It’s Friday 13th, Trump’s in the country, but it’s not all bad. Plug in, turn on and let the latest New Music Blag Mixtape whisk you away via the Wild West and Ibiza… And don’t forget to give it a follow.
APRE: Without Your Love
Equal parts synth-pop paradise and indie-anthem heaven, APRE’s first song from second EP, Drum Machines Killed Music, is another instant mini-anthem from icons in the making.
BLOW: Green Unicorn
A soulful, synthy number from BLOW, with of chorus of whoos that deserves to be sung back from an army of fans.
Pristine Babe: Moonlight
Reports are rife this week that Madonna is working with Ariana Grande on new material, however if we try hard enough we may be able to get this track to her, which is Crazy For You for Gen Z; part retro-pop, part indie-electro.
Lily Moore: I Will Never Be
The first taste of new music since Lily’s debut EP release earlier this year, I Will Never Be continues her journey from busker to surely our country’s next down-to-earth, stratospheric soul star.
Moon Panda: Rabbit
Shoegazey guitars meld with honey-sweet vocals for a dreamy number that fans of Warpaint will be all over.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Solid Silk
Part softly-swung indie number, part 70s retro rock throwback, Solid Silk is a solid amalgamation.
Kodaline: Shed A Tear
A track designed to impress huge crowds if ever there was one, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Shed A Tear’s gospel led chorus is complimented with gruff vocals, and first class production.
Dusky Grey: A Little Bit
Far from dusky grey, this summer anthem crescendos to become the perfect soundtrack for the beach chill or the club grind.
Easy Life: Frank
The voice of a generation is drowning itself out with the amount of artists the title is given to, HOWEVER if you were to hand it out this week, Easy Life might be where you want it delivered. Frank has the all the grit of an Alex Turner write, yet the polish and production of something a little more M.I.A.
Inbal: Hail In Madrid
A hypnotic slice of dream-pop that quickly switches in a fashion fans of Melody’s Echo Chamber will approve of.
Future Generations: Landscape
Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend…), the title track to Future Generations’ upcoming debut LP is a glowing, lo-fi summer number that you’ll want to bop to at your next fezzie.
Seafret: Can’t Look Away
After a two-year break, the North Yorkshire duo return with a melancholy, acoustic sprinkled, beat-heavy ballad that packs a punch.
Alejandro Escovedo: Sonica USA
A toe-tapping quick track from Texas’ Escoveda, from an upcoming migrant themed collection of tracks.
Ruston Kelly: Mockingbird
It’s an Americana filled edition this week, and Ruston Kelly’s contribution only adds to the fact. With raspy, harmonised vocals and a harmonica-led intro, Mockingbird is the sort of track you might imagine being unearthed from lost Tom Petty demos.
GRAACE: Kissing Boys
A mid-tempo, electronic ballad from Australia’s GRAACE, who’s been kissing boys and treating them like toys… And quite right too!
Kacey Musgraves: High Horse
A disco-flavoured, Western-influenced number with a video that’ll have you heading straight for your local roller-disco… No matter how many hundreds of miles away it might be.
Theia: Bad Idea
We’ve all had ‘em, but this isn’t one. Whispy vocals over stripped back verses link to synth squiggles and a brooding baseline one this alt-pop banger from New Zealand’s Theia.
Gunship: Dark All Day
With a penchant for all things 80s, Gunship return with a track that takes the elements that made the decade (synths – check, drum machine – check, sax – check) and somehow make it sound like Pendulum could have recorded it.