1. Jane’s Addiction – ‘End To The Lies’
Check it – new Jane’s Addiction. They’ve been m.i.a. for a while (it’s been eight years since they’ve released a studio album) – but stop by their official website for a free download of ‘End To The Lies’, the first new track from their forthcoming album ‘The Great Escape Artist’ (out this August). Now don’t get too cocky if you think you’ve already heard it – an early, unfinished version was leaked recently. But here’s the wonderful, final, polished version. You can catch Navarro and the boys playing at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
2. Graham Coxon, Paloma Faith & Bill Ryder-Jones – ‘Desire’
Graham Coxon! Paloma Faith! Bill Ryder-Jones! All working together on one track! Thank you, Converse. In the shoe co’s latest exclusive music collab, we have this sizzlin’ new song ‘Desire’, and we’re told to expect an accompanying music video shortly. Don’t miss this one.
3. Lee Scratch Perry feat. Tunde Adebimpe – ‘Higher Level’
Who better to help us kick off the sunshine than Mr. Lee Scratch Perry? He teamed up with TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe for this Bill Laswell-produced track, taken from forthcoming album ‘Rise Again’ (out in May). Let this be your new relaxation tune.
4. Gang Gang Dance – ‘MindKilla’
This track’s the second offering from their fifth full-length album, ‘Eye Contact’ (out May 9th via 4AD). The song’s like some dark lullaby for a rave baby (with lyrics pulled from ‘Hush Little Baby’), and the video looks like the iTunes visualiser, pumped up on pills. (FYI – video was directed by Shoji Goto, of the Japanese experimental noise act Boredoms).
5. The Sound of Arrows – ‘Nova’ (Esben And The Witch remix)
Swedish duo The Sound Of Arrows are releasing their debut album through Geffen later this year, and ‘Nova’ is the first single to be pulled from it. As part of a series of remixes, from the likes of Tiesto and II Figures, this one comes from Esben And The Witch, who made it a little smoother and dreamier. Check out the DIY video for the original track, and the remix below.
6. Evaline – ‘Hours’
These guys (who have supported the likes of Neon Trees, Deftones, Young Guns and Placebo on tour) are from California, but they decided to record their debut LP in the UK. So really, we owe it to them to give their music a listen. ‘Woven Material’ was produced by Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost, Queens Of The Stone Age) and includes this single, ‘Hours’ – which the band have kindly donated to NME.com. You can also stream their full EP ‘Patterned’ on their Soundcloud page. You can catch Evaline playing a few UK festivals and club nights this summer.
7. Javelin – ‘Cowpoke’
It’s called ‘Cowpoke’. It sounds like a cowboy anthem – and apparently the duo’s entire next album ‘Cotton Candy’ (out on Record Store Day/April 16th) is following suit with this theme. Get your cowboy hat, ready your lasso and head on over to Stereogum to grab this track.
8. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – ‘Atlantic City’ (Bruce Springsteen cover)
So I’m from New Jersey. And when I’m missing home and the ‘Jersey Shore’ re-runs just don’t cut it, it’s always nice to pop on some Bruce. That being said, covers of his songs are also always welcome. Nab this lovely cover from Benjamin’s website. His debut album, ‘Last Smoke Before The Snow Storm’, is due out this summer.
9. Chad VanGaalen – ‘Sara’
It’s just so sweet you want to pat it on the head, make it a cuppa and read it a bedtime story. This one’s taken from Chad’s fourth album, ‘Diaper Island’ (which was recorded in his home studio called Yoko Eno), out in May via Sup Pop. Here’s what the label had to say about the track: “With this focus on guitar, combined with a beloved vintage tape machine determining the sound, VanGaalen moved towards a leaner, no-frills approach—one that more closely resembles the music that influenced him as a teenager, while continuing the arc laid out in his previous work.”
10. Princeton – ‘To The Alps’ (Kinema remix)
Here’s another exclusive premiere we can offer you – a remix of LA’s Princeton (not to be confused with the prestigious university). Their latest poptastic single, ‘To The Alps’, has been turned into a sunny dance tune by Brighton-based trio Kinema. You can also grab a free remix of the song by Drugg here.