Clean Bandit (ft. Zara Larsson)
Clean Bandit follow up the success of Christmas #1 ‘Rockabye’ with a mellower single, this time with 19-year-old Swede Zara Larsson. The ‘Lush Life’ singer tells us about the harmonious joy of love to the Cambridge band’s characteristic tropico-classical backing.
3AM (Pull Up)
Charli XCX (feat. MØ)
The standout track from Charli XCX’s recent mixtape is a collaboration with rising Danish star MØ. Clearly influenced by Charli’s PC Music connections, the pair combine to create a moody song thanks to MØ’s husky tones with a late twist.
Meaning a desired upcoming album release, alt-J’s newest single ‘3WW’ smells of sex. Singing about a sexual encounter, the song mixes an acoustic guitar akin to The Door’s The End and a relaxing and captivating beat. As always, alt-j enchant with a delightful and experimental sound.
Third of May/Odaigahara
Fleet Foxes have returned to bless our ears once more. Whilst still retaining elements of their distinctive sound – the soaring melodies and intricate harmonies – this track feels more bold and experimental. In eight minutes, we’re taken on a journey of sweeping motions, from the majestic, to the melancholic.
SHEIKH’s debut single ‘Fonda’ encapsulates everything that’s great about indie/alternative rock – glossy guitar riffs and infectious hooks that create an effortlessly anthemic sound.
One of two comeback releases from Lorde comes in the form of piano ballad ‘Liability’. The 20-year-old bares all to expose a vulnerability never really fulfilled in earlier material. Built with equal parts pain to self-perception, the track, stripped to a sole piano, boasts Lorde’s signature vocal bravura.
You’re In Love With A Psycho
The Leicester lads are back with the first taste of their follow-up to 2014’s 48:13. This is a record that ditches the electronic hues of their last project to “save guitar music from the abyss”, apparently. It’s not the feisty return the title suggests, but nevertheless serves a hearty portion of Kasabian in case you happened to be missing them…