The Playlist, March 25th 2014
This week's best music from the UK industry's tastemakers.
Franz Ferdinand / Fresh StrawberriesLABEL: Domino / CONTACT: Steve Phillips: email@example.com
After taking a brief hiatus, the Scottish rock band released their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action last year. Fresh Strawberries is the fifth single to be released from the LP, out on April 7. The track features guest vocals from Veronica Falls' frontwoman Roxanne Clifford.
Max Marshall / Your Love Is LikeLABEL: Fudge / CONTACT: Laura Sinclair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore-born, east London-based Marshall has been writing songs since the age of 14. After featuring on Matrix & Futurebound's 2013 single Control, she’s now ready to release her next solo single. Your Love Is Like is out on May 12.
Minnetonka / To Be Just Where You AreLABEL: Unsigned / CONTACT: Ian Usher: email@example.com
Emma Leatherbarrow is the person behind Manchester’s MiNNETONKA. Her latest track is co-written with Domino Records artist Bill Ryder Jones. It’s out on May 5.
We Were Evergreen / DaughtersLABEL: Mi7/Island / CONTACT: Annabel Crowhurst: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having built up a live following after early shows at SXSW, CMJ and Secret Garden Party and support slots for Little Dragon and London Grammar, We Were Evergreen have since played their own sold out shows across Europe. The three piece that is Michael Liot, Fabienne Débarre and William Serfass will release their debut album Towards on May 5. Daughters is out now.
Blizzard / Kids Of The NightLABEL: Eight In Brackets / CONTACT: Jenna Lee: email@example.com
The UK rapper from Manchester has been listed as a ‘hot one to watch’ by BBC 1xtra. This next single is from his Testing The Water EP, out on March 30.
Klingande / JubelLABEL: One More Tune/Warner / CONTACT: Paul Guimaraes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Klingande are 22-year-old French born electronic duo Cédric & Edgar. They've already reached No.1 in Germany for five weeks with this latest single, which was the most Shazamed track across the whole of Europe. It’s out in the UK on May 11.
FTSE / Love Un LtdLABEL: Lucky Number / CONTACT: Sinead Mills: email@example.com
Midlands-based Sam Manville will release this third EP on April 21. After playing his first show as FTSE to a sold out Brixton Academy in support of AlunaGeorge and receiving support at Radio 1, he’s performing a headline show at London’s Social on April 8. Nite Life is the opening track.
Tokyo Police Club / Hot TonightLABEL: Memphis Industries / CONTACT: Aoife Kitt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently announcing their return with the release of forthcoming album Forcefield, this first single from the Canadian band’s new LP is out now.
Sophie Ellis Bextor / Runaway DreamerLABEL: EBGB's / CONTACT: Beth Brookfield: email@example.com
Releasing music on her own label exclusively for the first time, the singer has collaborated with Mercury nominated singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt for her latest album Wanderlust. This second single to be taken from the LP is out on March 31.
Gabby Young & Other Animals / I've ImprovedLABEL: Gift Of The Gab / CONTACT: Steve Rose: firstname.lastname@example.org
Already counting fans in the likes of BBC Radio 2 and 6Music for her past two albums, the singer is releasing her third One Foot In Front Of The Other on April 28. This single is out on April 14.