New Music We Love: Years & Years are back, Loote are on repeat and Dermot Kennedy is winning
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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It’s not new Ariana Grande music, but Years & Years give us everything we wanted (and a little bit more) with their highly anticipated come-back song, although the live version will need louder drums and preferably confetti.
Featured Songs: Years & Years – Sanctify
Take your mind back to 2015. Donald Trump wasn’t President yet, the UK was still in the EU and Years & Years ruled the radio with stringahits ‘King’, ‘Shine’, ‘Desire’ and basically every song from their debut album ‘Communion’.
It isn’t 2015 anymore Toto and whilst comeback single ‘Sancity’ needs the drums turning back (and the tempo sped up) – it’s a very promising start from the band who have obviously spent the past 3 years perfecting their craft. It’s a bit dark, a lot of pop and most importantly… IT’S INTERESTING! Hits the nail on the head, although a real dancey tune would be appreciated thnx.
Other Good Ones
Loote – Your Side Of The Bed: Lov and Foote (their surnames, hence: Loote) have smashed Spotify with their past two singles ‘High Without Your Love’ and ‘Out Of My Head’. This new single has what it takes to break the duo and, based on a the amount of times we’ve asked Alexa to “repeat the last song” (to which Alexa replies: “I cannot replay previous songs” and then we have to go back onto Spotify and do it manually)… we’re a bit obsessed.
James Bay – Pink Lemonade: As part of his comeback, James Bay proves he can play every instrument on the new single. Much rockier than ‘Wild Love’ and definitely isn’t better than it either, but ‘Pink Lemonade’ has an attractive attitude which cannot be ignored. We’re fans!
Dermot Kennedy – Young & Free: Dermot has one of the best voices in the world of “rising stars” and the new single provides both those crowd-pleasing belters, whilst also providing the narrative which keeps it interesting. We can’t help but feel that we’re onto a winner with this one…
Liv Dawson – Talk: Isn’t it about time that Liv Dawson just has her big break now? With two songs on over 6M streams on Spotify, whilst ‘Talk’ may not be that big “we’re going to make you a star!” single, it’s got the dance beats that we have come to expect, but also changes up more than once to make it what we call: a good song.
Alison Wonderland – No: Following smash single ‘Church’ (which we still have on repeat), ‘No’ comes to promote the upcoming album, but is still a verifiable banger. It’s better than Meghan Trainor’s ‘No’ too, so that’s a bonus. Can she do no wrong?
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
John Newman – Fire In Me: HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN? It’s been a couple of minutes (code for: years) since John Newman had a hit… we just hoped that this didn’t sound so much like everything else. Single 2 will be better, surely?
Kara Marni – Curve: Kara has one of those voices which is so amazing and smooth that you can’t help but think she’s really cool. And we’ve heard that she is, which is a bonus. A ‘real’ song that has taken ‘real’ work to make, if you know what we mean?
The Knocks – Ride Or Die (feat. Foster The People): We shall return to this one in 3 months time when it’s a bit sunnier outside.
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.