BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge compilation is set for October 27th releaseBy Editor
Live Lounge is the high point of many a Radio One listener, so fans of the station will be very pleased to know that the ninth Live Lounge compilation is due for release very soon.
The album is to feature the talents of Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Paolo Nutini and Coldplay, as well as this year's breakthrough artists like George Ezra, Ella Henderson and Sam Smith.
September saw the return of 'Even More Music Month', which meant that there was a performance in the Live Lounge every day. As a result, there was a wealth of contributors, making a truly solid record this year.
Some of the highlights that feature on this time round's collection include:
Ed Sheeran - Stay With me: some thought it impossible to come close to Sam Smith's beautiful original rendition, but people forget that behind the messy mop and battered guitar, the songwriter has a superb voice of his own.
Little Mix - Medley of Holy Grail/Counting Stars/Smells Like Teen Spirit: It shouldn't work; mixing Jay Z with One Republic and 90s grunge anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit, but it's actually a seamless medley that just shows how brilliant the X Factor winners' harmonies are.
George Ezra - Budapest: No one knows where he came from (Bristol), but his bass-baritone voice is an anomaly, especially for someone with such a cherubic face. What's great about his performance in the live lounge shows that he's the real deal, and not some Milli Vanilli type situation going on.
Labrinth - Shake It Off: I bet people thought Labrinth was crazy when he said he was tackling a Taylor Swift number, but it's hardly recognisable as a jazz-influenced and minimal reimagining. The backing band is amazing, too.
Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones – I Got U: The unofficial song of the summer. Even though they were performing in a radio studio in London, as soon as the steel drums start it feels like you’re being whisked away to one of the Balearic Islands.
Nick Mulvey – Hold On, We’re Going Home: Sometimes you don’t realise how well written a chart hit is until it’s stripped down, and Nick Mulvey is a man capable of exposing the beauty of well-produced song. Who knew it was possible to turn Drake’s disco-indebted banger into a folk gem?
So pencil a reminder in your diary for October 27th, the release date of one of the most distinctive live albums around. (Available in physical or download format.)