NME Radio Roundup 7 June 2021: Wolf Alice, Easy Life, Billie Eilish, CHVRCHES and more

Wolf Alice’s brilliant new album ‘Blue Weekend’ has finally arrived, and we’ve given it the five-star treatment here at NME. “A stone-cold masterpiece full of confidence and magic”, we’ve gone with triumphant single ‘How Can I Make It OK?’ for this week’s NME Radio A List.

Also new to NME Radio this week we’ve got a laidback cut from Easy Life’s new album, the latest Billie Eilish single ‘Lost Cause’, plus CHVRCHES’ dreamy collaboration with Robert Smith. There’s also a tune from Black Midi’s stunning second album ‘Cavalcade’, breezy funk goodness thanks to Jungle, and a powerful offering from Greentea Peng.

Here are all this week’s additions to the NME 1 & 2 playlists:

On the A List

Wolf Alice

‘How Can I Make It OK?’

Wolf Alice are unstoppable right now. ‘How Can I Make It OK?’, a single from their five-star album ‘Blue Weekend’, is a tour-de-force that showcases the London rockers at their most dynamic: a synth-led ode that explodes into a potent dance-ready stomper. It’s testament to their versatility – or as NME’s Rhian Daly put it, the key to an album that cements “their place at the peak of British music”. – JX Soo

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Easy Life

‘Homesickness’

On ‘Homesickness’ Leicester’s favourites wistfully yearn for how relationships used to be over gentle synth arpeggios and pulsing grooves. The nostalgia laced cut is cheeky soundtrack to sentimental thoughts, with vocalist Murray Matravers sighing: “Switch for me like Nintendo / And here I’ve done it again though / The usual crescendo / And whilst I’ve got your attention / For my basic animal instinct / Everything is stupid.” – JXS

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the B List

Billie Eilish

‘Lost Cause’

The latest single from Billie Eilish‘s upcoming second album ‘Happier Than Ever’ sees her abandon a disappointing past romance, and instead find power within herself: “Thought you had your shit together, but damn, I was wrong / You ain’t nothin’ but a lost cause / And this ain’t nothin’ like it oncе was / I know you think you’re such an outlaw”. With minimal, jazz-flecked instrumentals that support Eilish’s sultry vocals, it’s another stellar cut from the teenage superstar. – JXS

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Greentea Peng

‘Free My People (feat. Simmy & Kid Cruise)’

Greentea Peng’s powerful calls for liberty echo throughout the hypnotic groove of ‘Free My People.’ “This for my people, yeah / Free all my people, yeah / All my people, yeah,” she sings alongside Simmy and Kid Cruise on the song’s hook. Tasteful arpeggios and guitar licks colour the track’s trance-inducing vocals to form a hazy, mesmerising experience. – Isaac Chiew

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

CHVRCHES

‘How Not To Drown (feat. Robert Smith)’

As CHVRCHES edge towards their fourth record ‘Screen Violence’, they’ve already got the ultimate collaboration in the bag: a track with their all-time hero, The Cure’s Robert Smith. Over dark and pounding production, Lauren Mayberry and Smith dive into the darkness: “It’s better if I make no sound / I will never escape these doubts / I wasn’t dead when they found me, watch as they pull me down,” they sing together. – JXS

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Public Service Broadcasting

‘People, Let’s Dance (feat. EERA)’

‘People, Let’s Dance’ is an apt title for Public Service Broadcasting’s latest. Drawing from clear-cut influences that include Depeche Mode and David Bowie, the track runs EERA’s ethereal vocals over rhythmic guitars, lush synthesisers and infectious dance rhythms, and it’s brilliant. – IC

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the C List

Sigrid

‘Mirror’

Sigrid’s latest uptempo bop ‘Mirror’ is a joyous ode to self-love and confidence. With her crystalline voice cutting through the track’s sprightly production and a massively catchy chorus, it’s an exciting glimpse of the artist’s next project. – IC

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Black Midi

‘Marlene Dietrich’

Demented character studies fill Black Midi’s brilliant second album ‘Cavalcade’, but on ‘Marlene Dietrich’ the London experimentalists dial back their signature chaos. Wielding a mystical folk-based palette, they craft an oddly beautiful tribute to the screen icon: “But her hands loosen all and her voice brings you youth / Her cheeks cradle the holy breath that pumps the lungs of her Mackie Messer,” Geordie Greep grandly sings. – JXS

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Enny

‘I Want’

Enny fuses silky-smooth flows with thumping dance grooves on ‘I Want,’ her brilliant new single that boasts impeccable house-leaning production from Paya. “But I want what I want and I want when I want it / I paved the way for you to make a move so get up on it / Keep holding yourself back you can’t make up your mind,” she croons on the captivating hook. – IC

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Jungle

‘Talk About It’

Stuffed full of propulsive drum and bass grooves and slick beats, Jungle’s latest single ‘Talk About It’ is an irrepressible smash. For the second taste of their upcoming album ‘Loving In Stereo’ the duo have reunited with Inflo, who they last worked with on ‘Casio’, the runaway favourite from previous album ‘For Ever’ – and their collaborative magic has been recreated here. – IC

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

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