45s of the week: Wet Leg, Martha Skye Murphy, Years & Years and more!

The tracks you need to hear this week, as reviewed by Alison Craig.

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Wet Leg – ‘Wet Dream’

If there’s one thing we like more than a boundlessly exciting, ever-so-slightly Elastica-y track with a giddy, chant-along chorus, it’s said track amped up with a healthy dose of eyebrow-curling sass. “What makes you think you’re good enough to think about me when you’re touching yourself?” questions Rhian Teasdale to her ‘Wet Dream’-ing protagonist on the follow up to all-conquering debut ‘Chaise Longue’. Cheeky, charming and chock full of earworm lines, it’s proof – as if it were needed – that Wet Leg are set to be far from one hit wonders.

Years & Years – ‘Crave’

It’s been a big 12 months for Olly Alexander. Earning universal acclaim for his leading role in ‘It’s A Sin’ before declaring, with the advent of big time banger ‘Starstruck,’ that his band Years & Years would henceforth be a solo project, his next moves now have more eyes on them than ever before. Praise be to the pop gods, then, that ‘Crave’ is a sultry, sensual dancefloor gem of the highest order. Cooing its way into a chorus that’s pure, glorious ‘80s camp, it’s a blessed relief that the clubs are open again because to deny this track its dues would indeed be… yeah you guessed it.

Katy B ft Jaz Karis – ‘Open Wound’

First Katy B was ‘On A Mission’, then she went on a prolonged break (it’s been more than five years since 2016’s third album ‘Honey’), and now the Peckham favourite is seemingly on a chill-out tip. Having returned back in August with slow-burning comeback track ‘Under My Skin’, follow up ‘Open Wound’ is a lighter affair, nodding to classic female ‘90s r&b and lacing it with deceptively breezy vocals that bely the unfinished business that fills its lyrics.

Ashnikko – ‘Panic Attacks In Paradise’

Even when you’re a ballsy, blue-haired burgeoning superstar, not every day can be sunshine and roses, and so ‘Panic Attacks…’ arrives to remind us that, beneath the brags about doing sex with your significant other, Ashnikko is human after all. ‘Just because I’m famous doesn’t mean I’m not sad’ might be a trope often explored by those in positions of adoration, but what’s perhaps more surprising is that, if you took away Ash’s throaty vocal, this acoustic number could basically be a Taylor Swift song. 

Martha Skye Murphy, ‘Stuck’

As the days get shorter and autumn’s crispy chill starts to fill the air, the latest from London’s Martha Skye Murphy is full of the kind of fluttering beauty that’ll keep you safe and swaddled through the night. Last seen popping up for guest vocal duties on Squid’s tetchy debut, ‘Stuck’ is the polar opposite – a shimmering, sleight thing with nods to Bjork and Sufjan Stevens in its fragile charm.

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