45s of the week: Bree Runway, James Vincent McMorrow, Lowertown and more!

The tracks you need to hear this week, reviewed by Charlie Gunn

James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gone’

The pain of hearing a dancey bop when we cannot go out does not get any easier. Irish artist, James Vincent McMorrow’s, new Paul Epworth-produced track, ‘Gone’, is lyrically raw and immensely quotable. “I give less fucks than I used to/ still give a lot of fucks” will surely be the chants of point-at-your-pal kitchen discos throughout Lockdown 2.0, its reggaeton beats making a shimmy around the furniture an inevitability.

Lowertown – ‘Best Person You Know’

Lowertown are a 16-year-old best friend duo from Atlanta and the newest singings to the Dirty Hit label. ‘Best Person You Know’ is without doubt the cutest little indie ditty we’ve heard this week, the Moldy-Peaches-esque acoustic guitar and adorable melody will turn a vague longing to see your mates into an unbearable ache. Check out the video, too – singer Olivia strangles, stabs and shoots bandmate Avsha, before chucking him off a cliff. With friends like these…

Bree Runway ft. Missy Elliot – ‘ATM’

Bree Runway is on the fast-track to pop stardom. Piquing the interest of Missy Elliot last year with her infectious track ‘APESHIT’, the pair have finally collaborated on ‘ATM’ – an extended innuendo about, er, pushing buttons and making deposits. Bree’s newly released EP ‘2000AND4EVA‘ is out now and though a Missy co-sign is quite a coup, this isn’t even the best track on it. Big things await!

READ MORE: an interview with Bree Runway

Giggs – ‘Buff Baddies’

Giggs shows his appreciation for the ladies on new track ‘Buff Baddies’. The South London rapper just released a new 16-track mixtape, ‘Now or Never’, which merges trap, grime, afrobeats and boasts some notable guest spots from the likes of Jorja Smith and Emeli Sandé. ‘Buff Baddies’ is a fairly by-numbers Giggs track, his sedate flow building tension in the way the Peckham artist has perfected over the years. There’s a nice The Walking Dead reference in the video, too – Giggs as über-baddy Negan is scary as hell.

Bob Vylan – ‘Northern Line’

Bob Vylan’s new punk track about tube anxiety was written before lockdown but in the midst of a pandemic, is even more real. “I just wanna go home/ I can’t tell you where I’ve been or where I’ve gone” growls frontman Bobby on this rumbling anthem. Funny, that’s exactly how I felt on the 10:05pm to Morden on Wednesday night.

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