On The Level,
Another sad one from the Canadian’s upcoming This Old Dog (out May 5), this song balances hopeless lyrics with a great chunky synth line.
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Highlights of Dave’s latest banger: video game gurgles, deep production from Fraser T Smith and a shout out for tasty soft drink Rubicon.
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Weird World Recordings
The Tyneside crackpot launches new LP Peasant (out June 2) with a bundle of twangy guitar, mad percussion and a perversely memorable hook.
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Sign Of The Times,
Turns out there was a frustrated emotional wreck waiting to burst from within the 1D cherub all along. Has he gone from boy band to indie kid?
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Frank Ocean (feat. Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator)
Summery, crunchy and more awake than than the largely comatose Blonde, this is a welcome pick-me-up from old Frank.
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Mary J Blige (feat. Kanye West)
Strength Of A Woman, out April 28, is Mary J Blige’s 13th album. This single is like a cattle prod to a good mood. Play when you need to feel amazing.
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Melody’s Echo Chamber
Cross My Heart,
Severing herself from a psych-rock past this week is Melody Prochet. Her method? Seven minutes of wriggling melody and a flute solo.
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