ICYMI: we now have two radio channels here at NME! You can tune into NME 1 for a selection of stone-cold classics and indie anthems, while NME 2 will bring you the best of the past decade — from alternative bops to grime and leftfield dance.
Each week Team NME carefully handpick a selection of tunes to add to both playlists — here are the NME 1 & 2 playlist additions for this week.
On the A List
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Hero’
First up on the playlist this week we have the latest tune from Michael Kiwanuka, ‘Hero’. On it he movingly “pays homage to some of the world’s most important history-changing heroes that were taken too soon due to violence” over slinky acoustic guitar riffs and lush instrumentals.
On the B List
Corridor – ‘Pow’
Next up we have the new one from Montreal rockers Corridor. Taken from their upcoming third album ‘Junior’, ‘Pow’ is a twitchy slice stuffed full of galloping hi-hats, bleeping electronics and overdriven guitar riffs, all topped off with a hulking bassline.
Nicolas Godin – ‘The Border’
Nicolas Godin – otherwise known as one-half of Air – is back with a new solo track. Opening with sparse trickling synth lines, gradually robotic vocals and clinking percussion are added in, and the results are a beautiful – if eerie – soundscape.
Nilufer Yanya – ‘Heat Rises’
The latest single to come from Yanya’s stellar debut album ‘Miss Universe’ is the excellent ‘Heat Rises’. Inspired by Kelis’ ‘Millionaire’, it canters away with whirring hi-hat beats (which run relentlessly all the way through the song) and a stomping bassline, with Yanya’s velvety vocals cutting over the top.
Sassy 009 – ‘Maybe in the Summer’
Fusing splintered beats with vibrating synths and whispered vocals, the latest from Sassy 009 is a glorious cut of house-flecked electronica.
On the C List
Beck – ‘Uneventful Days’
Produced by Pharrell, Beck’s latest is a hazy slice of dream-pop. Boasting glittering production that includes chiming glockenspiel licks and a jittery bassline, it’s a stratospheric glimpse of his new album ‘Hyperspace’
Galcher Lustwerk – ‘Cig Angel (Dance Mix)’
Mixing the ambient sounds of the original with chugging dance-beats, this new mix of Galcher Lustwerk’s ‘Cig Angel’ is a beauty.
Kraak & Smaak – ‘Sommeron’ (ft. Imugi)
If you’re a fan of Tom Misch or Kamasi Washington give this new one from Kraak & Smaak a try. Combining lilting lo-fi instrumentals with a strutting brass riff and dreamy vocals, it’s a total delight.
Pusha T – ‘Puppets (Succession Remix)’
Pusha T has teamed up with Emmy winning composer Nicholas Britell for his latest tune ‘Puppets’. On it, he raps over the theme for television show ‘Succession’, adding his legendary flow to the dramatic, orchestral riff.
Yungblud – ‘Original Me’ ft. Dan Reynolds
Finally this week we’ve got Yungblud’s team-up with Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds. On it the two vocalists trade bars that tackle not feeling like you’re good enough over thumping beats and pop-punk flecked guitars, and it’s mega.