We're now well into the summer. The sun shines, the days are long... and the nights are clammy and gross. So why not take a moment to relax in the shade with a cool lemonade and discover some brand new music.
Whether you're into punk, pop or R&B, we've got you covered with a selection of ten brand new tracks to add to your playlists and potentially to your record collections.
Petrol Girls - Fang
Dripping with riot grrrl energy, Petrol Girls are in the process of striking the match to set the UK punk scene alight. 'Fang' is the latest in a series of hard-hitting singles from last year's critically acclaimed debut Talk of Violence - striking out against sexism in the music industry one head-crushing punk riff at a time.
red kite - take care of your own
Art-rock meets indie with just a sprinkle of melancholy on this new single by East London six-piece red kite. The video follows a creepy bug-eyed character made of felt as he navigates his way through various parks in London. The song delves, lyrically, into the feeling of desperation you feel at being unable to help a struggling friend and builds to a suitably climactic end.
White Moth Black Butterfly - The Serpent
From the brainchild of the songwriters behind progressive metal heavyweights TesseracT and Skyharbor, White Moth Black Butterfly create spacey, leftfield experimental pop melodies counterpointed with prog sensibilities. New track, 'The Serpent' - the first from their second full-length album - pitches intricate acoustic guitar against precise live-drumming to create a gorgeous pop soundscape.
Rainbrother - Fat Eggs
The lead single from Copehagen-bred dreamers Rainbrother's latest album Tales From The Drought, 'Fat Eggs' is an infectiously tranquil ballad that sways from side to side lazily while also remaining completely engaging. Vocalist Bjarke Bendtsen sings of late night temptations and the grandeur of being alive.
Slaughter Beach, Dog - Building The Ark
Jake Ewalds, guitarist of emo revivalists Modern Baseball, has released a new four-track EP, Motorcycle.jpg, under his solo pseudonym Slaughter Beach, Dog. The lead single, 'Building The Ark' is an abstract acoustic song that follows Ewalds' muddled thought process as he reflects on the end of a relationship whilst on tour in Las Vegas.
Only Girl - Heights
Only Girl, A.K.A. Ellen Murphy, is really a name to look out for in the coming months, having already picked up a lot of traction for her previous single 'Fortune' - including an appearance on ITV's The Nightly Show. Her new track, 'Heights', sees Only Girl loose her wonderful soulful R&B melodies over a skeletal minimal instrumental, giving the song the feel of stumbling through a daydream.
Fassine - Palio
The second single to be released from Fassine's upcoming second album, Gourami, Palio is a creeping, cerebral slice of electronic pop. It builds almost brick by brick from a lone piano, to an almost cacophonous close with each new instrument adding a new interesting layer to the song.
Catholic Action - Propaganda
Short but sweet, art-rockers Catholic Action's new single Propaganda is barely two minutes long but it is nonetheless a wonderfully chaotic throwback to the heights of 80s post punk. According to singer Chris McCrory, the song details a drunken epiphany on a dancefloor, in which he realised he was lost. Deep stuff. Great song.
Sløtface - Pitted
Norwegian punks Sløtface have made quite a name for themselves in punk circles despite having not yet released their debut. Their latest single 'Pitted' is a ferocious pop punk ode to not wanting to go out and preferring instead to stay at home, only to have the best night after giving in. Definitely a feeling that many students can relate to.
Everything Everything - A Fever Dream
Unapologetically weird and fiercely inventive, Everything Everything's 2015 album Get To Heaven was widely regarded by critics and audiences alike as one of the best of the year. Their new single, 'A Fever Dream', though different in many regards to the sound they forged on their previous release, is a sign that they show no intention of letting up that momentum. The track starts as an emotional piano ballad sang in Jonathan Higgs' signature falsetto before snowballing into an eclectic mix of glitchy house beats and feverish synth-lines.