The heatwave is over (for now), so pack away that fan and put on some chilled new music with this week’s New Music Blag Mixtape.
Liz Lawrence – None Of My Friends
Quirky, punk-influenced sophisti-pop on the second preview of Liz Lawrence‘s upcoming solo album, Pity Party, where she realises that “none of my friends are OK”, and references memes and single-use plastic. How very modern, despite the dial-up sound effects.
County Line Runner – Our Little World
Part open horizon, Springsteen-esque number, part UK indie anthem, Our Little World follows County Line Runner’s recent Latitude slot, and is just the sort of familiar sounding track that would stop you in your tracks if you were walking by. Catch him on tour in October.
Sun Silva – Just The Romantic (Acoustic)
With their first three single showcasing three different sides to what Sun Silva are capable of, the band have reimagined them all in stripped back, acoustic versions. While Blue Light and Sun Skin Air are brand new entities, as the most obvious ballad, Just The Romantic is the most true to the original, and just as stunning. Hear these and more live at their upcoming acoustic show.
Van Houten – Moon
“A very personal love song,” according to lead singer Louis Sadler, new Leeds five-piece Van Houten‘s latest offering is a dreamy indie number that slips and slides through some stunning soundscapes, while remaining charmingly familiar throughout.
Paige Cavell – Figure It Out
One of the stars of Xenomania’s revival, Paige Cavell follows the club-banger Predators & Monsters with a three track EP, led by this number that has one foot firmly in funk, and the other shimmying to the shiny pop production.
ILIRA – PAY ME BACK!
Merging Lady Gaga influenced looks with 90s sounding hooks (the latter in the same vein as Charli XCX et al), Kosovo-Albanian pop princess ILIRA‘s PAY ME BACK! sounds like a winning Eurovision in the best possible way.
Freddie Future – Giving In To You
Nu soul sounds with some poppy synths throughout, Giving In To You – the lead single from Freddie Future‘s self-titled debut EP – is about returning to unhealthy relationships: “Every time we go back, we get burned; we’ve known the outcome from the start.”
Collard – Greyhound
Falsetto for days and funk-fuelled rhythms that are both futuristic and more than a tip of the hat to the greats, Collard‘s Greyhound finds itself in an easily accessible place somewhere between Outkast and Frank Ocean.
Laoise – Seriously?
Quite possibly the most exciting female pop star Ireland have sent our way since Samantha Mumba, Laoise (pronounced Lee-sha) namechecks her influences as Kate Bush and David Bowie, and while this is a certified, synth-led pop banger, there’s an intriguing creative edge there.
Old Dominion – Never Be Sorry
As Nashville’s takeover of the world’s music scene continues, Old Dominion release the first taste of their upcoming third album, with the roots of country music remaining, but with stronger nods to huge pop anthems from the likes of Ryan Tedder or Maroon 5.
Dead Nature – Fire In Your Soul
Both raucous and surprisingly steady throughout, Fire In Your Soul is fuelled by layers fuzzy guitars and a relentless vocal throughout, and is from the debut EP of ex-Spring King member Tarek Musa‘s new project.
Laurent Bourque – Thinking Of You
Remember The OC Mixes? Wow, they were some good albums. And this stripped back track, washed with summery guitars, soft vocals and a subtle drum beat that still manages to take you by surprise, would certainly have been included on one had it been released a decade or so before.
Liam Gallagher – Once
According to LG, Once is “one of the best songs I’ve ever had the pleasure to be part of”. The third hint of his second solo album, Why Me? Why Not?, sounds like a John Lennon / Bob Dylan collab with added strings, and is certainly his most impressive release since fully going it alone.
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