John picks five of the hottest tracks out now.
Let’s get down to business!
Don’t let the instant-cool effect of having the bassline of Talking Heads’ classic ‘Psycho Killer’ sway you one way or another, ‘Bad Liar’ is effortless, breezy and distinctive pop. Selena Golmez may have swerved in and out of your playlists but this one’s a keeper.
Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj join forces in their 90s hand-bag house, drag-race entry ‘Swish Swish’, which reads as a diss track towards fellow feminist Swifto – maybe. Entertaining and fun, but can it save Perry’s new album campaign from it’s so-far tepid response?
Marnie returns with a sneaky, sleek electro track which pushes her sound further towards pop. The third release from her imminent sophomore album Strange Words and Weird Wars which, by all accounts, looks likely to be one of the most interesting of the year.
Sounding more like Angelo Badelementi than, well, Angelo Badelementi, Johnny Jewel’s Twin Peaks contributions are not breaking from the previously established dark, hypnotic moods and quietly disconcerting soundscapes. It is indeed happening again.
‘Modem Kosmology’, Jane Weaver’s eighth album, was released last week and is her most sonically economic and instantly accessible album to date. It’s also brilliant. Krautrock, vintage synths and pastoral vocals dominate and ‘Did You See Butterflies?’ is a perfect example.