ICYMI: we now have two radio channels here at NME! You can tune into NME 1 for a selection of stone-cold classics and indie anthems, while NME 2 will bring you the best of the past decade — from alternative bops to grime and leftfield dance.
Each week Team NME carefully handpick a selection of tunes to add to both playlists — here are the NME 1 & 2 playlist additions for this week.
On the A List
Alfie Templeman – ‘Used To Love’
First up this week we’ve got the new one from Alfie Templeman. The teenage songwriter has a knack for creating tunes that combine woozy production (inspired by his love of prog rock) with angsty lyrics (often based on relationships in his favourite tv shows), and his latest ‘Used To Love’ is a stellar example of his trademark sound.
King Princess – ‘Hit the Back’
‘Hit the Back’ is the latest glimpse we’ve had of King Princess’ debut album ‘Cheap Queen’ that’s out in a few weeks, and if the rest of the record is anything like this, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. With its ‘90s pop-flecked bridge that charges into the stonking, hook-laden chorus, it’s a beauty.
Low Island – ‘Long Answer’
Want to keep the summer vibes going even if it’s chucking it down outside? Then take a listen to Low Island’s latest. On ’Long Answer’ they fuse their jangling electronics with Brazilian grooves and Congolese guitar playing, and the results are a luminous cut of their shimmering sound.
On the B List
Angel Olsen – ‘Spring’
Angel Olsen’s latest album has been on repeat in the NME office, so she was a must add for this week’s playlist. We’ve picked the gorgeous ‘Spring’ for NME Radio, a soaring slice of euphoric indie pop.
Black Jazz Consortium – ‘Energies Collide’ ft. Ceri B
Combining skittering house beats with ethereal vocals and hazy synths, the latest from Black Jazz Consortium is a stone cold banger.
Travis Scott – ‘Highest In The Room’
With its slinky Latin guitar riff and Scott’s flawless flow, the latest from the rapper is excellent.
On the C List
Caribou – ‘Home’
Dan Snaith aka Caribou is back! ‘Home’ is the first new Caribou music in five years, and is soaked in the euphoric, kaleidoscopic sound that Snaith has perfected over the past six Caribou albums. Using a sample of Gloria Barnes’ gorgeous soul song ‘Home’, it’s a jubilant return.
Field Music – ‘Only In A Man’s World’
If you’re a fan of Battles’ off-kilter production or Prince’s sultry guitar riffs, give this one from Field Music a go. Taken from their upcoming record ‘Making A New World’ (which is a concept album based on the years after World War I), it’s a funk-laced slapper.
No Rome – ‘Talk Nice’
The latest from Dirty Hit signing No Rome is pop perfection. Stuffed full of fizzing hooks and sparkling production that fuses sparkling synths with overdrive guitars, it could be the best thing he’s released yet.
Talk Show – ‘Ankle Deep (In a Warm Glass of Water)’
Finally we’ve got the excellent new one from Talk Show. With its cavorting guitar riffs and howling vocals, it’s a jagged cut of post-punk. If you’re a fan of Shame or Idles give this one a try.