AS the nation reflects on the aftermath of the latest general election, New Music Radar is here to get your weekend off to the right start. Check out new tracks by The Dunts, The Lutras, Sam Fender, Hazeydays, KAYTRANADA, Cub Sport, MGMT and more below.
The Dunts ‘Hey Ya’
With the tantalising prospect of a sold-out gig at The Garage just over 24 hours away, The Dunts have preceded their biggest headline show to date with the release of ‘Hey Ya’. Since performing it at TRNSMT earlier this year, the OutKast tune has become a staple of the band’s live set and a certified fan’s favourite, even gaining an outing during their Maida Vale session for Radio 1 last month. It feels only right then that they should top such a momentous year off with the gift of a fully-fledged recorded version. Much like during their frenetic live show, the early noughties banger is as fun and infectious as ever as they give it the full fast-paced punk treatment with a gritty Glaswegian flare, complete with call and response vocals, relentless riffs and soaring choruses.
The Lutras ‘Fight Night’
Scottish indie-rockers The Lutras are back with a massive new single ‘Fright Night’. Topping off what has been a very prolific 12 months for the four-piece, recently crowned Firestone’s national 2019 ‘Road to the Mainstage’ winners and named as one of This Feeling’s ‘big in 2020’ artists, ‘Fright Night’ is a punchy slice of indie-rock underpinned by electrifying riffs and pounding rhythms. With gritty rock & roll at its very heart, the influence of producer Bruce Rintoul (Fatherson, Twin Atlantic) looms large as a rugged lead vocal, chanting refrains and rousing guitar parts come together to create their most anthemic release to date.
Sam Fender ‘All Is On My Side’
Following the massive success of his debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ this summer, Sam Fender has released a studio version of live fan favourite ‘All Is On My Side’. Released as a ‘thank you’ to fans, it’s another exquisite turn from the Geordie singer-songwriter which once again demonstrates his flare for storytelling and heart-bursting guitar work. The kind of atmospheric cut you’d expect to hear on a War on Drugs album, a rippling rhythm section drives the thought-provoking track while sax flourishes creep into the foreground. Gradually building across five minutes, it all makes way for an explosive, impassioned finale which features a rousing triumph of a guitar solo.
Hazeydays ‘M.U.A Love’
After leaving us enthralled with the release of ‘Lipstick’ just last month, Airdrie quintet Hazeydays are back with another stormer of a track called ‘M.U.A Love’. The influence of Blur looms large as the band strut through three minutes of driving rhythms, intricate lyricism, swaggering vocals and the kind of brilliantly dynamic guitar work that sounds like it hahttps://open.spotify.com/track/3LHcAmB9JJ1pVsfTLersFDs come straight from Graham Coxon’s fingertips. Giving their Britpop bluster a modern flare, the slightly distorted yet anthemic choruses hit hard with the same bombast as the noughties indie era. A band who continue to deviate from their Glasgow-based counterparts, they seem to possess all the confidence and songwriting prowess that will see them pull out in an even stronger position this time next year.
MGMT ‘In The Afternoon’
Released on their newly minted, independently owned MGMT Records, the psychedelic duo are back with a weird and wonderful new offering called ‘In The Afternoon’. Beneath the lysergic haze, there’s touches of Echo & the Bunnymen as twilight-tinged melodies peek through the chugging rhythms and over-arching gloom. Anchored by a warped yet sweetly melodic chorus, the new track has arrived with a trippy, self-directed new video and will feature on a new 12″ record.
KAYTRANADA ft Kali Uchis ‘10%’
After appearing on last week’s New Music Radar with her new single ‘Solita’, Kali Uchis is back once more, featured on ‘10%’ by KAYTRANADA. The Montreal-based producer and DJ has today unveiled the follow-up to his lush, funk-laden debut album with a new guest-heavy full-length offering that features the likes of Uchis, Estelle, Tinashe, Pharrell Williams and many more. The exquisite ‘10%’ was released earlier this week and is a perfect example of KAYTRANADA’s vibrant and eclectic style – underpinned by an irresistible bass line, Kali Uchis softly sings of lost love against big house beats and synth-funk bleeps.
Cub Sport ‘Hearts in Halves’
Following the release of their third studio album, Australian four-piece Cub Sport are continuing their prolific streak with the announcement of a new project called ‘333’, a visual triple A-side consisting of three new tracks and accompanying videos released across three consecutive weeks. ‘Hearts in Halves’ opens the project in stunning, ethereal fashion – a touching, tender tale of destiny and acceptance told via harmonious electro-pop. A track that is sure to light up the dancefloor as it is evoke strong emotion, breathy vocals deliver thoughtful lyrics against sparkly synths and enchanting melodies as the four-piece return in emphatic fashion.