Arguably one of the greatest songwriters of our time and the current #1 artist on Spotify, Ed Sheeran has today officially released his fourth studio album. Titled “No.6 Collaboration Project”, there’s something for everyone across the 15 track star-studded collection released via Warner Music imprints Atlantic Records and Asylum.
Following his Grammy-winning album, this new body of work takes a wider approach spreading across multiple sounds from mellow dance pop, to gritty hip-hop and even a curveball rock infused hit. Sheeran’s “No 6 Project” together presents more like a mixtape than a traditional album. There is an apparent hip hop leaning approach with the features, whilst still serving up a selection of melancholic pop and downtempo sounds.
The release is not a mesh of half baked collabs, these include proven pop stars, rappers who are at the top of the game. Among them are of course the already unveiled joint efforts with Justin Bieber, Khalid, Chance The Rapper, PnB Rock, and YEBBA. New additions include a mellow bass fused “Way To Break My Heart” produced by electronic legend Skrillex, the instantly catchy Cardi B & Camilla Ceballo anthem “South Of The Border” and “Remember The Name” which see’s none other than Eminem & 50 Cent reuniting.
Elsewhere on the project, Sheeran serves up an array of sounds. Infectious and faster-paced songs such as “Take Me Back To London” with Stormzy, “Antisocial” with Travis Scott and “Feels” featuring Young Thug and J Hus are countered with chilled flavours such as “I Don’t Want Your Money” with H.E.R, “Put It All On Me” featuring Ella Mai. Meanwhile “Nothing On You” with Paulo Londra and Dave feels reminiscent of the vibe of his hit “Shape Of You”. Finishing off we get served up “1000 Nights” with Meek Mill and A Boogie With A Hoodie and last but not least the Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars surprise “BLOW” which shifts the album into rock heavy vibe.
It’s without a doubt the biggest featuring album project that comes to mind in recent times and with each standing on their own strengths, it won’t be a surprise to hear these tracks taking over every radio station worldwide for months to come.
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