For the indie heroes, the pop queens and the sk8er bois – This week’s Friday Favourites has something for everyone.
FEET – English Weather
Let’s kick off with some good old ‘English Weather.’ Thankfully, not literally, but FEET‘s new single has taken this rainy downtrodden trope and turned into something beautiful. Rolling breezy beats, catchy sing-a-long hooks and such a bright, sunny vibe that you might even think the UK is warm…
RAT BOY – I WANNA SKATE
Don’t we all. Well, back in the naughties – but why not bring back that sk8er boi fashion. Full of fiery punk energy, anti-establishmentism and a quick fire flow that sounds a little Sum 41, it looks like RAT BOY already has. Nice one.
Sundara Karma – Higher States
And now for something completely different. Sounding a little like Hadouken! and Enter Shikari had a musical lovechild, ‘Higher States’ blends anthemic indie with a little bit of DnB, soaring electronica and everything in between. ‘Higher States’ indeed.
girl in red – watch you sleep.
When you’re looking for a quiet headphones moment this weekend, turn straight to girl in red; ‘watch you sleep.’ is a beautifully organic track, full of enchanting vocal harmonies, spellbinding minimalism and such poignant feels that it may have had us all a little weepy in the Born Office. Warning: tissues will be required.
Anteros – Drive On
Heading on a road trip this weekend? Or just wish you were? Well we’ve got the perfect – and aptly named – track for you. London indie favourites Anteros are back with a bang, and ‘Drive On’ is the perfect windows-down, volume-up sing-a-long-fest you’ve been waiting for.
Blaenavon – Catatonic Skinbag
A stomping indie anthem revolving around “cutting oneself off from the world to engage in fruitless sensual pleasures and pretending everything is OK. Watching f*cking Netflix and drinking a bottle of wine when you should probably instead be in therapy,” ‘Catatonic Skinbag’ is probably not the best inspo to take for your weekend, but hey, it’s a brilliant track. And there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of Netflix, right?
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
We’re checking it once, we’re checking it twice… it really is new Vampire Weekend. It’s been five-and-a-half long years since their last album, and boy are we excited to introduce their latest single ‘Harmony Hall.’ It opens almost expecting to be a Ben Howard track, with that beautifully fiddly guitar intro soon spanning out to reveal Ezra’s instantly recognisable vocal. Great stuff, we just wish there were more Ooh’s and Aah’s. (‘White Sky’ we’re looking at you.)
Dua Lipa – Swan Song
Taken from the movie soundtrack to Alita: Battle Angel, the UK’s very own musical battle angel Dua Lipa herself lends her powerful vocal to the reel. If you didn’t know Dua Lipa could belt out a pop banger by now, we don’t know where you’ve been – but with her dynamic range, it seems that even the epic seems effortless.
Florence and the Machine – Moderation
They always say to end on a high note – whoever they are – and what could possibly get higher than a new track from Florence and the Machine. Granted, they also say “all things in ‘Moderation,'” but with music this good, you can probably make an exception. What more can we say?