An unexpected return, a long awaited live release, a surprising disco anthem, another sad banger… It can only be the ever changing, always eclectic New Music Blag Mixtape.
Shakespears Sister – All The Queen’s Horses
Following her stint back with Bananarama, Siobhan Fahey has reunited with Shakespears Sister bandmate Marcella Detroit for their first new track together in 26 years – a Western sounding, Ennio Morricone-esque number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Tarantino soundtrack. With an upcoming tour and a new EP to follow, this reunion is one that will hopefully, ahem, Stay. (If you don’t get the terrible joke do some homework…)
Deportees – A Love Design
“I haven’t been awake or asleep, maybe I got caught in between,” sing Swedish trio Deportees, on A Love Design, on a track that glides in between relentless beats and spacey, break out moments, held together by a warm, familiar sounding vocal. Following two Swedish Grammy wins for Best Rock Album, the band are bringing their craft to the UK, and it’s welcomed with open arms.
New Order – Sub-Culture (Live at MIF)
In 2017 New Order staged a special set of shows at Manchester’s old Granada Studios – where the band made their television debut in 1978. The band worked with visual artist Liam Gillick, as well as composer Joe Duddell – who led a 12-strong synthesiser assemble, for the rarities heavy setlist and some of their most heralded shows to date. Ahead of the release of ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.., 1985 track Sub-Culture is ready to stream now.
Foals – In Degrees (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
At their most experimental and dance-oriented, In Degrees is one of the highlights of Foals‘ Everything Not Saved Will Be Post – Part 1, cementing their status as one of the UK’s most successful bands, due in part to their ability to continue to develop a sound. This remix takes the track even further onto the dance floor, layering it with Moroder-esque loops and sprinkling with European disco blips.
The Modern Strangers – The Magic Hour
If Daft Punk had decided to give Random Access Memories a big, ’80s synth ballad moment it might have sounded something like this. With every release, The Modern Strangers cement themselves as one of the most exciting new bands – absolute masters of their craft, unafraid to produce bite-sized, polished indie electro-pop anthems.
Kim Petras – Sweet Spot
With ice-cool synths, robotic rhythms, a pulsing beat and a powerhouse vocal, Kim Petras‘ Sweet Spot is the sort of commanding electro-disco anthem that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Kylie‘s Fever. With UK dates announced for August, and the London date already upgraded, don’t miss your chance to bop to this one live.
Four of Diamonds – Walk Away
As the Spice Girls gear up for their Spice World 2019 tour, Four Of Diamonds – the UK’s most exciting new girl band and first to sign to Virgin since the Spices – continue their quest for pop domination. Walk Away is the girls at their most laid back – with almost balearic beats carrying the mid-tempo number, and shiny vocal harmonies delivered with attitude.
Mark Ronson – Don’t Leave Me Lonely (feat. YEBBA)
The sad banger that started them all, according to project manager, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson, Don’t Leave Me Lonely – with vocals from Grammy Award winner YEBBA – plays more on a sultry vocal and hypnotic beats than previously released tracks with Miley Cyrus and Lykke Li, but tugs at the heartstrings and leads to the dance floor just as much.
Inhaler – My Honest Face
Yes it’s Bono’s son singing, but this should not be a reason to distance yourself from this fine slice of 80s New Wave. Probably one the best bass lines of the month, maybe the year. Thank me later.
The Head and The Heart – I Found Out
With much re-shuffling to the band’s set-up, the folk pop group seem to have now locked the revolving door and settled down long enough to release their latest album Living Mirage. I Found Out is the gentle, easy-listening toe-tapping single to be released on the back of the LP.
Kit Philippa – You
Hozier himself said of the track ‘Impressive is too weak a word’ so it seems like we’re tasked with finding the right vocabulary for the Northern Irish Music Prize winner’s latest single. The sweeping atmosphere and rhythmic waves means we may have to get back to you with that strong word.
Georgy & Nick Marett – Be Alright
Both the timely release date of being during Mental Health Awareness Week and the stark honesty of the lyrics reminds us that it’s important to check in with ourselves every so often. All beautifully conveyed over a sleek production and super-chilled bass.
Reminders – Post Paris Blues
Post-punk mixed in with elements of the early days of jiving rock n’ roll which makes us want to cut the side-fringe back in and go mad with the smokey eye look.