Finally, we’re into Spring – and edging ever-closer to festival season. How did you find February? Share your latest loves, disappointments, jams and joys below. Here are a few things you may have missed (and here are our recommendations as a Spotify playlist).
Plan B went back to his roots
‘iLL Manors’ is about as far from smooth and soulful Strickland Banks as can be.
Pure Love – Carter’s new post-Gallows project – played their first ever show at London’s Bush Hall on Valentine’s Day, showcasing a less shouty, almost classic rock sound. Watch them perform ‘Burning Love’ here.
Futureheads chucked the backing track
And announced their acapella album, ‘Rant’, to be released on April 2. It’s… interesting. Listen to their acapella cover of, erm, Kelis’ Acapella.
‘Shoot a Hole In The Sun’ – the result of Gallagher’s work with the Manchester duo – will be the B-side to upcoming single ‘Dream On’.
Nicki released the first track from her new album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’. Named ‘Stupid Hoe’, it’s a lyrical attack on Lil Kim, and has a video that shows Nikki’s not afraid to flaunt her figure.
Willis Earl Beal
New XL signing declares he wants to be ‘the Black Tom Waits’. ‘Take Me Away’ is a step in the right direction.
NME called ‘Tramp’ ‘one of the best albums of the year so far’. Do you agree?
Field Music’s ‘Plumb’
Their new album is ‘an endlessly evolving collage’, according to our review.
‘Chevvy Thunder’ is just one more reason to love them.
Arctic Monkeys break out the drum solos, and Helders jumps three octaves on their surprise new single.
What were the best tracks you heard this month?