Since finishing my music book I’ve been listening to a lot more new music, mainly via BBC 6 Music, a brilliant music station. Not only do all the DJs play great music, but they put most of it on what they call the Playlister. To listen to this you have to access Spotify; if you have it I would really recommend the BBC 6 Music Recommends playlist, an amalgam of the DJs’ favourites.
From this list and a few others I’ve heard on the station, here are ten tracks well worth listening to right now. Three videos to help you along.
Hotfoot by Doldrums. Punching electro.
Prison Blues by Romare. A jazzy, soul electro thing.
Not Real by Stealing Sheep. A sparky pop confection.
Flutter by The Unthanks. A really beautiful, atmospheric piece by a band that are folkies at heart, but are embracing new sounds. At the same time this has a sixties, almost James Bond-like feel.
Don’t Take My Soul by Jane Weaver. A quirky pop beat and a lovely voice over it that quivers and shakes.
Back To You by Twerps. Not a great name for a band, but this is a good indie, lo-fi rock’n’roll song.
Better Man by Spring King. A great shouty rush of Strokes-like rock and punk.
Animal by Moon Duo. This is 70s psychedelic rock speeded up. Hawkwind looms large; Hookworms from recent times too.
New York, New Dorp by SBTRKT featuring Ezra Koenig. Jazz rap that has a strong feel of Prince. All good!
Feverhead by Barringtone. A really catchy pop-punk thing.
There are loads more. But all these tracks are worth trying in whatever way you access music. I’ll come back with more in the future.