THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
YEARS & YEARS SANCTIFY
The electro trio’s comeback single suggests Years & Years’ second album will be a darker affair than their summery debut. They can still hold an indelible tune, Olly Alexander belting out a melody worthy of Justified-era Justin Timberlake. Out: now, on Polydor.
Q-TIP DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART (FEAT. DEMI LOVATO)
A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip sets a high bar for Revamp, a record of reworked versions of Elton John songs by various artists. He injects the Kiki Deefeaturing classic with a funk-soul swagger. Out: now, on Virgin EMI.
THE FERNWEH IS THIS MAN BOTHERING YOU? Signed to James Skelly’s Skeleton Key label, Liverpool’s The Fernweh share The Coral’s fondness for the past. Second single Is This Man Bothering You?
is fantastic – all 12- string guitars and Hammond organ rave-ups. Out: now, on Skeleton Key.
LUMP LATE TO THE FLIGHT
The soporific opener from the mini-album by LUMP, the new project from Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, sums up the duo’s airy atmospherics, a mix of dusty guitars and dreamy melodies. Out: 1 June, on Dead Oceans.
BEACH HOUSE DIVE
Beach House’s seventh album doesn’t stray far from the Baltimore duo’s trusted formula – mournful vocals laid over shimmering organs. Dive does display a slight retooling, its glacial start giving way to New Order-like propulsion. Out: 11 May, on Bella Union.
GOAT GIRL THROW ME A BONE
South Londoners Goat Girl’s recent LP struck a balance between abrasive surliness and nagging earworms. New single Throw Me A Bone radiates misanthropy but pulls you in, thanks to singer Lottie “Clottie Cream” Pendlebury’s spell-like melodies. Out: now, on Rough Trade.
DUNGEN & WOODS TURN AROUND
Proggy psych-folk types Stockholm’s Dungen and Brooklyn’s Woods have teamed up for Turn Around, which boasts a lovely, head-in-the-clouds melody bobbing along on a neat, ’60s- inspired groove. Out: now, on Mexican Summer.
GRUFF RHYS FRONTIER MAN
The Super Furry Animals frontman channels Glen Campbell on this opener from his excellent new solo album, a hop-stepping country singalong with flourishes of strings. Out: 8 June, on Rough Trade.
SAMBA TOURÉ YERFARA
This infectious desert blues from the Malian guitarist/singer’s new album effortlessly combines the rootsiness of fellow countryman Ali Farka Touré and the Stones’ loose groove. Out: 25 May, on Glitterbeat.
JONNY GREENWOOD NAUSEA
The highlight of the Radiohead guitarist’s soundtrack for You Were Never Really Here – two minutes of out-of-time synths that align and fall apart again over headspinning electronica. Out: now, on Invada.
New kids on the block: South London’s Goat Girl.