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 will 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
Mattiel – ‘Je Ne Me Connais Pas’
This cut of cinematic garage rock is another glorious offering from Mattiel’s upcoming sophomore album.
The S.L.P. – ‘Favourites’ (ft. Little Simz)
Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno has taken a break from his day job to launch his new project The S.L.P. Little Simz collab ‘Favourites’ is the first taste of music. Filled with vintage beats and slick production, all topped off with Simz’s effortless flow, it’s a thumper.
On the B list
Foals – ‘In Degrees’ (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Who’d have thought that Foals’ latest album and 80s disco would be a good combo? But Purple Disco Machine’s remix of ‘In Degrees’ is the only evidence we need. Taking the anthemic tune from the band’s fifth album and giving it a dance floor makeover, this remix is well worth a listen.
Flying Lotus – ‘More’ (ft. Anderson .Paak)
The latest taste of FlyLo’s upcoming album ‘Flamagra’ is a jittering chunk of his trademark warped hip-hop. With swaggering guest vocals from Anderson .Paak and stuffed full of woozy electronics, it’s excellent.
iLoveMakonnen – ‘Drunk On Saturday’
With its chilly production and cloud rap vocals, the latest from iLoveMakonnen is an early contender for song of the summer.
On the C List
Charli XCX – ‘Blame It On Your Love’ (ft. Lizzo)
At the end of 2017 Charli XCX released her scintillating ‘Pop 2’ EP, which closed with the shimmering ‘Track 10’. With its gradual build and vocoded vocals, it was a euphoric end to her cult favourite release; but Charli since said she’s not finished with that song, and now almost 18 months after it’s release comes ‘Blame It On Your Love’. This is ‘Track 10’ but given a glossy pop makeover. With it’s reggaeton beats and radio ready hook, get prepared to have this one stuck in your head for the next month.
J-E-T-S – ‘Real Truth’ (ft. Tkay Maidza)
Filled with squelchy synth licks and crunchy production, ‘Real Truth’ is a brilliant tune from J-E-T-S.
Wooze – ‘Zeus’ Masseuse’
The latest Wooze tune to make our playlists, the stonking ‘Zeus’ Masseuse’ is an absolute belter.