Avec Sans – Heartbreak Hi
Avec Sans, comprised of Londoners Jack and Alice, make shimmering electro-pop with lyrics that will tug at the heart. New track “Heartbreak Hi” is perfection, it’s dreamy and wistful – everything great pop music should be. The duo will be heading out to SxSW and will be headlining a show at Old Blue Last on 9 March.
Night Moves – Carl Sagan
Minneapolis’ Night Moves have given us another taste of forthcoming album Pennied Days and shared new single Carl Sagan. Boasting lush, Steely Dan-esque production and vocals, “Carl Sagan” is a glorious blend of genres. Pennied Days is out 8 April via Domino.
Chase & Status – Control feat. Slaves
Chase & Status has unleased their latest monster of single. Titled “Control”, this riotous track features punk-rock duo Slaves on vocals. “Control” is the first single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming fourth studio album and if this is anything to go by, it’ll be loud and brilliant. Ahead of the album’s release Chase & Status will be bringing their appropriately hyped live show to Radio 1’s Big Weekend on 27 May.
Saturday, Monday – Baby Fox (feat. Hayley Kiyoko)
Swedish producer Saturday, Monday has dropped new single “Baby Fox” which is taken from his new ep SUPERSET, due to be released on 4 March. Saturday, Monday’s sideways take on pop music has seen him receiving plaudits far and wide – his songs are arch and bombastic. Guest vocals on the track come from the always brilliant Hayley Kiyoko. SUPERSET will be released by Playground Music.
Midnight To Monaco – One In A Million
Future Classic, arguably Australia’s finest record label, has announced One In A Million: A Future Classic Compilation and shared the title track which comes courtesy of Midnight To Monaco. Comprised of LA-based producer Donnie Sloan and Canadian vocalist Ricky Ducati, the duo is responsible for some of the slickest harmonies in the game. The compilation will be released on 25 March and boasts a tracklist that’ll make any self-respecting pop fan weep tears of joy.
S Olbricht – Blambestrid
“Blambestrid” is the huge new cut from S Olbricht. Taken from his full length LP For Perfect Beings, released via Lobster Theremin, “Blambestrid” is a blast of the Hungarian’s signature murky house music. For Perfect Beings drops on 8 April.
Pinemen – Predictions
Punk Slime Recordings have added garage rock group Pinemen to their enviable roster of talent. The group make lo-fi, guttural (in the greatest possible way) music that hits you from the first chord. At 2 minutes 36 seconds, “Predictions” is a hit-and-run, never outstaying its welcome. Pinemen know how to make a quick and lasting impression.
Max Gardener – Home Alone
“Home Alone”, the new track from the prodigious Max Gardener is a beautiful articulation of unease and anxiety. Inspired by his journey from Long Beach, CA to San Francisco, “Home Alone” is drenched in sunshine – a fitting contradiction to its lyrical themes. The track is taken from Gardener’s latest LP Memory Lounge which is released via Sports Day Records and Citrus Records.
KEAH – If I Were
KEAH, a collaboration between Jonas Holle and Marc Rauscher, first caught our attention with their track “Default” and have now followed it up with the equally excellent and ambient “If I Were”. It’s dense exploration of sound with luscious beats and soft vocals – a spellbinding listen. “If I Were” will feature on KEAH’s debut EP Catch Breath Good Bye.
All Saints – One Touch
Dig out your combat trousers, All Saints are back. A comeback done right is a beautiful thing and All Saints have nailed it. New track “One Touch” tips a hat to their back catalogue but doesn’t sound like they’re clinging to past glories. “One Touch” is the first song to be released from the band’s forthcoming album Red Flag, their first album since 2006’s Studio 1.