THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
ROBYN MISSING U
It’s been eight years since Robyn’s last record but this comeback single shows she’s still a master at squeezing euphoria out of uneasiness. Missing U is an electro-pop anthem that sounds like it’s moving in elegant slo-mo. Out: now, on Konichiwa.
MAGGIE ROGERS GIVE A LITTLE
Maryland’s Maggie Rogers got her big break when Pharrell Williams’s fandom of her 2016 track Alaska sent it viral. This cut from her second album hones her modern take on folk-pop, with wistful melodies, Timbalandstyle beats and warm, soothing synths. Out: now, on Polydor.
WAXAHATCHEE CHAPEL OF PINES
Over four albums, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield has quietly perfected a delicately bruised strain of indie rock. Latest EP Great Thunder is up with her best work, with this highlight featuring little more than her sadly affecting vocals. Out: now, on Merge.
MAC MILLER HURT FEELINGS
J. Cole’s claustrophobic beats and Dev Hynes’s trippy, soulful production provide a dreamy backdrop to the Pittsburgh rapper’s stark assessment of his mental health on this gem from his fifth LP. Out: now, on Warners.
MATTHEW DEAR BUNNY’S DREAM
Texan Matthew Dear has made a career out of sedative techno infused with arresting hooks. This opener from his new LP is seven minutes of hypnotic, psychedelic beats that leave you pining for seven minutes more as soon as it ends. Out: now, on Ghostly International.
THE VIAGRA BOYS SPORTS
If Swedish punks The Viagra Boys’ music is reminiscent of The Stooges, then singer Sebastian Murphy makes for a very passable Iggy. Sports has him drawling through a list of macho activities, as he works himself up into a frenzy of deranged howling. Out: 28 September, on Kobalt.
PAUL McCARTNEY COME ON TO ME
Macca’s 25th postBeatles album is full of the sort of melodies and bass runs that have defined his career. The amiable chug of Come On To Me shows that even in his mid- 70s, no one does it better. Two thumbs aloft! Out: now, on Capitol.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN THE KILLING MOON
The Bunnymen rework tracks from their back catalogue on their new album. This reboot of their 1984 hit pitches it as a piano-led, stringladen ballad, letting Ian McCulloch’s stirring vocal take centre-stage. Out: 5 October, on BMG.
THE BETA BAND INNER MEET ME
Taken from the quartet’s The Three EPs, reissued next month, Inner Meet Me sums up their odd brilliance. What sounds like a routine acoustic ditty on one hand is a mind-melting tangle of samples on the other. Out: 14 September, on Because.
PHOSPHORESCENT NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND
Georgia’s Matthew Houck makes expansive indie-rock in no rush to get to its destination. The summery swagger of this new single suggests that, seven LPs in, Houck may have finally reached his. Out: now, on Dead Oceans.
Robyn: a “master of squeezing euphoria out of uneasiness.”