Here’s our weekly round-up of some of the biggest and best new tracks released this week, featuring everyone’s favourite Italians, Måneskin, a new number from Paris Texas’ brand new EP, a return from HalfNoise, and much more.
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Måneskin - MAMMAMIA
Taking its cues very much from the all-conquering Italians’ own ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’, ‘MAMMAMIA’ is primed musically for a sticky dancefloor, and lyrically… probably the less-than-salubrious confines of that same club’s toilet cubicles, given just how direct Damiano David is being with his wants: “Oh mamma-mamma mia, spit your love on me / I’m on my knees and I can’t wait to drink your rain,” he yelps. “I’ll burn all the place down ‘cause I’m so fucking hot.” And if that wasn’t enough, nestled among the singer’s steamy desires are a couple of wry nods to those Eurovision night rumours: “I swear that I’m not drunk and I’m not taking drugs.” (Bella Martin)
Paris Texas - BULLSEYE
Paris Texas have teamed up with cult producer Kenny Beats for this jarring track that features on new EP 'Red Hand Akimbo'. 'BULLSEYE' neatly trades between blunt verses alluding to missing parents ("My house was haunted / Seen my father go ghost”) and candid choruses reaffirming their authenticity as individuals ("I’m not gon' fake the story / Most people flip the script”), offering a rare insight into the lives of the duo. Known for traipsing away from the beaten path, this tracks embraces the loose musicality of Britpop with the trademark frenetic pacing, saturated snare hits and heady hooks of Paris Texas, eventually evanescing into a faded chill hop outro. (Alisdair Grice)
Halfnoise - Superstition
Zac Farro has been making slinky, ‘60s-indebted numbers for some time now with HalfNoise, and ‘Superstition’, the latest cut from forthcoming album ‘Motif’, is no different. A simmering track, all sweeping strings and oh-so-familiar chord changes, it’s soft and enveloping: fitting given that he says it’s written about falling in love with his partner. Aww. (Louisa Dixon)
The Mysterines - Hung Up
It makes perfect sense that Liverpool quartet The Mysterines have recently clocked up a few live dates supporting Royal Blood; not ones for subtlety, the quartet’s MO is snarling, riff-heavy rock, turned up to 11. ‘Hung Up’ adds another grizzly bullet to their arsenal, choosing the path of angsty resistance despite its lyrics suggesting that maybe, beneath the powerful vocals, singer Lia Metcalfe might actually be a bit more vulnerable than she’d like you to know. (Lisa Wright)
Phoebe Green - So Grown Up
'So Grown Up' might be Phoebe Green’s most intense track yet – tackling, as the title suggests, the relentless ache of growing older and the struggles that come alongside it, she pairs sprawling instrumentals with desolate, reflective lyrics in a dark cocktail tailor-made for the existentially struggling. She’s stuck with her nostalgic sound, but this time the shimmering synths and fuzzy melodies conjure an atmosphere that’s more painfully longing than dreamy, as Phoebe wonders just how she got here, almost (but not quite) wishing she could go back. (Ims Taylor)
Hatchie - Crush
Where Jennifer Paige’s 1998 teen pop classic found the singer breathily declaring her nonchalance for a potential beau (we think the lady doth protest too much…), Aussie singer Hatchie’s rework ups the creep level, substituting wide-eyed airiness with Massive Attack-y claustrophobia. If Killing Eve’s musical team are in search of the perfect stalker soundtrack, ‘Crush’ 2.0 will have you deleting Hinge and locking your front door. (Lisa Wright)
Pulled Apart By Horses - First World Problems
The first taste of the Leeds group’s fifth album ‘First World Problems’ sees them retreating from the psych foray that was 2014’s ‘Blood’ and instead looking to the directness of ‘70s punk. A little ham-fisted in parts with its message (it is, you see, rallying against those who sweat the small stuff, no double-meanings here), and there’s a guitar line that’s eerily similar to the Friends theme, but ultimately Pulled Apart By Horses being back and making a racket is something to be celebrated. (Ed Lawson)
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