Hold your horses, because this week’s Friday Favourites are wildin’ out harder than Kanye in the Oval Office, from Wild West bops to glam rock pop
ALMA – ‘Cowboy’
Mainstream pop has this way of taking a niche genre, maximising its sonic scope and distilling it into being as catchy and immediate as possible. ALMA has done this very thing with Western hillbilly music. Opening with a a whining guitar that sounds like it came from the Navajo trial, it quickly erupts into a skittering pop beat and irresistible chorus, showing ALMA’s signature husky vocals at their best.
Charlotte Rose Benjamin – ‘Cursed’
Dusty drums and garage guitars come thundering in as ‘Cursed’ opens, leading into a soaring chord progression that will have your singing along. Charlotte’s sweet yet smoky vocals hold form, showing restraint and gently gliding over the song, making it a delightful spin on Americana and heartland rock.
The Covasettes – ‘Wild’
A bit of peppy indie for the weekend, The Covasettes have the guitars at maximum jangle and the beats as bouncy as they can on latest single, ‘Wild’. With a chorus that will sweep you away on the dancefloor, it’s difficult to stop yourself from tapping a toe to this one.
Geo – ‘Sanctuary’
Fragmented beats, subtractive sub and water-like clicks back Geo’s gentle and resolutely British vocals on the gorgeous ‘Sanctuary’. Downtempo and ambient electronica, developing from dub movements of almost a decade prior, continues to reach new heights, and the hymnal beauty of this track from the London singer is worth your time.
Hyphen – ‘Futuristic’
A funk guitar groove over lofi beats and joyful horns back London MC Hyphen’s latest track, Futuristic. Lyrically, Hyphen is in a playful mood, going over the highs and lows of romance with tongue firmly in cheek. The wordplay is abundant, and the chorus, complete with an addictive “Where do I go/I do not know” hook, will stay in your mind.
KROWNS – ‘Fake It’
A very appropriate track for the spooky season, this electro-pop cut from KROWNS is backed mainly by a horror-style organ and creepy pizzicato strings, with booming bass and anthemic drums leading into a larger-than-life chorus. Apt, considering KROWNS’ terror over the masks we wear and acts we put on in society to succeed.
Selma Judith – ‘Kind of Lonely’
Confessional, sultry RnB is having its moment, and Selma Judith is a welcome contributor with her latest track, ‘Kind of Lonely’. Whispery, reverb-soaked vocals move over the steady groove of the bass and hi-hat led beat, as Selma Judith begs a would-be lover to ‘waste her time’.
Sundara Karma – ‘Illusions’
The long-awaited comeback from one of the best indie bands in the UK doesn’t disappoint. Sundara Karma take a risk with a slow-grooving glam rock track, complete with seductive bass, retro synths, and an eccentric vocal with some clever layers of vocoder. Very reminiscent of the more recent albums of Queens of The Stone Age and Tame Impala, if with a little more of a sense of humour, it’s an interesting move from the Reading quartet.
YONAKA – ‘Own Worst Enemy’
Some good ol’ fashioned rock music, with dirty bass, muted distortion and vocals riddled with attitude, is what you need sometimes, and YONAKA are very, very good at it. Modern rock continues to experiment with beats and melodies beyond the blueprint, and ‘Own Worst Enemy’ boasts a harder-hitting trap-esque beat with a stormer of a chorus that you’ll want to play loud.
Zes – Set Mind
With ghostly, layered vocals, over tense synth bass, clap-heavy beats and skewered melodies that chop and change by the bar, Zes knows how to create intrigue and maintain excitement on ‘Set Mind’. ‘Set Mind’ is a blend of chill-hop sensibility with downtempo electronica, and the phenomenal dexterity with which Zes changes up the track without giving into bombast or drama is nothing short of exceptional.