This Week’s New Releases: IDLES, Silk Sonic And Little Mix

There are some highly anticipted records out this week. Idles have dropped LP #4,  Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have released their collaborative Silk Sonic album, and Little Mix are celebrating their 10th anniversary with ‘Between Us’, which features greatest hits along with new material.

Head below for more of this week’s new releases, including ‘RED (Taylor’s Version)’, a new album from Courtney Barnett, and a new solo LP from Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn. 

Allen Stone – ‘Apart’ (ATO)

Claptone – ‘Closer’ (Different Recordings)

Constant Smiles – ‘Paragons’ (Constant Smiles/Sacred Bones)

Courtney Barnett – ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ (Marathon Artists)

Damon Albarn – ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’ (Transgressive)

Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – ‘Imposter’ (Columbia)

The Dodos – ‘Grizzly Peak’ (Polyvinyl)

Elvis Presley – ‘Back In Nashville’ (RCA)

Gov’t Mule – ‘Heavy Load Blues’ (Fantasy Records/Concord)

hackedepicciotto – ‘The Silver Threshold’ (Mute)

IDLES – ‘Crawler’ (Partisan)

Jon Hopkins – ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ (Domino)

Kylie Minogue – ‘Disco:Guest List Edition’ (BMG)

LA Guns – ‘Checkered Past’ (Frontiers)

Little Mix – ‘Between Us’ (Warner)

Makthaverskan – ‘För Allting’ (Makthaverskan)

Michael Patrick Kelly – ‘B.O.A.T.S’ (Columbia)

Pip Blom – ‘Welcome Break’ (PIAS)

Rod Stewart – ‘The Tears Of Hercules’ (Warner)

Ronan Keating – ‘Songs From Home’ (Decca)

Silk Sonic – An Evening with Silk Sonic’ (Atlantic)

Susanna Hoffs – ‘Bright Lights’ (Baroque Folk)

Taylor Swift – ‘RED (Taylor’s Version)’ (EMI)

The Wanted – ‘Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits’ (Island)

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This Week’s New Releases: Miley Cyrus, Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith And Sacred Paws

What a week! Miley Cyrus has dropped the ‘She Is Coming’ EP — one of three that will make up her new album, ‘She Is: Miley Cyrus’, Soundwalk Collective have again joined forces with Patti Smith, and Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers are back with a second Sacred Paws LP.

You want more? MORE? Fill your boots below with the rest of this week’s new releases.

Chase & Status – ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’ (Virgin EMI)

Depeche Mode – ‘Black Celebration – The Singles’ (Sony)

Depeche Mode – ‘Music For The Masses – The Singles’ (Sony)

Duff McKagan – ‘Tenderness’ (Universal)

Frank Iero and the Future Violents – ‘Barriers’ (UNFD)

J. Robbins – ‘Un-becoming’ (Dischord)

Joanovarc – ‘Joanovarc’ (Holier Than Thou Records)

Kevin Richard Martin – ‘Sirens’ (Room40)

Lise Davidsen – ‘Lise Davidsen’ (Decca Classics)

Miley Cyrus – ‘She Is Coming’ EP (RCA)

Pip Blom – ‘Boat’ (Heavenly)

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ (Marathon Artists)

Remo Drive – ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’ (Epitaph)

Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts – ‘This Is The Sound’ (Wicked Cool)

Sacred Paws – ‘Run Around The Sun’ (Rock Action)

Sarah Davachi – ‘Pale Bloom’ (W. 25th)

Sinkane – ‘Dépaysé’ (City Slang)

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘The Peyote Dance’ (Bella Union)

Thomas Rhett – ‘Center Point Road’ (Big Machine)

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Things We Love This Week: Muncie Girls, Pip Blom, the Lemon Twigs, Billie Eilish

There’s a sinking feeling in everyone’s stomach this week. Razorlight have announced their fourth album, a total of 14 years after their debut, and 12 since America came out. You are OLD.

Muncie Girls – Clinic

Muncie Girls are at it again with another suitably catchy song and important message. In the video for latest single Clinic, the band undergo a science experiment based on a 1920s theory that everyone produces the same facial reaction when being exposed to specific situations including fear, joy, disgust and more. What’s cool is that they use this ridiculous notion to criticise the way mental health is dealt with. Not everyone is the same. Obviously.

Muncie Girls’ latest album ‘Fixed Ideals’ is out today.

Pip Blom

…are going on tour! I really like this band and think you should too. Hailing from Amsterdam, the indie-rock outfit are touring across the UK and Ireland, stopping at a total of 14 cities. Yay! Find all the tour dates here.

The Lemon Twigs – ‘Go To School’

Regardless of what it sounds like, the concept of this album is just hilarious. The Lemon Twigs’ new high-concept rock-musical is out today. ‘Go To School’ is about a chimp who is raised as a human boy, and starts school. What happens next? Banana trickery? Swinging around from the ceiling? Monkey noises in the playground? Not quite. Unloved, bullied and heartbroken, Shane burns down the school and runs away to live a life of solitude in the woods. You can’t not listen to this.

Billie Eilish’s Press Photo

Are we going to question why she’s got a MASSIVE spider on her face? No? OK then.

Expect many spiders all over the place on her upcoming tour dates. (Not really.)

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Things We Love This Week: Jungle, LUMP, Pip Blom

Instead of mentioning the new Arctic Monkeys album, which at this point on release day seems inescapable, here are some opinions about good music, and topics that matter just a little bit more.

Enjoy!

Jungle – Happy Man & House In LA

Neo-soul is back, and I’d quite like it to stay, if that’s alright with you. There’s been very little from Jungle since 2014’s self titled release, but this week they hit back by dropping two new tracks.Happy Man is classic Jungle (#YouDoYou) with smooth, soulful, effects-laden vocals and a simple yet undoubtedly catchy bassline. “Buy yourself a car, and a house to live in,” Tom McFarland, the vocalist, tells us. I truly would if only I could, Tom.

The second track is far more laid back, perhaps an unexpected move from the band. It could be a really interesting watch as an organic live performance from the seven-piece backing band. Take a listen. There’s just one date left on their UK tour – but if you live in Birmingham you should definitely try and go.

Lump: Late To The Flight

I’m SO excited for the new LUMP album to be released (June 1). You should do anything you can to get your hands on tickets to their upcoming live shows. I’m not authorising breaking into a ticket office, hacking a website or becoming a 21st century Artful Dodger in pick-pocketing tickets from other fans, but sometimes needs must.

Late to the Flight is the second track from the duo – Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay – and it takes a really different direction from Curse of the Contemporary. It’s long. Coming in at just over an atmospheric six minutes, it could easily have started at the 3.50 mark for those more radio friendly vibes. However, I kind of love that it doesn’t. The song explores the ideas of lucid dreaming and the hyper reality of being trapped in a public persona. So interesting, and the layering of the vocal harmonies is extraordinary. What a singer. Check it out.

Pip Blom: Pussycat

I’ve been waiting for a new single by this band for a little while. Aside from members having the best first name collection of any band ever (Pip, Tender, Casper and Gini), they also make some really cool, lo-fi alt-rock jams. Following on from School and Babies Are A Lie (one of my faves from 2017), they’ve finally got a new track. Pussycat features all the scraping guitar riffs and repeated catchy melodies that you’d expect from Pip and the gang. It’s good.

They’re supporting The Breeders on their upcoming UK and EU dates, and head to Brighton for the Great Escape Festival this month.

In a new addition to the blog for one week only is a temporary segment that we’ll call…

Things That Suck This Week

This comes about from heartbreaking news that Scott Hutchison, the lead singer from the indie band Frightened Rabbit, has died. It is tragic news, and has draped the week in a dark, dark cloud. Frightened Rabbit’s music, and specifically Scott’s lyrics, brought so much hope and comfort to people who needed it, helping a huge number of fans through dark times. He was a well-loved man by thousands and will be truly missed.

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