ICYMI: we now have two radio 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 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
Bon Iver – ‘Faith’
More new music from Justin Vernon et al dropped last week with the announcement of new album ‘i,i’, and if these tunes are anything to go by the record is going to be another beauty. ‘Faith’ combines the glitchy folktronica and crunching beats of ’22, A Million’ with the acoustic folk of the band’s self-titled album, and it’s a gorgeous mix of the band’s ever-changing sound over the past decade.
Lower Dens – ‘I Drive’
With its squelchy synths and cantering drums, this new one from Lower Dens is a total thumper.
On the B List
Boy Pablo & Jimi Somewhere – ‘Never Cared’
This team-up between the two dreamy singer-songwriters is basically what a hazy, summer evening with your best pals would sound like if it was a song.
Goon – ‘Black Finch’
Taken from their debut full-length album ‘Heaven Is Humming’, the latest from Goon is a stonking chunk of psychedelic-flecked rock.
Mahalia – ‘Simmer’ (ft. Burna Boy)
Mahalia has a knack for creating two kinds of songs – slow burning soul jams that’ll make you want to have a little cry, and catchy R&B tunes full of wicked samples and killer hooks. ‘Simmer’ is the latter. It has this amazing guest spot from Burna Boy, and brilliantly samples Playground Riddim, and the results are her honeyed vocals spun over these slinky instrumentals and the sample’s distinctive bassline.
Oscar Lang – ‘Hey’ (ft. Alfie Templeman)
‘Hey’ sees the recent Dirty Hit signing team up with pal and fellow teenage pop-ster Alfie Templeman, for a total sugar rush. Taken from his latest self-produced EP, it mixes woozy psych-laced production with writing straight out of the Brian Wilson songbook, and we love it.
On the C List
Gaffa Tape Sandy – ‘So Dry’
The NME 100 alumni’s latest mixes roaring overdriven guitars with a thumping bass line and a huge, festival-ready sing-a-long chorus.
Headie One – ‘Back to Basics’ (ft. Skepta)
Headie One’s new one sees him team up with Skepta for the brilliantly slick ‘Back to Basics’. Over icy instrumentals the two rappers lyrically spar with each other leaving no doubt that they’re two artists absolutely at the top of their game.
Mystery Jets – ‘Hospital Radio’
Mystery Jet frontman Blaine Harrison’s ode to the NHS is a gorgeous return from the much-missed band.