Kendrick Lamar has just dropped his new single 'i'. The song is the first material fans will hear from the Compton rapper's new album, the follow up to his hugely successful 2012 album 'Good kid, Maad City.' However, through a steady stream of guest-verses (Wikipedia estimates it at around 58 in 24 months), Lamar has stayed in the public conscious these past two years, whetting appetites for his eventual return with every guest verse.
If the recently revealed 'Indigo Puff' was Reading four-piece Sundara Karma's bid for your attention, then its b-side 'Hustle' is the sound of them assuredly justifying themselves. "You're the devil in a push-up bra," sings frontman Oscar Lulu, confidently strutting all over his bandmates' serene but funky backing. It's a bold new step from the quartet following the promising signs exhibited on their debut single 'Cold Heaven' earlier this year. 'Indigo Puff'/'Hustle' is released on October 6 via 203 Recordings.
The Growlers' clash of sun-drenched guitars and Cure-style 1980s post-punk influences on new album 'Chinese Fountain' led the band to recently describe it as "beach goth." Which is about right, really: think Robert Smith building a sandcastle in on a postcard-perfect Marbella vista beneath a parasol, still unable to entirely shake off a looming sensation of despair, and you're not far off.
NME has been a bit smitten with Kwabs for some time now – especially after his ace 'Pray For Love' EP, released earlier this year, came with the standout track 'Something Right'. "His damaged lyrics and [producer] Sohn’s frigid beats quake in such a way that they whip up a freezing, doom-heavy feeling," said NME's Ben Homewood at the time.
Check out our new social media intern. Dapper lookin' fellow, isn't he? Only kidding - the man pictured manning NME's Twitter feed above is, of course, the one and only Johnny Marr, who this afternoon (September 19) answer readers' questions in a revealing 30 minutes. In case you missed it, here's the best bits, including the former Smith's take on today's Scottish independence referendum, returning to the Cribs, the possibility of a project with Noel Gallagher and more.