Sorting through the week's new singles and songs that have surfaced online over the last seven days, Jamie Skey (@jamie_skey) presents five songs you need to hear this week...
Arch-eyebrowed, flower-festooned psych-pop was once the preserve of the likes of Portland hipsters the Dandy Warhols, but now brattish, British freakbeat duo Bosco Rogers are getting in on the lip-curlingly cool act with forthcoming single Googoo. With the Dandys no longer posing a threat to the mainstream, there’s space for this duo’s stomping brand of wit-laden drone pop to lead from the front.
Ireland’s got a stunning track record for producing scintillating rock music, see And So I Watch You From Afar, God Is An Astronaut, Therapy?, Kerbdog, and now another punctuation-procuring rock outfit Meltybrains? This Dublin-based quartet’s latest single, IV, merges Mogwai’s downcast introspection with IDM minimalism to create a chillingly visionary palette.
Being the child of a rock legend brings instant kudos, but guitarist of Mancunian indie-rock trio Man Made Nile Marr, son of Johnny, doesn’t just ride on the coattails of his father’s fame. His band’s latest single All Mine is a ripper in its own right, thanks to its narcotised haze of slurred guitar lines, caveman-thump drums and mantra-like melodies.
Brightonian by way of Kenya, R'n'B songstress Carmine Rose draws on the rich heritage of soulful pop a la Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo while suffusing her grooves with the kind of minimalism smarts that made a name for FKA Twigs. Occupy Your Mind will do exactly what it says on the tin with its sultry sway and luscious harmonies.
Though they make their tunes in squats, there aren’t any traces of crustiness or punk in art collective Breton’s music. Instead, as on their latest cut Parthian Shot, they deal in cut-and-paste rhythms, Alt-J like chorales and churning bass.