Back with a new cut that’s already sent the internet crazy in anticipation for their forthcoming album, Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ surfaced online a day prior to its planned unveiling in New York. The Canadian band feature backing vocals from David Bowie on the track, however representatives for the band commented stating they can “neither confirm nor deny” the rumours, whilst Bowie’s reps put an end to the debates a day later confirming the news.
The track opens with crackling embers before a disco groove beat kicks in, and we come to the realisation that this track is unlike anything else the group have done before. Their combination of sounds is so strange on this offering, you wouldn’t think it works but oddly it does.
Out on October 29th – this major tune with circling refrains and catchy hooks won’t leave your head for quite some time. Get on it.
Sheffield’s rock four-piece Arctic Monkeys are back with a new album ‘AM’ that shifts perspectives, and introduces us to a different kind of game on their fifth release. However, it’s the B-side to latest track ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ that boasts a fuller sound and glorious vocal arrangements.
‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ sees drummer Matt Helders purring away in smooth falsetto, whilst it’s left to slick frontman Alex Turner to steer the track into sonic territory with his commentary of one very, very lucky girl.
The track is definitely a cousin of its A-side and those borderline Dr. Dre beats are present once more. There’s also one final niggling thought that this tune more than deserves a place on their current album, but all of Arctic Monkeys’ B-sides are excellent so that’s nothing new. If you like killer displays of vocal prowess, you’ll more than enjoy this gem.
Following their storming Reading set over the bank holiday weekend, Foals proved they’ve got what it takes to tackle festivals bigger than Latitude. Although, they were contained to an evening slot on the main stage festival, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were to be announced as one of next year’s headliners.
The Oxford quintet released their third studio album ‘Holy Fire’ in February; their stand-out performance made us revisit the album.
With talk of being ‘An animal just like you’, ‘Providence’ is by the far the best track to grace their latest record. They’re looking to go stadium and its tracks like these, with drummer Jack Bevan’s unrelenting assault on the ears that has us believing it won’t be long before they achieve stadium-filling success.
Frontman Yannis Phillipakis sets Foals’ musical bar high with blunt edged and frenzied riffs, which sounded even better live at Reading when Yannis delivered a masterclass in glitzy showmanship and how to wow crowds even when they’re dragging you into their mosh pits. Praise the Lord, Foals have rocketed themselves into another stratosphere and we’re enjoying the fruits of their labour. By Lauren Wade
Serving as one of the stand-out tracks from Irish folk-rock quintet Little Green Cars’ debut album Absolute Zero, current single My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me will find listeners taking full advantage of the repeat button.
The band have previously supported Jake Bugg, and whilst they have stormed their way through a string of impressive festival slots including: SXSW, Coachella and Lollapalooza – their artistic credibility has always remained firmly intact.
Expect killer melodies and a headrush of emotions, as Faye O’Rourke switches to vocal duties and ramps up the grandeur. It’s a track that yields prolific results and will attract a larger crowd to their sinewy indie sounds.
The entirety of their debut release is prematurely polished, but this tune more so. The chart-toppers have conquered Ireland and America but now they’re tackling the UK and are ready to cause an impact. Obey your ears and add this gem to your collection.
Rattling round our skulls this week is Merseyside five-piece The Sundowners new track ‘Move With Time’. After their Glastonbury set on the BBC Introducing stage, the band made up of siblings and friends, begun work on new material. One of these new tracks was performed for the first time during soundcheck for their Queen of Hoxton gig in London last week.
Their latest offering is another sneering number. It’s a slice of howling rock that begs to be heard and is guaranteed to get any crowd bopping along to their old school styled beats and frills. The riffs are gorgeous and there is not a single downbeat moment.
In the same vein as the Fleetwood Mac inspired trio Haim. The Sundowners also contain the same qualities we could liken to the Californian descendants; however they do things a little differently, pursuing a different kind of groove, one that definitely rocks harder. Conditions are ever-changing for this band; it won’t be long before they’re playing much bigger stages at Glastonbury, and headlining venues twice the size of Queen of Hoxton. By Lauren Wade
The Vaccines have risen through the ranks pretty quickly since 2010. Their debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’ was sealed with the initial charm that attracted fans, but on the follow up they kicked it up a gear, elongating the short, sharp bursts of intense pop rock that appeared on their debut effort. Second album, ‘Come of Age’ disappointed some fans, but you’re never going to please everybody.
The London four-piece announced details of their latest EP ‘Melody Calling’ recently, and the title track from this has been rattling around our minds ever since the first play. Recorded in LA, the American influence is tangible but this is a band who has not allowed themselves to lose their heads in LA.
The track is different from what we’ve heard before, and it certainly boasts palm trees and exotic vibes. The hooks may be more laidback, but still as catchy as The Vaccines never fail to conjure up. Whilst die-hard fans will dig this, others may be quick to dismiss it. Here’s one word of advice; put your doubts to one side, The Vaccines may have taken a more scenic route but they will still reign victorious when they finally release a third album. Mark our words.
Wolf Alice’s smash hit single Fluffy has been floating around for a few months, yet it’s impossible to tear yourself away from their early punk/grunge layered sound for too long. One user on the band’s Soundcloud account commented that they’re happy bands are “still making music like this” and this sums up our feelings about the London four-piece in one.
With talk of “searching for cheap thrills” and selling souls, lead singer Ellie Rowsell paints an apathetic picture, but it’s not all doom’n’gloom. The group’s distinct brand of moody grooves packs a punch with clattering drums, ferocious riffs and searing guitars that save the track from wallowing in its own despair.
North London’s finest will be pitching their tents at End Of The Road Festival in Dorset this August, so if you fancy grooving to their tunes, this festival is the place to be.
Frolicking guitars, woodsy vibes and an ethereal vocal in abundance. Heat wave aside, Canada’s Half Moon Run have crafted the hottest track around. With many indie groups politely attempting to capture the sound of Latitude Festival in their tracks, the Montreal four-piece have triumphed where others have failed.
The folksy cascade of noise doesn’t linger, it’s dreamy, detached and delicious nature deposits you in an earthly setting. Drummer Connor Molander patters away behind the drumkit, flowing through the veins of the track. Although, working in its favour is the easy-to-learn chorus and polished vocals which are allowed to do all of the work.
Having toured previously with Mumford & Sons, the young group have no doubt picked up a few tips on the road. Still in their early twenties, the release of their debut ‘Dark Eyes’ has seen critical acclaim on behalf of their three-part harmonies, but what would we like to see next from Half Moon Run? Perhaps mixing their raw talent with a touch of experimentation? Or would that kill their sound completely? Who knows but fans will continue to lock into their tunes regardless, just to see how far they can take it.
The rip-roaring new single from Miles Kane does what it sets out to achieve. Delivering retro riffs and kooky hooks, Kane has once again whipped up a frenzy of excitement and condensed it into just over three minutes with new track ‘Taking Over’.
Well-known for his stylish fashion choices and famous friends, the 27 year old singer hailing from the Wirral, is finally making his mark fashioning sassy tunes, anthemic choruses and pairing the odd cliché with razor sharp song writing.
Having felt like he had something to prove, that he’s more than just Alex Turner’s best pal, the Wirral riddler has definitely broadened his horizons and reached out to new audiences (as well as tickling the fancies of old and loyal fans). The ferocious grooves of Kane’s third single from his second album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ will enchain you as it easily impresses.
Miles Kane will undertake a 10-date UK tour this autumn. ‘Taking Over’ is out August 19th on Columbia Records.
Summer has FINALLY arrived, and long may it last! This past week and a half has been so glorious we almost can’t handle the heat (we said almost…), sp we’ve put together a scorching summer playlist so you can listen to fitting tunes without so much as moving an inch.