You might have heard that the Olympics kicks off this Friday.
Yes really, it’s already been four years since we poured all our money into holding the coveted sporting event.
Leading the opening ceremony is Fernando Meirelles, the director of the acclaimed City of God, who is set to give the world a fresh taste of Brazilian culture - maybe the poverty and everything!
But hey, if grown adults participating in a glorified sports day isn’t your thing – you can distract yourself with this list of aural gems.
Palace – Have Faith
For those yearning to hear sounds not too distantly removed from early Foals, Palace might just be the band for you. The second single to be taken from their upcoming debut album deals with “self analysis and emotional strength”, with spaced out guitars and shimmering melodies backing up emotion drenched lyricism as vocalist Leo Wyndham’s soaring falsetto calls for us to be brave.
If anything, 'Have Faith' in this band to deliver soothing some dream pop.
Aluna George, Leikeli47 and Dreezy – Mean What I Mean
With the follow up to 2013’s Body Music right around the corner, the dance-pop duo have let slip another banger. Aluna’s enchanting vocals caress the ears on this tropical dance track, which features verses from Dreezy and Leikeli47 who make a bold impression on George’s careful pop production.
Pet Crow – She’s Back
The latest noise emerging from a vibrant East Midlands scene comes in the shape of riot-grrl rockers Pet Crow. Taken from their impressive Pet Soundz EP, every ounce of 'She’s Back' oozes energy. According to new label Reckless Yes (who are releasing a debut album from the garage-rock four-piece) Pet Crow have “Bikini Kill attitude, minimalist New Wave swagger and killer hooks" - we're sold!
Mykki Blanco – The Plug Won’t
Following a series of mixtapes, Mykki Blanco is ready to share his first LP, Mykki. The album’s lead single is a self-proclaimed anti love-song weaved inside a smooth blend of hip-hop and electronic pop, with Mykki’s sleek vocals heightened by sweeping synth and 808 drums.
Crooked Man – The Girl With Better Clothes
Crooked Man’s debut album is set for release in September and if this track is anything to go by it’s definitely one to listen out for. 'The Girl With Better Clothes' is an effortlessly cool blend of house, complete with funky vocals and a punchy beat thats bound to get anybody jealous of the girl with better clothes.
Anil Sebastian – Living
The founder of The London Contemporary Voices Choir has shared the second track in his Hiraeth video combo. This spectral track perfectly encapsulates the feel of his forthcoming debut album Mesonoxian (meaning “pertaining to the hour of midnight”), with its intimate vocals pitted against the dense production. The accompanying animated video series emphasises this otherworldly delicacy.
JEFF The Brotherhood – Punishment
Fifteen years later and soon to be eleven albums in, JEFF The Brotherhood demonstrate their productivity and inability to succumb to procrastination. Throwing all sense of chronology aside, Zone completes the “spiritual trilogy” of albums that includes 2009’s Heavy Days and 2011’s We Are The Champions. 'Punishment' marks the first taste of Zone, a fuzzy number packed out with psych riffs, enhanced drums and a shed load of distortion.
Deap Vally – Smile More
The LA duo return after three years out, with the soon to be released Femejism and it’s fiery lead single, 'Smile More'. The grunge-fused track is the ultimate ‘eff you’ to creepy guys in clubs, with heavy riffs and a snarly vocal delivery really bringing this to the forefront.
M.I.L.K - Following The Sun (Blondage Remix)
M.I.L.K's ultra laid-back summer tune 'Following The Sun' has been a recent favourite for soundtracking the blistering heat and now it has been given a workover to take it to the dancefloor. Blondage's addictive and beat-driven take on the track ups the tempo without losing any if the tracks original laid-back vibes.