the Weekend

Mayer the Player has been toying with his social media followers all week with the repeated announcement of this song dropping. This single is the first we’ve heard of the mega-guitarist since his acclaimed stab at Country in 2013 (not counting his cover of Beyonce’s ‘XO). The ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’ singer is back to his usual ways with his new single, well almost. The drum-tempo and guitar-strumming sounds like classic Mayer, however his vocal melody and production have remnants of his Country-exploration. Mixing the two genres is far from a bad thing as the romance song is a tranquil piece that reminds you that after 15 years of making music, Mayer has still got it. His seventh album is definitely one to look out for.

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