What’s On Your Playlist: John Preston’s first 5 for 2018

John Preston

In the aftermath of Christmas, January can be a slow month for music but this hasn’t stopped the very strong batch of new tunes released in the year’s first 2-weeks. John Preston selects his current favourite five.

Push Me To The Limits – Rae Morris

Rae Morris 2015 acclaimed debut album didn’t rock my world in the way it did for many others but her sophomore effort due next month, Someone Out There, is one of my most anticipated of 2018. Of the four singles previews so far, Push Me To The Limits is the least immediate but also the most substantial – and that’s saying something.

God Save Our Young Blood – BØRNS, Lana Del Rey

The perfect couple. Sometimes it’s hard to make out which is which when these two nihilistic dreamers voices merge and bend around the misty synth-pop that suits Del Rey as much as BØRNS whose Blue Madonna album is out later this year. As gorgeous a duet as it is deadly.

Don’t Delete The Kisses – Charli XCX x Post Precious Remix, Wolf Alice, Charli XCX and Post Precious

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They both released fantastic records in 2017 and now Charli XCX and Post Precious reimagine Visions Of a Life album highlight Don’t Delete The Kisses as a cool, metallic duet where computers and humans can still interface and connect. This will freak out a lot of the autotune haters and that somehow that seems at least half the point here.

Unfasten – Hanna Benn

Multi-skilled and classically trained singer songwriter Hanna Benn’s soulful Unfasten is a masterclass in purity suspended within a dense yet feather-light soundscape. The final 90 seconds or so crack open a door filled with previously hidden orchestration bound to make your heart and mood sore.

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Music’s untouchable couple Kendrick and SZA show everyone how to do epic, movie-soundtrack pop music right. From the forthcoming Black Panther film and just on the right side of cheese, SZA sounds sumptuous and effortlessly star-bound as Lamar’s rap is offset against a rolling beat and strings that flutter furiously. Classy.

About John Preston

South London based music obsessive with strong opinions about most things. Doubts Madonna has another good record in her but would love more than anything to be proved wrong.