June was a truly memorable month for new music, and it gets harder and harder to choose just 10 songs every month! But without further ado, here are my Top 10 tracks to come out in June:
Dry Cleaning – Don’t Press me
Renowned South London post-punk quartet Dry Cleaning are back with a bang in the form of their new single “Don’t Press me”, full of expansive and dynamic instrumentation and Florence Shaw’s trademark spoken-word flow and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. In this instance, a philosophical composition to gaming. A track not to be missed!
Steve Lacy – Mercury
Internet member Steve Lacy is back after an 18-month break with the first taster from his forthcoming new album, ”Gemini Rights” with the track “Mercury,” a dynamic song that expertly blends ’60s Brazilian bossa nova, ’70s bass-driven funk, and Lacy’s distinctive interpretation of contemporary pop and R&B.
Belief – WOT
Belief, the project of Warpaints Stella Mozgawa and producer Boom Bip (Neon Neon), discloses their mutual love of experimental dance music on the single “WOT.” A track heavily influenced by legendary techno acts LFO And 808 State, thanks to its captivating sound design and addictive loopy motifs.
Black Midi – Eat Men Eat
Black Midi’s Avant-Prog track “Eat Men Eat” narrates the story of a disconcerting desert quest. The single incorporates elements of Spanish Flamenco music such as palmas layered and rhythmic clapping, which was recorded by percussionist Demi García Sabat. The song also features over 50 fan-submitted recordings layered into the end of the track.
Black Midi are slowly positioning themselves in music history alongside progressive heavyweights such as Frank Zappa and King Crimson.
Beach Bunny – Entropy
Chicago’s Beach Bunny have released their grandiose 90s-Esque pop-rock anthem, “Entropy.” Full of melodic guitar riffs, heavy distortion, a driving rhythm section, and Lili Trifilio’s exquisite vocals.
Foals – Crest of the Wave
“Crest Of The Wave” delivers a more serene aura than we’ve heard from Foals’ other recent tracks with its sparkling synths, radiant guitar licks, and energetic beat; nonetheless, vocalist Yannis still provides his beautiful signature redolent and idealist lyrics. “Crest Of The Wave” is a rich dreamy tropical soundscape destined to be on repeat all summer!
Preoccupations – Ricochet
Canadian post-punk favourites Preoccupations return after a 4-year hiatus with the goth-pop single “Ricochet,” a dark number that sees frontman Matt Flegel commentating on the deterioration of society.
Jockstrap – Glasgow
London duo Jockstrap consists of Georgia Ellery (also of Black Country, New Road) and Taylor Skye, their latest single, “Glasgow,” is a spacey indie-pop delight, driven by acoustic guitar and Ellery’s incredible vocals and string arrangements.
The Mars Volta – Blacklight Shine
The Mars Volta have made their long-awaited return with the new single ‘Blacklight Shine,” an exhilarating, summer-ready assortment of sounds, with Omar Rodríguez-López’s colourful, six-string psych-funk soundscape driving the track. ‘Blacklight Shine” is a well-needed dose of classic Mars Volta psych-rock, it feels like they have never been away!
Leon Bridges, Kevin Kaarl – Summer Moon
GRAMMY Award-winning artist Leon Bridges has teamed up with Mexican folk singer Kevin Kaarl for the track “Summer Moon.” Leon and Kevin bounce off each other flawlessly as they take turns singing verses. “Summer Moon” is the perfect soundtrack for a lazy summer’s night with its gentle rocking rhythm and simple instrumentation as it slowly soothes you into a wistful haze.
Now we head into July; July’s birthstone is the ruby, symbolising contentment; we hope it’s a contentful one for you all and see you again in August!