What’s on Your Playlist: John Preston’s Hot Tracks May 2017

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‘Bad Liar’ – Selena Golmez

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.

‘Swish Swish’ – Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj

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?

‘Electric Youth’ – Marnie

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.

‘Stardust’ – Johnny Jewel

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.

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‘Did You See Butterflies?’ – Jane Weaver

‘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.

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.