Speeding towards the festive season, we’ve got a Celebration Box of Friday Favourites for you. All Galaxy Caramels, no Bounties.
White Lies – ‘Finish Line’
The London post-punk trio have released yet another excellent single, teasing new album Five for 2019. This time, White Lies have slowed down proceedings for a heartbreaking ballad, with heavily literate lyrics describing the often ordinary breakdown of a relationship.
Palace – ‘No Other’
Life-long friends Palace have enjoyed a slow rise to acclaim, and now the Tottenham trio are back again following 2016’s So Long Forever. Their latest track, ‘No Other’, is a peaceful and calming slice of post-rock influenced indie, perfect for unwinding to if you’re planning a more chilled weekend.
Caitlyn Scarlett, Segal – ‘Nightmares’
There’s an enjoyably old-school sound to Caitlyn Scarlett’s brand new single, boasting sounds of Noughties house and garage styles. With lyrics about having big dreams and bigger nightmares, the song also has an even bigger chorus, becoming a characteristic of the much-lauded songwriter who is making a successful transition to pop star.
Flohio, Clams Casino, Cadenza – ‘Pounce’
South London MC Flohio has been consistently justifying her hype, and ‘Pounce’ continues a golden run of tracks from the 25-year-old. Staying true to her ‘genre free’ approach, Flohio smoothly blends jungle, trap, grime and dub while easily maintaining flow, thanks to some inspired production from collaborators Clams Casino and Cadenza.
Tourist – ‘Hearts’
Tourist – real name William Phillips – has enjoyed an illustrious career thus far as an in demand electronica producer and for his Grammy-winning co-write on Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’. He returns with ‘Hearts’, an energetic deep house track manipulated to a dampened state of muffled drums, fragmented feedback and hymnal drones. Hypnotic stuff.
Dirty Nice – ‘It’s All Gunna Go Wrong This Christmas’
Many a musician would love to write a banger of a Christmas track, if only for the guaranteed pay checks every year (just ask Jona Lewie). Mysterious duo Dirty Nice have turned in a charming and calming effort, a sardonic take on dealing with difficult political conversations, gift-buying stress and all the things that characteristically go wrong this time of year.
Caggie – ‘It Will Never Be Over’
This shouldn’t be good. We all would love to hate a serious musical effort from a Made In Chelsea alumnus, but ditching the toffs and Bloody Marys for chart success might be the best thing Caggie’s ever done. ‘It Will Never Be Over’ is a minimal, gentle ballad, with pretty piano, steady clicking beats and a truly gorgeous vocal from Caggie that doesn’t overpower the track. It’s time to take Ms Dunlop seriously.
BLOXX – ‘Sea Blue’
And finally, some cheery indie-pop with a pep in its step from BLOXX. The London four-piece bring the energy on ‘Sea Blue’ with jangling guitar, dominant bass and a soaring vocal, it’s a classic indie cut with a gritty undercurrent that feels it could’ve come from a band further up north.