In the age of streaming, it’s never been easier to listen to new music — but with over 60,000 new songs added to Spotify every day, it’s also never been harder to know what to put on. Every week, the team at Rolling Stone UK will run down some of the best new releases that have been added to streaming services.
Cryalot, Icarus EP
Kero Kero Bonito vocalist and frontwoman Sarah Bonito debuts her new solo project Cryalot. As the artist name suggests, this is highly emotional music, as she recently told Rolling Stone UK, exploring dark emotions and pain, but there are glimmers of light and hope to be found amongst pulsing, piercing electronic beats.
George FitzGerald, Stellar Drifting
London electronic producer George FitzGerald returns with his third album. Stellar Drifting looks to the cosmos for inspiration, with FitzGerald delivering starry-eyed and spaced-out house and garage tracks with assistance from friends and collaborators SOAK, Panda Bear, and London Grammar.
Christopher Taylor is back after five years with his third album Trust, which continues to showcase his skill for making beautifully textured soulful electronica. This time, the formerly Vienna and Los Angeles-residing British artist has upped sticks to Spain where he’s since “re-centred” himself with his young family. Tracks such as ‘I Won’t’ burr with a gentler, more joyful piano-driven sound, suggesting that SOHN is distancing himself a little from the melancholia of his earlier work.
Kenny Beats, Louie
The renowned American EDM and hip-hop producer vowed that he’d never release a solo album owing to the fact that he “didn’t have anything to say”. But after being quarantined in Bath where he’d been working on Idles’ Crawler, Kenny Beats’father was diagnosed with cancer. It prompted the producer to make an album in tribute. Louie is bursting with lush, ’70s-inspired soul and old school hip-hop sounds, featuring a host of names including Vince Staples, slowthai, JPEGMAFIA, Mac DeMarco, Thundercat, and Pink Siifu.
Two Door Cinema Club, Keep on Smiling
The longtime Irish indie favourite return with their first album in three years. Aptly titled Keep on Smiling, the album is a wave of positive vibrations and uplifting lyrics and like many of their old school indie contemporaries they’ve had an adjacent shift with some experimentation with disco, funk and electronics.
Doncaster’s favourite rocker is back with his self-titled third album which he promises is his most personal one yet as he continues to preach a message of love and inclusion. Featuring a guest appearance from Willow, the 25 year-old’s latest offering furthers his angsty emo pop-rock aesthetic with a number of boisterously anthemic hooks.