Just enough time to squeeze one last May recommendation in here before everyone starts dreaming of holidays and getting sand in their cracks. Top tunes coming your way.
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Grant – Tschick
While I’m not a fan of advocating smoking, this is a bit of tune right here. Grant have produced a track about the dirty little cancer sticks, about trying to give up smoking and the discussions people have and justifications they use when trying (or not) to quit. Anyway, this is guaranteed to give you a buzz, even without the nicotine.
88 Palms – Hollywood Son
Silky sounds? Yes please! 88 Palms is NYC synth-pop duo Morgan Wiley (Midnight Magic, ex Hercules & Love Affair) on keyboards and production, with vocalist/songwriter Ria Bouttier. This track is taken off their new Love Safari EP, which came out on 25th of May.
Ella Grace – Run
We head in a different direction with the extremely chilled out and heart-warming Run, by Ella Grace. The young female activist touches on aspects of sustainable living, mental wellbeing and feminism whilst sharing a very raw personal journey through her teenage years, aspects of which are firmly rooted in her music.
Another powerful but relaxed tune from another talented female artist with piece of shoegaze rock Americana from Sam Valdez. Her latest single Farther Away was released via NPR’s KCRW and features ethereal vocals, western soundscapes, and shimmering shoegaze melodies.
Gurr – Hot Summer
‘Hot Summer’ was conceived on a very grey day in London. The pair tried to capture “that feeling of despair when everyone around you is happy, but somehow you just don’t feel it,” The result is a no-nonsense anti-summer anthem. The perfect antidote to those generic auto-tuned pop songs about dancing and drinking in the sun.
As well as returning with new material, Gurr will also be playing a bumper section of over 20 European festivals this year. The ‘Hot Summer Festival Tour’ will include performances at Rock Am Ring, Melt and Lollapalooza Berlin. They can also exclusively announce a headline show at The Garage on November 29th, their biggest show in the UK capital to date. More details of their second album to come.
Listen to the complete May playlist in full here