Playlist / 2015 So Far

2015 has been a cracking year for music so far, with some brilliant albums having been released in the last six months – it is mad to think it’s June already! We’ve had new material from established artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Blur and The Cribs, with debut albums from the likes of SOAK and Wolf Alice. Plus, we still have much more to come in the next half of the year. This post is just a highlight of some of the brilliant material we’ve heard so far from January to June…

Pedestrian At Best / Courtney Barnett

Full of contradictions and biting wit, ‘Pedestrian at Best’ is a perfect insight into Barnett’s observational songwriting and is a (perhaps obvious) standout track on her latest album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Loud Places (feat. Romy) / Jamie xx

Reminiscent of an The xx track (not surprising due to 2/3 of the band being a part of this track),’Loud Places’ is a mellow yet magical track that can be played in pretty much any situation and is a wonderful little gem towards the end of the producer’s debut album tracklisting, featuring the signature lilting vocals of fellow band member Romy Madley Croft

20/20 / The Vaccines

A standout on the outfit’s third LP, ’20/20′ rockets through in similar fashion to single ‘Handsome’, echoing much of the same thrashing pop-punk style The Vaccines have tried and tested well in the past

Lonesome Street / Blur

2015 welcomed the return of ’90s classic band Blur, and ‘Lonesome Street’ proves that they’ve still got more to give; it plays with their signature ’90s style whilst bringing the band right back into the 21st century, proving there’s still a place for them. Plus, they’ve already had a busy year playing BST Hyde Park only recently…

Queen of Peace / Florence and the Machine

Her third album was hotly-anticipated and does not disappoint, Florence Welch’s vocals on ‘Queen of Peace’ in particular showcasing that not much has changed in terms of her quality and talent; if nothing else, this track proves that she still has a knack for a building, brilliant song that will get stuck in your head for hours

Your Loves Whore / Wolf Alice

This week saw the debut album by Wolf Alice ‘My Love is Cool’ finally being released; Your Loves Whore is a brilliant highlight of such a diverse album and Ellie Rowsell’s refrain of ‘I can only love you more’ will stay with the listener long after the first listen

B a noBody / SOAK

If you’ve yet to hear SOAK’s wonderfully delicate tones, you need to take a listen right away; honest lyrics and nostalgic melodies, ‘B a Nobody’ is a welcome inclusion on her debut album

‘Cause I’m A Man / Tame Impala

Tame Impala’s third album Currents is released next month, and one listen of ”Cause I’m A Man’ sets the tone for it; synth-heavy and infectious, it simply leaves you wanting more (and you haven’t got much longer to wait)

Smooth Sailin’ / Leon Bridges

Another debut album out this week, Leon Bridges’ brand of soul feels somewhat refreshing despite its nostalgic roots, and Smooth Sailin’ is a perfect example of a feel-good love song ready for the summer

What Went Down / Foals

Premiered on Annie Mac’s show just last week, Foals are back, and with a bang. ‘What Went Down’ is only a teaser of things to come and is a thrashing, heady track to kick things off. Their ‘heaviest and loudest album yet’ (according to lead singer Yannis Philippakis) is set to be released at the end of August

Check out the rest of the playlist for these tracks and more, featuring the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Saint Raymond, Rae Morris and Gengahr

Words (and playlist) by Kirstie Sutherland

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