DMA’S – The Glow
Sydney’s favourite Britpop revivalists have come through with their catchiest and most ambitious effort to date with The Glow. Across eleven anthemic tracks, DMA’S traverse the roads previously trodden by acts like Oasis and Blur without sounding like they’re ever ripping off either artist, with ‘Hello Girlfriend’ and ‘Silver’ destined to go down as some of the band’s best songs to date. The Glow also sees DMA’S delve a little deeper into Madchester with opening track ‘Never Before’ and the rave-ready fist-pumper ‘Life Is A Game Of Changing’, with the contagious energy of both songs reminding us once again why we fell for these three dudes in the first place.
The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers
The Beths’ debut album Future Me Hates Me proved to be one of the best indie pop releases of 2018, and their follow-up effort only looks to embed the New Zealand indie pop outfit further within the hearts of fans and critics. Jump Rope Gazers might be the most enjoyable guitar record of 2020 so far, with Elizabeth Stokes’ impeccable songwriting being bolstered by the band’s jazz-trained chops and giddily good three-part vocal harmonies. The guitar work on tracks like ‘Acrid’, ‘Out Of Sight’ and the tear-jerking title track is some of the best I’ve heard all year, and the glossy production value is a joy for the ears. A captivating listen from front to back.
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
After signing with Chugg Music and conquering the airwaves with radio hits ‘Robbery’ and ‘Money’ last year, Sydney sibling duo Lime Cordiale have shared their sophomore release 14 Steps To A Better You: a playful, sonically rich effort that proves the power of a catchy hook. Blending elements of indie rock, psych pop and a slight dash of reggae for good measure, 14 Steps To A Better You is spilling over with sun-soaked jams that put fun to the forefront, with ‘Screw Loose’ and ‘Inappropriate Behaviour’ ranking up there with the band’s most enjoyable tracks yet. It’s records like these that make you really miss live shows…
The Streets – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive
Lock down your aerial: you’re listening to The Streets. On his first full-length release in nine years, Mike Skinner aims to solidify his legacy as one of Britain’s finest hip-hop exports with a mixtape that sees him collaborating with just about every hot act in the world today, linking up with Tame Impala, IDLES and Ms Banks for a twelve track affair that’s dizzyingly ambitious and mostly enjoyable. Of course, there’s nothing that comes anywhere close to Original Pirate Material or A Grand Don’t Come For Free, but you can’t expect anything like that from Skinner at this stage in his career: we’re just happy that he’s back making music, and having fun doing so.
The Oracle Sisters – Paris I EP
The debut EP from Parisian trio The Oracle Sisters is simply brilliant. With a palate that incorporates everything from fingerpicked acoustic cuts to groovy psychedelia and soul, Paris I is a short but sweet voyage that’s made memorable through the breezy fretwork and multi-tracked harmonies favoured by the French group. ‘The Vibes’ is the perfect song to kick off any morning, while ‘Asc. Scorpio’ is pure sugar-coated psych pop at its finest – definitely an act worth keeping your eyes on.
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