Beats & Vibes

Bruises – Dia Frampton

Available from 3rd March

Dia Frampton shot to fame as a contestant (and eventual runner-up) on the first season of the American hit reality TV singing competition, The Voice 2011. She followed this success with the release of her first solo album, Red, and now after a series of tours, collaborations and singles, will release Bruises, her second solo album on March 3.

Produced by Dan Heath, she premiered the lead single, Golden Years, in late 2016 and performed it to critical acclaim through her tour of Southeast Asia. The second single, Gold & Silver, is already available.

Woe to the Vanquished – Warbringer

Available from 31st March 

Formed in 2004, Warbringer, an American thrash metal band, is best known for its near constant changes in line up. Despite that, the latest incarnation, which features only Jon Kevil from the original band, will release its fifth studio album, Woe to the Vanquished, on the metal-centric Napalm label at the end of March.

Billed as the fastest and most brutal Warbringer recording to date, it is tempered with some progressive and darkly melodic tracks such as the 11-minute epic, When the Guns Fell Silent. Teasers are available on the band’s website and the band will take the album on tour in 2017 after rerecording some of the early work.

The Ride – Nelly Furtado

Available from 31st February


The Ride is the upcoming and sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. Her first recording since 2012, the album is scheduled to be released at the end of March 2017.

The album is produced by Grammy Award-winning musician John Congleton, who adds an element of bite to Furtado’s silky voice. The first and lead single, Pipe Dreams, was released in November and gives a good indication of the recordings’ alt-pop sound, new, but in a style clearly influenced by her award-winning album Whoa, Nelly! released back in 2000.