Tuesday, 16 December 2014
CD! Bastille VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III)
Safe to say it's been one hell of a year for Bastille. Having sold out two Alexandra Palace shows and a U.S Arena tour; earned themselves a BRIT Award plus two AMA nominations and having surpassed the three million sales mark for their debut album (Bad Blood), most bands would be content to end the year quietly. Not this band. The four-piece are broadening their horizons and discography further by releasing a brand new mixtape, aptly titled 'VS. (Other People's Heartache Pt. III)' on December 8th. An eight-track offering, the mixtape follows similar footsteps to their previous mixtapes, 'Other People's Heartache Pt.I’ and ‘Pt.II’ by melding together an array of genres, styles and production techniques, alongside some rather special collaborations. “With the mixtapes,” offers frontman Dan Smith, “it's about working with as many people as possible and having fun with people that we know and the friends we've made through touring.” Take a look at the tracklisting and you'll find larger-than-life stars like Haim, Angel Haze and Lizzo alongside the new and raw talents of MNEK, Rag'N'Bone Man, Rationale and Grades. Having taken a year to put together, Smith describes it as “a patchwork of stuff that we've been working on and people we've been working with throughout 2014”, the results are bound to take some listeners by surprise. From the distorted string introduction of 'Fall Into Your Arms' to the groove-infused guitars of 'Bite Down'; the heavy hip hop feel of 'Weapons' to the surprising final guest on closer 'Remains', every track reveals a new facet to one of Britain’s most successful bands.