In between serial hand lickers and DIY show presenters-cum-country stars, say ‘thank u, next’ to the charts and listen to our Friday Favourites instead!
Farebrother – ‘I’d Be the Worst’
Something distinctly Seventies is embedded in Farebrother, and it extends beyond the fabulous cover art. The strutting bass and soft rock guitars on ‘I’ll Be The Worst’ make for a fun blend of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles with a British indie sound.
ashnikko – ‘No Brainer’
Now for a turn to the cybergoth world of ashnikko – mixing Noughties garage, bubblegum pop and even a hint of braggadocious trap on ‘No Brainer’. Very much operating in the realm of hyper-pop magnates PC Music, and with a lot in common with Grimes’ latest incarnation, is weird, exciting and what we need for the weekend.
Sam Fender – ‘Poundshop Kardashians’
Blunt, earnest indie seemed to have fallen out of fashion this past decade, but if there’s a man who’s going to bring it back, it’s Sam Fender. The South Shields singer has been on a roll since the excellent Dead Boys, and this song is a hot take on today’s obsession with celebrity.
Slowthai ft. Mura Masa – ‘Doorman’
Grime’s most promising voice has collaborated with one of the most popular producers of the past few years – as you can imagine, it’s excellent. There’s something almost punk about the Northampton MC’s taunting sprechgesang, while the menacing subs and drums show something different from the Jersey producer, who’s clearly got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
isaac gracie – ‘broken wheel’
Young troubadour isaac gracie may like his lowercase letters, but his smoky balladry is far more traditional in sound than that stylistic choice would suggest. ‘broken wheel’ is a new track on the singer’s extended edition of his debut album, full of earthy vocals and soothing guitar.
girl in red – ‘we fell in love with october’
Another lowercase fiend, but girl in red boasts more of a post-rock sound in her intimate tracks. New single ‘we fell in love with october’ is a personal autumnal love story that ranks high in relatability, boasting cute lyrics and breathy vocals that will whisk you away.
Oh Brother – ‘What’s The Point’
Opening with an almost sinister bass line, Oh Brother’s cinematic ‘What’s The Point’ unravels into a jaunty, lofi cut of dance-rock, incredibly reminiscent of post-grunge acts of the 90s. It’s fun, slinky and full of lines wrapped in barbed wire and fuzzing, bluesy guitars.
Clean Cut Kid – ‘Deafening’
It’s been a slow climb for probably one of the most underrated bands to emerge in this decade’s post-punk revival, but Clean Cut Kid deliver the goods on the psych-pop bop of ‘Deafening’. The band sound full of life, with creative melodies and production choices abound on this stormer of a track.