The Music Week Playlist: September 18, 2019

Grimes Feat I_O

This week's hottest new sounds...

Violence (4AD)

Together with producer i_o, Claire Boucher has crafted a metallic techno song that would be perfect for the last rave on earth, with a beat made to blast things to smithereens. A real beast.

Contact Anna Meacham

Sounds Of The Skeng (#Merky/Atlantic)

The hills are alive with the sound of Stormzy! The sleeve may riff on The Sound Of Music, but the bruising bars here are far from Julie Andrews’ caper.

Contact Rachel Campbell

Eye In The Wall (Matador)

Mike Hadreas returns with a nine-minute exercise in percussive freakery and fractured vocals that he’s calling “a cosmic peep show”. Fantastic.

Contact Noam Klar

Barcelona (Columbia)

George Ezra isn’t the only one who can write a song about a trip to Barcelona, you know. Swedish pop head Brother Leo does so in smooth style.

Contact Kat Bawden

Shameless (Syco)

Released alongside Liar, this presents a wretched portrayal of relationship woe via skittering pop. Will Cabello’s Romance LP be similarly dramatic?

Contact Shoshanna Stone

It Gets Better (Virgin EMI)

The London punk outfit lay the first stone on their path towards their second album. On this evidence, it’ll be riotous fun.

Contact Michelle Duffy

Life Is Long (Caroline International)

Irish artist Wallis Bird writes earthy, emotional songs to give rootsy traditions a modern edge. This trails new album Woman (September 27).

Contact Steve Rose

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