Another day, another dazzling dose of new music to freshen up your Friday…

Icarus, Real Lies – Man of the Land

Bristol duo Icarus kick off our Friday Faves with a stomping dance number featuring London’s Real Lies. Skippy disco beats and delicious deep house bass marks the first offering on today’s musical menu. Turn up and tuck in.

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

You know you’re in for an experience when you see some new music from Scottish experimental art trio Young Fathers, and their latest single ‘Cocoa Sugar’ is certainly no exception. A previously unheard of release from their 2017 album recording session, ‘Cocoa Sugar’ is an unexpected but sugary sweet saturation of the Young Fathers spirit.

Poppy, Grimes – Play Destroy

Who’d ever think bubble-pop cuteness would mix so well with brutal, riff-crunching metal. Clearly Poppy and Grimes did, because that’s exactly what’s going on in their mind-boggling new release ‘Play Destroy.’ Lyrics about cutting faces, indoctrination and burning down Walmart sung in childish monotone whilst adrenaline-fuelled riffs suddenly give way to sugar-pop synth; it’s probably one of the more disturbing tracks on this weeks’ Friday Favourites, but boy is it brilliant.

Des Rocs – The Past Has Passed Away

“The Past Has Passed Away,” sings New York City’s Des Rocs, with a subtle sense of irony as he resurrects and revitalises the grandiosity of old-school rock. It may be true that the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll are in the past, but if we have any say in the matter, Des Rocs’ bombastically vintage sound is one that is certainly most welcome in the modern scene. Keep it comin’.

Banfi – Marlow

London up-and-comers Banfi have just released their second EP – read our full review here – and with it, the deliciously nuanced title track that’s got all the bold Banfi brilliance we know and love. Rolling rough-around-the-edges riffs meander through driving bass ‘n’ beats alongside a soaring, heartfelt delivery from frontman Joe.

Troye Sivan – Somebody To Love

It’s no small feat to attempt a cover of Queen, let alone make it totally your own, but Troye Sivan does exactly that with his powerfully mellow cover of the 70’s rock-legend classic. This new rendition is the third in a series of covers in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, and not only is it a tear-jerking homage to a great cause and legendary band, but a beautiful track in its own right. Kudos Troye!

Anna Of The North – Nothing Compares 2 U

We love a good cover, and this week we’re blessed with two! Anna Of The North takes up the mantle of Sinéad O’Connor, covering her 90’s hit single originally written and composed by Prince. It’s a faithful re-imagination that sees Anna’s soaring vocal over a wistful piano-led soundscape.