PLAYLIST: March 2016

What the Gigslutz editors are listening to this month:

New Order – ‘Singularity (Extended Mix)’
Ahead of a Summer of festivals, Sumner and Co stretch out the third single from Music Complete; a jittery, gothic dance/rock crossover with a foot firmly in Joy Division territory. (Dan Bull)

Hot Chip – ‘Over and Over’
10 years since its original release, Hot Chip’s hypnotic anthem stands as more than a museum piece of mid-noughties floor fillers and is that rarest of dance music beasts: a genuine Club Classic™ (Paul Sng) 

Kano – ‘This Is England’
It’s been six years snce his last album, but Kano is back with the incredible Made In The Manor. It’s a triumphant return for one of the best Grime artists to ever do it and embracing a live band feel, this is a standout track. (Matt Tarr)

Jake Bugg – ‘Gimme The Love’
On his third collection the one-time Lonnie Donegan-alike has apparently picked up some urban influence – thankfully the results are far from the disaster it could have been. (DB)

The Fall – ‘Wise Ol’ Man’ – Title track from their new EP, ‘Wise Ol’ Man’ is Mark E Smith’s 46,345th  release and up there with the best of them. (Steven Aston)

Wolf Alice – ‘Soapy Water’
Back on tour this month – it seems like they never stop – there’s no better time to get reacquainted with Wolf Alice’s 2015 debut. ‘Soapy Water’ is the perfect example of their ethereal, spooky, yet endlessly cool sound. (Melissa Svensen)

Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘Deep Six Textbook’ 
‘Deep Six Textbook’ is a dreamy, effervescent slice of electronica with touches of folk, oozing delicate yet powerful vocals that sparkle with intriguing beauty. (Mari Lane)

The Jezabels – ‘Pleasure Drive’
A dark disco number that sees vocalist Hayley Mary channel Karen O, while the keys highlight her love of ABBA’s lush, latter-day futuristic keys. (DB)

Primal Scream – ‘Where The Light Gets In’ – The Scream once again showing the way forward with their coming single featuring the vocals of Sky Ferreira. Still plenty left in The Scream tank on this form. (SA)

Courts – ‘Glass Half Empty’
Basildon boys Courts are sound in every sense of the word; and I expect to hear ‘Glass Half Empty’ blaring out of back-garden speakers across the UK this summer. (Kate Crudington)

Tinchy Stryder ft Jme – ‘Allow Me’
He’s out of the celebrity jungle and back to doing what he does best – making solid Grime tunes alongside the biggest artists in the game. (MT)

FKA Twigs – ‘Good To Love’
Whether synth heavy or stripped bare, FKA Twigs’ sound is always elegant and idiosyncratic. ‘Good To Love’ is an example of the latter; her sweet vocals rise and fall as she contemplates the pleasure and the pain of romantic relationships. (KC)

Tindersticks – ‘We Are Dreamers!’
Taken from the Nottingham band’s latest album, The Waiting Room, ‘We Are Dreamers!’ sees Stuart Staples sharing vocal duties with Jehnny Beth of Savages and is as dark and disorderly as you’d expect. (PS) 

Ian Brown – ‘Kiss Ya Lips (No I.D.)’ – At last Ian Brown has announced he is about to release the epic Solarized on vinyl (for Record Store Day). Get on the sublime ‘Kiss Ya Lips’ as the album’s stand out track. It’s a dig at David Blunkett apparently (SA)

Fela Kuti – ‘Water No Get Enemy’ – As the genius Fela Kuti prepares to reissue some of his best work this month, check out probably his finest moment (SA)

Lethal Bizzle ft Jme & Face – ‘Box’
Lethal Bizzle is one of the kings of hype and this track is another cracking effort from the East Londoner. Looks like Jme is the go-to guy for features right now too. (MT)

The Coral – ‘Dreaming Of You’
Also touring this month and fully back in action are The Coral – and whilst their new tracks aren’t half bad, ‘Dreaming Of You’ is a timeless hit. (MS)

My Bloody Valentine – ‘Swallow’
25 years ago, MBV’s Tremolo EP was served up as a sonic entrée before the aural banquet of Loveless. ‘Swallow’ didn’t make the cut, but is nevertheless a potent example of Kevin Shield’s appetite for experimentation. (PS) 

Tacocat – ‘Talk’ 
Following their last, fantastic single ‘I Hate The Weekend’ (featured as one of our Tracks Of The Week), Seattle pop-punksters Tacocat’s new single ‘Talk’ is filled with raucous riffs and candy-sweet melodies. (ML)

Misty Miller – ‘Best Friend’
Ahead of the release of her album, The Whole Family Is Worried, cool-as-f•ck Misty Miller released ‘Best Friend’ last month. Raw and emotional, Misty’s vocals say it all really. (MS)

SuperGlu – ‘Rounder’ 
Essex band SuperGlu’s debut fuses together raw rock sounds and honey-sweet soaring harmonies; an instant hit. (ML)

Isaac Gracie – ‘Last Words’
I saw Isaac Gracie support The Japanese House recently at Dingwalls, and his voice was perfect; delicate but aggressive, soft but assertive. (KC)

The Beatles – ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’
“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream. It is not dying.” / “There is no such thing as death, only in the physical sense.” – George Harrison on Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s death. RIP George Martin. (DB)

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..."