It’s the last New Music Blag before we move into Spooky season, Pre-Christmas month and the year is over, but let’s not wish that away because there are some tip top tracks here before we edge our way into Q4:
Robyn – Honey
8 years after her last studio album Robyn is back, and if Honey is anything to go by she’s wiser, a little more chilled, but just as willing to offer a laid back electro-banger.
Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers – Do You Wanna Party feat. LunchMoney Lewis
And making 8 years seem like a drop in the ocean, Chic return today with their first new full length LP in over a quarter of a century, with Nile Rodgers bringing Elton, Gaga and Craig David along for the ride. In answer to the question, surely it’s impossible not to party with that amount of magic in one room.
Aurora – Churchyard
As ethereal and spiritual as ever, Aurora surprised fans with her second album today (they’ve only had to wait 2 years, or 1 50th of a century). Churchyard echoes with haunting choirs, while still remaining the sort of atmospheric beat-heavy track her debut made her famous for.
MALKA – Don’t Leave Me
A beautifully sparse, well-crafted number from Scottish artist MALKA, who also played all of the instruments. Saves on paying those pesky session musicians.
Newton Circus – Cellophane
Alas, no relation to Mr. Cellophane of Chicago fame, this is an ideal end of summer alt-folk number from the Singapore four-piece.
Muse – Pressure
One of their more commercial sounds, Pressure is the next release from the band’s upcoming Simulation Theory album.
Red Rum Club – Honey
Brass meets the crash of guitars on this euphoric, accessible bite from the Merseyside act’s debut single.
The Prodigy – Light Up The Sky
The great thing about The Prodigy, over 2 decades since their inception, is that they still sound very much like The Prodigy.
Easy Life – Nightmares
A little bit of Jamie T, a bit of Jungle in the intro, and the swagger of early Arctics, on this Fraser T. Smith (Stormzy, Adele) produced track.
Childcare – Man Down (King Kong Shake)
A lo-fi ode to fellow man, and an invitation to man down and “be vulnerable, be open, be sensitive…”, the lead single from Childcare’s debut blends thoughtful lyrics with chipper, indie sounds.
Alec Benjamin – Outrunning Karma
Honey-sweet vocals from the self described Eminem/Paul Simon influenced narrator, and slightly reminiscent of the sort of early 00s wave of singer-songwriters that included Kristian Leontiou.
Jack Grace – owe u one
Sparce, part-electronic part-acoustic scene-setting from the Australian born, Paris based musician.
R.E.M. – E-Bow The Letter (Live From St. James’s Church) feat. Thom Yorke
A meeting of the greats from R.E.M.’s upcoming 9-disc/104 track BBC collection, with Thom Yorke stepping in for Patti Smith on this 2004 performance.
Dusky Grey – One Night
Few bands have a name that’s such a stark contrast to their sound, but rest assured Dusky Grey’s sound is bright, Balearic influenced pop with barely a hint of gloom.
STIIR – Free Yourself
Swirls of sixties psychedelia and some smooth yet scratchy guitar work make this a modern-day indie delight.
Phildel – The Deep
If there’s one thing more stunning that Phildel’s The Deep – which you could place somewhere between Aurora and Massive Attack – it’s the stunning video, made by Pixar’s Youri Dekker.
Four Of Diamonds – Stupid Things feat. Saweetie
The first girl band signed to Virgin since Spice Girls, ex-X Factor group Four Of Diamonds continue their quest for the prime girlband crown. But then again, Little Mix aside is there any competition out there at the minute?
Hajk – Dancing Like This
Minimalist, synth-led indie-pop from Oslo’s finest export for some time. You’ll be involved by the end of the chorus.
Barbra Streisand – Don’t Lie To Me
We’re as surprised as you, but it’s sound like an attack on Trump and there’s always space for that here.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
The first release from the A Star Is Born soundtrack and, all being well, something to take the shine away from The Greatest Showman. (It’s worth pointing out that Gaga appears on the Chic album too, on a new version of I Want Your Love.)