ON THE STEREO
THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
I ONLY LIE WHEN I LOVE YOU
The Brighton duo’s new album twists the hard rock judder of their debut into new shapes. This bluesy dirge is a high-point, and only partly because of some excellent use of a cowbell in the chorus. Out: 16 June, on Imperial Galactic.
The London four-piece’s debut album is an excellent mix of airy artrock and spacey grooves, and this swaggering closer resembles a psych reworking of the Knight Rider theme tune. Out: 19 May, on Fiction.
THE DARKER THE SHADOW THE BRIGHTER THE LIGHT
BAD DECISIONS IN THE NIGHT
Mike Skinner’s first solo release since he retired The Streets is captivating. A slow groove carries Skinner’s unsettled rap and dreamy lyrics. Pirate material up there with his best. Out: now, on Mike Skinner Ltd.
Singer-songwriter ups the decibels on this giddy Ramones salute, which also nods to NY punk-poet Jim Carroll, taken from his new metropolis-themed LP. Out: 16 June, on Dead Oceans.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Given Perrett’s welldocumented battle with drug addiction, the fact that The Only Ones frontman is releasing his solo debut in 2017 is, in itself, remarkable. That songs such as the witty country twang of the album’s title track stand up with the best of his old band’s output even more so. Out: now, on Domino.
The closing track on DAMN. details a chance encounter between the rapper’s father and future mentor Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. The sort of masterful storytelling that confirms Lamar as the best rapper of our times. Out: now, on Top Dawg/ Aftermath/Interscope.
While the South Londoners’ first album was all shoegazing indie rock, their new single sees them completely reinvent themselves
with a glistening mix of Curtis Mayfield and The Isley Brothers. Out: now, on Marathon.
The third offering from Wirral sound-scaper Matthew Barnes’s top-notch new album, Compassion, blends dislocated R&B and ragged hip-hop to conjure an atmosphere of deep, dark dread. Out: now, on Ninja Tune.
EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG
If you found recent events in America bamboozling, try viewing them through the eyes of Shaun Ryder. Taken from the first Black Grape album in 20 years, Everything You Know Is Wrong declares Hillary Clinton “an old bird who fuckedup on a computer” while bandmate Kermit labels Trump “a knobhead”. Out: 7 July, on UMC.
The MOR grooves and soft-focus choruses on Haim’s debut earned them comparisons with Fleetwood Mac. The unusual structure, sparse arrangements and tribal drumming crescendo on the first taste from their followup LP suggest the LA sisters might have gone “full Tusk” on this one. Out: now, on Polydor.
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