ICYMI: we now have two audio 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
Sigrid – ‘Sucker Punch’
NME favourite Sigrid is back with absolute earworm ‘Sucker Punch’; good luck getting this one out of your head!
On the B List
Boy Pablo – ‘Feeling Lonely’
Taken from the Norwegian musician’s second EP, the shimmering ‘Soy Pablo’, ‘Feeling Lonely’ is a slick slice of sunshine that will take you through the grey autumn weather.
Halsey – ‘Without Me’
NME big read star Halsey’s latest is the perfect break up bop. With it’s dripping hip-hop beats, trickling vocals and a bridge that lyrically borrows from JT’s ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Without Me’ is absolutely excellent.
Loyle Carner featuring Jordan Rakei – ‘Ottolenghi’
Loyle’s first new tune since his debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, Ottolenghi is an absolute beauty. Referencing legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Jerusalem, and featuring dreamy vocals from Jordan Rakei, it’s a reminder of why Loyle is one of the most exciting British artists around.
Scrounge – ‘Etch’
South London duo Scrounge’s latest is filled to the brim with scuzzy guitars, lilting vocals and galloping drums, and it’s a doozy.
On the C list
Dave featuring Fredo – Funky Friday
It takes something special to knock a Calvin Harris tune off the top spot of the UK single charts, but that’s exactly what Dave and Fredo managed to do with the blistering ‘Funky Friday’. The duo deliver their slick bars over bubbling beats and whirring synths, in one of the most exciting British hip hop tunes this year.
Jarami – ‘Cold Blooded’
Jarami are back with another total stonker. The duo behind production for Camila Cabello and Frank Ocean have embraced the funk with a slinking bassline and twinkling piano riffs for latest single ‘Cold Blooded’.
Mellah – ‘What It Is’
With its lilting vocals and buoyant staccato guitar lines, Mellah’s ‘What It Is’ is a delight.
Pond – ‘Sixteen Days’
The follow up to their eight minute epic ‘Burnt Out Star’ a few months back, the Aussie psych rockers are back with more new music. Full of woozy vocals and proggy synths, ‘Sixteen Days’ is a complete trip.
SASAMI – ‘Not The Time’
Boasting grumbling riffs and honey-tinged vocals, SASAMI’s new tune is a glorious nugget of indie rock.