Charli XCX – ‘Baby‘
It’s Charli baby, and the word of the day is S.E.X. Over an unrelenting Chromeo beat, Queen XCX serves choreography and charisma, promising to ‘love you real’ but also ‘fuck you up’ in equal disco measure. The final taster before new album, ‘Crash’ lands, it’s a testament to her enduring versatility, a dancefloor filler in waiting.
Priya Ragu – ‘Luminous’
Complimenting the Tamil music of her heritage with some Rosalía-esque rap licks, Priya Ragu continues her bid for top-tier prowess with ‘Illuminous’, an utterly infectious ode to the light and unique energy that all of us can bring to the world. If you’re in need of a track to gas you up before a night out, this is it — take a look in the mirror and repeat after us: “I’m Jay Z, you can’t jock me/ I control the cockpit.”
Krush Puppies – ‘Love Kills The Demons‘
Designed to echo the eerie feeling of a Christian house rock band, ‘Love Kills The Demons’ is the perfect introduction to London newcomers Krush Puppies, rich in the kind of DNA that has made stars out of the likes of Goat Girl, The Big Moon and Sorry. Lo-fi prom-pop with an undercurrent of baptism, its meditative quality marks it out as instantly familiar, the kind of music that feels like returning to a once-loved (and possibly now haunted) home. More pop panpipes, please!
Eades – ‘Backseat Politic‘
If, like me, you are desperately waiting for the UK release of Lizzy Goodman’s rock’n’roll oral history movie ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’, Leeds group Eades might help to sate your noughties New York appetite with ‘Backseat Politic’, the lead single from their highly-promising debut album. Moving with impressive time-signature swappage, it feels a little bit LCD Soundsystem, a little bit Strokes, and a whole lot like it’s going to fill fields this summer.
Wet Leg – ‘Angelica‘
On a five-for-five hitstrike, everybody’s favourite Isle-of-Wight duo return with ‘Angelica’, expanding their sonic universe into more complex, borderline psychedelic melodies while still maintaining their now-customary deadpan; “I don’t wanna follow you on the gram/ I don’t wanna listen to your band”. Luckily for them, we’re still pretty sold on theirs.
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