Check out and enjoy this week’s collection of premier new releases to get you in the mood for the summer sun. June promises to be a bumper month for new music, and the first week hasn’t disappointed. From returning favourites to rising stars, this round-up has it all.
Japanese Breakfast – Paprika
Japanese Breakfast, aka Michelle Zauner, released her third album Jubilee this week, with a standout moment being the album’s opener “Paprika”. With dreamy electronics providing the base, “Paprika” grows enticingly into a fluorescent, shimmering wonder, led by the towering vocals of Zauner.
Wolf Alice – Safe From Heartbreak (if you never fall in love)
Taking inspiration from the soft-rock escapades of Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell!, Wolf Alice’s “Safe From Heartbreak” is a wonderfully crafted acoustic hit layered with alluring backing vocals. Though they’ve never reached No. 1 in the album charts, Wolf Alice will hope that their new album Blue Weekend will be their historic entry into the top-flight once and for all.
The Novus – Castaway
A wonderful slab of post-punk – heavy percussion, manic vocals and glorious distortion take centre stage in “Castaway”, the latest in a string of heavy-hitting singles from The Novus, who are releasing their EP Thaleia Standing on the 18th June.
Porridge Radio – Happy In A Crowd
“Happy In A Crowd” sees Porridge Radio ditch the post-punk inspired sound of their debut album and brings in a wondrously airy electronic backing. The track is quaint, understated, and utterly addictive.
Moor Mother – Zami
Following her collaboration with billy woods last year, Moor Mother has released the haunting new single “Zami”, an oppressive, destructive track that refuses to be drawn into any sense of melody.
LUMP – Climb Every Wall
“Climb Every Wall” sees LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay) experiment in streamlined, astute electronica, As ever, Marling’s vocals are delicate and serene, while the instrumental backing fits perfectly with her intonations.
Frances Forever – paranoia party
Taking root in 80s electro-pop and New Romantic, Frances Forever returns from the resounding success of her previous single “space girl” with the new single and video “paranoia party”, a more reserved and introspective number that explodes into powerful delirium.