FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (18/11/16)

18 Nov 2016

feat. Yassassin, Drones Club, Caro, Willie J Healey and The Big Moon


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.


Ever since London quintet Yassassin opened up for Oscar earlier this Autumn, we've been fully obsessed with their Elastica-channeling hooks and no bullshit, girl gang vibe. 'Pretty Face' sums up both qualities perfectly. "If you like my pretty face, I'll wash it off" they sneer to any potential condescending suitors, while simultaneously recalling the free spirited sass of Kenickie at their finest.


Not only has Oxford's premier self-described "rock'n'stroller" released one of the funniest music video mockumentaries (yeah, that's a genre) of recent years with 'Would You Be', but he'll also be joining Trudy and the Romance at The Finsbury for RFB's club night next week! Why should you be excited? Because Healey's blend of winsome, doe eyed lilts and big ol' soaring chords are exactly what your heart needs in these dark winter nights.


Like the less bookish younger brothers to Alt-J's randy intellectualism, new Leeds outfit Caro are already proving themselves to be masters of the twinkling guitar line and delicately devastating pay off. 'Smorgasbord' punches you in the gut in the most unassuming way, slowly enveloping before leaving you utterly winded. The band are currently on tour with Gengahr - another group adept in the ways of the subtle suckerpunch - and you'd be advised to get on this one as fast as possible.


Enlisting the help of London's MIA-channelling favourite Georgia, Drones Club have unleashed what could be the most dancefloor friendly political protest in a long time. 'Chelsea Girl' concerns former US army soldier Chelsea Manning, a noted whistleblower currently serving a 35 year prison sentence for revealing information concerning the Iraq war. Not the most hedonistic of topics, but Drones Club make it accesssible in their own ravey way.


Good news! After nearly two years of releasing essentially flawless indie anthems, The Big Moon have finally announced details of their forthcoming debut LP 'Love In The 4th Dimension' (due April 7th). Along with the announcement, they've unveiled longstanding live favourite 'Formidable' - a huge anthem to friendship and devotion with the kind of chorus that does exactly what the title says on the tin. Hello 2017, you're already looking lovely.


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