Another week, another perfectly-segued set of new music, from next big things and some current pretty big things too…
HMLTD – Proxy Love
Avante-garde gender-bending genre-defying troupe HMLTD return with the next cut from their upcoming EP. Proxy Love is part dance-block beats, part party rock anthem, woven together with a dramatic vocal performance.
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Sylvia Says
Dreamy, dancey grooves from Gainsbourg on this sort-of Sylvia Plath tribute.
Joell – Liquor
A brooding bass carry Joell’s latest offering, recorded at the same studio as Young Fathers, and borrowing their knack for melding styles.
Fufanu – Listen To Me
The first offering from a planned three-EP series, Listen To Me is off-kilter electronica from the Icelandic trio, opening with a killer 1-minute instrumental before stop/start tactics give it an Atomic Blonde-like feel.
Makemake – Lucretia and the Sky
An ode to 18th century astronomer Caroline Lucretia Herschel, and featuring Everything Everything’s Michael Spearman on drums, this Makemake (producer Brendan Williams) number is a spacey alt-pop dream.
Years & Years – All For You
Back to the the bangers for Years & Years with the third track from upcoming second album, Palo Santo.
Seramic – Strange Magic
Sprinkled with jazz-runs and smooth harmonies, this future r’n’b number is magically strange in all the right ways.
Grace Savage – Running Under Water
Angsty experimental pop from 4-time UK beatboxing champ Grace Savage, in a sort of Chlöe Howl meets Rudimental via Clean Bandit way, which is no bad thing… But even those lot might struggle to make a banger like this.
88rising & NIKI – Warpaint
88rising are a troupe of Asia’s most pioneering musicians. NIKI is a huge off-pop princess in the making. Together they’ve created a marching-anthem, packed with girl power punch and a war-cry of a chorus.
JONES – Silver Screen
Following her London EP, and ahead of a Paris EP, JONES released the New York EP. That’s right, she’s releasing collections of tracks influenced by her favourite cities, and with Silver Screen she’s recorded a piano-led neo-soul ballad that’s as smooth and cool as an autumn walk through Central Park.
Maximillian – Hollow Days (Acoustic)
Delivered with a voice that’s strong and find the perfect balance between gruff edges and smooth lines, this acoustic take on recent track Hollow Days is another example Maximillian’s knack for a pop anthem that his fellow Scandinavians would be proud of.
Scott Quinn – Fallible Creatures
He’s worked with the aforementioned JONES, however on this track Scott Quinn delivered a soft-rock number celebrating imperfections, and does it pretty perfectly.
Let’s Eat Grandma – I Will Be Waiting
According to their new album, they’re all ears, and with lush, electro-washed sophisti-pop anthems like this, we are too.
Boston Bun – Spread Love (feat. DVNO)
Spreading love like a Paddington Bear (spreads marmalade, presumably), this is a summer anthem in the making, made for post-summer club holiday montages.
All Saints – Three Four
Yet another example of the genius these 4 London ladies create. A little more bluesy than previously released tracks from new album, Testament, All Saints’ continue to deliver perfectly produced pop masterpieces with an urban edge.
SACHI – Hollywood Angel (feat. E^ST)
New Zealand electronic duo SACHI team up with Australian artist E^ST for a house-influenced tale of one of America’s most-recognised locations… Europeans are going to love it!
HONNE – I Got You (feat. Nana Rogues)
More dance to sway to, and soul to swoon to from HONNE, who continue with their two complimenting tracks per month in the run up to second LP, Love Me / Love Me Not.
Robinson – Nothing To Regret (Acoustic)
Lordey-Lord, this NZ pop star’s acoustic take on single Nothing To Regret also has hints of Birdy. Must be something to do with the one-name thing.
The Coral – Eyes Like Pearls
Indie-icons The Coral return following a tour with Manics, with a track sounding like the easy-rock of the 70s (think ELO), while still retaining their penchant for Summer-friendly numbers.
Miles Kane – Cry On My Guitar
Kane gets dramatic on Cry On My Guitar, sounding like the love child of Matt Bellamy and Marc Bolan.
Mako – Murder
From piano-ballad opener to anthemic-bridge and a vocal-sampling chorus, Mako’s Murder is a killer, cinematic pop number.
DRUGZZ – Someday
Nashville-based but sounding nothing like the TV show would have you believe, Someday sounds like it’s been written in advance of a Trainspotting prequel.
OneRepublic – Connection
Can Ryan Tedder write a track that doesn’t have the sort of hook that could catch Free Willy with ease? Seemingly not.
Conner Youngblood – The Birds of Finland
A sound-scaping flight filled with layered vocals and mellow instrumentation. Divine.
Playlist cover art: George Clayton