FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (07/10/16)

07 Oct 2016

feat. MØ, The Radio Dept, Salen, Blaenavon and The Orwells


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.


Clocking in at a mere 86 seconds, 'Buddy' - the return from Chicago upstarts The Orwells - is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it gem of giddy abandon and relentless pace. Continuing their mission to snatch Black Lips' riotous garage rock crown, 'Buddy' dives in, shakes you up and then leaves without shutting the door behind them. Glad to have you back, boys.


Written alongside current queen of pop Charli XCX, 'Drum' takes the Balearic dance beats that MØ's become synonymous with and charges them with empowering, fists in the air lyrics about dancing to your own rhythm no matter what the naysayers might think. It - like everything the singer touches - is bound to be a huge radio track and the kind of unshakeable earworm that you'll be humming through til spring. 



As longstanding RFB friends and faves we may be a little biased here, but we'd hedge at least a small bet that 'My Bark Is Your Bite' is Blaenavon's finest effort yet. Spiky guitar riffs punctuate singer Ben Gregory's tortured musings, while a slowly building storm whips around them into a mosh-worthy, cathartic pay-off. Catch it live next Friday at the Scala if you don't believe us.



London newcomers Salen deal in a specifically sticky, sensory kind of love song - previous track 'Diseasy' found singer Ellie Kamio singing about the poison touch of her lover, while here she wants to kiss you 'til you bleed. Offset by light, breezy pop sonics, it's a delicious dichotomy that's already proving irrestible. Just keep ten paces away, for your own sake.

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Swedish cult titans The Radio Dept. have been away for a while now, but the shuddering synths of 'We Got Game' are a welcome return to their slick indie pop stylings. Coming ahead of forthcoming LP 'Running Out Of Love' and their first London show in six years, it'll be music to the ears of many.



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