New bangers new bangers
Presenting this week’s best new tracks – and when to drop them. Scroll down for the Spotify playlist.
1. Ariana Grande – ‘No Tears Left To Cry’
Best For Picking Yourself Up
Two years on from third album ‘Dangerous Woman‘ and 11 months after the horrific bombing of her Manchester Arena gig, Grande returns resolute on this lithe banger co-penned with Max Martin. It’s pure, blossoming pop: displaying the same unflappable determination that made her a national treasure last year, she sings: “We’re way too fly to partake in all this hate / We out here vibin’.” Ariana forever.
2. Father John Misty – ‘Disappointing Diamonds’
Best For Howling At The Moon
Where ‘Pure Comedy‘ felt like Josh Tillman raging against the world’s collective nosedive on almost all fronts, his fourth album ‘God’s Favourite Customer’ is a more personal affair about being caught “between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom”. This second track is a wounded, brassy wail accompanied by stormy keys and dejected lines like: “Does everybody have to be the greatest story ever told?” Not necessarily, but whatever he thinks, Misty is certainly up there.
3. MorMor – ‘Whatever Comes To Mind’
Best For Spacing Out
On his second single as MorMor, Toronto’s Seth Nyquist mixes the dreamy synth aesthetic of Beach House with androgynous, Prince-ly vocals. But there’s a darkness underneath the blissful exterior: “You’re running for your life till it finds you“.
4. Courtney Barnett – ‘City Looks Pretty’
Best For Telling Someone How You Really Feel
“The city looks pretty when you been indoors for 23 days – I’ve ignored all your phone calls“. So begins this carefree jam about struggles with mental health, taken from the Aussie slacker-rocker’s forthcoming second album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. It’s packed with truth, wisdom and great guitar lines.
5. Avelino ft J Styles – ‘More Everyting’
Best For Taking It All
In the video for this commanding collaboration with Ice City Boyz’s J Styles, Avelino gives a cameo to the NME Award he won for Best Mixtape earlier this year. “I won’t stop until there’s no top on the Porsche“, he says; it’s only a matter of time.
6. Scent – ‘Roadside Cherry’
Best For 4/20
This British band focuses on texture and feel more than anything else. On the psychedelic ‘Roadside Cherry’ they tap into their inner Vinyl Williams for a swirling, multiform trip.
7. Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘It’s Not Just Me’
Best For Driving Along In A Zippy Car
Let’s Eat Grandma seem to have abandoned sludge-pop entirely: the Norwich duo have been writing with hyperpop guru SOPHIE on their forthcoming album ‘I’m All Ears’ – and this third taste is full of irresistible, squeaky effects.
8. Miles Kane – ‘Loaded’
Best For Kiss-Offs
Kane’s first new solo music in five years follows the Father John Misty vein of witty, slightly depraved, and very world-weary piano-rock. Co-written with Jamie T and Lana Del Rey, ‘Loaded’ hints at further excellence in his forthcoming LP ‘Coup de Grace’.
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9. Lykke Li – ‘Deep End’
Best For Feeling Sexy, But Also Sad
Produced by Kanye collaborator Jeff Bhasker, Frank Ocean and Zayn producer Malay, and Drake/Kendrick beatmaker T-Minus, ‘Deep End’ is the first cut from ‘So Sad So Sexy’, seeing the Swedish singer adopt a slick, hip-hop influence – but still drenched in her idiosyncratic, Nordic-noir melancholia and open-hearted poetry.
10. FIDLAR – ‘Alcohol’
Best For Drinking Tinnies In A Park
“Do you wanna stay inside or do you wanna go get some alcohol?” So scream the LA punk-rockers on their boozy, bassy, riff-tastic new banger. (Please drink responsibly.)
11. Teleman – ‘Submarine Life’
Best For Singing Like A Robot
There’s a swathe of elements that make the London four-piece’s latest an oddball beauty: there’s the lovely syncopated bassline; the Kraftwerk-y, autotuned vocals; the classical guitar; and the subtle emergence of synth riffs, all of which eventually come to a euphoric head. Close your eyes and think of an ocean. Full of cyborgs.
12. Aurora – ‘Queendom’
Best For Utopian Dreams
Aurora was once most famous for singing the Oasis cover for John Lewis’ Christmas advert. With the arrival of her airy, primal new single ‘Queendom’, the eccentric Norwegian singer has entered a higher plane, envisioning her own land and inviting us all to reside in it: “You have a home in my queendom“. We want to go to there.
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