PLAYLIST: April 2016

An hour – give or take – of what Team Gigslutz love this month:

Baauer, M.I.A, G-Dragon – ‘Temple’ 

Taken from the highly anticipated debut from Baauer, ‘Temple’ ia a high energy banger with Eastern influences and dance-inducing bass, featuring the might of M.I.A and G-Dragon (Steven Aston)

Laura Mvula feat. Nile Rodgers – ‘Overcome’

Nile Rodgers pops up on the latest one from Laura Mvula, which takes the atmospheric vocals of her debut and delivers it via a Chic cyclone. (Dan Bull)

Kiran Leonard – ‘Secret Police’ 
Following his 16 minute masterpiece ‘Pink Fruit’, Kiran Leonard’s latest offering is filled with blissful melodies and the distinctive subtle power of his unique vocals. Another euphoric slice of the wonderful new album, Grapefruit. (Mari Lane)

The Big Moon – ‘Cupid’
Garage rockers The Big Moon have released their “first musical baby of 2016” – and it’s a fuzzy, slow-building corker named after the ultimate cherub, ‘Cupid’. Unsurprisingly, the girls have got things “perfectly right” here, as they did with previous singles ‘Sucker’ and ‘The Road’. (Kate Crudgington)

a-ha – ‘Celice’

This non-UK single from 2005 features on the band’s recent Time & Again: The Ultimate compilation, and acts as a fine example of how harsh their sound could be, compared to the shiny synths of ‘Take On Me’. (DB)

Nirvana – ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ 
With the 5th April marking the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, this is a song that perfectly portrays his empathy and ability to connect and reassure that made him one of the greatest songwriters of our time. He’ll never fail to touch and inspire. (ML)

Horse Party ‘Horizons’
Horse Party’s music carries itself with the assertiveness and power of their equestrian namesake. ‘Horizons’ has been rolling around my head since I saw the band play Tooting Tram And Social last month, and the album is equally as brilliant. (KC)

Domo Genesis ft Anderson .Paak – ‘Dapper’

Taken from the recently released album of the same name, ‘Dapper’ is an incredibly well rounded piece of music from Odd Future’s Domo Genesis. The much hyped Anderson .Paak provides a feature and if you’re not familiar with Domo’s work, this is a great introduction. (Matt Tarr)

Gregory Porter – ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’

The man with one of the most authentic soul/jazz voices in recent memory builds up momentum for his next long player with enough bomps, brass breaks and “woahs” to keep the engine running. (DB)

Cassius ‘Action’ 

French dance legends Cassius are back with their first release in 6 years and its the inevitable banger. Featuring Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Cat Power, this will be the soundtrack to your summer (SA)

Pet Shop Boys – ‘The Pop Kids’ 

Pet Shop Boys released new album Super this month. Lead single ‘The Pop Kids’ is a slice of classic PSB and up there with some of their best work after a whopping three decades on the job. (SA)

67 – ‘Things & Stuff’

This collective from Brixton have made a huge name for themselves in recent times and they’ve just shared the video for ‘Things & Stuff’, taken from their 2015 album In Skengs We Trust. Get to know 67. (MT)

Chase & Status ft Novelist – ‘NRG’

With a brand new album on the way, Chase & Status are reconfirming their status as one of the biggest electronic acts in the UK and have once again teamed up with South East London MC Novelist for this upbeat banger. (MT)

MOURN – ‘Storyteller’
Catalonian band MOURN are four teenagers with enviable musical skill and confidence, which they demonstrate on their new track ‘Storyteller,’ via melodic guitars and alarming, volume-varying vocals. (KC)

Laura  Gibson – ‘Empire Builder’
‘Empire Builder’ sees Gibson tell the tale of a life turned upside-down and the emotive experience of transformation. Flowing with delicate melodies and Gibson’s beautifully raw vocals, it’s a simply spellbinding offering. (ML)

Dan Bull

Dan Bull

Reviews Editor
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