PLAYLIST: April 2017

Another month, another playlist! Summer is creeping ever closer, and we’re ready to embrace it with all these new tunes…

PINS – ‘Dead Souls’
My favourite Joy Division song covered by one of my favourite bands. Manchester post-punks PINS released their ultra-cool new EP Bad Thing late last month, and I’ve been spinning it, and dancing to this track ever since. (Kate Crudgington)

The Nyx – ‘Fire Breathing Lady’
Raucous, riotous and really, really wonderful, The Nyx deliver powerful offerings with an electrifying energy and I just can’t get enough. Having wowed us at our February gig night at The Finsbury, The Nyx are one of the most exciting new bands around, and this latest single is their best yet. ‘Fire Breathing Lady’ is an empowering, energy-fuelled anthem taken from their eponymous debut album, out 21 April. (Mari Lane)

MGMT – ‘Weekend Wars’
Following promises to ‘re-dominate your mind hole in 2017’ it seems MGMT are about to deliver, tweeting the other day: “Possibly just sang last singing for new album?! Title track”. Exciting stuff, and with summer creeping in, it’s perfect time to revisit MGMT’s debut album, Oracular Spectacular. So grab a G&T, sit in the park, listen to ‘Weekend Wars,’ and get excited. (Melissa Svensen)

Noga Erez – ‘Toy’
Tel Aviv’s Noga Erez is back with another fiery offering. A glitchy, haunting soundscape, ‘Toy’ is a sweeping cacophony filled with soaring, eerie vocals and pulsating beats; a powerful piece of political electro-pop. Whilst a step away from the frenzied, uptempo ‘Dance While You Shoot, ‘Toy’ is yet another dynamic offering, proving Erez’s ability to create utterly compelling works of art. (ML)

Aye Nako – ‘Nightcrawler’
Brookylyn based queer punk rockers Aye Nako released their second album Silerhaze on 7th April, and it features this glorious new track. (KC)

Deap Vally – ‘Teenage Queen’
One of my most favourite bands, Deap Vally’s last incredible album Femejism has been pretty much on repeat in my headphones since it came out last year. Each track is a powerful, motivating and inspirational blast of energy that’s resonated with me hugely. This week, as I’m about to turn another year older, this track is particularly poignant – with lyrics such as “35 years of age… Still gonna act the same… You know the only rule: your life is up to you” reassuring me that age is but a number… (ML)

Tired Lion – ‘Cinderella Dracula’
Aussie rockers Tired Lion have released this belting new single about regretting a one night stand.  You can catch them live at The Great Escape Festival in May, and at Reading & Leeds later this year. (KC)

Alexandra Savior – ‘Bones’
Since her debut single release last year, Alexandra Savior has had the world falling in love with her. And with her album released at the beginning of this month it’s only got better (or worse): Savior now has the whole world wrapped round her little finger. And while I wish I could put the whole of Belladonna of Sadness on this playlist, ‘Bones’ will have to do for now. (MS)

Nirvana – ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ 
As well as being the day I turn another year older, the 5th of April is also – perhaps more famously – the day that Kurt Cobain died. Although the news may not have affected my eight birthday too much, in the years that followed, Cobain’s influence on me proved to be pretty great. This is my most favourite Nirvana song, and now – twenty three years later – it’s every bit as powerful as the first time I heard it. (ML)



Kate Crudgington

Kate Crudgington

Assistant Editor for Gigslutz (2015-2017) Now Co-Founder, Co-Host & Features Editor for @getinherears