1 The Specials Vote For Me
The first new original music from the ska band in 37 years, this is classy skanking complete with pianos and strings – but there’s bite to the lyrics aimed at a prospective political candidate.
2 Little Simz 101FM
There’s a lovely, almost drunk reverie to the undulating psychedelic piano, providing a wavy contrast to the rapper’s gruff recollections of childhood.
3 Health Slaves of Fear
After well over a decade in the game, the hipster-industrial veterans are now more HD than ever: percussive bass and martial drums feed goth-rock of concrete-splintering power.
4 Toro Y Moi Ordinary Pleasure
Chaz Bundick sounds jaded: “Does sex even sell any more?” he asks. “I feel like I’ve seen it all.” Yet his saucy, helterskelter funk feels very open to sensation.
5 Laurel Halo & Hodge Tru
A dream collaboration between the American and Bristolian results in brisk and good-natured techno, with quicksilver melodies and headrushing washes of synth.
6 Sônge Magic Hairdo
From the Cameroonian-French artist’s forthcoming debut comes this spiritual about the “the mysteries of the universe” and “beauty tricks of African women”.
7 Gaelic Psalm Singers led by DR MacDonald Free Church Psalm 43:3-4
One of the staggeringly beautiful Gaelic psalms reissued as vinyl compilation Salm, recorded on the Isle of Lewis: choral works that sound swept by salty wind.