Jonathan Hatchman (@JonHatchman) picks out the sounds and stories that have been making headlines over the last seven days... and presents them all as a handy playlist
Muse have announced that they’ll release their seventh studio album Drones on 8 June, and although the first official single – Dead Inside – isn’t set for release until the week after next, the band have unveiled a brand new song Psycho which is set to appear upon the Summer’s twelve-track release.
Alongside strictly limited edition releases from the likes of Noel Gallagher, Florence + The Machine and a White Stripes reissue for this year’s Record Store Day (set to take place on 18 April), RSD ambassador Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters will also be releasing something special. Songs From The Laundry Room will be a four-track ten inch release that features early versions of Alone + Easy Target, and Big Me, as well as unreleased track Empty Handed and a cover of Kim Wilde’s 1981 pop classic Kids In America.
Also set to release an exclusive single on RSD are Mumford & Sons, with two unreleased songs – Believe and The Wolf – from their forthcoming album that sees the band drop the banjos. To warm up the band played two intimate shows at London’s Oslo venue (10 March), earlier this week, using the opportunity to premiere some brand new material.
Also set to play a low-key London date, set to take place next Friday (20 March) are Blur. Damon Albarn and co will play their new album The Magic Whip in full at an as-of-yet unannounced West London club. Here’s a reminder of the band’s new single Go Out.
Of course, there was the not insignificant matter of Marvin Gaye's estate legal victory over Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell Williams for Blurred Lines. Read Q's Dorian Lynskey on the issue and listen to the tracks in question.
Jonathan’s Pick Of The Week Following on from last year’s 1992 EP, Ben Khan has returned with the brand new title track of his new EP – 1000. Beginning with a skittering drum beat before becoming filled with playful synths and the trademark guitar licks that were displayed upon Khan’s debut release, providing a soundscape that’s falls somewhere between Controversy era Prince and a more uplifting Jack Garratt.