Miles Kane, Solange, Kanye West and more
Miles Kane – ‘You’re Gonna Get It’
Having lived through The Little Flames, The Rascals, The Last Shadow Puppets and a debut album (2011’s ‘Colour Of The Trap’) that won him a dedicated fanbase, Miles Kane finds himself at the age of 27 as something of a rock’n’roll statesman. Maybe it’s that his dedication to his craft seems more important to him than the many distractions of life on the road, or maybe it’s that he’s great friends with Paul Weller, but he’s always seemed set for big things – and the early signs are that second album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ could be it. This latest stomping cut, ‘You’re Gonna Get It’, was written with the legend himself and the writing partnership has obviously been fruitful for the pair of them, in that it challenges Miles and gives Weller a chance to return to the directness of his youth. When the pair performed it together at this year’s NME Awards, it wasn’t just their matching haircuts and equally sharp suits that made the performance feel like the passing of a baton. Miles has the attitude and urgent sense of purpose down to a T. Will we see Kane follow Weller’s lead again with a Style Council-era short blond crop and some soulful deep house? Probably not. For now it sounds like he’s pretty happy with the jam he’s got himself into.
Kevin EG Perry, Assistant Editor, NME.COM
Solange feat. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Looks Good With Trouble’
A collaboration between these two is so hot someone should issue a health and safety warning. Compton’s best does his thing over a new version of the breathiest cut from Solange’s breakthrough ‘True’ EP. He raps, she smoulders. You’ll feel 150 per cent cooler just listening to it.
Dan Martin, writer
Superfood – ‘TV’
Championed by fellow Brummies Peace and Swim Deep, Superfood’s new single captures the butt-end of Britpop and banality of modern life. “How am I to dream without the TV on, yeah?“, frontman Dom Ganderton squeals, like a stoned teenager batting off his mum’s requests for him to get a job. Bratpop, anyone?
Harriet Gibsone, writer
Waxahatchee – ‘Coast To Coast’
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield is your new grunge-pop hero. ‘Coast To Coast’, a sun-tinged paean to a lost relationship, is the first UK single taken from the Wichita re-release of her second album ‘Cerulean Salt’, and fulfils every Kim Deal-meets-Evan Dando-meets-Sleater-Kinney fantasy.
Jenny Stevens, Deputy News Editor
Wiley – ‘Reload, Aim, Fire’
The best of the many instrumental grime tracks Wiley has uploaded onto SoundCloud this week. Jittery, hyperactive, creative: it’s textbook. Using the word ‘reload’ in the title is poignant too, because the man needs to work out where he’s at after this year’s stinker of an album.
Tom Howard, Reviews Editor
The View – ‘Standard’
They’ve had the same themes on for seven years now – Dundee slang, drug references and tales of gutter living. But with ‘Standard’, a new track lobbed onto their greatest hits collection ‘Seven Year Setlist’, The View try a languid folk strummer reminiscent of The Bluebells’ ‘Young At Heart’. Thank God it’s about fancying your mate’s mum.
Mark Beaumont, writer
Banks – ‘Warm Water’
LA vocalist Banks doesn’t use her Twitter because it gets in the way of “making connections”. But if staying out of the limelight means spending time with producers such as TEED and creating alluring love songs like ‘Warm Water’ rather than wasting time crafting the perfect Twitter hashtag, it’s a wise choice.
Siân Rowe, Assistant Reviews Editor
Petite Noir – ‘Noirse’
Slowly but surely Yannick Illunga is becoming more and more assured. Having toured with Foals earlier this year, the South Africa-born Domino signing sounds bold and brash here, urging someone to “show me a good time” and asking to “have a party” over murky guitars that build and build. Think he might be talking about sex.
David Renshaw, News Reporter
Julia Holter – ‘World’
The LA-based multi-instrumentalist is definitely not for everyone. But who can deny that lyrics such as “every day my eyes are older” are genius? ‘World’ is completely stripped back, like a hymn. Her voice is godly and the kind of oddity that would work perfectly as a vocal accompaniment on the new These New Puritans record.
Eve Barlow, Deputy Editor
Kanye West – ‘Untitled’
Hudson Mohawke recently premiered some new Kanye West songs during a DJ set in Poland. One has Yeezy rapping frenetically over a giant’s burp of a beat. The other sounds like getting lost in space with a children’s choir in tow. Both are signs of amazing things to come.
Lucy Jones, Deputy Editor, NME.COM