An early selection box of treats for you here, don’t eat them all at once or you’ll not eat your dinner. (Do listen all at once, in order… Link at the bottom.)
Mark Ronson – Nothing Break Likes a Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus)
Perhaps influenced by Miley’s godmother, Dolly Parton, or maybe even from Ronson’s work on Gaga’s Joanne, Nothing Break Likes a Heart is a country/dance delight (and there aren’t many of those around) from Ronson’s upcoming album of “sad bangers”.
Chlöe Howl – Losing Sleep
From her recent EP, Work, Howl delivers another angsty anthem, with her vocals coasting over some pretty charged synths. This will be a moment to both shimmy and sway to at her upcoming Moth Club live date.
Diskopunk – Lilla pojke
Hailing from Stockholm, the land of the most popular pop music, Diskopunk are a band whose name couldn’t be further from the truth. While the keys scream discotheque and dancing, there’s an element to their craft that’s unorthodox and punk in a playful way.
TEEN – Only Water
Sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Liberson offer a taste of next year’s album, Good Fruit, in the shape of this harmony *and* hook filled, synth-pop bonanza, which is in essence one huge crescendo that goes from sweet song to mesmerising jerky-synth thing in less than four minutes.
Los Unidades & Pharrell Williams – E-Lo (feat. Jozzy)
If you hadn’t already heard, Los Unidade is Coldplay’s new project, which sees the band exploring African and latin rhythms on this track, and other numbers across the EP, which also features David Guetta and Stormzy.
Keuning – Boat Accident
Taking a break The Killers relentless touring schedule has allowed founding member and guitarist Dave Keuning to write and record and his debut solo album, Prismism. If Boat Accident is anything to go by think Killers but a bit more prog rock.
Dido – Hurricanes
Following a five year break since her last album, Dido returns with a sultry, minimal ballad that showcases both a trademark vocal and a knack for experimentalism, with a little help from her brother Rollo. Following a 15 (!!) year break from touring an album, she’s back on the road next year. Huzzah.
Arctic Monkeys – Anyways
The b-side to the title track of AM’s recent, audience-splitting album, Anyways shares the Bowie-lounge sound heard throughout Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and to those who appreciate a band growing, it’s no bad thing at all.
Patrick Watson – Mélancolie (feat. Safia Nolin)
A beautifully bleak, film-score like French piece from Patrick Watson, who pairs up with Safia Nolin for this experimental, part acoustic ballad, part electronic soundscape.
Maven Grace – My Heart Floats (Will Gregory’s Darkness Remix)
Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory gives this track a Black Cherry-esque working, but it’s still very clearly part of Maven Grace’s textured, alt-pop catalogue.
ZAYN – Rainberry
One of 26 (26!?) tracks from his upcoming debut album, Rainberry is another continuation of ZAYN’s escape from the pure pop of 1D to something a little chicer, and in this case with some Prince-like production.
Four of Diamonds – Blind
Y’know, as the first girlband to be signed to Virgin Records since Spice Girls, surely these girls would have been a better support act for them than Jess bloody Glynne. Blind is another upbeat number for the dance floor, produced by Jonas Blue.
Jax Jones & Years & Years – Play
JJ&YY – it’s a match made in heaven. A fine concoction of house beats and pop choruses, but of course the best thing about this release is the art work.
APRE – Backstreet
The London duo release the video for Backstreet today, alas not a tribute to the 5-piece American boyband, but another track that has the edge of Foals but the craft of Hurts.
You Tell Me – Water Cooler
Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Haynes met at a Kate Bush tribute concert, and the more jerky moments of some of Kate’s tracks may well have influenced this one.
John Legend – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat. Esperanza Spalding)
Smoother than the treat behind the first door of a Galaxy advent calendar, Legend’s take on this classic makes those “Christmas Legend” compilations look amateur.
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