Our playlist includes Chris Stapleton, Save Face, Mayka, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Apple Of My Eye, Becky And The Birds and Peluché
A band’s record label is often a good indication of a band’s sound, and Epitaph’s Save Face is no different. This signing is a little left of centre for Epitaph, but the mix of hard rock and melodious guitars is a good fit; think Weezer meets Jimmy Eats World meets Say Anything.
I WANT LOVE
Taken from, Restoration, an album of Elton John and Bernie Taupin songs reimagined by some of Nashville’s finest, this track does what country music does best and gets to the heart of the matter with minimal fuss. Stapleton takes one of the finest offerings from John’s latter-day catalogue and finds his own truth in the words.
BECKY AND THE BIRDS
BECKY AND THE BIRDS
Swedish singer and producer Becky And The Birds’ debut EP plays as one continuous, elegant mix. The songs have a natural beauty that is reflected in the glorious production. Spoken word vocal samples add to the layers of alt-pop, trip-hop wonderment.
Although an EP of remixes gets a bit repetitive after a while each track is a banger in its own right. My personal favourite is the A-Trak mix, which reminds me of Daft Punk at points. The perfect addition to any party playlist.
APPLE OF MY EYE
GONE TO GROUND
Pear O’Legs Records
A traditional folk track with ethereal harmonies might not seem like the obvious platform for a song about the injustices at the heart of the Grenfell fire but, then again, the genre has always tackled such issues head on and this Bristol band ably manage to convey the vast spectrum of emotions stirred up by the tragedy.
TO BE A BIRD
One Little Indian Records
Not only are Peluché a trio of self-taught songwriters, they’re also the pioneers responsible for a new sound: trip jam. Trip jam combines elements of Latin, funk, psychedelia, soul and hip hop to create a wonderful sound that’s both unique and familiar. To Be A Bird fuses all those elements perfectly to give a song that you’ll adore.
Watching You is utterly blissful escapist pop from singer and producer Mayka. Alien-esque vocals over twinkly hypnotic beats puts you into a trance that feels like living an Instagram filter. The song builds beautifully into a perfect summer floor filler. An exciting artist to keep an eye on.
THE MILK CARTON KIDS
I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU
GRAMMY Award-nominated indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids prime their fans for the release of their highly anticipated fourth album, All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do, with I’ve Been Loving You. It’s a gentle, snail-paced, song that will hit the sweet spot if indie-folk treated Americana is your thing.
Words: Dave Chrzanowski, Fern Dunn, Damien Girling, Duncan Haskell