This is the first of what is to become a monthly affair here at Young Academic, whereby we will provide you with a quick synopsis of the best tunes and albums floating around record shops and the web. All reviews are completely partial and compiled by our team of music snobs and aficionados. If you don’t agree, or think you can do better then please send us in your thoughts and views as we would love to hear from you . Who knows, you could even find your work published in the Young Academic School of Music! Enjoy…
ALBUM: Jake Bugg – Shangri Lajake bugg review

Jake Bugg’s latest instalment continues to divide opinion on the already prolific young musician. An incredibly quick turnaround on his second album under the stewardship of Rick Rubin has added fuel to the consensus that he isn’t contributing his own lyrics to his typically catchy songs. This, along with his whining singing style, which inspires some and drives others to reach for the headphones wherever they are, has meant that the jury still appears to be out for one of the UK’s most promising talents. The aforementioned factors are plain for all to see, but one should remember that the guy is at an age where most of us were just starting University or embarking on the fledgling stages of our careers- so perhaps such critique is a little harsh. Jake Bugg’s latest album is again derivative of Oasis, Dylan, Donovan and the likelihood is that he probably wrote very little of this album himself (a fact that makes his recent comments regarding manufactured bands a little rich) but it should still be worthy of a listen. Make your own minds up but we have decided to give Shangri La a seven purely because he is still probably the second coolest teenager in music and there are definitely some moments to savour on this album. At 19 years of age, we reckon he is probably pretty happy with it and, after all, that is the infamous second album out of the way. SoM Rating: 7/10

TUNE: Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

Fans of The Shins and the eponymous Broken Bells offering of 2010 will surely be delighted with this new material from the crack team of James Mercer and Brain Burton AKA Danger Mouse.  We can’t believe it’s been three years since their cracking debut album and the new single ‘Holding on For Life’ looks to be a sign of forthcoming excellence. ‘After The Disco’ is set to land in mid-January and will surely be laden with their unique blend of dreamy pop, psychedelia and post-dancefloor vibes which will all make for some fantastic early 2014 listening for their global fan base. Have a listen below if that all sounds lovely jubbly! SoM Rating: 8/10

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TUNE: Metronomy – I’m Aquarius

Metronomy fans could be forgiven for getting a little impatient waiting for new material from the Totnes quartet, with The English Riviera now nearly three years in the memory. The word on the street however, is that they are back with aplomb and have swapped their soully-seaside vibe for seductive vocals and chilled out beats. You can hear an example of things to come from Joe Mount et al in the form of ‘I’m Aquarius’ below and look out for an intriguing new app from Metronomy called ‘The Night Sky’. Rumour has it that you will be able to listen to tracks whilst investigating their latest astral themes.  SoM Rating: 7.5/10

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TUNE: King Krule – Little Wild

There isn’t much new about King Krule. His album ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’ has now been out for nearly three months and deserves all of the plaudits coming its way. Thankfully there is yet more to intrigue fans of young Archy Marshall in the shape of ‘Little Wild’ which can be found lurking cheekily on the Japanese edition of the aforementioned album. We only came across this track when stalking King Krule on Facebook but we are all agreed here at Young Academic HQ that it is equal, if not superior to, anything off his general release album. Accessible and current but with the grit and quirkiness that has become so KK, this tune is –simply put – class. SoM Rating: 9/10

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