Music Week's guide to the most essential tracks of the moment.
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
Monsoon Rock (Rough Trade)
The brilliantly named Aussie oiks tee up their debut LP with a song that distils their excellence: it’s loud, odd and exhilarating enough to put hairs on even Chewbacca’s chest. Strewth.
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Sparrow (Virgin EMI)
“We’ve got magic in our bones”, sings Emeli Sandé on a comeback that functions as a humungous reminder of her way with an epic pop song.
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Aged just 16, Deno has racked up more than 100 million global streams. “I’m young and wavey,” he intones here. “Lifestyle is a mad one”. Quite.
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Sponsored (Virgin EMI)
Here’s an early taste of summer from Hardy Caprio, who fires off easy bars over whooshing beats from producer Ill Blu. This one sizzles like sausages.
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THE BLACK KEYS
There’s a stirring in The Black Keys camp. After five years away, they’re back with some buzzing blues, but will they change things up for album nine?
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Sink In (Infectious/BMG)
Woozy and gentle, Sink In features former Maccabees members Felix and Hugo White. Cunningham is set for a London show in June.
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Better When I’m Drunk (BMG)
Rolling chords and a vivid portrait of nights on the sauce from the rising UK country star. See Twinnie at The Lexington on April 17.
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