Disclosure (feat. Lorde) – Magnets
Disclosure have gradually curated an iconic sound, a sound that when you hear it you immediately know that it’s them. On their new single ‘Magnets’ it’s no different with R&B infused house, the little subtle synths etching in and out and to top it off a perfectly chosen featuring artist, in this case the New Zealander Lorde.
Her voice accompanies the production beautifully and it is one of the stand out tracks on their new album Caracal. Do not listen if you’re prone to having songs stuck in your head as it’s extremely catchy.
Will Garnett @HHWillGarnett
JAWS – What We Haven’t Got Yet
‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’ is less of a tribute to 80s gothic-rockers The Cure and more of an overwhelming cacophony of attitude-wrought noise. Some devout JAWS fans could be disappointed by the loss of melodic tinkering; a closer listen will prove that not only can you hear the intricate hooks, which were of paramount importance to the success of their debut album, but also front-man Connor’s romanticised lyrics – “Rearrange your course to find your reason”.
Alongside the first single Bad Company, a strong precedent has been set for this year’s forthcoming album.
Rupert Taylor @0UTATIM3
Rudimental (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Lay It All On Me
It’s been three decades since dance music first reared its head in the gay clubs of the U.S., but only in the past few years has it been accepted into the public consciousness. Except it hasn’t really. Whether it’s house, techno, drum & bass; electronic music on the whole is no more popular with the average UK citizen than David Cameron’s shiny mug or people who refuse to queue properly. Instead, pop music has absorbed aspects of these scenes, and few acts can claim to be spongier than Rudimental.
For their latest collaboration with loveable ginge, Ed Sheeran, the Brit four-piece are in slow-paced-festival-groove mode – despite festival season having finished. The fact that the lyrics (if you can call them that) have been provided with the stream says a lot about which side of the dance-pop barrier ‘Lay It All On Me’ sits; forget breaking boundaries or blurring genre lines though, this is no more than a half-arsed attempt to cover all bases. The sad thing is, it’ll probably work.
Ben Hindle @the_z_word
Janet Jackson (feat. Missy Elliott) – BURNITUP!
Showcasing an intensely mid-2000s flavour, ‘Burn It Up’ is Janet Jackson’s delayed answer to Britney’s ‘Toy Soldier’ (2007). Club-friendly pop with the obligatory hip hop twist provided by Missy Elliott, Jackson’s latest is instantly danceable, genre indicators strategically setting it up to satisfy her sizable gay fanbase. ‘Burn It Up’ follows a (several million times) tried, tested and successful formula for perfect pop music.
Minnie Wright @VerifiedMinnie
Broken Bells – It’s That Talk Again
The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse revive their collaborative project of Broken Bells with the unveiling of a four-minute intergalactic funk infused track.
The alternative duo return with their first material since the release of their second album After The Disco in 2014.
‘It’s That Talk Again’ encompasses propulsive disco beats and instantaneous bass lines, whilst embracing ambient keys and distorted synths.
The progressive rock pair delivers a disco inspired record, which flawlessly comprises Mercer’s elusive and ethereal vocals.
The track arrives two days prior of the premiere of the concert film Broken Bells: Live At The Orpheum on 26th September on Palladia network.
Lydia Hughes @Lydia_Melisa95
Suede – Outsiders
As if Bloodsports (Suede’s 2013 reunion release which, without managing to reignite the britpop flame, only caused alt-rock nostalgics to look wistfully at the year on their office cubicle calendar) had never happened, superb single release ‘Outsiders’ comes from out of nowhere. Does this mean we can positively anticipate Night Thoughts?
Brett Anderson’s voice, whilst matured, cuts through the track in the way that only a singer, who spent their adolescence covering Bowie, could. Long time collaborator and producer, Ed Buller (The Psychedelic Furs, Pulp, The Courteeners), has utilised his unrivalled knowledge of producing similarly styled records to orchestrate the perfect balance of recognisable Suede brilliance and affected modernism because remember, this is the 21st century.
Harry Smith @HarryfromCJE
The Neighbourhood – The Beach
L.A based five piece The Neighbourhood draw from their Cali roots on new track ‘The Beach’, their second single off upcoming album Wiped Out! set for release late October.
This dark, brooding track is released just in time to get on The Weeknd hype, as singer Jesse Rutherford’s voice lends itself to the alternative R&B sound.
However, as similar as this style might be, the musicality of the track creates a breezy atmosphere that’s refreshing, if a little self-indulgent. A belter of a chorus brings the song from moody teenage anthem to an independent, freestanding ballad, and clever harmonies remind us that it’s not quite as simple as they make it sound.
Maddy Hardman @PseudoAgatha