NME Radio Roundup 22 November 2021: Rosalía, The Weeknd, Fred again.., Mitski and more

There are tonnes of amazing albums to look forward to in 2022 if this week’s additions to NME Radio are any indication. We’ve added the stellar Rosalía and The Weeknd collab ‘LA FAMA’, taken from the former’s anticipated upcoming record ‘Motomami’, to the A List. Then there’s the latest from Mistki, ‘The Only Heartbreaker’, a ‘Laurel Hell’ single of towering emotional proportions which was a must-add to the playlist this week; added alongside the stunning ‘Made Of Gold’ by Ibeyi featuring Pa Salieu, a cut from the duo’s third album, also due out next year.

Also new to NME Radio this week we’ve also added fresh tracks from some of our favourite rising artists, like Baby Queen, English Teacher and BERWYN.

Check out what’s new on NME 1 & 2 below.

On the A List

Rosalía

‘LA FAMA’ featuring The Weeknd

Next year, Rosalía returns with ‘Motomami’, the highly anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed album ‘El Mal Querer’. The first taste from this record is ‘LA FAMA’, featuring The Weeknd – with whom Rosalía had previously collaborated on a sultry remix of his global megahit ‘Blinding Lights’. This single is “a bachata with a little story around ambition,” the singer has said in a statement, which was inspired by “the lyrics of Rubén Blades or Patti Smith and the songs of Aventura.” – Karen Gwee

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Fred again..

‘Faisal (Envelops Me)’

In April, Fred again.. dropped his debut album ‘Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020)’ , which served as his personal chronicle of the last eight months of the first cursed pandemic year. And last week, the producer followed up with another eight-month portrait, ‘Actual Life 2 (February 2 – October 15 2021)’. Its transportive lead single, ‘Faisal (Envelope Me)’, is anchored by a sample of singer/poet FACESOUL, and joins the NME Radio A List this week. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the B List

Mitski

‘The Only Heartbreaker’

Welcome to ‘Laurel Hell’. The second single from Mitski’s upcoming sixth studio album is the upbeat, ’80s-influenced anthem ‘The Only Heartbreaker’, full of luminous synths Springsteen would love and characteristically cutting lyrics from Mitski Miyawaki about a relationship that she’s single-handedly sinking. “I’ll be the water main that’s burst and flooding / You’ll be by the window only watching,” she sings forlornly. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

BERWYN

‘MIA’

Earlier this year, BERWYN made history as the only artist to ever have had a mixtape nominated for the Mercury Prize. Now, the Trinidadian-born, Romford-raised rapper is readying his second tape, ‘TAPE2/FOMALHAUT’, led by the haunting single ‘MIA’. This heartfelt song is a “dedication to all the missing pieces that aren’t here anymore”, BERWYN has said. “It’s a time to think and to honor the people that aren’t with us now…and to acknowledge the fact that there is still a lot of violence outside.” – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Ibeyi

‘Made Of Gold’ featuring Pa Salieu

Ibeyi are back. Four years after the singular, striking album ‘Ash’, the Diaz sisters have returned with ‘Made Of Gold’, a deeply spiritual song featuring rising star Pa Salieu. “‘Made of Gold’ is about connecting to our ancestors’ knowledge, to the truths of the past and the power of the ancient. The line is not broken, nor is it lost,” Lisa-Kaindé Diaz said in a statement. Ibeyi’s third album, due out 2022, “will see us conveying our reconnection to that power and channeling that magic into our new music.” – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Annie Hamilton

‘Electric Night’

Annie Hamilton’s new single ‘Electric Night’ is a giddy rush. The Australian singer-songwriter marshals shoegaze textures, thrumming guitars and delirious lyrical repetition to great effect on this song, which should sound like a downright revelation live in concert. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the C List

Baby Queen

‘Wannabe’

Baby Queen’s single ‘Wannabe’ is a song about owning your personality, preferences and selfhood – even if wider society deems you a loser. “I guess I’ll always be a wannabe, baby / Making art, pop music about the drugs I’m using,” Baby Queen smirks on the chorus, before extending an inviting hand to the listener: “If you want to be a wannabe, baby / Then set yourself free and you can be a loser like me.” Throw your hands up for this Y2k underdog anthem. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

English Teacher

‘Good Grief’

English Teacher are a four-piece who play – as their Spotify bio puts it – “post-art-indie-definitely-not-punk”. The Leeds band certainly have a more playful appeal than the intense, po-faced post-punk outfits around these days – just listen to ‘Good Grief’, which “follows the love story of Track and Trace as they navigate their relationship through 2020. It’s about the virtual dates, the TikTok dances, the Karens in supermarkets and the obscene levels of potentially avoidable suffering, once again, orchestrated by those at the top.” – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Gang Of Youths

‘Tend The Garden’

London-based Australian rockers Gang Of Youths are gearing up for a massive 2022 with the release of their new album ‘angel in realtime’. The record is in part about frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s father, whom the vocalist has described as a “a gifted and passionate gardener”. This latest single ‘Tend The Garden’, filled with plinking keys, swooning saxophone and Le’aupepe’s signature heart-on-sleeve lyrics, is “the most poetic interpretation of his affinity for gardening that I could think of”. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Babeheaven

‘The Hours’

West London band Babeheaven’s ‘The Hours’ is a song to get lost in as you contemplate the big things in life. Vocalist Nancy Andersen has said that the song is about being small in the face of the vast, vast world; loneliness but also a comfort in knowing you’re not the only person feeling that way. “On and on, the ordinary / The days go by but I stay right here / On and on, the ordinary / Days go by, we’re clearly not alone,” she sings. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

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