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
Celeste – ‘Stop This Flame’
First up this week we have the new one from NME 100 alumni Celeste. Opening with a jaunty piano riff, it then builds into a galloping cut of neo-soul, with Celeste’s gorgeous soaring vocals taking centre stage.
The 1975 – ‘Me & You Together’
On their latest track The 1975 have taken it back to their roots – so much so that before the song came out frontman Matty teased fans telling them that it would be like a Drive Like I Do song (which was one of the band’s first names). Filled with jangling guitar riffs and a sprightly bassline that accompany Healy at his most earnest, it’s a nostalgia-fuelled treat.
On the B List
Disq – ‘Daily Routine’
Disq’s own brand of growling college rock is absolutely huge. Having just signed to Saddle Creek, and with their debut album ‘Collector’ on the way, the hulking ‘Daily Routine’ is an exciting glimpse of what’s to come.
Green Day – ‘Oh Yeah!’
Green Day’s ‘Oh Yeah!’ is a stomping slab of middle finger-raising, pit-opening rock. Bring on the rest of the album next month!
On the C List
Megan Thee Stallion & Normani – ‘Diamonds’
Taken from the soundtrack for new superhero flick Birds of Prey, this team-up from Megan Thee Stallion and Normani is massive. With Meg’s slick bars and Normani’s flawless vocal hooks, it’s an exciting cut from two artists at the top of their game.
Moses Boyd & Poppy Ajudha – ‘Shades of You’
Fusing galloping house beats with Poppy Ajudha’s soaring vocals and Moses Boyd’s euphoric genre-splicing instrumentals, ‘Shades of You’ is a total stunner.
Porridge Radio – ‘Sweet’
Going from stripped back moments of lilting quiet to cacophonous, full-band roars at the drop of a hat, Porridge Radio’s latest is an absolute beauty.
Real Estate – ‘Paper Cup’
“’Paper Cup’ is a song about getting older and realising that this thing that I fell into doing over ten years ago – being a musician, writing songs, being a guy in a band – this may end up being my life’s work,” Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney has explained of the band’s new tune. And we’ve all been there, whether it’s questioning your current path in life, struggling with what you thought was a dream job or looking at your mates try new things whilst you feel a bit stuck, it can be bleak. But Real Estate compliment the searching lyrics with breezy, bright instrumentals that make you think that everything might be okay after all.
Ultraísta – ‘Tin King’
Blending robotic vocals with crunchy synth lines and a chugging rhythm section, this new one from Ultraísta is a wild ride into the future.
U.S. Girls – ‘Overtime’
Finally on the playlist this week we’ve got the new one from U.S. Girls. With its stamping drums, clattering piano licks and Meg Remy’s distinct vocals, it’s a battle cry of a tune.