THURSDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (24/03/16)

24 Mar 2016

featuring Kiran Leonard, Kevin Morby, Hundred Waters, Toothless and Whitney


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...


While the news of Bombay Bicycle Club's current indefinite hiatus might bring on the fear for many of the band's legion of devotees, this week's unveiling of Toothless - bassist Ed Nash's new project - should go a good way to quelling the tears. More cerebral and restrained than his work with BBC, 'Terra' is as lush as they come with a vocal that shouldn't have taken a back seat for all this time to match. Ed plays his first Toothless show at Moth Club on May 17th. You'd be a right wally to miss it.



Tucked away in Oxford, Kiran Leonard is quietly becoming the kind of intricate, impressive songwriter destined for cult adoration. 'Don't Make Friends With Good People' - the latest offering from forthcoming record 'Grapefruit' - is a nearly 10-minute contortion that veers from tricksy, mathy meandering into guitar crashes and back again. It scoffs at easy digestibility much like another little band from Oxford called Radiohead have always done and it's all the better for it: a challenge with an impressive reward.



Hands up who doesn't think Whitney are the best new band of the year? No one? Yep, fair enough. After pulling the music world into a collective swoon over debut single 'No Woman', now the US group have announced a full album - 'Light Upon The Lake' - for June and unveiled new track 'Golden Days'. Like much of Whitney's material, it plays like an old soul track delivered through the eyes of an indie band - all joyous spirit and melodies like a big warm hug. Whitney are very good, did we mention?



Proving that Skrillex can be a subtler musical touch than you might normally expect from a man that literally DJs out of a giant metal spaceship, the follically lopsided super-producer has now turned his hand to Hundred Waters' dreamy track 'Show Me Love'. The band (one of RFB's live stable FYI) are signed to Skrilly's label, hence the connection, and the track is an undisputed, mellow banger. It's already had nearly a million plays in two days, so there we go... the power of The Rex is real.



Kevin Morby's a talented sod. Not content with having two perfectly good careers with Woods and The Babies, in the past few years he's also taken to solo artist-dom like a natural. 'Dorothy' is his latest offering and it combines slacker, Dylan-esque vocals with a rattling melody that'll wedge in your head for days. Some people, eh.




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