Are you tired of trying to keep up with the latest music trends? Feel like you’re being left in the dust by those who trawl through endless music blogs and Soundcloud pages to find the hottest new artists and tracks? Yeah, me too. That’s why I’ve decided to start The NEWISH Playlist. Instead of trying to be at the forefront of hipness, I want to create a Playlist that reflects what I’m actually listening to; a mixture of new tracks, and older gems that have featured regularly in my week of commuting to and from work. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you don’t like it, tough. You’re wrong.
I’ve been wanting to kick this blog off for a little while, but never got round to it, due to severe bouts of procrastination and sittingonmyarsestisis. However, I recently felt that it was time too change that, so I give you the first NEWISH Playlist. Enjoy.
- ‘THE ANSWER‘ – Savages
Starting us off is the opening track from Savages’ latest album Adore Life. This has been my favourite album in recent memory, and ‘The Answer’ kicks off the entire LP in a riotous fashion, with blistering pace and a faux ending that gave me chills when I first heard it.
2. ‘MARTHA’S VIEW‘ – Baby in Vain
Released last week, Danish outfit Baby in Vain’s newest track opens with 60 seconds of beautiful grungy noise. Only letting up a little for the verses, ‘Martha’s View’ really makes you want to let loose; not great when you’re being forced to sniff somebody’s armpit on the tube.
3. ‘MAKE IT RIGHT‘ – The Coathangers
Clearly drawing on classic punk influences, ‘Make it Right’ doesn’t give you a chance to breathe as it races from start to finish. Hailing from Atlanta, The Coathangers have been releasing music for nearly a decade. Having only just discovered them, I’m excited about exploring their entire back-catalogue.
4. ‘EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT‘ – The Last Shadow Puppets
Slowing things down slightly now with The Last Shadow Puppets’ newest release, ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect.’ Dream-like, swelling with strings and ethereal vocals, the title track from TLSP’s soon-to-be released album suggests good things to come.
5. ‘VITAMIN C‘ – Clean Cut Kid
This track was released last June, and I first came across it just before Christmas, instantly falling in love. Last week, it came up on shuffle, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. I don’t whether it’s the simple riff, or the greatly harmonised vocals, but there’s something about ‘Vitamin C’ that makes it stick firmly in your psyche.
6. ‘MIND’S EYE‘ – Diamond Thug
Based in Cape Town, Diamond Thug combine classic indie-rock sensibilities and electronic flashes, bringing forth an immersive sound. Although their EP Monday Will Have to Wait is not necessarily ground-breaking, ‘Mind’s Eye’ is a brilliant track, with singer Chantel Van T’s voice being the perfect relaxation tool after a long day.
7. ‘BROWN PAPER BAG‘ – Roni Size/Reprazent
Released back in 1997, ‘Brown Paper Bag’ was part of the Mercury-winning album New Forms. Not being a massive fan of drum ‘n’ bass, I only came across this track after hearing it on the radio last week; Shazam is a wonderful thing. DnB is arguably bigger than it ever was in the UK, so it’s great to hear some of the earlier tracks from when the genre was still somewhat underground.
8. ‘TANGIBLE DREAM‘ – Oddisee
A militant opening to an album of the same name, Oddisee’s ‘Tangible Dream’ has been a favourite of mine for a while now. Oddisee has got an amazing flow and is an incredible producer, allowing him to express his opinions in a quality form. Frustrated at false messaging and others not respecting hip-hop as an art form are Oddisee’s main gripes in the entire album, and this song sets the ball rolling brilliantly.
9. ‘ELEVATOR OPERATOR‘ – Courtney Barnett
We usually have BBC Radio 6 on at work, and this song has been a regular on the playlist over the last few weeks. I don’t know if it’s Barnett’s relaxed delivery over the upbeat backing instrumentation, or the intricate story she creates with her lyrics, but I always enjoy hearing this track whenever it comes on.
10. ‘FLOWERS ON THE WALL‘ – The Statler Brothers
My favourite component of this track is the fact that it juxtaposes jovial music with somewhat depressing lyrics, a method often employed by The Smiths.
Released in 1966, the country song describes the mundane activities carried out by a man who has lost his way in life, trying to reassure others that he is definitely okay. The message only dawned on me after I was listening to it for the hundredth time, mainly due to its beautiful harmonies. Oh, and also that I heard it used in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ (Note: this version is the 1975 re-record, chosen as it has higher quality production).