Bit later than we’d usually want to be with our tracks of last month this time around, but it’s here now and it’s full of great tracks!
Arcade Fire – I Give You Power (chosen by Jake Crossland)
Industrial buzzsaw synths and a pulsating bassline leave the voice of Mavis Staples to carry this ace of a track, with Win Butler rightfully relegated to backing vocals. A strong reminder from the soul and blues powerhouse of who really calls the shots, and released just in time to see Trump inaugurated, the song twists politics into something dark, brooding and danceable. Another new direction from Arcade Fire, but, if anything, the standalone track acts as more of an irresistible call to action than any indicator for the new album.
Menace Beach – Suck it Out (chosen by Daisy Summerfield)
Menace Beach storm into 2017 with the release of second album ‘Lemon Memory’, and it’s latest fuzz-drenched, synth-tastic single ‘Suck It Out’. Catch them at The Deaf Institute this Saturday on the 11th Feb.
COTE – Cruel (chosen by James Hughes)
I am a sucker for a great female vocal, as anyone who knows me, will know! I’ve only heard this one track from COTE but it’s enough to tell me that I’m going to like what more comes from her. A mid-tempo track, in a similar vein to the work of Sharon Van Etten, that you kinda can’t help but fall in love with.
Cattle & Cane – Make Your Vision (chosen by Chris Graham)
I’ve been hooked on these guys since the release of their last single ‘7 Hours’. Teeside’s folk tinged pop group finesse a heavily focused catchy 80’s pop songwriting in ‘Make Your Vision’ yet they maintain clear modern folk roots within this, which is tough to pull off. Their summery sound seems to dull the view of the grey skies from my room, so for that they’re definitely an act to watch.
Muna – Crying on the Bathroom Floor (chosen by Elli Brazzil)
This track has been on repeat every day in my household. The mainstream-ready yet totally mysterious pop banger from this LA girl group is groovy, catchy and uplifting as hell. Give these girls a go and don’t regret another second.