May was yet another unforgettable month for new music, it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to just 10, but someone has got to do the job!
So here are my Top 10 tracks to come out in May:
black midi- Welcome to Hell
UK-based experimental post-rock trio Black Midi are back with a bang in the form of ‘Welcome to Hell’, the leadoff single to their highly anticipated upcoming third album, Hellfire. The track is classic Black Midi, offering a barnstorming voyage of the band’s flair for serrated melodies, outlandish chromatic soundscapes, and left-field arrangement approaches.
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
This month, Kendrick Lamar made a stunning return with ‘The Heart Part 5’, the promotional single from Kendrick’s latest album, the critically acclaimed Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. It is also the fifth instalment in Lamar’s “The Heart” series. The track showcases Kendrick’s iconic rapid-fire flow, profound social commentary, masterful storytelling and lacerating wordplay, exhibiting why so many consider him the voice of a generation.
In addition, the powerful conceptual video further aids the lyrical content of the complexity between black people and the USA. Featuring only a single shot held on Lamar, as his face intermittently deep faked between O.J. Simpson, Will Smith, Kanye West, Jussie Smollet, Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle.
Katy J Pearson – Alligator
Yet another equitable picking from Bristol’s rising singer songwriter Katy J Pearson. ‘Alligator’ is packed with quirky drum grooves, a menacing bassline, sincere lyrics and Katy’s heavenly vocals. Furthermore, the track also delivers a more electric sound for Katy J Pearson, an exciting progression aided by the legendary producer Dan Carey.
Interpol – Fables
Another selection from Interpol’s upcoming album The Other Side of Make-Believe with the latest single ‘Fables’. A hauntingly beautiful track from the indie-rock giants, featuring Daniel Kessler’s trademark precise and punching guitar licks, Paul Banks’s emotive vocals and Sam Fogarino’s robust drums. ‘Fables’ is the perfect song for a wistful summer’s evening.
Jamie T – The Old Style Raiders
South London’s favourite, Jamie T, makes a triumphant return after a 6-year hiatus with ‘The Old Style Raiders’. A classic indie-rock anthem filled with hope and heartfelt sentiment, alongside a euphoric sing-along ready chorus. The song was also produced by ex-Maccabees guitarist Hugo White who brings an unconfined and rapturous quality to Jamie’s latest sound.
Alex G – Blessing
Alex G returned this month with the new song, ‘Blessing’, a complete radical yet almost foreseen change from the perpetually experimental Philadelphia-based singer songwriter. ‘Blessing’ sees Alex plunge into the depths of 90’s rock with its dark tone, yet still masterfully retains the essence that makes him so beloved in indie circles.
Oliver Sim – Hideous
The XX bassist/vocalist Oliver Sim tries his hand at a solo project with the mid-tempo pop song ‘Hideous’, a candid and heartfelt number in which Sim addresses his diagnosis with HIV at the age of 17. It also features former Bronski Beat/Communards singer Jimmy Somerville and production by Sim’s bandmate Jamie xx.
POND – Hang a Cross On Me
Australian psych-rock darlings Pond’s latest single, ‘Hang a Cross On Me’ is a vigorous, dance-floor primed gem. This band have truly mastered the art of sounding old-school and futuristic simultaneously.
Viagra Boys – Troglodyte
Stockholm post-punkers Viagra Boys’ latest single, ‘Troglodyte’, is a thunderous, ‘Devoesque’ and poignantly politically charged banger. Exploring the idea of modern man and the aforementioned troglodytes. A topic I am sure has never been examined in music before!
Ty Segall – Saturday Pt. 2
Ty Segall channels his inner Marc Bolan with ‘Saturday Pt. 2’, a serene, delicate, psych-rock number with a stunning saxophone solo. Segall has the anomalous skill of eternally constructing classic melodies.
Hope you enjoy the music suggestions as we enter June. The month was named after the Greek goddess Juno the patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. So remember to always herald those important women in your life!