Depending on your stance, Sunday is either the end of the week or the start of a new one. Either way, let’s take a look at the best new releases from the past seven days. As always, all items are available on Amazon Prime’s Next Day Delivery (if you haven’t signed up, here’s a reminder why you should) which you can try with their 30 day free trial.
This week we were treated to new releases from Stormzy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Suicide Silence. All are available on CD (what?) and available for download. If steaming if more your groove, then sign up for the 30 day free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited which gives you access to Amazon’s enormous 40 million song library.
Yeah, I know, I told you about this already. But the new Fire TV stick has rocketed up the Bestseller list since it was announced earlier in the week, and at only £39.99 is one of the most affordable (and useful) ways of getting Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant into your home. It will be released on 6th April so pre-order now for release day delivery.
All this week the excitement has been building for the release of Nintendo’s latest console the Switch. The handheld/traditional console hybrid is a departure for the gaming company, looking to bring gaming into our mobile world. If a new console wasn’t enough – there’s also a new Zelda game! Amazon currently has the Switch on pre-order although as demand has been high they aren’t guaranteeing release day shipping. That said, reserving your console is better than jumping between high street shops as though it was Christmas. In the meantime, we rounded up everything you need to know about the Switch.
In probably some of the most exciting news of the year so far, Philip Pullman announced a prequel trilogy to the His Dark Materials trilogy. The first in the series – The Book of Dust – is set to be released on 19th October, and is set ten years before Northern Lights and brings back Lyra Belacqua. Pre-order now to get 50% off the cover price.
Wondering who that guy was that performed with Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards earlier this week? It’s London-based rapper Stormzy, whose debut album is now available. He’s been a highlight of UK Grime since his first EP in 2014, and this album serves to cement his reputation of one of the greats of the scene.
For fans of the American deathcore band, this release is controversial to say the least. The album takes a radical departure from their established sound moving towards an almost nu metal sound. If you aren’t convinced, remember if you sign up to Amazon Music Unlimited you can listen to the album for free – saving yourself the trip to the charity shop.
The American indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are back following 2014’s Only Run. Frontman and guitarist Alec Ounsworth is the only remaining member of the – loosely termed – band after the departure of drummer Sean Greenhalgh. This release continues their brand of indie rock that first got bloggers everywhere excited with their debut album in 2005, but perhaps without the spark that made that album so enjoyable.
Fearne Cotton, best known as the co-presenter of Top of the Pops and a Radio 1 presenter, suffered depression during her time at Radio 1. Happy captures that moment in time, and how she was able to overcome one of the most disabling conditions. Although celebrity books can often be met with skepticism, the premise of the book – letting go of the idea of perfect – is useful advice for anyone who is struggling.
As if by perfect coincidence Peter Jackson’s take on the classic King Kong has been re-released on Blu-Ray just two weeks before the UK release of Kong: Skull Island. Grab a copy and use the intervening time to get reacquainted with your favourite giant ape.
Based on the novel of the same name, BBC’s Apple Tree Yard follows married, middle-aged scientist Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) as she starts an affair with a stranger. This decision leads to a series of decision that culminate with Yvonne standing trial for murder. Highly rated – 7.1 on IMDb – talked about, and at times controversial, Apple Tree Yard is one of the best dramas the BBC has produced in a long time.
Pokemon Sun and Moon were released for the Nintendo 3DS to coincide with the franchise’s 20th anniversary. Alongside the games, were the additions to the hugely popular trading card game. If you are a long-time player/collector then the booster pack will be a familiar purchase. With the Sun & Moon pack expect to find creatures from the tropical Alola region, including everyone’s favourite blue wet sock, Popplio!
Perfect for beginners and experienced collectors, the Sun & Moon Elite Trainer Box contains eight Sun & Moon booster packs, 65 card sleeves, 45 Pokemon Energy cards, a collector’s box, six damage counter dice, one coin-flip die, and two condition markers, plus a code card for the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online.
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