Week Three Playlist Reviews

Tune in Mondays at 5-7 on the website or in Student Union buildings to hear the Music Team discuss the playlist and other musical talking points of the week!

1.) Bo Saris - The Addict (Todd Edwards Remix)

Falsetto-like vocals? Check. Catchy pre-chorus AND chorus? Check. Funky backing? Check. Need to get your best 90s style groove on? You bet. Richard Fitzpatrick

2.) Cults - I Can Hardly Make You Mine**

Now two albums in, this boy-girl duo still keep producing some fine slices of 60s-tinged pop/rock. This, the lead single off new album Static, manages to balance Madeline Follin’s sugary vocals with a driving beat to great effect. RF

3.) Wolf Alice – She

The hotly tipped North London quartet’s first EP Blush came out last week to a lot of buzz. While earlier singles ‘Bros’ and ‘Fluffy’ were explicitly Sonic Youth circa Goo influenced, this stellar track sees them going for a more groove-based and densely produced vibe reminiscent of The Afghan Whigs. Emmett Cruddas

4.) No Joy - Last Boss

A cheery little tune this. Montreal shoegaze band No Joy showcase a little bit of grunge sensibility on this new cut from their upcoming EP Pastel and Pass Out. RF

5.). Shad – Stylin

The charismatic Canadian indie rapper’s fourth album Flying Colours sees an intriguing focus on flow and personality. This enjoyable new single/video ‘Stylin’ is complemented by an equally well-drawn verse from fellow Ontario luminary Saukrates. EC

6.) Pusha T - Numbers on the Boards

The ex-Clipse king of the drug metaphor’s debut solo Album My Name Is My Name manages to be minimalist and also one of the biggest rap records of the year. This lead single, over one of Kanye West’s best productions in years, showcases his intense and confident delivery on a Liquid Swords-esque tour de force. EC

7.) Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Lessons from Stony

Kentucky native and one of the most established and consistent alt-country artists Will Oldham returns with his self-titled 8th LP. The brief and subdued record, featuring little more than acoustic guitar, serves to showcase better than ever one of the most beautiful and well-worn voices in modern music, with ‘Lessons from Stony’ a stark and haunting highlight. EC

8.) Papa - I Am The Lion King

A spin-off of now defunct Californian band Girls, Papa have released this bubbly new track that might just help you recapture some of the warmth of the summer. More like this please! RF

9.) Mutual Benefit - Advanced Falconry

Lovely, natural-sounding single from the Boston newcomers sees a Banjo-assisted attempt to capture the atmospheres of The Microphones and early Animal Collective, but with more oblique lyrics and defined production. EC

10.) The Dismemberment Plan – Waiting

The Washington D.C.-based dance-punk forefathers returned this year with Uncanney Valley, their first LP in over a decade. While the lyrical focus is significantly lighter on upbeat lead track ‘Waiting’, the rhythmic command and pop sensibilities that made the D-Plan one of the most influential bands at the turn of the millennium remain to surely convert a new generation of Phoenix and Cut Copy. EC

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