FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (03/06/16)

03 Jun 2016

featuring Beck, Death Grips, Big Deal, Palace and Will Joseph Cook


It's Friday! Rejoice! And what better way to welcome in the weekend than with five tasty morsels of delicious new music? Here are five of this week's best new tracks from five new acts who are delighting us in equal but entirely different ways. Dig in...'


Just when the wait for new material following last year's superlative disco-funk odyssey 'Dreams' was starting to get unbearable, Beck has come back with the goods and then some. 'Wow' takes a trap beat, slathers it with some hippy panpipe wooze and throws in enough curveballs to make it clear that our man has little regard for convention nor standard structure. 10 extra points for rhyming 'shitzsu' with 'jujitsu'. We love you Beck.


Existing somewhere in the middle ground between The Antlers' twilight twinkles and the more intimate side of Bombay Bicycle Club's sensitive epics, London boys Palace have all the ingredients in place to go the distance. 'Break The Silence' - their first new material of the year - is slick and smart, adding a 'Spanish Sahara'-style closing motif to proceedings. Very promising indeed.



Like the skittish, cacophonous soundtrack of being locked in some kind of industrial torture zone, 'More Than The Fairy' takes Death Grips' reign of genre-busting terror and continues the threat in explosive style. It's part metal agression, part Prodigy-esque agro-rave and fully uncompromising. Obviously.



There's a fine line within the sprightly, effervescent pop that Will Joseph Cook creates. Keep on the right side and you're in Two Door Cinema Club territory, rolling in the radio plays while also still earning critical acclaim. Cross it and suddenly you're a one man Bastille, or a kind of high shine Michael Buble for the kids. 'Take Me Dancing' is on the right side - just. It'll be interesting to see where he goes next.



OK, so we're kind of cheating here in that Big Deal haven't actually released this one as a single, but since the whole of forthcoming LP 'Say Yes' is now streaming over with our chums DIY then we say it's fair game. Why do we care so much? Because if you like guitars big, bold and sassy then you really couldn't do much better than this Britpop-tinged gem. It's the opening gambit from possibly the most surprisingly brilliant record of the year so far. Hallelujah.

Stream it HERE.

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