It’s bops and bangers special this week in our weekly pop round up.
Allie X proves yet again she has the biggest hooks out there right now while Katie Gately makes a right old racket, but one we happily choose to thrash around to.
Then there’s The Midnight who are making retro/synth/vapor (insert prefix of choice) wave for the Stranger Things generation.
Katie Gately – Lift
Katie is soon to release her longer-than-an-EP-but-not-quite-an-album collection of songs Color. If Anna Meredith’s Varmints is one of your albums of the year then ‘Lift’ is going to work for you. It’s all a bit of a din but so joyous and free you can’t help but groove along. Katie’s label Tri Angle describe her release as “maximalist electronic compositions” – which sounds far nicer than any of my descriptions.
Negative Gemini – Body Work
Negative Gemini is about to unleash her full length album and we had to share the title track with you. There are shades of Alison Wonderland’s underrated album as well as Jessy Lanza’s electronic mastery on show here.
The Midnight – Endless Summer
The Midnight may have timed the release of their Endless Summer album rather well – what with the very present Stranger Things-related obsession with wonky early 80s synth sounds (see also Wiz Khalifa’s new song ’Stranger Things’). This title track from their recent collection is pretty darn flawless and is making me come over all nostalgic. I think I need to go watch Weird Science now.
Allie X – That’s So Us
Following her outrageously enormous pop tune ‘All The Rage’ was going to be hard. Or was it? ‘That’s So Us’ is equal parts bubblegum and banger. Lyrically it’s an oh-so-modern tale of angst ridden, anxious young folks (they wear black at the beach don’t you know) forming friendships and providing mutual support (at least I think it is). It could also be a boy-meets-girl opposites attract kinda thing. Choice is yours.
Nimmo – Realiti
I had to calm my editor down when I told him I had chosen a Grimes cover this week. However, when he heard Nimmo’s dancefloor-bound take on ‘Realiti’ I was forgiven. I am sure Claire would approve.