“‘Lonely Night’ is a sad party song!” Alma says of her latest release. The neon-haired Finnish powerhouse has been wowing us with her infectious pop bops for some time now and her newest is no exception. “Lonely Night” is an honest melodic sizzler about when fancying someone doesn’t quite go your way and you can be taken advantage of. “Girls kissing girls for fun is such a normal thing we see that in clubs and in movies it’s sexy and we like to watch it. But I personally never want to be just someone’s experience or fun thing to try out!” She says of the track, which will be on her upcoming debut album Have You Seen Her? “Experimenting with your sexuality is all well and good but for those of us who know what we are and what we want, it can cause hurt and upset. If you want to kiss me you should be able also date me someday!”
ALMA – “Lonely Night”
Hobo Johnson – “Typical Story”
Insert fire emoji here. Hobo Johnson has just dropped “Typical Story” and it’s a weird and wonderful melting pot of hip-hop, punk and poetry, played out over off kilter beats that’ll make you want to mosh instantly. Or, as Hobo Johnson describes it: “it’s like if you took the cream that rises to the top and then let that cream sit and rise to the top and separated it again and then let that cream rise to the top and you scooped up that goodness…it sounds a bit like that final layer of cream once you turn it all the way up.”
The Regrettes – “I Dare You”
After Lydia Night – the front woman of power-pop quartet The Regrettes – started writing about her various experiences of being in love, the core of their upcoming sophomore album How Do You Love? was formed. “I realised that they all fit together and tell a story,” she explains. “It’s about finding bravery through love. Learning and accepting that, yes, you went through a shitty breakup but that’s amazing, because all that means is next time you’re in a relationship, you know so much more about yourself and about what you want.” Now dropping the guitar-driven bop “I Dare You”, it’s an instantly infectious number about falling head-over-heels for someone and an exciting glimpse at what the upcoming album will hold (spoiler: bangers galore).
Blossoms – “Your Girlfriend”
Going against bro code, Blossoms latest track is all about fancying your mate’s girlfriend. Titled “Your Girlfriend”, the track is their second release of 2019 following Record Store Day’s “I’ve Seen The Future” and it’s gonna be playing in your head all day. “I think I saw it on the telly or maybe heard it on another song,” Tom Ogden says of the track. “Someone was saying they’re in love with their friend’s girlfriend and I thought ‘ooh that’s a good, strange take on a love song.’ A different angle to go at and it’s obviously not about me, just to be clear! I was listening to a lot of Talking Heads at the time, and I think that shines through in the way the song grooves. These are some of my favourite lyrics I’ve ever written, there’s a lot of humour in there.”
Gabriel Black – “Dead Yet”
“Sad boy” Gabriel Black is back with his latest melancholic bop “Dead Yet”. Blending hip-hop, rock and emo, the track details feeling stuck in life, and features beaut vocals from Phem. If that’s not enough to get you hyped, the song has also been picked to soundtrack HBO’s new show Euphoria, so you know it’s great.
Stormzy – “Crown”
Stormzy dropped his new track, “Crown”, on Thursday night ahead of his headline appearance at Glastonbury, and we are totally here for it. Made in collaboration with MJ Cole, whom Stormzy has admitted he used to follow and unfollow on Instagram in the hope that he would be noticed, the song sees the rapper spitting over an unusually lounge instrumental, though his bars are – as ever – packed with ferocity.