Lykke Li is back and sounding better than ever
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Lykke Li – ‘Deep End’
We had an inkling there’d be new music from Lykke Li coming soon after the mysterious trailer that surfaced early this month. Sure enough she has given us a couple of new tracks, including this arresting pop gem, ‘Deep End’. As soon as she starts singing you’ll be hooked, her voice is so strong that it takes a couple of listens to appreciate the slick trip-hop-esque production that backs her up. It’s a very exciting harbinger for her new record So Sad So Sexy, which will be out Friday 8 June.
Lion Babe – ‘The Wave’
New sounds from one of the most exciting disco-infused hip hop acts around right now. Lion Babe have been threatening to break out for a while now and, when their second album finally surfaces (we’re not sure when that will be) jams like this will soundtrack every good party around.
Bombino – ‘Deran Deran Alkheir (Well Wishes)’
Bombino is one of the best African guitarists to break through to Western audiences over the past few years and this brilliant new jam is among his best yet. The energy that courses through ‘Deran Deran Alkheir’ is irrepressible and it’s sure to make you want to jump around. His new record Deran will be out on Friday 18 May.
Father John Misty – ‘Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All’
‘Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All’ continues Father John Misty’s run of great singles, but sees him move in more of an immediate classic pop direction rather than the more sprawling tracks he offered us on last year’s Pure Comedy. It’s more of a reminder of Josh Tillman’s pop smarts than of his acerbic wit, but having said that, if you’ve got issues with him, you’ll hate this as much as anything else he’s done.
Ross From Friends – ‘John Cage’
A sweet earworm from the best-named producer in the game right now. Ross From Friends gets about as weird as his name suggests, melding new-age sounds with lo-fi electro and the occasional off-the-wall sample. Keep an open mind and luxuriate in the weirdo soul of this killer tune.
Tropical Fuck Storm – ‘Rubber Bullies’
Another grinding, snarling cut of gnarled, literate rock from Melbourne’s Tropical Fuck Storm. Every track they’ve given us from their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace so far has been absolute killer. We can’t wait to hear how they all lock into place when it comes out on Friday 4 May.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Talking Straight’
There has been a fair bit of hype surrounding Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for a while now. But the band clearly aren’t letting that get to them, because it feels like they are getting better with every new track. ‘Talking Straight’ doesn’t try and be anything too extravagant, it’s just straight down the line jangle pop with a rough edge that makes it hit that little but harder. Their debut album Hope Downs will be out mid-June.
Alice Skye – ‘Friends With Feelings’
Alice Skye’s voice is an absolute treasure. A little bit sweet, a little bit smoky and, along with her heartfelt lyrics, completely relatable. ‘Friends With Feelings’ is a super smooth, really beautiful, unassuming pop earworm that will just make you feel good. Her debut album, also called Friends With Feelings, is out now and it’s well worth your time.
Francesca Gonzales – ‘Baby Give It Up’
In between making beautiful music with Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Francesca Gonzales has given us some pretty stunning stuff under her own name too. ‘Baby Give it Up’ exhibits both her killer voice and instinctive ear for great pop hooks and is another tantalising sample of what’s to come on her debut EP, which should be out in late-May.
Sad Hill – ‘New Warden’
Depending on how keenly you follow Perth’s fervent rock’n’roll scene, you might see some familiar faces in Sad Hill. Doesn’t matter if not, you’ll still want to pump your first to ‘New Warden’, this punchy piece of alt-rock that takes some of the best elements of post-hardcore and spits them back out in the most anthemic fashion.