FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (17/06/16)

17 Jun 2016

feat. Two Door Cinema Club, Boxed In, Haley Bonar, Boys Forever and Fake Laugh


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...


It's been a long ol' wait for new material since the release of Two Door's second album 'Beacon' in 2012, but as 'Are We Ready? (Wreck)' - the first taste of forthcoming LP 'Gameshow' - attests, the break was a worthwhile one. While admissions of total burn-out following the frenzy of success around their first two records were the cause of their lengthy three-year break, what's come from it is a track that sounds everything but tired. Punctuated by the unexpectedly downbeat motif of a youth vocal group (more street chant than kids choir), 'Are We Ready' still fizzes with earworm catchiness in true Two Door style but there's something darker in the mix now. Out of the wilderness has come their most progressive track yet.



Like an impossibly infectious update of Miami Sound Machine's club classic 'Dr. Beat', 'Jist' is as smooth a summer jam as they come. Like its spiritual sonic predecessor, its a track made for balmy nights in hot climates, sashaying across the floor with a cocktail in hand. New album 'Melt' is out on September 23 and we, for one, cannot wait.



Like the video narrative that accompanies it - a sad tale of a prom queen forever suspended in the empty peak of her high school triumph - the latest from Canada's Haley Bonar is a bittersweet affair. There's rumbles of 90s pop in there a la The Cardigans, while incessant guitars push 'Kismet Kill' into sumptuous shoegazey folk territory. Catch her at Moth Club in October to get the full spectrum of Bonar's clearly well-rounded repertoire.



Veronica Falls may have fallen somewhat by the wayside, but 'Voice In My Head' - the latest track from former VF drummer Patrick Doyle's new project Boys Forever - is proof that the band's component parts are still more than worth a punt. Sitting somewhere between the American slackerisms garnering Car Seat Headrest attention and some pure, shoulder-shimmying girl group purity, Doyle concocts something that's kinda cool, kinda kitsch but totally addictive.



Fake Laugh's Kamran Khan is surely one of the city's most underratedly brilliant pop gems. While the relentless beat and sparkling, almost manically positive synths of 'Ice' are rooted in the indie world, you get the feeling that Khan could easily 'do a Dev Hynes' and crossover into writing secret Number Ones for pop stars across the land. We wouldn't begrudge him a penny.



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