Been busy? Luckily, we’ve had our eyes all over your favourite bands and those soon to be all over your playlists. Here’s our top 5 of the last week to get your ears round...
CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA / 'THERESA MAY'
If you’re unfamiliar with this London-based trio, here’s a rundown: three drummers making party music for the politically minded. Having released debut album Semi-Regular on Friday, 'Theresa May' is a standout cut from a pool of synth-punk glee, knotting tangled rhythms with a perfectly punny chant taking down the prime minister. With nods to Peaches and MIA, the group are the unruly antidote to the political mire we’re in - protest and party at the same time.
WARMDUSCHER / 'STANDING ON THE CORNER'
The second spoonful of upcoming debut Whale City, ‘Standing on the Corner’ is a reliably wacky melting pot from the South London supergroup. Tethering a wired bassline to witty, rapped couplets (and somehow nailing on an awful parody of a gospel choir), the track culminates in grandiose chaos. Loose in the best places and tight in the worst, ‘Standing on the Corner’ is a dancey anthem hidden behind terrifying sonics and all the better for it.
MATT MALTESE / 'LIKE A FISH'
Third wheels gather round! Your anthem has been written! Arriving with news of the crooner’s debut album, the new track from Matt Maltese sees him moping about and cursing his place as a couple’s best friend. Like a sardonic Burt Bacharach, Maltese languishes in miserably resplendent horns and recalls the best of the classics, thanks to golden-age production from Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado.
LA LUZ / 'THE CREATURE'
Surf-goths La Luz take a back seat on new track ‘The Creature’, pacing themselves and bringing their lingering spaghetti-western influences to the surface. If Sergio Leone were ever to direct a horror film, these four LA natives would be the obvious choice for the soundtrack. Matching B-movie lyrics and jump scares with lilting surf riffs, buzzing organs and witch-coven harmonies, La Luz could be the Growlers’ older sisters: stoned, pensive and musically more impressive. With new album Floating Features creeping closer, it’s another box-office smash for The Creatures from the Los Angeles lagoon.
TONY NJOKU / 'MY DEAR THE LIGHT HAS COME'
A synth virtuoso, Tony Njoku has carved out a niche for his electronic tempests; his sonic tapestries weave disparate textures into incredible storms of feedback and falsetto. The new cut from upcoming album H.P.A.C, however, takes a different tack and finds Njoku sunning himself in more agile and minimalist territories. Like James Blake taking on an In Rainbows-era Radiohead track, his frisky vocals flip over a percussive labyrinth in excitingly elaborate and delicate spirals. His voice angelic, Njoku’s meandering lullaby for insomniacs is not one to sleep on.