ICYMI: NME now has two radio channels live and on the air! 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 — and here are this week’s additions to the NME 1 & 2 playlists.
On the A List
Thundercat – ‘Black Qualls’ (feat. Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)
First up on the playlist this week we have the massive new one from Thundercat. The first taste of his new album ‘It Is What It Is’ sees him team up with Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington for a classically Thundercat tune. With its bouncing instrumentals, that are erred on by the slinky, funk bassline and lilting vocals, it’s an exciting glimpse of what’s to come on the rest of the record.
On the B List
Rina Sawayama – ‘Comme Des Garçon (Like The Boys)’
Next up we’ve got the new one from Dirty Hit signee Rina Sawayama. Whilst on its predecessor ‘STFU!’ she fused nu-metal with bright pop hooks, this time around Sawayama has embraced strutting house beats and R&B production, and the results are a floor-filling smash.
Talk Show – ‘Banshee’
The latest from Talk Show is a cantering cut of their roaring post-punk. Frontman Harrisson Swann has explained that ‘Banshee’ is a “frustrated lovelorn tale”; which may sound depressing, but instead of making something gloomy and sad, the band focussed on creating a song that was “heartfelt and ardent”. Adding in the melodic guitar lines and a galloping rhythm section that support the distinctive vocals, the band managed to surpass the melancholy, and instead create something warm and uplifting.
Cuffed Up – ‘French Exit’
With its driving rhythm section, expansive guitar riffs and soaring vocals, the new one from Los Angeles band Cuffed Up is a hulking slice.
Stephen Malkmus – ‘Xian Man’
Combining folk instrumentation with lilting melodies and Malkmus’ distinctive vocals, ‘Xian Man’ is a swaggering preview of his upcoming album.
On the C List
Soccer Mommy – ‘Circle The Drain’
Soccer Mommy’s latest is a total beauty. Fusing jangling, lo-fi guitar riffs with elegant vocals and twinkling percussion, ‘Circle The Drain’ is one of the best things the artist has put out.
Sløtface – ‘Tap the Pack’
Hurtling along at breakneck speed, ‘Tap the Pack’ is another rambunctious cut from Norwegian punks Sløtface.
Hayley Williams – ‘Simmer’
The first song from Paramore the frontwoman’s debut solo album is gorgeous. The twisting dark pop is brutally honest, meshing haunting production with some of William’s most candid lyrics.
Four Tet – ‘Baby’
All glittering, ethereal production and glitchy instrumentals, the latest from Four Tet is a stunner.
Maũ – ‘Try’
Last up we’ve got the new one from Kenya-born and NYC-based artist Maũ. ‘Try’ explores the pain of a failing relationship, with the tune’s instrumentals brilliantly complimenting the frank lyrics with sparse production and emotive vocals.