Lizzo's 'Boys' is the feelgood dancefloor filler we all need right now
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Lizzo – ‘Boys’
That snappy Neptunes-style production helps, as does that wild mid-song guitar solo, but the triumph of ‘Boys’ is really down to Lizzo’s incredible performance. The rapper smashes out a couple of the coolest verses you’ll ever hear as she tells us what she likes. It’s heaps of fun and one of the best songs of the year.
Neil Frances – ‘Coming Back Around’
You’d be mad to not immediately fall for this complete dancefloor scorcher from LA-based Aussie Neil Frances. This one takes one part 1975 disco, one part 2018 club vibes and fuses them together with sheer class. Look out for their debut EP later in the year, it’s gonna be the sound of summer.
Nine Inch Nails – ‘God Break Down The Door’
Trent Reznor keeps things dark and jazzy and strange on new Nine Inch Nails single ‘God Break Down The Door’. In some ways it’s familiar – that frenetic synth in particular – but in many ways it’s like nothing he’s ever given us before. It’s an arty, loose, emotive piece of music that serves as a bit of a mind-bender.
Idles – ‘Danny Ndelko’
Rumbling rock’n’roll that’s as fun as it is furious from Bristol’s Idles. That big celebratory chorus manages to just stop short of being some kind of tiresome football anthem and never outstays its welcome. It’s music that you can’t ignore, but why would you wanna?
Cash Savage & the Last Drinks – ‘Pack Animals’
“’Pack Animals’ is dedicated to all the men that have offered me unsolicited advice over the years,” Cash Savage says of her latest single. It’s astounding (though unsurprising) that this is something that has ever happened. If you’ve ever seen Savage and her band play, you know they’re in no need of any advice. The anger and frustration in Savage’s voice is palpable – and you can’t blame her. Couple this post-punk burner with the cutting ‘Better Than That’ from earlier this year and their new record – out Friday 21 September – is shaping up very nicely already.
Grace Turner – ‘Dead Or Alive’
Grace Turner is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle making indie rock that is both frank and personal. ‘Don’t you think it’s been such a long time since we’ve been happy?’ she sings in ‘Dead Or Alive’. It’s a stark, accurate look at self-doubt, expectations and the ups and downs of just getting through life. It’s brilliantly written and Turner just so happens to have an incredibly strong voice to boot.
The Adults – ‘Boomtown’ (Ft. Chelsea Jade and Raiza Biza)
The breadth of Jon Toogood musical talent is best exhibited in The Adults. ‘Boomtown’ shows his knack for writing great, catchy modern pop and his ability to empower other artists to bring their best to the track as well. Singer Chelsea Jade and rapper Raiza Biza – both fellow Kiwis – deliver brilliant performances here and make Toogood look even better than he is (which is still real damn good). Taken from The Adults’ new album Haja is out Friday 20 July.
Nat Vazer – ‘You’re Winning Me Over’
Such pleasant, sunny indie pop from Melbourne’s Nat Vazer. Those chiming guitars are a perfect counterbalance to the natural strength of Nat’s voice; think early Strokes without the pretentiousness, and swap late nights in New York nightclubs for sunny winter days in Australia and you’re some way to understanding what she’s doing here. Or, better yet, just listen.
Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Crush’
You probably already know exactly what you’re getting from Cigarettes After Sex’s new single before you hit play. This band broke out in a huge way last year and they’re smart enough to know there’s some juice left in the hushed, husky, understated, dreamy indie fare that has kept them on the bedroom playlists of hipsters the world over for a while now. The music remains beautiful, but there’s gotta be a change in vibe coming.
The Cat Empire – ‘Ready Now’
Another party starter from Melbourne’s masters of exotic, energetic fusion, The Cat Empire. Get familiar before they head out on their monstrous Australian tour later this year; this jam will undoubtedly be one of many that raise the roof. No word on when the album will be out, but it can’t be too far off.