SONGS AND BANDS YOU’LL BE HEARING A LOT FROM THIS YEAR
There are some songs that get in your head and you wish they didn’t. And then there are these January releases that are catchy and brilliant
At Most A Kiss, Blossoms
Catchy 80s disco meets haunting indie, Blossoms’ At Most A Kiss is an arm-swaying, nearly-hometime floor filler we can’t seem to tire of dipping into. The soaring Stockport five-piece have made it available as a free download for anyone who pre-orders their EP, out on 19 February.
You’ll be tempted to belt out a guttural “no baby, no baby, not todaaaay” down the phone to pesky cold callers after a few plays of Sia’s upbeat, slightly folksy new ballad. Co-written with Kanye West, the single from her poppy forthcoming album This Is Acting was originally intended for Rihanna.
Bad Habits, The Last Shadow Puppets
“Deep trouble!/Red lollipop!” Alex Turner and Miles Kane make a welcome return with a pacey and dramatic orchestral rock track that shouts thunderously about holding hands, slow dancing and sexual regret, punctuated with plenty of “Whaaaaaaws!” A proper stormer.
Easier Said, Sunflower Bean
Hypnotic and gently upbeat, Easier Said is a musical antidote to the grim January slog, even if the lyrics aren’t (“You're getting old/So act your age/It isn't fun/To make the same mistakes.”) Lead singer and bassist Julia Cumming’s melancholic vocals are the stuff of dreams.
Move, Rat Boy
With lyrics about Maccy Ds and getting fired from Wetherspoons, we suspect we may not be Rat Boy’s target audience. Nonetheless we’ve made Move our new alarm tone. A relentlessly repetitive yet oddly addictive hybrid of hip-hop, electro and dance, think Beastie Boys mashed up with The Streets.