This Week’s New Releases: Billie Elish, Bleachers and Prince

It’s the week a lot of people have been waiting for. Billie Eilish has finally dropped her highly anticipated second album, Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers have put out their third LP, and a posthumous Prince album has arrived featuring 11 previously unreleased original tracks— some of which were only ever performed live by the star or featured on webcasts or radio.

Not your cup of tea? Check out more new music below.

Aretha Franklin – ‘ARETHA’ (Atlantic)

Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever’ (Interscope)

Bleachers – ‘Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night’ (RCA)

Blues Traveler – ‘Traveler’s Blues’ (Round Hill)

Creeper – ‘American Noir’ (Roadrunner)

Dot Allison – ‘Heart-Shaped Scars’ (SA Recordings)

Durand Jones and the Indications – ‘Private Space’ (Dead Oceans)

Isaiah Rashad – ‘The House Is Burning’ (Top Dawg/Warner)

Koleżanka – ‘Place Is’ (Bar None)

Leela James – ‘See Me’ (BMG)

Los Lobos – ‘Native Sons’ (New West)

LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay) – ‘Animal’ (Chrysalis)

Needtobreathe – ‘Into The Mystery’ (Elektra)

The Overtones – ’10’ (Hurricane)

Prince – ‘Welcome 2 America’ (NPG)

Sam Mehran – ‘Cold Brew’ (Weird World/Domino)

Seether – ‘Wasteland – The Purgatory’ (EP) (Fantasy/Concord)

Shadowlark – ‘Avalanche’ (Warner)

Sik World – ‘Still Lost 2’ (Sik World)

Skepta – ‘All In’ (EP) (Boy Better Know)

Sonny and the Sunsets- ‘New Day With New Possibilities’ (Rocks In Your Head)

Son Volt – ‘Electro Melodier’ (Thirty Tigers)

Tangents – ‘Timeslips & Chimeras’ (Temporary Residence)

Torres – ‘Thirstier’ (Merge)

Unknown T – ‘Adolescence’ (Island)

Yola – ‘Stand For Myself’ (Concord)


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This Week’s New Releases: Kesha, Louis Tomlinson And Torres

This week is bonkers busy. Kesha’s highly anticipated new record is finally here, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson has dropped his debut solo album, and Torres has released the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Three Futures’.

In the mood for more? Fill your boots below.

Alex Ebert – ‘I vs I’ (Community Music)

Ben Watt – ‘Storm Damage’ (Caroline)

Blossoms – ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ (Virgin EMI)

Dan Deacon – ‘Mystic Familiar’ (Domino)

Dashboard Confessional – ‘The Best Ones Of The Best Ones’ (Hidden Note/AWAL)

Destroyer – ‘Have We Met’ (Merge/Dead Oceans)

Drive-By Truckers -‘The Unraveling’ (ATO Records)

Frances Quinlan – ‘Likewise’ (Saddle Creek)

Kesha – ‘High Road’ (Sony)

Lil Wayne – ‘Funeral’ (Young Money Records)

Louis Tomlinson – ‘Walls’ (Sony)

Meghan Trainor – ‘Treat Myself’ (Epic)

MIKA – ‘MIKA Live From Brooklyn Steel’ (Casablanca Records/Republic Records)

Mint Julep – ‘Stray Fantasies’ (Western Vinyl Records)

Nathan Gray – ‘Working Title’ (End Hits)

Otherliine, George Fitzgerald and Lil Silva – ‘Otherliine’ (Sony)

Poliça – ‘When We Stay Alive’ (Memphis Industries)

Rhys Lewis – ‘When Was The Last Time?’ (Decca)

Russ – ‘Shake The Snow Globe’ (Columbia)

Sam Lee – ‘Old Wow’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Sløtface – ‘Sorry For The Late Reply’ (Propeller Recordings)

Squarepusher – ‘Be Up A Hello’ (Warp)

Squirrel Flower – ‘I Was Born Swimming’ (Full Time Hobby)

Sqürl – ‘Some Music For Robby Müller’ (Sacred Bones Records/Naked Kiss)

Tall Tall Trees – ‘A Wave Of Golden Things’ (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Theory Of A Deadman – ‘Say Nothing’ (Atlantic)

Torres – ‘Silver Tongue’ (Merge)

Yellow Claw – ‘Never Dies’ (Yellow Claw B.V./Roc Nation Records)

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This Week’s New Releases: Miley Cyrus, Wolf Alice And Propagandhi

This week there is a massively mixed bag of new albums on offer. Miley Cyrus has put out her new record, which boasts a collaboration with Dolly Parton, Wolf Alice have finally followed up ‘My Love Is Cool’ and Propagandhi are back with their first album for five years.

If none of that floats your boat, check out some more new releases below.

Barns Courtney – ‘The Attractions Of Youth’ (Virgin EMI)

Benjamin Clementine – ‘I Tell A Fly’ (Virgin EMI)

Ben Frost – ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ (Mute)

David Crosby – ‘Sky Trails’ (BMG)

David Gilmour – ‘Live At Pompeii’ (Columbia)

Demi Lovato – ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ (Polydor)

Four Tet – ‘New Energy’ (BMG)

Hurts – ‘Desire’ (Columbia)

Ibeyi – ‘Ash’ (XL Recordings)

Jamie Lawson – ‘Happy Accidents’ (Gingerbread Man Records)

J Roddy Walston And The Business – ‘Destroyers Of The Soft Life’ (ATO Records)

Jessica Lea Mayfield – ‘Sorry Is Gone’ (ATO Records)

Michael Jackson – ‘Scream’ (MJJ/Sony)

Miley Cyrus – ‘Younger Now’ (RCA)

Monolord – ‘Rust’ (Riding Easy)

Pearl Jam – ‘Let’s Play Two – Live’ (Virgin EMI)

Primus – ‘The Desaturating Seven’ (ATO Records)

Propagandhi – ‘Victory Lap’ (Epitaph Records)

Protomartyr – ‘Relatives In Descent’ (Domino)

Shania Twain – ‘Now’ (Virgin EMI)

Torres – ‘Three Futures’ (4AD)

Wolf Alice – ‘Visions Of A Life’ (Dirty Hit)

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – ‘Always Foreign’ (Epitaph Records)

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Staff Picks: Huw Baines


The whole end of year list thing is stressful. I set some basic rules for these blogs to make sure we got the big things covered, but I’ve broken pretty much all of them because I’m a nightmare and can’t make decisions. One thing that’s certain, though, is that all of the lists below contain great music that I’ve revisited time and time again throughout 2015.

So, that’s something at least. They’re not in any real order because that would mean another set of (arbitrary) decisions altogether and fuck that.

You can shout at me about any of this on Twitter here.


  • Grimes – ‘Art Angels’ [Listen] [Read]
  • Worriers – ‘Imaginary Life’ [Listen]
  • Torres – ‘Sprinter’ [Listen]
  • Hop Along – ‘Painted Shut’ [Listen]
  • The Wonder Years – ‘No Closer To Heaven’ [Listen]
  • Trust Fund – ‘Seems Unfair’ [Listen]
  • Vacation – ‘Non Person’ [Listen]
  • Terrible Feelings – ‘Tremors’ [Listen]
  • Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ [Listen]
  • Deafheaven – ‘New Bermuda’ [Listen]
  • Joanna Gruesome – ‘Peanut Butter’ [Listen]
  • Ghostpoet – ‘Shedding Skin’ [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – ‘Ivy Tripp’ [Listen]
  • Rolo Tomassi – ‘Grievances’ [Listen]
  • California X – ‘Nights in the Dark’ [Listen]
  • Loma Prieta – ‘Self Portrait’ [Listen]
  • Young Guv – ‘Ripe 4 Luv’ [Listen]
  • Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – ‘Party Adjacent’ [Listen]
  • Laura Stevenson – ‘Cocksure’ [Listen]
  • Screaming Females – ‘Rose Mountain’ [Listen]

Albums due out after this list is published that rule:

  • Baroness – ‘Purple’ [Listen]

EPs and Splits:

  • Martha x Radiator Hospital – Split [Listen]
  • Sheer Mag – ‘II’ [Listen]
  • Touché Amore x Self Defense Family – ‘Self Love’ [Listen]
  • Low Culture x Iron Chic – Split [Listen]
  • FKA Twigs – ‘M3LL155X’ [Listen]
  • Martha x Benny The Jet Rodriguez – Split [Listen]
  • Shit Present – ‘Shit Present’ [Listen]
  • G.L.O.S.S – Demo [Listen]
  • Basement Benders – ‘Basement Benders’ [Listen]
  • Drug Church – ‘Swell’ [Listen]
  • The All Brights – ‘Wild for the Night’ [Listen]
  • Fake Problems – ‘Strange Emotions: Holy Attitude’ [Listen]
  • Sharon Van Etten – ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’ [Listen]


  • Vacation – Yin-Yang Smile [Listen]
  • Waxahatchee – Under a Rock [Listen]
  • Martha – Chekhov’s Hangnail [Listen]
  • Shearwater – Quiet Americans [Listen]
  • Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – Plain Old Whiskey [Listen]
  • Trust Fund – Big Asda  [Listen]
  • Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta [Listen]
  • Grimes – REALiTi [Listen]
  • Chvrches – Leave A Trace [Listen]
  • Worriers – Most Space [Listen]
  • Rolo Tomassi – The Embers [Listen]
  • Ghostpoet – X Marks The Spot [Listen]
  • The Wonder Years – I Don’t Like Who I Was Then [Listen]
  • Hop Along – Powerful Man [Listen]
  • Young Guv – Crawling Back To You [Listen]
  • Years & Years – Shine [Listen]
  • Donnie Trumpet/Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy [Listen]


  • The Menzingers – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Craig Finn – Slaughtered Lamb, London
  • Torres – Rough Trade East, London
  • The Hotelier – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Rolo Tomassi – The Waiting Room, London
  • Faith No More – Roundhouse, London
  • La Roux – KOKO, London
  • Alkaline Trio – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • The Sidekicks – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
  • Sweet Baboo – St. Giles’, Wrexham

Labels that have had a good year:

  • Don Giovanni (Worriers, Vacation, Screaming Females, Tenement) [Listen]
  • Dirt Cult (Earth Girls/Iron Chic/Crow Bait) [Listen]
  • Specialist Subject (Martha/Shit Present/Bangers/Twisted/Personal Best) [Listen]
  • Tiny Engines (Adult Mom/Annabel/Runaway Brother) [Listen]
  • Fortuna Pop! (Joanna Gruesome/The Spook School) [Listen]
  • Partisan (Torres/Pure Bathing Culture/Craig Finn) [Listen]


Stuff that I missed the first time around but have worn out this year:

  • This Billy Thermal album [Listen]
  • Kylesa in general [Listen]
  • Pears – ‘Go To Prison’ [Listen]
  • One Reason in general [Listen]
  • Feral Trash – ‘Trashfiction’ [Listen]

Fond farewells:

Distros that I’d be fucking miserable without:

Next year will be tolerable due to:

  • Possible new Dillinger Four
  • A new Falcon record
  • This band (Paint it Black x Bridge and Tunnel)
  • That Barnett Brothers tour
  • New Savages
  • Grimes at Brixton Academy

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