The Music Week Playlist: February 26, 2018

The Music Week Playlist: February 26, 2018

 Janelle Monáe
Make Me Feel (Atlantic)

Janelle Monáe is a proper pop star. This comeback surprises at every turn, as minimal, funky production builds purposefully to a fireball crescendo.

Contact: Ebi Sampson

Parquet Courts Almost Had To Start
A Fight/In And Out Of Patience (Rough Trade)

The Brooklyn refuseniks are back with a brilliant, typically wordy first cut from their upcoming sixth LP, which was produced by Danger Mouse.

Contact: Jamie Woolgar

Manic Street Preachers
Distant Colours (Columbia/Sony)

It’s another one from the Manics’ 13th (!) album, Resistance Is Futile. Distant Colours is epic, but you probably knew that already.

Contact: Gillian Porter

Suu Whoop (4Hunnid/Def Jam/Virgin)

Fresh from collaborating with the NBA on a celebrity basketball match and concert, the Compton rapper drops a muddy, bassy banger.

Contact: Imran Malik

Everything Is Recorded (feat. Giggs)
Wet Looking Road (XL)

One of the best cuts from XL owner Richard Russell’s new project, this finds Giggs in laid-back mode, spitting over Keith Hudson’s reggae beat.

Contact: Jon Wilkinson

Amen Dunes
Blue Rose (Sacred Bones)

This is one of Damon McMahon’s most complete Amen Dunes recordings yet, matching lyrical pain and suffering with zoned out guitars.

Contact: Nathan Beazer

Frank Ocean
Moon River (Blonded)

Frank Ocean is for life, not just Valentine’s Day, which is why this seasonal cover warrants repeat plays. He really has got a way with a weepy.

Contact: Anna Meacham

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