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
The Strokes – ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’
On the A List this week we’ve got a new one taken from The Strokes’ excellent sixth album ‘The New Abnormal’. The glittering ‘Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus’ infuses the band’s trademark sound with jangling disco and effervescent synths, and it’s excellent.
On the B List
Empress Of – ‘Love Is A Drug’
Empress Of’s brilliant third album, ‘I’m Your Empress Of’, sees her turn massive heartbreak into banging electro-pop songs; and ‘Love Is A Drug’ is one of the record’s highlights. With its shuffling beats and woozy bass, the standout single is a powerful cut of Lorely Rodriguez’s soaring sound.
Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Kyoto’
Next up on the B List we have the latest from Phoebe Bridgers. Taken from her upcoming album ‘Punisher’, ‘Kyoto’ is a song about imposter syndrome. “[it’s] about being in Japan for the first time, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, and playing my music to people who want to hear it, feeling like I’m living someone else’s life,” Bridgers explains. Initially conceived as a ballad, Bridgers decided she was sick of recording slow songs, and turned it into a brass-flecked slice of cantering folk rock.
Summer Camp – ‘Love Of My Life’
Summer Camp’s latest could have come straight off the soundtrack of a wholesome ‘80s romcom. Filled with nostalgic instrumentals and warm vocals, it’s a dizzy cut of pure infatuation.
Willie J Healey – ‘True Stereo’
Meshing skittering indie-pop with Grunge-laced guitars and growling ‘70s riffs, Willie J Healey’s new tune ‘True Stereo’ is a total treat.
On the C List
Gorillaz – ‘Aries’ ft. Peter Hook & Georgia
For the third instalment of Gorillaz’s Song Machine video series (where the cartoon band upload tracks from their Kong Studio “as and when they happen”), they’ve teamed up with New Order’s Peter Hook and Georgia. ‘Aries’ is stuffed full of dreamy production, Georgia’s impressive drumming and a strutting bassline courtesy of Hook, and it’s huge.
Laura Marling – ‘Held Down’
Taken from the folk singer’s excellent seventh album ‘Song For Our Daughter’, the ghostly ‘Held Down’ is a piercing account of heartbreak.
The Lazy Eyes – ‘Tangerine’
All chugging rhythm section and glittering instrumentals, ‘Tangerine’ is a kinetic three minutes of LCD Soundsystem-infused indie.
Yaeji – ‘When I Grow Up’
Finally on the playlist this week we have this massive tune from Yeaji. Taken from her ‘WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던’ mixtape, it’s a squelching slice of the producer’s genre-splicing electronic sound.