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
Foals – ‘Black Bull’
The first taste of Foals’ upcoming album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2’, ‘Black Bull’ moves away from the glittering art-pop we heard earlier this year on ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’, and instead the band have amped up the volcanic riffs and yelped vocals, for a pit-opening, fist-pumping slice of sweltering, razor-sharp rock.
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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘This Is The Place’
Taken from the upcoming EP of the same name, ‘This Is The Place’ sees Gallagher expand on the electronic-flecked sound he established on ‘Black Star Dancing’. Mixing glittering synths with huge, stadium worthy vocal hooks, the results are something exciting and fresh from the iconic musician.
On the B List
Biig Piig – ‘Sunny’
Mixing laidback disco rhythms with soulful vocals and smoky production, the latest from the multi-talented Biig Piig is a sun-drenched beauty.
Bon Iver – Naeem
Taken from the stunning new Bon Iver album ‘i, i’, ‘Naeem’ combines Justin Vernon’s trademark, emotive vocals with whirring electronics and gorgeous floating strings, and results are lovely.
Sleater-Kinney – ‘Can I Go On’
With its earworm, opening guitar riff and punchy, new wave flecked vocals, the latest from Sleater-Kinney is a thumper.
WIVES – ‘Hit Me Up’
New Yorkers WIVES have shared the latest glimpse of upcoming debut album ‘So Removed’, and it’s a beauty. Filled with scuzzy guitars and driving drums, it’s an exciting taste of what’s to come.
On the C List
IDLES – ‘I Dream Guillotine’
Released as part of the package for standalone single ‘Mercedes Marxist’, this new tune from Bristolian punks IDLES is a ferocious slice of their trademark sound.
Mallrat – ‘Charlie’
‘Charlie’ is named after Australian artist Mallrat’s golden Labrador. Sadly, Charlie doesn’t have any guest vocals on the song (he does appear in the video), but the song he lends his name to is a beauty. Combining Mallrat’s delicate vocals with woozy production and shimmering hand-clapped beats, it’s a dreamy piece of sparkling pop.
Temples – ‘You’re Either On Something’
With its kaleidoscopic production and pounding bassline, the latest from Temples is psychedelic treat.
Tove Lo – ‘Bad as the Boys (ft. ALMA)’
Tove Lo has teamed up with pal Alma for her latest. Stuffed full of earworm hooks and misty instrumentals, it absolutely slaps.