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
Jade Bird – ‘Uh Huh’
The 20-year-old first won us over with her searing storytelling and huge, belt-it-out choruses on the soaring ‘Lottery’. And now she’s back with country-tinged ‘Uh Huh’ – oozing attitude, this is another score for the BRIT School graduate.
On the B List
Bob Moses – ‘Back Down’
‘Back Down’ is a gorgeous, cantering epic from the Canadian duo. From the rich and squelching opening synths riffs which stylishly build into a megalithic refrain, this track was made to soundtrack your next windows-down, volume-up road trip.
H. Grimace – In The Body
A brooding twist on art-rock anthemia, H. Grimace’s latest is perfect for anyone sorely missing fellow London post-punks Savages. A psyche-swarming cut of dizzying melodies and crisp percussion, it’s a hypnotic soundtrack to the end of the heatwave.
Mahalia – Wish I Missed My Ex
All slinky bass lines and sunshine-drenched melodies, Mahalia’s latest tune is a total bop. Borrowing the slick vocal styling and lazy beats from the 90s, and combining them with huge brass lines and a total earworm of a chorus, ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ could be her best offering yet.
On the C List
Millie Turner – She Was A Dancer
18-year-old Turner’s own brand of shimmering pop is a suave success, and her latest bop ‘She Was A Dancer’ is no different. The combination of the young talent’s vivid lyrics, the elegant – if restrained – production, and lilting vocals make this a total joy.
Sports Team – Margate
Dizzying and sugar-coated, Sports Team’s fun-first indie-pop is one you need to lend an ear to. Take ‘Margate’ as your introduction – a beaming slice of pop-rock melody and Blur-esque lyricism, it’s an ode to the Great British Summer that’s best served with a big ol’ dollop of clotted cream. Pure, teeth-rotting excess in the very best way.
Travis Scott – Sicko Mode
With ‘Astroworld’ finally let loose, the Drake and Swae Lee-featuring sugar rush of ‘Sicko Mode’ is perfect BBQ fodder for the waning days of summer. A bouncy, trap-laced cut of anthemic rap, it’s Scott at his most confident and catchy.
Words: Tom Connick and Hannah Mylrea