Next year we’ll be bringing you weekly write-ups of the FreshAir playlist, featuring the most exciting new music from both local and international artists that get played in the week. Here’s a preview featuring some of the best tracks released at the end of last semester.
1.) Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N
One of the most original and talented pop stars in the world tops the list this week with new single Q.U.E.E.N. Featuring living neo-soul legend herself Erykah Badu in one of the catchiest and funkiest songs this year.
2.) The Shouting Matches - New Theme
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s new blues-rock project The Shouting Matches’ debut record Grownass Man may well be one of the sleeper hits of the year. Fans of Wilco and The Black Keys will find The Shouting Matches pretty hard to resist for their infectious and earnest brand of indie rock.
3.) Young Galaxy - Fall For You
Colourful Montreal synthpop complete with a throbbing bass, warm vocals and subtly catchy songwriting. Forthcoming LP Ultramarine could well be this Summer’s equivalent of Chromatics’ Kill For Love
4.) FRAUDS - Fk Fk Goose
South London two-piece FRAUDS’ first release features some infectious and attitude-heavy rock akin to a more exuberant Death From Above 1979. Certainly ones to watch.
5.) Sigur Ros – Isjaki Icelandic ambient instrumental group Sigur Ros’ 7th album Kveikur is one of the year’s most anticipated releases and single ‘Isjaki’ points towards a blissed-out and more straightforward brand of post-rock than we’ve heard from them in recent years.
6.) Surfer Blood - Demon Dance The opener from sophomore record Pythons is as enjoyable and well-produced as anything from the Florida Weezer-a-likes’ hit-packed debut Astrocoast from 2010.
7.) Black Sabbath - God Is Dead?
The lead single from 13, Ozzy Osborne’s first record with his original band in 35 years is a well-executed slice of the atmospheric metal that made Black Sabbath one of the most respected and influential bands of their genre.
8.) Hebronix – Unreal
Yuck alumnus Daniel Blumberg’s solo project provides a pretty wistful and hazy brand of 90s revivalism. Back from touring with slowcore legends Low, Hebronix’s debut LP on ATP Recordings will certainly be a winner if it capitalises on the promise of this lead track.
9.) Splashh - All I Wanna Do
East London gently psychedelic hipsters Splashh are going to be everywhere this Summer, and with delightful Pixies-via-Deerhunter-esque cuts like this from debut LP Comfort, it’s not hard to see why.
10.) Childhood - Solemn Skies
Fresh-faced and packing some killer melodies, the Stone Roses-isms of Palma Violets’ favourite new band will surely soundtrack the Summers of many blissed-out kids across the UK.