Another week, another collection of essential listens for you to indulge in. This week holds some real treats, offering totally alternative takes on classic styles and braver, more daring challenges to the ears. Enjoy them out below!
Nine8 Collective – Cold Hands
“Cold Hands” is one of the most refreshing tracks of the year that effortlessly coalesces lo-fi electronica with dreamy, ethereal pop. A truly stylistic pick ‘n’ mix accompanied by an energetic and infectiously hectic video.
Danielle Lewis – My Youth
Danielle Lewis continues her impeccable form with the stunning “My Youth”, which sees her materializing her sound into a more distinctive and identifiable character.
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu – C’est parce que j’m’en fous (Jlin Remix)
Jlin transforms Davidson and Nu’s track from an electronic exploration to a breakbeat-infused powerhouse. This is part of a series of remixes of Davidson and Nu’s 2020 album Renegade Breakdown, featuring re-workings from the likes of Jessy Lanza and Morgan Giest.
My Name is Ian – What’s The Point?
A quaint number that holds a character similar to the uplifting grooves of Screamadelica-era Primal Scream, “What’s The Point”, despite its nihilistic title, is a song to take into the summer. This follows on from a host of excellent singles by the Welsh trio, anticipating the release of their upcoming album Fantastic Company, out June 4th.
Shlug – The Scent of Roy Keane
A shameless slab of unrestrained, untethered punk. For fans of Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, Shlug’s sound is one of carelessness and sheer power. This is Shlug’s debut single, one of the best punk songs of the year, and one of the best-named songs, too.
Birthday Girl – I’m not safe
Trippy, elusive and utterly rewarding. Birthday Girl carry a ’90s edge in their sound, brought to the present by deliciously psychedelic presence.
Alice Low – Ladydaddy
“Ladydaddy” is a thirteen-minute odyssey that explores MGMT sounds of absurdity, Bowie-influenced rock, Metronomy’s signature electronics and even a brief interlude of mutant slow-jazz. For the impatient, there is a three-minute radio edit, but it’s a crime to miss this.