ICYMI: we now have two radio channels live and on the air 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 — and here are the additions to the NME 1 & 2 playlists for this week.
On the A List
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’
First up on the playlist this week we have the new one from Bombay Bicycle Club. Mixing pulsing guitar licks with a swaggering bass line and skittering drums, it then erupts into a jubilant chorus, and is an exciting glimpse of the band’s forthcoming fifth album.
Holy Fuck – ‘Free Gloss’
Holy Fuck’s have said that their latest was designed as “a way for us to shed some light and bring some bliss and buoyancy to the table whilst still maintaining that ecstatic energy and intensity that we love,”. They’ve done this by fusing their trademark, dark electronics with euphoric vocals and a glittering synth riff, and it’s brilliant.
On the B List
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – ‘Texas Sun’
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges have just announced a collaborative EP, and title track ‘Texas Sun is the first taste of it we’ve had. They’ve blended Bridges’ warm vocals with the funk-flecked instrumentals of Khruangbin, and it’s a match made in heaven.
No Rome – ‘Trust3000’ (feat. Dijon)
No Rome’s latest is another slick cut of hip-hop beats, earworm vocals and glittering production. On it he’s teamed up with vocalist Dijon, with Rome explaining that the collaboration was exactly what the song needed, saying: “Dijon put his verse on when we met each other for the first time in Los Angeles. We were working on some other music and I played him this song, he just knew exactly what to do with it and I love his verse. It’s just what the track needed.”
Tame Impala – ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’
The latest from Tame Impala is an emotional tribute to Kevin Parker’s late father, who died back in 2009. Over soaring instrumentals Parker honestly sings about his relationship with his Dad, including the poignant opening lyrics: “Ever since I was a small boy / No one else compared to you, no way / I always thought heroes stay close / Whenever troubled times arose.”
On the C List
Caribou – ‘You And I’
‘You And I’ is the second glimpse we’ve had of the highly anticipated new Caribou album, which is out next year. With its scintillating chugging beats that compliment the hazy vocals and boisterous instrumentals, it’s a beauty.
GURU – ‘Don’t Talk’
If you’re a fan of Amyl and the Sniffers or Shame, then check out the ferocious ‘Don’t Talk’ from GURU. All flailing riffs and overdriven guitars, it’s a thumper.
Hinds – ‘Riding Solo’
The distorted vocals and jangling instrumentals of Hinds’ new one marks a new direction for the band; and with a third album on the way, it’s an exciting taster of what’s to come.
Porridge Radio – ‘Lilac’
NME Radio favourites Porridge Radio have just signed to Secretly Canadian! And alongside the announcement they’ve released the eerily beautiful ‘Lilac’; a mammoth slice of the band’s spiralling post-punk.
Shopping – ‘Initiative’
Finally for the playlist this week we’ve got the new one from Shopping. The jittering ‘Initiative’ blends cantering beats and spiky riffs, with a breakneck chorus that’ll get caught in your head for days.