"What is Nicki Minaj? Genuinely? Is she a real person?"
Amber Run

Amber Run have plenty of heart and soul.

Sure, the band may craft anthems fit to fill arenas, but there's a sense of the personal in there, a taste of the intimate. A series of wonderful, often extremely moving videos have bolstered the group, with debut album '5AM' arriving today (April 20th).

To coincide with this, Clash invited Amber Run to review this week's singles.

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Alesso feat. Roy English - 'Cool'

Just another classic from David Gutta. This is a David Guetta song right? No...? I just do not understand EDM whatsoever. Maybe I don't take enough drugs, but Isn't music meant to make you feel something? This is so utterly sterile all I feel is a deep sadness that I've wasted time listening to it.

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Bleachers - 'I Wanna Get Better'

Tom likes this one, says he could imagine it at a festival. Henry says he would cross a room to turn this song off. I would say it's better than everything else on this list. The video's cool and looks good and the production actually makes me want to listen to it. However there's something slightly abrasive about the verses that I can't ignore.

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Clean Bandit - 'Stronger'

Clean Bandit divide opinion in this band. I personally loved 'Rather Be'. I thought it was a banger. There's a couple of things I like here - I like the average Joe lip-sync thing, it's quite funny. And it's a big chorus. But life isn't full of bus drivers with powerhouse voices. Life is full of people flirting with smartphones and posh people trying to be edgy. Still catchy though.

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Lethal Bizzle - 'Fester Skank'

I've learned the words and the dance, now I just need to head to the nearest Oceana to impress my friends. I love Lethal Bizzle, I think he's funny. To be honest I just love how shameless this is, it's good fun and I think that is missing from music these days. Too many people take themselves too seriously.

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Nicki Minaj - 'The Night is Still Young'

What is Nicki Minaj? Genuinely? Is she a real person? She's like a Stephen King Barbie with a giant ass. I don't get it. I never will. Henry actually sort of likes this though. Might have to get rid of him.

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Raleigh Ritchie - 'The Greatest'

I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan. I'm the guy who read the books first and boasts about it as if it's a cool thing to have done. So it's really hard for me to ignore that Grey Worm is making music. I'm sorry Raleigh, you probably don't want people to mention it, but it's quite a big deal. As a song, this is actually refreshing. It's got a charm and the production is interesting, particularly the strange beat. It's a thumbs up from this one, Raleigh.

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Amber Run have confirmed the following shows:

April
22 Brighton The Haunt
23 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
24 Liverpool O2 Academy 2
26 Oxford O2 Academy 2
27 York Fibbers
28 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
29 London Scala
30 Manchester Sound Control

May
2 Newcastle Think Tank
5 Belfast Oh Yeah
6 Dublin Academy 2

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