This week's hottest new sounds...
Break Up Song (RCA)
Welcome to Little Mix’s new era. This song delivers exactly what the title promises: a unifying pop anthem for dumping and being dumped. Only this lot could make it sound so joyous.
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Rosalía continues to target the heart and soul, not to mention increasingly far-out parts of pop. Here, plentiful pain is offset by acoustic guitar and autotune.
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BECKY AND THE BIRDS
Thea Gustafsson’s second single for 4AD draws on the loss of her grandmother and finds hope through expansive production and a melody that lasts and lasts.
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RUN THE JEWELS (FEAT. GREG NICE & DJ PREMIER)
Oh La La (Jewels Runners/BMG)
New Run The Jewels music is always good news, and this thunderous single is a sure sign that RTJ 4 is right around the corner. Time to get excited.
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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
Here’s a massive pop song slathered with harmonies and daubed with 1980s references from 5SOS, here to provide escapism for their many, many devotees.
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Never Learn Not To Love (Sacred Bones)
Released after band leader Tres Warren’s death last month, this Beach Boys cover is a fitting demonstration of Psychic Ills’ power to elevate the mind through psychedelia.
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Keep It Chill In The East Vill (Self-released)
Jeffrey Lewis’ ode to self-isolation calls human behaviour into question and hopes for kindness, while finding space to muse on rats having less litter to eat. Seek it out.
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