May Bank Holiday weekend aka party weekend is like every other weekend. It needs a soundtrack. And luckily we’ve got your back with a double bumper super fantastic edition of our tracks of the week specially for you to get down to this weekend.
Well maybe not get down to, but definitely listen to at least. Check it:
Let’s Kill Janice – Balneum
Bristol’s favourite fuzzed out punk band are FINALLY back with a new song and let me tell you, it’s great. Full of the energy, hooks and carefree fun that made us love them in the first place, but with more harmonies, more of a shoegaze vibe and, if possible, even more fun. Catch them supporting Black Lips this week.
Fake Laugh – Nothing But Good
This new one from Berlin born, but London based, Fake Laugh has him clearing through some of the haze that lingered on his first few releases. Although his silky smooth, lamenting vocals stay shrouded in reverb, the razor sharp main riff and fantastic writing make it feel like he’s pushing his sound away from the confines of his bedroom.
The Daydream Fit w/ Lee Ranaldo
Dutch band The Daydream Fit emerge with a new track with none other the Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo. Lee’s spoken word poem, half spoken half sung, fits perfectly with the disjointed guitars, before it dissolves, breaking into urgent and barbed guitar lines that weave in and out of each other. Keep your eyes peeled for the band’s EP.
Slow Club – Ancient Rolling Sea
God it feels like Slow Club have been away from ever. This newie follows the similar classic pop theme of their previous LP Complete Surrender, full of languid guitar lines and pulsating bass. It feels like a 1950’s musician has travelled to the future, harnessed everything they have at their disposal and written a slow burning retro-pop banger. Charles’ does a wonderful vocal take, subtle and soft, but I’m literally scratching at the curtains till I can hear a Rebecca led one.
Wesley Gonzalez – I Spoke to Euan
This latest effort from Let’s Wrestle’s former frontman finds him delving even deeper into his brand of weird, disjointed 80’s pop. Full of synths, soaring vocals and (of course) a sax solo, ‘I Spoke to Euan’ embraces it’s own weirdness. Also the video is incredibly bizarre, so give that a watch too.
Sampha – Timmy’s Prayer
Sampha has a voice that is so full of sorrow, so unbelievably emotive that you just want to give him a hug. “It’s ok Sampha aka Sampha Sisay,” you want to whisper in his ear, “I’m here.” But instead all you can do is listen to his fantastic new single, with it’s sparse pulsating beat, although all of that seems irrelevant when he opens his mouth. Probably his best solo effort to date.
Slonk – Strangers
A little snippet of Bristol’s lo-fi bedroom pop artist Slonk’s new EP Pots and Pans. With the erratic percussion, cutesy ukulele and beautiful harmonies, ‘Strangers’ sounds like the song you thought you were making when you got locked in your school’s music cupboard in Year 8, only 100x times better. Expect the EP to be more of the same when it’s released on Breakfast Records later this year.
Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
Not the first new material the good Father has released since his astounding sophamore LP I Love You Honeybear (you may remember his creepy lullaby) but probably his first serious song. Although the track will definitely not be on his next album, it finds him in good form. It’s a real 70’s pop effort, full of harmonies, cheesy lyrics (“You’re the flower, I’m a bee”) and sprinklings of glam rock guitars. A lot more carefree than usual, ‘Real Love Baby’ is the song you should play when sipping whisky in the sun (shades on of course).
Liss – Miles Apart
These little Danish funk botherers are back at it again, this time with a whole EP’s worth of anthems. Like their previous singles, it feels like their only point of reference has been Jamiroquai but couldn’t afford a full orchestra so just used sample pads. ‘Miles Apart’ is the pick of the bunch, with a bassline so contagious it’ll be absorbed into your very being in mere hours. Catch the band at next weekend’s Dot To Dot festival.
Trudy and the Romance – He Sings
Trudy and the Romance tag themselves as “mutated 50’s pop”, and to be honest I’m not really sure there’s a tag that fits them better. The chaotic guitars feel like they’ve been lifted straight from the alternative universe that the town of Twin Peaks resides in, and singer Oliver Taylor flits between anger and sadness quicker than you can turn on a lightbulb.
Whitney – No Matter Where We Go
Right, I know you’re all compiling your “sound of the summer” playlist right this second, so make sure you’ve got this on it. Go on. Right now please. This latest one from Whitney takes some of the guitar lines that made their old band Smith Westerns so great, softens them, and chucks in some nice chords to make a wonderful 70’s pop jam.
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang
Wild Beasts have always had two sides to them: the tender, heartbreaking side and the dirty, sleazy side. ‘Get My Bang’ sits very very deep inside the latter’s camp. The deep 80’s synths make Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto sound like some crazed new romantic choir boy. It’s pretty much the first Wild Beasts song you could get away with sticking on at a party.
Rattle – Stringer Bell
Sometimes the best things are the most simple. Two piece Rattle know this, and all that features on their new single is them and two drum kits. Despite this it oozes with energy and melody. The only sound even vaguely close is The Raincoats or maybe Girlpool, but realistically ‘Stringer Bell’ sits in a world of it’s own.
Iyesaya – Made
The second of three songs off the Dorset born but London based artist’s debut record, Going Home EP. It’s another example of bedroom pop at it’s finest and has the potential to be a real indie-guitar anthem. It’s tender beginnings give way to a huge chorus, with Iyesaya aka Will Dop’s wonderfully passionate vocals holding the whole thing together. The EP is being released on June 7th, with all profits going to Mind Charity.
Kenji – Surplus
How Kenji has not been picked up sooner I will never know, but luckily Sports Day Records have done us all a massive favour by finding him for us. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that ‘Surplus’ was a long lost Frank Ocean cut, full of off kilter synths and Kenji’s beautiful voice. An outstandingly good debut single.
The Strokes – Threat of Joy
It never rains it pours, and by that I mean that The Strokes have released a whole EP without warning me. Yes, their last album wasn’t great and yes Julian Casablancas’ hair is becoming steadily worse, but don’t tell me that when you listen to ‘Threat of Joy’’s scuzzed guitar and distorted vocals you feel nothing, you heartless prick.
Petrol Girls – Treading Water
Hey gang, do you like your punk hard, fast and with heart? Fantastic, step right up to hear London based post-hardcore Petrol Girls latest offering. It scatters from the melodic to confrontational in a heartbeat, and is a beautiful rally against austerity, borders, climate change and violence.
Magic Potion – Milk
Off the group’s first album Bubble Gum, the opening track is as sweet as they come, full of wonderfully lackadaisical guitars, lo-fi vocals and a catchy as fleas hook. The full album is available via Beech Coma now.
Car Seat Headrest – The Ballad of the Costa Concordia
One of many highlights off the prolific Bandcamp artist’s first album on Matador. Although it’s a shame the physical release had to be pulled late notice due to a sampling error, ‘The Ballad of the Costa Concordia’ makes it all worth it, a ten minute epic that envelopes you. It’s so easy to get lost in the wonderful storytelling that you almost miss that he drops a few lines from Dido’s ‘White Flag’ in the middle. Almost.
Check back next week for more tracks