Here is our weekly serving of brand new music fun! This week it’s a Bank Holiday weekend treat, so we’ve doubled up with 10 top tunes for you to sample and enjoy at your leisure.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
This is their first new music since last year’s excellent Multi-Love, and UMO have totally funked it up for ‘First World Problem’. Main man Ruban Nielson describes the song as being “about modern love in a crumbling empire.” Catch them in Cambridge or Liverpool ahead of their Glastonbury appearance.
Bec Sandridge – You’re A Fucking Joke
We champion many a great Aussie artist here and Bec is one very rapidly rising talent. Following her stunning ‘In The Fog, In The Flame’ track we get an even spikier 80s pop punk on the cutting ‘You’re A Fucking Joke’. Methinks Bec might have listened to a bit of Siouxsie, Toyah and Hazel O’Connor at some point. Be warned it goes a bit buckaroo towards the end. Disco spaghetti pop apparently.
Happy Meals – If You Want Me Now
Night School Records is a label which is just too cool for, well, school. If you like a little bit of twee, a smidge of French flecked Tomorrow’s World chic and a disco ball ready to burst with Sally Shapiro-like Italo then Happy Meals’ ‘If You Want Me Now’ will be for you!
Ariana Grande – Into You
Yes, Ariana Grande. We know a banger when we hear it and this is THE banger of 2016. No surprise that one man Swedish pop machine Max Martin was heavily involved with this one. Be prepared to hear this all summer.
Bright Light Bright Light (featuring Elton John) – All In The Name
Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light has two albums of 90s influenced pop classics-that-never-were under his belt. Having a megastar friend in your camp (and on your album) can surely be nothing but a good thing career-wise as he readies album number three ‘Choreography’ for a July release. Said megastar Elton John appears on first single ‘All In The Name’ which is one of the happiest tunes you’ll hear this week.
Golden Age – Tinted Windows
If you wondered what Lana Del Rey would sound like if she was making pop smashes with choruses reminiscent of Aneka’s ‘Japanese Boy’ look no further, Golden Age have it covered. What do you mean you’ve never wondered that!?
Chris Tall – Roller Skater
If you needed any further evidence that the Swedes rule on all things pop (how slick was Eurovision the other weekend – give Petra and Mans their own show somebody!) the wonderfully monikered Chris Tall seals the deal. ‘Roller Skater’ has one of the cleanest pop vocals of the year.
Jazz Morley – Bad Love
Sometimes a simple melody and a decent hook is all you need. No bells and whistles on this one – just a velvety vocal and even smoother production. The musical equivalent of a warm bubble bath complete with flickering candles!
MUNA – Promise
Recently on tour in the UK with fellow purveyors of fine indie 80s pop St Lucia, MUNA’s debut EP is well worth a listen. Flirting with Madonna ‘Crazy For You’ balladry at times with the Haim sisters’ attitude, MUNA should go far.
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang
The indie four-piece more known for releasing some of the most beautifully affecting and theatrically stirring music of the last half a decade are back with a new album, Boy King, released 5th August, and this lead single sees them forge a much harder, synth-dance direction. It wears them very well.
For more brand new music check out this round-up featuring new songs from Cilia and Margaret Glaspy.