PLAYLIST: June 2016

With festival season now upon us, get in the mood by having a listen to this selection of top tunes, curated by Team Gigslutz…

PJ Harvey – ‘Dress’
Excited is an understatement about how I feel about seeing the legend that is Polly Jean Harvey this weekend at Field Day festival. A personal hero of mine, and one of the most innovative artists from the last twenty years, PJ Harvey has a new album The Hope Six Demolition Project out now and is headlining Field Day tomorrow night (Sunday). Mari Lane

Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Girl Who Wanted To Be God’
A highlight of their recent tour, which saw Everything Must Go played in full, Nicky Wire describes it as a blend of “ABBA, Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound, Richie Edwards’ cheekbones and the poetry of Syliva Plath”, which is just about spot on. Dan Bull

Spring King – ‘Detroit’
I’ve been keeping a close musical eye on Spring King since their debut release EP “Deamons” back in 2014. Fiery garage pop, ‘Detroit’ is my new guitar laden summery track. Taken from the Manchester four-pieces debut album ‘Tell Me if you like to”. Katie Muxworthy 

Beach House – ‘Sparks’
Alternative duo Beach House will be playing their bitter sweet sounds to Field Day’s crowd on Sunday evening. ‘Sparks’ is taken from their fifth album, Depression Cherry (2015), and is a conflicted but soothing electronic lullaby. Kate Crudgington

Johnny Lloyd – ‘Dreamland’
A fabulous title track, this time taken from Johnny Lloyd’s Dreamland EP. Produced by Jamie T and much anticipated by Tribes fans everywhere, ‘Dreamland’ sees Lloyd strip it back massively. Melissa Svensen

Jake Bugg – ‘Bitter Salt’
As with previous release ‘Gimme The Love’, Jake’s new material is awash with hints of the early ’90s indie greats, blending his country yelp with electronics and beats a la Primal Scream or Stone Roses. This is one that’s bound to go down well at his Glastonbury Other Stage headline slot. DB

Stone Roses – ‘All for One’
Playing 4 massive dates this month at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, the Stone Roses released One For All last month; their first new song in 21 years. Short and sweet, ‘One For All’ has all the elements of a really decent Britpop hit, not forgetting that glittering guitar riff from John Squires. Catch me singing this at the top of my lungs in Manchester this June. KM

The Gotobeds – ‘Cold Gold (LA’s Alright)’
Recently signed to iconic Seattle label Sub Pop, Pittsburgh band The Gotobeds deliver raucous, fuzzy punk sounds fuelled by the raw, impassioned drawl of vocalist Eli Kasan. New album Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic is out now on Sub Pop. ML

The Lounge Kittens – ‘Rollin’
Isle of Wight Festival is scheduled on the same weekend as Field Day, so if you’re heading to the island make sure you catch The Lounge Kittens on Saturday afternoon. They cover pop-punk, nu-metal classics with all the sass and serious harmonies of a 1950s girl band; and their between-song banter is 11/10. KC

Adele & The Raconteurs – ‘Many Shades Of Black’
This one hasn’t featured on any set lists from Adele’s 25 tour (and with the amount of footage going viral you’ll know if it does) but it’d be a great addition for her Glastonbury crowd, with Jack White appearing for that trademark fuzzy squeal of a solo. DB

James Blake – ‘The Colour In Anything’
June has been defined by the fact that I’m not going to Field Day and thus not seeing James Blake. What I can do, however, is play his gorgeous new album on repeat. Title track ‘The Colour in Anything’ is a standout. MS

NAO – ‘Girlfriend’
There is something about a catchy R&B pop track that has me daydreaming of sunshine and grass between my toes. This month East London based NAO has placed herself firmly on my radar. All velvety tones and laid-back beats, catch NAO at Field Day this month. KM

Wild Beasts – ‘Get My Bang’
2014’s Present Tense saw Wild Beasts sound harking back to the analogue synths of old, with big, Egyptian arcade-like melodies. The first track from the follow up seems to keep those rhythms, topping them with industrial effects and hard beats, making for a hip 2016 Summer anthem and a favourite new phrase at the same time. DB

Dream Wife – ‘Kids’ 
Having formed at art school in Brighton, Dream Wife have just wowed crowds at The Great Escape, and look set to make waves in the world of new music. ‘Kids’ is a scuzzy, uptempo track filled with hazy vocals and catchy hooks. ML

Savages – ‘Sad Person’
For the lucky ones who could afford a ticket/get time off work for Glastonbury at the end of the month; I am jealous of your opportunity to see the almighty Savages. Taken from their second album, Adore Life, ‘Sad Person’ aptly explains how I feel about missing out on seeing the band live for a second time. KC




Dan Bull

Dan Bull

Reviews Editor
London. Likes: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Prince Charles Cinema, Duran Duran Dislikes: Soreen, All-hits setlists, "I liked them before everyone else..."