A huge week for the legends (The Kinks, Paul McCartney, U2, Joe Strummer), the big hitmakers (The 1975, MNEK, Cat Power) and, naturally, the acts who’ll be picking up those titles over the next few years.
The Kinks – Time Song
A previously unheard klassic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, and hopefully ahead of some new music…
You Tell Me – Clarion Call
A piano-led, multi-tempo’d folky number, with huge stunning harmonies and some sombre, solo vocals too.
Hollow Hand – Make Up My Mind
Hollow Hand’s upcoming debut album was recorded while surrounded by the elements, and Make Up Your Mind is the sort of song that might sound better sat outdoors surrounded by trees. Try it.
Doe Paoro – Over
60s piano jangles, swirling streams of vocals, and classic girl-group influenced vocals make this ballad one that could be enjoyed in any of the last 50 decades.
Cat Power – Woman (feat. Lana Del Ray)
A dreamy, lo-fi clash of the female crooning titans.
Christine and the Queens – 5 dollars
Another slice of continental sophisti-pop ahead of the release of the second album from Christine and the Queens, or Chris, as she’s now going by for efficiency reasons.
Nonô – Bite
Brazilian-born Nonô brings the samba from her home-country and lays big beats on top of it, for a catch number that is also an analogy to the Adam & Eve story.
Cherryade – Got You Good
A sassy pop-banger from the London duo, ahead of the release of their debut mini album.
ag. – Warped Minds
Fans of Bonobo will be all over Warped Minds, the debut single from Leeds-based duo ag. (Ross Quinn & Andrew Goddard), which showcases ambient, Middle Eastern inspired sounds backed by trip-hop beats.
U2 – Summer Of Love (HP Hoeger Rusty Egan Driftaway Mix)
As part of a collection of remixes, HP Hoeger and iconic 80s DJ Rusty Egan give Summer Of Love (not a cover of the Steps classic btw) a sweeping makeover, which wouldn’t sound out of place on The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
The 1975 – TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
This lot like an obscure title, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Seemingly, they also like releasing an obscure track, that’s equal parts familiar pop/rock number and avant-garde, musical experiment.
Friends Like These – Good Time
A driving bass-line, a unashamed upbeat hook, all tied together with The Edge-influenced guitar; Friends Like These create big pop singalongs in the same vein as Maroon 5 or those aforementioned 1975 lot.
MNEK – Crazy World
Finally – there’s an album on the way, and ahead of that superstar writer/producer/collaborator MNEK releases the jittery, gospel-tinged, droning banger, Crazy World.
Ariana Grande – breathin
Sweetener’s Into You, by all accounts. breathin is another step closer to Grande overtaking Xtina and heading straight for Britney’s crown.
Lauren Faith – Just A Little
The bass puts it in the underground, but the synths and Faith’s relaxed vocal moves it to the dance floor and makes it one to sway to… Just a little.
Sam Fender – Dead Boys
Another biting track from Sam Fender, showcasing what’s fast becoming a trademark combination of sweet, angsty vocals and intelligent songwriting.
Les Big Byrd – I Fucked Up I Was A Child
Slightly psychedelic, hook-filled brilliance from the Swedish four-piece.
The Kooks – Chicken Bone
Somehow sounding fresh, yet like it could have fallen straight from their second album, The Kooks continue knocking out the indie-pop numbers.
Steve Perry – No Erasin’
“I know it’s been a long time comin’” sings former-Journey frontman Steve Perry, on his first solo number for quarter of a century.
Kurt Vile – Loading Zones
Ahead of his upcoming 8th album, and a global tour, Kurt Vile releases Loading Zones, which is classic, long-drive-through-the-States ready Kurt, with a video featuring Kevin Corrigan (Goodfellas, Godzilla…)
LUCIA – Summertime
Even though the temperatures are dipping, LUCIA’s Summertime is a grungey spin on 60s girl groups from the one 2018’s ones to watch.
Camila Cabello – Real Friends (feat. Swae Lee)
Following the huge success of Havanna, Camila Cabello drops another acoustic-tinged anthem.
AURORA – Forgotten Love
The second preview from AURORA’s second LP is a huge burst of the bohemian energy that made her debut such a pleasure.
Two People – Something To Talk About
The sort of dark electronica that submerges you into another world. Two People are two people (Phoebe Lou & Joseph Clough), but expand to three people for their incredibly immersive live performances.
Low – Disarray
A quarter of a century after forming, Low return with a track that, while still focusing on their trademark vocal harmonies, allows “a hip-hop guy” (B. J. Burton) to look after production, resulting in an distorted, dramatic power ballad of sorts.
Many Voices Speak – Chances
A cocktail of Americana and sparce, Swedish influence, Many Voices Speak’s influence comes from a move from Stockholm to Borlänge, and a few trips to the karaoke bar.
mewithoutYou – Bethlehem, WV
A lush soundscape from a band who, according to vocalist Aaron Weiss, are constantly asking the perennial question of “how far to push out into the unknown”. For those who have been without mewithoutYou thus far, think Fleet Foxes with hints of Pink Floyd on this (untitled) e.p.
Joe Strummer – Rose Of Erin
Ahead of the release of the first career-spanning collection of the late Clash-frontman, Joe Strummer 001, Rose Of Erin finally sees the light of day, having initially been written for the unreleased 1993 Marianne Faithfull film soundtrack, When Pigs Fly. It’s an acoustic, gaelic tinged strum-along that longtime fans will feel like they’ve always known.
Sudakistan – Last Love Supreme
Part lo-fi, DIY-esque number, part euphoric, rhythmic, classic rock sounding anthem, Last Love Supreme will close the Swedish quintet’s upcoming sophomore LP, Swedish Cobra.
Paul McCartney – Fuh You
You don’t need a degree in music to know that this is a Ryan Tedder collab. This “raunchy” track (Macca’s words), is all big beats, falsetto notes and both classic McCartney and current Tedder.