Don’t sleep on these releases that might’ve fallen under your radar…
Twerps – ‘Range Anxiety’
The Aussie band follow fellow countrywoman Courtney Barnett in representing Down Under with a slightly more lackadaisical approach. On their debut album they recall The Velvet Underground’s softest moments and Modern Lovers’ simple stance.
Dalton – ‘Dalton’
Dalton aka Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Nate Harrar lives something of a nomadic existence. He writes his music as he travels around the US and his debut self-titled album is full of the sort of wide-eyed wonder and a sense of reflection that comes with seeing and exploring new places.
Champs – ‘Vamala’
Isle Of Wight brothers Michael and David Champion released their debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ and, exactly a year later, followed it up with ‘Vamala’. Their second effort is full of beguiling synth-pop that hints at a promising career to come.
Diet Cig – ‘Over Easy’
New York’s Diet Cig might have recorded ‘Over Easy’ on Halloween but there’s nothing scary about the EP’s five tracks. Instead, they whizz by with scrappy charm, the two-piece tackling try-hard boyfriends and anti-Ivy League sentiments in just over 10 minutes.
Songhoy Blues – ‘Music In Exile’
Songhoy Blues hail from the Bamako area of Mali, a live fixture there long before their breakthrough abroad. After being spotted while a French manager was scouting for Africa Express collaborators, they recorded ‘Music In Exile’, their debut album, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, influenced by the banning of music in their home country.
Colleen Green – ‘I Want To Grow Up’
LA indie musician Colleen Green mines the same millennial confessionals as Best Coast or Courtney Barnett, exploring personal insecurities and romantic gloom on her navel-gazing but brilliant third record.
Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – ‘Sour Soul’
Canadian jazz instrumentalists BadBadNotGood continue their allegiance with the Wu-Tang Clan member on this new album. BBNG provide the widescreen backing chops while Ghostface Killah punches through with powerful lyrics.
Shinies – ‘Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere’
Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, Shinies debut album has been a long time coming and doesn’t disappoint. The Manchester band build walls of noise and fuzz while narrating the ennui that comes with navigating the grim world of dead-end, 9-to-5 jobs.
Get Inuit – ‘001’ EP
The Kent band show off their anthemic capabilities and fondness for intriguing song titles on their debut EP. ‘Dress Of Bubblewrap’ and ‘Coping With Death In A Nutshell’ shroud meaty riffs and huge hooks.
Sundara Karma – ‘EPI’
Reading’s indie-pop quartet follow their first two singles ‘Cold Heaven’ and ‘Indigo Puff’ with a more fleshed out release in this four track EP. The band have described it themselves as a “coming of age record for kids” and its eclectic nature as a “collection of all the guises we’ve taken so far”.