YOU will be hard pushed to find a more eclectic run of tracks than in this week’s New Music Radar. We’ve got new offerings from two fast-rising Scottish outfits, established artists who have taken surprising new directions and some of the most exciting talent the UK has to offer. Check out the best new music of the week below.
Shambolics ‘Chasing a Disaster’
Shambolics have been gathering speed in Scotland’s indie scene over the last couple of years, steadily building a fiercely loyal fanbase that now stretches far beyond their hometown of Kirkcaldy. Crafting the kind of dreamy rock’n’roll that calls to mind The La’s, The Stone Roses and fellow countrymen The View, they combine timeless melodies, jangly guitars and singalong choruses to great effect. Armed with an incredible arsenal of tunes and heaps of ambition, it feels appropriate then that the band have teamed up with none other than Alan McGee who famously signed Oasis, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and more. Their first official release with McGee’s label is a renewed version of ‘Chasing a Disaster’, a track that displays their broad appeal in spades – chiming melodies, 80s imbued textures and a massive chorus all come together to demonstrate why Shambolics are a band destined for success.
Omar Apollo ‘Hit Me Up’
Omar Apollo and Dominic Fike have been making massive moves in the 12 months; Apollo is a heavily streamed indie powerhouse after the release of his two EPs ‘Friends’ and ‘Stereo’ while Fike recently secured a major deal with Colombia. Now the two fast-rising stars have joined forces for this new smooth, funk offering called ‘Hit Me Up’. Produced by Kenny Beats, the track will appeal to fans of Anderson Paak, showcasing Apollo’s effortless ability to blend funk, soul and pop together through his own lens. It’s a sunny ode to unrequited love with a fiery assist from Fike; a track that is sure to catapult them even further up the ladder.
AVAERA ‘Out of My Mind’
‘Out of My Mind’ is the debut single from Perth’s AVAERA. The band have already conjured a serious amount of buzz, recently making their debut at Tenement Trail and securing a coveted spot in The Great Escape’s FIRST FIFTY. Sharing the same management as IDLES, there’s already high hopes for this trio and their debut single is sure up the excitement even more. It’s a big heady slice of indie-pop, irrepressibly catchy and alive with big guitar hooks, intricate basslines and powerful vocals. Shades of alt-rock give them an added grittiness but it’s a soaring introduction to the trio.
Trunky Juno ‘It’s a Trip’
Consistently pushing the parameters of bedroom pop, Trunky Juno effortlessly blends the romance of 80s new wave, the swooning melodies of dream-pop and the whimsy of modern day crooners like Father John Misty and Mac DeMarco through his own quirky, offbeat lens. After emerging at the beginning of this year, the singer-songwriter has released his most accomplished single to date in ‘It’s a Trip’. The chilled out, introspective verses drift quite calmly before the massive chorus jumps in, very rousing and anthemic.
Black Lips ‘Gentleman’
Garage-rock titans Black Lips are back with news of a forthcoming album called ‘Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart’ and a brand new track ‘Gentleman’. Brimming with rough and ready country-psych vibes, the band allude to maturing beyond their miscreant ways, “This old middle finger has grown tired and fat from flicking the bird,” Cole Alexander sings. “I found out the hard way that the path to her heart is not through her nose.” Like listening to a heartbroken cowboy, twangy acoustic guitars and heartfelt vocals build up to a cracker of chorus with shout-along gang vocals. Recorded in the recently reopened Valentine Recording studios with Nic Jodoin, there’s something raw, vintage and distinctly alive about the whole thing, particularly its rousing and wildly eclectic finale.
The Districts ‘Hey Jo’
The Districts are back with the announcement of a brand new album ‘You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere’ on 13th March. After taking some time off after the hectic touring schedule that followed their 2017 album ‘Popular Manipulations’, the band used the period to hone in on their sound and explore new directions, refusing to be tied down by any preconceptions or expectations. Now the band have previewed the upcoming album with ‘Hey Jo’, a track that finds the perfect balance between melancholy and discovery. The hazy arrangements are combined with Grote’s meditative vocals, the slow-building verses met by a wonderfully uplifting and emphatic chorus. It’s a rousing listen that dig deeps from within.
Jessie Ware ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’
Jessie Ware has previewed her new album with a huge disco banger called ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’. Despite being known for creating tender, blue-eyed soul, the singer has always harboured a love for club sounds from the early days when she worked alongside producers like SBTKRT and Joker. These influences are fully unleashed on her new single which features some popping basslines, propulsive house thumps and Ware’s signature breathy vocals. At times it sounds like Soul II Soul with its glorious harmony section at the end as the singer credits three different producers on the track – Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, former BADBADNOTGOOD keyboardist Matthew Tavares, and BBC Radio 1 DJ/Kanye West collaborator Benji B.
Easy Life, Arlo Parks ‘Sangria’
Two of the UK’s finest emerging talents team up on this tantalising blend of smooth R&B, soulful hip-hop and confessional pop. A far cry from the upbeat and infectious ‘Nice Guys’, ‘Sangria’ showcases a different side to Easy Life’s talents – the playful hip-hop rhythms are still there but combined with the impeccable vocals of Arlo Parks, they have created a track so intimately smooth and wistful that it is almost disarming. Arriving with news of their forthcoming ‘Junkfood’ mixtape, frontman Murray says “Lyrically, ‘Sangria’ is about emotional dependency, and missing someone bitterly. Even though sometimes the triggers that remind you of someone aren’t always healthy, these are often still the most potent and desirable. ”
Mura Masa, Slowthai ‘Deal Wiv It’
Mura Masa and Slowthai have already shown us that they’re a formidable duo after collaborating on ‘Doorman’ earlier this year but now they’re back with another offering called ‘Deal Wiv It’, this time from Mura Masa’s album. With a sound that pays homage to everything from punk to 90s rave, it’s another deliriously punchy offering from the duo with slowthai his typical energetic self with sharp cutting lyrics delivered over gritty, punk undertones and a complex instrumental.
Hazel English ‘Shaking’
Australian singer-songwriter Hazel English has returned with a new indie earworm in ‘Shaking’. After making a big impact with her opening EPs, the new track feels remarkably fresh and nostalgic all at the same time. Strident guitar rhythms are reminiscent of 60s psychedelia while her ear for melody is as sharp than ever before. Built around a hugely catchy chorus, she says “Shaking’ presents the promise of spiritual awakening as a kind of seduction in order to lull the individual into false truths about themselves and the world around them. It’s meant to be a playful, tongue-in-cheek song so mostly I hope people get some fun out of it.”
Rosalía ‘A Palé’
A year on from her debut album, Rosalía has unveiled a new bass-heavy track called ‘A Palé’ . It’s miles away from the modern flamenco sound for which she became known as she demonstrates her versatility once again, going down a harder and more hip-hop leaning route than ever before. Her signature vocal is offset by grinding basslines, electronic flares and trap beats to produce one of her steeliest songs to fate.