45s of the week: Shame, Stefflon Don, Gorillaz and more

New Stefflon Don, Gorillaz ft. Robert Smith and more new tracks, reviewed this week, by Charlie Gunn


Beabadoobee – ‘Worth It’

Fans are mega-hyped for Beabadoobee’s debut album ‘Fake It Flowers’ which is out very soon indeed. Given the tracks we’ve heard so far, it’s not going to be a brand new Bea: instead, more of the cutesy, grungey pop that she’s built her fanbase on. ‘Worth It’ is another track, in the same vein. Maybe album two will be the crunk record I personally think she was born to make?

Shame – ‘Alphabet’

Just when the music press has decided that IDLES are no longer it, Shame are back to provide you with some more, fairly enjoyable, post-punk. “What you see is what you get/ I still don’t know the alphabet“, growls Charlie Steen, over a furious beat that yet again, makes you miss being in a rowdy lad-filled pit. But without the sweat and groping.

Delilah Montagu – ‘Loud’

Delilah Montagu describes, what quite frankly, sounds like a bloody awful relationship full of cross words and toxic energy, on this her latest, quite-sweet-sounding single. We say, get out while you can, gal!


Gorillaz – ‘Strange Timez’ ft. Robert Smith

Robert Smith’s unmistakable vocals over plinky-plonky keys is an instant grab on the latest track from Gorillaz’ upcoming project, the star-packed ‘Song Machine’. “Spinning around until the sound comes up” sounds tiring, though. Mad respect to Smith for still having that amount of energy.

Stefflon Don – ‘Move’

I ain’t perfect but I promise I won’t do you wrong,” raps Steff on her new bop. She wanted to head back to her roots for this one – and you can tell. The track is reminiscent of her earlier ’16 Shots’ greatness, rather than some of the middling high-production stuff of recent years. It does what it says on the tin.

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