No write up this time I’m afraid; last week was really busy, and the weekend was even busier. However, there are once again 10 brilliant songs on the list for you all. There are some pretty old tracks in there, mixed with some amazing newer ones. That’s what everyone likes, right? Enjoy.


Ryan Ottley-Booth




Another week, another wonderful playlist. They’re always wonderful to me, so if you disagree you can see yourself out. I’ve not come across most of the artists on the list this week, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in terms of listening, but I’m always excited to do so. Enjoy.




I’m not sure if I believe in the concept of a soul per se, but I believe people can have soul, and by God does JONES have a lot of it. Bringing an elegant voice to a combination of a soulful, R&B backing, JONES has created something remarkable in this track that comes from her latest album of the same name, released last Friday. Great stuff.



‘Hallucinating’ was released last month and received widespread attention, due to its mashing together of genres and catchy nature. Last week, Elohim released a Mariachi version of the track, which sees the electronic elements of the original song stripped away and replaced with more South American rhythms and sounds. It’s great fun to listen to, and is likely to make you smile.

3. ‘LONELY WORLD’ Moses Sumney


What an absolutely incredible voice Mr Sumney has; his range is astounding, and his falsetto seems effortless. Taken from his latest EP Lamentations, ‘Lonely World’ shows off Sumney’s voice to its extremes and will ensnare you immediately with its broodiness, before building up slowly to a more up-tempo ending. Not only does this track show how good Moses Sumney’s voice is, but also his knowledge of soul, electro and folk music, and how great he is at combining all of those elements near-perfectly.

4. ‘EUROPE IS LOST’ – Kate Tempest


Kate Tempest’s ‘Picture a Vacuum’ was featured on the list a couple of weeks ago, and it was in anticipation of the latest release from this incredibly talented musician. Let Them Eat Chaos was released last Friday, and it’s one of those rare second albums from an artist, in that it’s bloody excellent. Tempest uses the world we live in as a bleak backdrop for individual narratives that highlight different members within our society, and how they interact with and are affected by that bleak backdrop. ‘Europe is Lost’ is a biting indictment of current society and our disregard for others, and for planet earth.

5. ‘I DON’T KNOW’ – Ulrika Spacek


Ulrika Spacek’s debut album The Album Paranoia was the product of two school friends, Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams, experiencing a few late nights in Berlin, and only three weeks of writing together. That product though, is undeniably brilliant. Released back in February, the LP sways with beautiful psychedelia, punching riffs and a shoe-gaze element that’s hypnotic. ‘I Don’t Know’ is one of many amazing tracks from The Album Paranoia, so I suggest checking it out.

6. ‘THIS IS IT’ – The Bulletproof Bomb


I’ve known about The Bulletproof Bomb for a few years now, but only saw them live for the first time last week. I’m annoyed in myself that it’s taken so long. The group have the ability to call upon a plethora of inspirations and combine them to make their own sound which is exciting and unpredictable; at times, this unpredictability can be frustrating, as it can feel like there is no consistency, but that’s not the overarching feeling I had. The Bulletproof Bomb also have a great energy on stage, which was unfortunately hindered slightly last week by the small stage size. I’m looking forward to seeing how the group progress.



Yes, it’s ANOTHER Julia Jacklin song, and yes, I am obsessed. But her debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win was released last Friday, and it’s amazing. So I’m a little bit excited.

8. ‘DAMAGED GOODS’ – Gang of Four


Classic post-punk from Leeds group Gang of Four, and their debut single ‘Damaged Goods’ which encapsulates all that was great about the post-punk movement, and indeed Gang of Four themselves. Infused with funk and a load of angst, ‘Damaged Goods’ is a classic that will live on much longer than I will.

9. ‘KEY TO LIFE’ – Kauf


Kauf, known to his parents as Ronald Kaufman, is a producer based in LA whose music will wash over you and send you to another realm. Gorgeous production and sounds emanate from Kauf, who’s latest track ‘Key to Life’ has been gaining a large amount of attention on blogs and music sites. Rightly so; it’s beautiful.

10. ‘SWIMMING’ – Marsicans


Leeds-based outfit Marsicans have had an exciting year, and after the release of their second EP last month, it looks like things are only going to improve. Their harmonies are incredible, and their melodies are infectious. The only thing I worry about is the fact that they sound like a lot of indie-pop bands around at the moment, so it’s going to take a little something extra to make them stand out. Apparently their live shows are amazing, so I’ll have to go and see for myself, I guess. ‘Swimming’ is a gorgeous track, though, and it’s been stuck in my head all week.

Ryan Ottley-Booth




I didn’t publish a playlist last week due to an unfortunate glitch on my mobile app, and the week before my laptop was having a funny five minutes, so I didn’t do a write up then. Regardless, I’m back this week, and it’s crazy to think it’s been over half a year since I began this. Enjoy.


1. ‘FLOWER’ – Soundgarden


A great bit of old-school grunge from one of the founding groups of the genre. Soundgarden were instrumental in the creation of the alternative-rock and grunge scene in their hometown of Seattle, along with other Seattle bands who were also signed to the Sub-Pop label. You might have heard of a couple of them. There’s um, Nirvana? Alice in Chains? Maybe, maybe not. ‘Flower’ is the opening track from Soundgarden’s debut album, Ultramega OK, and still as energising today as I’m sure it was back when it was first released.

2. ‘SHUT UP AND KISS ME’ – Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen photographed in London this month.

‘Shut Up And Kiss Me’ comes from American folk-rocker Angel Olsen’s most recent album, My Woman. Released as a single back in June, the track has been on the radio at work a lot recently, which I suppose is due, in part, to how infectious and how brilliant it is. The majority of My Woman is more laid back and at times emotionally crippling. ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’ comes across as a more jaunty expression of frustration, and is a good lead into the rest of the album, which I highly recommend.

3. ‘DON’T BREATHE OUT’ – Roots Manuva


After getting all excited over featuring Roots Manuva’s ‘On A High’ quite a while ago, I managed to completely miss the release of the deluxe version of his 2015 album Bleeds. How that happened I don’t know, but I’m gutted that it’s taken me so long to give it a listen. Roots Manuva is one of the best British hip-hop artists because he brings together sounds from various cultures and backgrounds that have made the UK their home, and mashes them into a beautiful mixture, his voice adding to that mix wonderfully. ‘Don’t Breathe Out’ holds elements of dub, soul and hip-hop, and says a lot about Manuva’s musical upbringing.

4. ‘LOOKS IS DECEIVING’ – The Gladiators


The Gladiators gained most of their popularity during the 1970s, with possibly their most famous album, Trenchtown Mix Up, being released in 1976. From that album, ‘Looks is Deceiving’ is a gorgeous reggae track, containing simple, steady instrumentation, with beautiful harmonies soaring over the top. I’ve had this song on near-constant repeat all week, and had my first ever listen to Trenchtown Mix Up. It’s amazing stuff.

5. ‘LIKE EYE DID’ – Fil Bo Riva


I don’t think I’ve featured an Italian musician on the playlist before, so it’s great to see the kind of music coming out of the indie sector over there. Riva’s soulful voice in entrancing, and it haunts the five tracks on his EP, If You’re Right, It’s Alright. Mixing soul and folk, the singer-songwriter adds solid beats to sweeping harmonies, but it’s that voice that’ll leave you hungry for more. Incredibly excited to see how Riva’s career progresses.



I’ve featured DJ Shadow on the playlist a couple of times already, but both of those times have used tracks from his most recent album. ‘What Does Your Soul Look Like – Part 1’ comes from Shadow’s 1996 debut album Entroducing…, and represents what much of the album is like. Most prominent throughout the LP are laid back, slow jams that create a rich, calming atmosphere. Entroducing… was met with critical acclaim, and after listening to it a couple of times, it’s easy to see why. Absolutely incredible.

7. ‘KEEP YOUR NAME’ – Dirty Projectors


Dirty Projectors are an American group that presumably formed after frontman David Longstreth decided he wanted to create music with other, equally talented individuals. After releasing a multitude of material between 2007 and 2012, the group seemed to go on hiatus up until late last week when Keep Your Name was released. It’s a haunting, somewhat scathing attack on the idea of art as commerce, and the desire of those who seek only fame, rather than true artistic quality. It’s the first bit of music by the group I’ve heard, but it’s made me want to hear so much more. Luckily, there’s a lot of it to keep me occupied.

8. ‘NEW SONG’ – Warpaint


Back in August, American indie outfit Warpaint released a new song, titled ‘New Song.’ That bloody hilarious American humour is so biting. It was part of their latest album, Heads Up, released last Friday. Whilst I’m not so much a fan of this album as their previous releases, it does contain some catchy tracks, including the disco inspired ‘New Song.’ It doesn’t, unfortunately, have quite the same edge as some of their older music, but at least it shows that they’ve grown as a group. Just maybe not in the way I would have liked.

9. ‘LIONHEARTED’ – Billie Marten


I’ve been waiting so bloody long for this album, ever since I first heard ‘Milk & Honey,’ and luckily it was worth the wait. Whilst it doesn’t necessarily cross the board with its range of emotions, Writings of Blues and Yellows shows how incredibly talented this 17-year old is. Yeah, 17. Incredibly beautiful work from a musician who has an amazing career ahead of her.

10. ‘CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ – The Mamas & The Papas

Mamas And The Papas Arrive In Mother Country

This song popped up randomly on shuffle the other day, and I must have repeated it at least 10 times (a whole lot, I know). Since then, it’s been stuck in my head like an itch I can’t scratch, and it’s really frustrating. Either that, or I have nits. Who knows? The harmonies are perfect here, and you can’t get better than a flute solo, can you really?

Ryan Ottley-Booth




Hey friends, guess what; it’s my birthday tomorrow. I’m getting awfully old. 23? Ew, gross, no thanks. Here’s another lot of musical gems for you. So many great releases last Friday, it was hard to choose my favourites. Enjoy


1. ‘YOU JUST WANT’ – King Creosote

king creosote

The opening track from King Creosote’s latest album, Astronaut Meets Appleman, ‘You Just Want’ is seven and a half minutes of beautifully constructed instrumentation, melody and Creosote’s amazingly haunting voice. King Creosote, real name Kenneth Anderson, is a Scottish singER-songwriter who has released over 40 albums during his twenty-year career. I haven’t heard anything of his up to this point, and I know I’ve said many times that I look forward to delving into an artist’s back catalogue, but this time I’m a little intimidated. This album is incredible though, and really captures the soul of Celtic folk music. I highly recommend giving it a go.

2. ‘SELF ESTEEM’ – Jamie T


My first interaction with Jamie T’s music was, I imagine, much the same as many people my age; hearing ‘Sheila’ on the field at school, and running home as soon as school finished to try and learn all the words to prove you were cool. I’ve been trying to prove that for years. ‘Self Esteem’ is the closing track to Jamie T’s latest album, Trick. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the full thing yet, but it’s been getting positive reviews so far which makes the prospect more inviting.’Self Esteem’ is decidedly more downbeat than what I’ve come to expect from Jamie T, but it’s a haunting soundscape, characterised by soaring strings and T’s self-reflective lyrics.

3. ‘TOO HIGH TO DIE’ – The Parrots

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Let’s liven things up a bit now shall we? ‘Too high to die’ is a rock ‘n’ roll inspired, garage-rock soaked track from The Parrots, a trio who make a lot of noise, but have a lot of fun in the process. Taken from Los Niños Sin Miedo, (“children without fear”, says Google Translate), the track exemplifies the rest of the album; its production sounds like something straight out of the 60s, and there’s an indescribable raw energy throughout. Great stuff.

4. ‘NUDE’ – Baby Strange

baby strange

Glaswegian outfit Baby Strange released their debut album Want it Need It last Friday, and it’s an ode to classic punk. With heavy, hard-hitting riffs and a production style that would feel right at home in the 70’s, the album is half an hour of intense joy. ‘Nude’ is one of the best tracks to show what I mean, so hopefully it’ll interest you enough to go and check out the rest of the album. Which you should.

5. ‘FLAT BEAT’ – Mr. Ozio


A true classic bit of electro house from French musician Mr. Ozio here. ‘Flat Beat’ was a bonus track from Ozio’s debut album, and soon gained huge popularity, reaching number 1 all across Europe back in 1999. The puppet used in the accompanying video was featured alongside the track in a number of ad campaigns, and remains one of the most nostalgia-inducing images for me.

6. ‘GRAVEL PIT’ – Wu-Tang Clan


One of the Wu’s most well-known tracks, ‘Gravel Pit’ is a full-throttle ride through some great verses performed by Ghostface Killah, Method Man and U-God. Released in late 2000, it did not receive much praise in the US originally, but has since become one of the most loved tracks by the group.

7. ‘ROYALTY CAPES’ – De La Soul

de la soul

‘Royalty Capes’ was released as a single a little while back, but De La Soul’s latest album and the Anonymous Nobody… was released last Friday. It’s the first release by the group in 12 years, and whilst it is a great album, it doesn’t come close to some of their best work; unfortunately, it’s not quite the comeback album I was looking forward to, but it’s still solid, and a testament to the legendary group.

8. ‘MOOD – WATER VERSION’ – Porches


Porhces is a New-York based project started by musician Aaron Maine. Relying heavily on synth and electronic elements, Porches blend pop and indie rock beautifully, creating mesmerising tracks. They released the album Pool back in February to critical acclaim, and released the Water EP a couple of weeks ago. Water is fundamentally a collection of demos and extra tracks from Pool, but sounds as if its is own project in its own right. Maine’s voice is gorgeous, and the tracks are so damn beautiful it makes you want to cry. Not really, but nearly.

9. ‘ULTRAVIOLET’ – Dagny


The title track from Dagny’s Ultraviolet EP released last Friday, ‘Ultraviolet’ is disgustingly poppy, and I fucking love it. Catchy as anything and full of so many different sounds you can’t focus,  it’s the kind of track I’ll find myself singing in the shower for years to come, so thank you Dagny, you wonderful Norwegian Goddess.

10. ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ – Stevie Wonder


Why? Cos it’s my fucking birthday, that’s why. And yes,  that is clearly not Stevie Wonder in the picture.

Ryan Ottley-Booth









Another Bank Holiday Monday is upon us in the UK, and that’s the reason this week’s descriptions won’t be quite as detailed as usual; I’ve got a few other plans for today,  but wanted to share another batch of brilliant songs. Enjoy.



1. ‘PEOPLE’ – Cadenza feat. Jorja Smith & Dre Island

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Cadenza is proving to be one of the most talented producers on the scene right now, doing brilliant work here combining reggae and jungle to create a powerful, full-throttle track. Jorja Smith’s voice is incredible again, and Dre Island provides a solid verse to an incredibly interesting song.

2. ‘NO CD’ – Loyle Carner feat. Rebel Kleff

loyle carner

I included Loyle Carner on the playlist a while back, when he featured on a track by Tom Misch. On the recommendation of a friend though, I explored a lot more of his own stuff and have been listening to it a ridiculous amount ever since. Carner’s delivery emulates classic styles of hip-hop, but he manages to have his own voice and sound, clearly apparent on ‘NO CD,’  making him one of the most exciting UK hip-hop acts around at the moment.

3. ’10 YEARS GRINDIN’ – Akala


Akala’s been on the scene since 2006, which he references on a track that is a reflection on his life and career so far. Known not only for his music, but also his incredible knowledge and ability to put ignorant people down in the best ways possible, Akala is a great rapper, made only better by the depth of his lyrics.

4. ‘PICTURE A VACUUM’ – Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest performs at Camp Bestival in Dorset

Tempest’s latest track opens to just her voice piercing the silence, then slowly builds to a frantic and passionate crescendo, as Tempest’s voice becomes increasingly panicked. It’s a brilliant piece of work from the Londoner, and promises that her recently-announced upcoming album, Let them Be Chaos, will be as powerful and intricate as her previous work.

5. ‘DEGRADED’ – Preoccupations


Preoccupations started life out as Viet Cong, but altered their name after facing controversy for that name. Their debut album under the name Preoccupations is set for release in September, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from the post-punk group.

6. ‘WEIRD SUN’ – Weirds


I was lucky enough to see Weirds play last Monday, and it was great to see that their live performances are just as electrifying as their music. Haunting, multi-layered and beautifully heavy at certain points, their music will leave you worn out but hungry for more. Their debut EP was released last Friday, and I highly recommend checking it out.

7. ‘SING THIS’ – God Damn

god damn

God Damn are a heavy-rock duo from Wolverhampton who incorporate grunge and punk elements in their music to knock you out with a sound that’s heavy, but not so heavy that you can’t hear the amazing riffs they’ve created. After releasing Vultures back in 2015, God Damn have been touring extensively and released ‘Sing This’ at the start of this month.

8. ‘READY FOR THE MAGIC‘ – Honeyblood


Another duo here who make a lot of noise even though there are only two of them. ‘Ready For the Magic’ sounds like an ode to some of the best early garage rock sounds that emerged in the US, and it is ridiculously catchy. Taken from their upcoming album Babes Never Die, it’s a track that will get stuck your head for days.

9. ‘SMALL CRIMES’ – Nilüfer Yanya

nilufer yanya

A soulful, beautifully performed track from emerging artist Nilfüfer Yanya, ‘Small Crimes’ plays around with differing levels of sound and instrumental layering, but never loses the magic at its core which is Yanya’s amazing voice. I’m very excited to hear more from Yanya, who gained great feedback a few months ago for her cover of The Pixies’ ‘Hey.

10. ’22 (OVER SOON)’ – Bon Iver

bon iver

Just for the record, I couldn’t figure out how to write “SOON” using the infinity symbols that Iver’s used (see the Spotify track if you don’t get what I mean.) But anyway, I thought I’d include this track because it proves that certain people can live up the huge levels of hype. There’d been rumours and discussions that Iver was about to release a bit of new music, and when he did, it was beautiful. Just listen to his bloody voice here. Brilliant stuff.

Ryan Ottley-Booth




An absolutely incredible mixture of music this week. At least I think so. If you don’t agree then you’re wrong and can leave. But don’t really. Enjoy.



1. ‘THE POOL’ – Slow Hollow


I know it says ‘The’ Hollows on the song up there, but after searching for these guys for a while, I found them to be called ‘Slow Hollows.’ At least on social media, anyway. Spotify’s recommendation tools are pretty great, and this LA group were associated with Franky Flowers who have previously featured on the playlist. ‘The Pool’ is a gritty, upbeat track taken from their debut LP, I’m Just as Bad as You Are, which was released in 2014.

2. ‘COMING OF AGE’ – Julia Jacklin

julia jacklin

The word “obsessed” is thrown around incredibly loosely these days, and I’m not one to use a word inappropriately. But what I will do inappropriately is profess my obsession for Miss Jacklin here. This is the third single from the Aussie’s upcoming debut album, and it’s made me just as excited as the previous two tracks released. It’s much more up-tempo than ‘Pool Party’ or ‘Leadlight,’ showing what Jacklin can achieve with a fuller sound. It’s great. I’m seeing her next Wednesday night and I’m ridiculously excited. Some might say obsessively so.

3. ‘WALRUS’ – D.D Dumbo

d d dumbo

Another brilliant artist with a track from an upcoming debut LP, D.D Dumbo use sminimalist sounds to back his amazing voice, creating dreamy, poppy soundscapes. Oh, and would you look that, he’s Australian. I can’t keep up with all this incredible music coming out of that place at the moment. It’s not fair. D.D Dumbo’s album Utopia Defeated is set for release on the 17th of October, so keep an eye out.

4. ‘DON’T SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE’ – Eric B. & Rakim

eric b & rakin

Taken from the duo’s fourth studio album of the same name, ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ is a masterful representation of a jazz and hip-hop combination. With Eric B.’s top-quality production skills on full show and Rakim’s aggressive delivery, ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ epitomises the art created during hip-hop’s Golden Age. The song was used in a rollerblading video game called ‘Aggressive Inline’ that my brother and I used play constantly when we were younger. When it came on the radio in the office last week, the nostalgia hit me like a freight train.

5. ‘SEVEN WORDS’ – Weyes Blood

weyes bloo

Weyes Blood featured on a track last week by Drugdealer, and I was so entranced by her voice that I became lost in her work. It can be calming, cutting, and at times incredibly moving. I made the comparison between Blood and Karen Carpenter last week, and it’s more apparent here. It’s mainly because they share the same vocal range, so I think it’s slightly unfair to compare every contralto singer (yes, I looked it up, I’m not that clever) to Carpenter. Whatever the case, ‘Seven Words’ is a beautifully mesmerising track that will make you want to explore Blood’s previous releases.

6. ‘IMMORAL’ – Ed Harcourt

ed harcourt

Ed Harcourt is somebody whose work I have not come across before. That’s good, in a way, as it means I can plunge into his rich back catalogue and dig around. Harcourt’s debut album was nominated for a Mercury Prize back in 2001, and since then he’s been releasing steadily and writing for a number of other artists. His seventh full-length album, Furnaces, was released last week, and it’s big, powerful and fully engrossing. The songs aren’t necessarily anthems, but they’re so multi-layered, you’ll find yourself fully engaged at all times.

7. ‘THESE WORDS’ – The Lemon Twigs

lemon twigs

When I first heard ‘These Words’ on the radio last week, I assumed that The Lemon Twigs were a 70’s psychedelia/funk outfit. Instead, I find out they’re two brothers (aged 17 and 19 respectively) who are really fucking talented. There’s no denying that the duo (who have expanded to a four-piece for their live shows) have drawn influence from the likes of The Beatles, and even the Beach Boys in places, but it’s their interpretation of those sounds that make them unique. Combining musical ideas from all over the place, the brothers have created rich, beautiful music. They’re debut album, Do Hollywood, is set for release on the 14th of October.

8. ‘TEDDY I’M READY’ – Ezra Furman


This song has been doing the rounds on the office radio for the last couple of weeks, and it always gets itself stuck deep into my psyche whenever I hear it. The opening track to Furman’s latest EP, ‘Teddy I’m Ready’ conjures up images of Teddy-Boys, which is something implied by the track’s title, as well as its 50’s rock ‘n’ roll sound. There are a number of modern artists who try to imitate early rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop styles, but few pull it off. Furman is an exception to that.

9. ‘SOUVENIR SHOP ROCK’ – Savoy Motel

savoy motel

Remember Savoy Motel? They were that group I featured ages ago, because they’d just released a new track but that track wasn’t available on Spotify at the time, so I added a different track, ‘Hot One,’ to the list that week. It seems like they added ‘Souvenir Shop Rock’ to Spotify not long after, but I missed it back then. So here it is now. It’s bloody great. Old-school, laid-back, and oozing with cool, it’s a track that has been on heavy repeat over the last week.

10. ‘SPIT IT OUT’ – Slaves


These lovely lads from Kent exploded onto the scene in 2014, and I’ve been a fan ever since. They’ve brought hard-hitting punk to a wider audience, making it more accessible for those, like me, who might not have gotten into the kind of music they play without actively seeking it out. I guess their marketing team should be commended for that as well, hey? ‘Spit it Out’ is the first single from Slaves’ upcoming release Take Control, due for release on the 30th of September.

Ryan Ottley-Booth




Now we’ve gotten over the obvious excitement of the Mercury Prize nominations, it’s time to return to the normal playlist, which this week features a lovely combo of tracks old and new. Enjoy.



1. ‘IN WAVES’ – Slow Club

slow slub

Born out of Sheffield, Slow Club formed in 2005 and have been touring and writing relentlessly ever since. I’ve said before that I’m a sucker for great harmonies, and I reckon much of that comes out of envy; I truly wish I could do what these people do so well. ‘In Waves’ is a great demonstration of the duo’s vocal talents, and is the first track I’ve heard by them. Rebecca Taylor sounds like Karen Carpenter reborn; it’s gorgeous to listen to. The single comes from their upcoming album One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore, due for release this Friday.

2. ‘SUDDENLY‘ – Drugdealer feat. Weyes Blood


Another mesmerising vocal performance from Natalie Mering, AKA Weyes Blood, on a track that, funnily enough, calls to mind something The Carpenters may have released, just like ‘In Waves.’ Michael Collins, AKA Drugdealer, has adopted a number of pseudonyms over his musical career, but Drugdealer is the first of those I’ve come across. ‘Suddenly’ is upbeat, psychedelic, and contains a gorgeous sax solo. Definitely keeping my eye on whatever else this musical marvel comes out with in the future.

3. ‘I KNOW IT’S OVER’ – The Smiths

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Downtrodden and crushing lyrics are present throughout most of The Smiths’ work, but often they are accompanied by a raucous backing that make the tracks, at times, seem like something of a piss-take. ‘I Know It’s Over,’ however, does not fall in that category. Instead, it is stripped back and hollow, allowing Morrissey’s voice to dominate and make those words really pierce the soul. It’s one of my favourite tracks by The Smiths, due to the raw emotion and beautiful composition.

4. ‘TEXIA’ – Blossoms


Need a little cheering up after that one? Yeah, me too. This will sort that right out. A blistering track right from the start, ‘Texia’ takes inspiriation from the 90’s Madchester sound, but is infused with elements of psychedelia and funk. This helps to make it a great representation of the modern indie scene, with sounds akin to similarly brilliant bands like Peace and Temples. Their debut was released a couple of weeks ago, and is worth a listen.

5. ‘C-SIDE’ – The Wytches

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I love these guys. They got me into a heavier, darker side of indie that I didn’t know existed at the time. I thought indie meant Razorlight or the Kooks, and no-one wants that. The Brighton-based group have had a crazy couple of years, and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. ‘C-Side’ comes from their upcoming album All Your Happy Life, due out on the 30th of September. The track is The Wytches to its core, but seems to have adopted slightly different production, making it sound a little more polished. Polished with no shine though; this is as heavy as previous releases, and I love it.


rad fru

A friend recommended Rad FrÜ to me and I’m so glad he did. Released as part of a 2-sided single, ‘Wide Eyed and Wild’ is electric, infectious, and hearkens back to a number of older rock groups whose influence has clearly been big on the duo. Not only do they create great music, but they also appear to be having a load of fun in the process of it. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

7. ‘VOREL’ – Russian Circles

russian circles

Formed back in 2004, the Chicago-based group Russian Circles utilise their outstanding musicianship and obvious knowledge of the intricacies of timing and melody to form their sound. With no need to rely on vocals, the group create immersive walls of noise that are so engaging, I was forced to go back and re-listen to certain moments a number of times. ‘Vorel’ is taken from their most recent album Guidance, and it’s wonderfully hard-hitting.

8. ‘STUPID FACE’ – Haley Bonar


Combining all the best bits from folk, country and indie rock, Haley Bonar’s latest album Impossible Dream is 30 minutes of adrenaline-filled self-reflection, that is brilliant listening for the most part. Bonar’s voice is gorgeous and full of emotion, especially here on ‘Stupid Face.’ It’s catchy, wonderfully layered, and I love it.


marvin gaye

I’d added this to the list last week before the news broke that Ed Sheeran was being sued for “infringing” on ‘Let’s Get It On.’ After I heard that, I thought of removing this track, but then thought that was a ridiculous idea. Almost as ridiculous as the heirs of Ed Townsend (who co-wrote the track) bringing a lawsuit against Mr Sheeran. I won’t go into it too much here, but I don’t agree with it. Of course, I agree with protecting artistic integrity and copyrighted work, one-hundred percent. What I don’t agree with is this culture of suing that seems to be emerging in the industry, from those who arguably have no right suing in the first place. Anyway, back to this track. Gaye’s voice is magnificent here; gentle, haunting, incredible. Legendary stuff from a legend himself.

10. ‘TOBACCO ROAD’ – War


A classic funk track from a classic funk group. War were famous for combining a huge number of influences and mashing them into tight, intricate pieces of work that I’d love to dance to if I knew how. ‘Tobacco Road’ is fast and unforgiving; you’ll get lost if you stop listening, even for a second.

Ryan Ottley-Booth