Well, it’s that time once more. Here are our Friday Favourites! Where motion meets emotion, folk meets funk, and where we have some new releases from old friends!
Cat Power feat. Lana Del Ray – ‘Woman’
Two heavyweights team up in the first track of our Friday Favourites playlist, as Cat Power enlists the help of Lana Del Ray on ‘Woman’. The first taste of Power’s tenth album Wanderer (set for release October 5th) it is a cool, country infused classic in which their voices complement one another perfectly. Check out the video below:
The Kooks – ‘Chicken Bone’
Everyone’s indie darlings the Kooks are back with new track ‘Chicken Bone’, a stripped back acoustic affair with a killer chorus, you can catch the lyric video below:
The Kooks will release new album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ on August 31st, before embarking on a UK tour. Details can be found here.
Cherryade – ‘Got You Good’
London’s Cherryade wow us once more with sugary pop classic ‘Got You Good’. The duo’s first single following debut full length Fractured Fairytales (released earlier this year) is brash, bold, and bubblegum flavoured. With heavy beats, addictive rhythms, and fun-filled lyrics it is sure to soundtrack you into Saturday!
Pale Waves – ‘Black’
A further taste of upcoming debut album My Mind Makes Noises (out 14th September via Dirty Hit), ‘Black’ sees Pale Waves go back to their roots. It’s Madchester in the modern world – with the jangling guitars and laid back lyricism of the Stone Roses, but with electronic claps for company. Another band heading to Reading and Leeds, be sure to catch them on their largest ever UK tour this Autumn. Details available here.
Sam Fender – ‘Dead Boys’
Personal, poignant, and painful, Sam Fender‘s latest single is a tough but worthwhile listen. ‘Dead Boys’ demanded our attention when we heard it earlier this week, and we have been playing it ever since. To read the full review, click here.
Christine and the Queens – ‘5 dollars’
France’s Christine and the Queens has long been one of our faves, and it is little wonder that her latest single ‘5 dollars’ taken from her upcoming sophomore release ‘Chris’ makes it onto our Friday Favourites playlist. With her trademark dark electro sound featuring in the verses, before a killer retro chorus, the song is set to be huge! Check out the video below:
Bad Sounds – ‘Banger’
Bath’s Bad Sounds are another one of our favourites and in honour of their debut album Get Better, we just had to put this ‘Banger’ on our playlist. Funky, funny, and f*cking amazing it is the group to a tee. The whole album rocks, this track especially – check it out below:
Allie X – ‘Science’
After recently featuring it on her tour with Hayley Kiyoko, Canadian sensation Allie X has just dropped her latest single ‘Science’. Another taste of what to expect from her second album Super Sunset (out this Autumn) it delivers a dose of decadent dream-pop to make sure you float through the final hours of Friday. Listen below!
Yonaka – ‘Teach Me To Fight’
Found on an EP of the same name, Yonaka‘s ‘Teach Me To Fight’ does what exactly it says on the tin. The first punch comes from a grimacing guitar riff, the second from the attitude infused lyrics, and it doesn’t lay off after that! In short, this track is a knockout; perfect to wet the appetites of those lucky enough to see them at Reading and Leeds next week. If you are not one of those happy few, never fear! Yonaka play at Electric Ballroom, London on 11th October, tickets available here.
Slaves – ‘Magnolia’
Equally aggressive is Slave‘s new album Acts Of Fear And Love, which we honour today with the track ‘Magnolia’. With the opening line “65% of UK homes contain at least one magnolia wall”, it is a track which epitomises the duo’s social commentary/comedy of grubby suburbia. Listen now:
Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Shame’
Irish indie-folk artist Ailbhe Reddy continues her upward trajectory with latest single ‘Shame’. Verging on electro-pop at times, her style continues to evolve and, as a result, makes her one of the most exciting acts on the circuit.
Bay Rays – ‘The Chamber’
A band we have been following from day one, Kent three-piece Bay Rays continue their funk forays with latest single ‘The Chamber’. It is an LCD Soundsystem inspired jam, with a Santana ‘Soul Sacrifice’ cowbell to boot, and is guaranteed to get you grooving. You have been warned!
AURORA – ‘Forgotten Love’
The Norwegian singer AURORA returns with new single ‘Forgotten Love’. A beautifully crafted indie-pop track, it is another taste of what we can expect from her upcoming second album, the follow up to 2016’s excellent All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. Set for a UK tour in October, details can be found here.