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Drake dropped a new album on Sunday and it’s thrown my whole week. Seriously. I had so many plans before that. Now all my time has to be given to developing my Hot Take on it. Eurgh. Anyway, here’s my other favourite songs from the week:
Fenne Lily – What’s Good
I’m sure you know by now how special Bristol’s Fenne Lily is. Her beautifully tender, open acoustic folk has made her one of a vanguard of artists breaking out of the city right now, and ‘What’s Good’ only helps cement that position. The track has been one of Fenne’s stand-out live tracks for a while now, and the subtle layers of instrumentation and harmonies behind her whispered vocals turn the song into a fully-formed world to get lost in.
Post-Heather – Stone
This newie from Brighton two-piece Post-Heather mixes crunching garage, sunshine dipped guitars and lead singer Heather’s incredible vocal, sounding both exhausted and biting when she questions “What’s going on?”, to create something truly special. It’s both languid and dark, fuzzy but sharp and it’s these contradictions that make it soar.
Party Hardly – Have We Got Time
Party Hardly have slowly been taking over the north with their bubbly, sunshine dipped anthems. ‘Have We Got Time’ is the band’s next stab at global domination, and with an ear-worm of a chorus, wonderful, warm guitars and a fun, driving tempo, it’s a pretty great attempt. Get yourselves familiar with Party Hardly; I think they’ll be here for a while yet.
Taos Humm – BLUHr
A magic, mind-bending, head-fuck of a psych track, ‘BLUHr’ is just one of many stonking songs off Bristol-band Taos Humm’s new album Flute of the Noodle Bender. It’s starts off soft, but the ends is a chaotically enjoyable garage-rock mess. Full of whirlwind guitar and sharp changes in dynamics and tempo, ‘BLUHr’ will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Furore – Eyelid
‘Eyelid’ represents a step into the unknown for Roxy Brennan, who usually works under the moniker of Two White Cranes. The first taste of her new project Furore finds her utilising lush synth textures instead of guitars. Her intimate, brilliant songwriting is still there, but the new sonics give her voice a new element. Watch out for her debut EP, which is being released on new label Bleak Spring.
Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)
A biting, punk triumph from Sub Pop signees Downtown Boys. The gritty guitars, thumping drums and spanish lyrics serve as the perfect punch against “the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarch” that the band fight in their music.
Baby! – Home, Sweet Home
Some wonderful surf rock from Boston-based Kaley Honeycutt. Starting as it means to continue, with crunching power-chords, the song snares you with its hook within seconds. Open, honest and warm, the track is an exciting first single.
Chemtrails – Deranged
PNKSLM have not released a bad record. Fact. Chemtrails have announced that they will continue this trend by releasing their new EP Headless Pin Up Girl on the label, and ‘Deranged’ is the first cut from that. High energy and fuzzy, the song feels like the audio representation of the way light dances on your eyelids; warm, familiar, but at the same time chaotically beautiful.
Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Llif3
Fresh from saying YAH exactly one million times in Migos’ ‘Bad and Boujee’, Lil Uzi Vert delivers one of his best singles to date. It feels more focussed and considered than previous efforts, with a more obvious structure. He drifts in and out of singing and rapping with ease, switching up pace and flow with more skill than he’s often given credit for.
Drake – Glow
Here we are again. Drizzy season. The inescapable monolith that is Champagne Papi. Dropping on Sunday morning, I’ve yet to truly get to grips with his new
album mixtape EP playlist, but from my first few listens, it feels like he’s honed in on some of the themes of Views but with a bit more craft and thought. There’s obviously the tropical, calypso flavoured dance he’s been peddling for a while, but there’s also some harder hitting verses, more reminiscent of If You’re Reading This… And then there’s the grime influence. Skepta is given his own song completely, whilst Giggs has several guest spots, and it does work. But let’s go with ‘Glow’ because, ya know, Kanye’s on it.
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