Single of this week is without any doubt the energetic Punk Wave minded IDLES feat. slowthai - Model Village! I also adore the message behind the song and hope you like it too! Enjoy!
1. Arlo Parks - Too Good (Unknown Mortal Orchestra remix)
Remixed by Ruban Nielson from Unknown Mortal Orchestra at his home studio. This version is released in support of Arlo's current playlisted single 'Too Good', taken from her BRIT-award nominated debut - she won Breakthrough Artist at the event. This summer Arlo will begin her worldwide tour, playing a run of key UK/European festivals ahead of her own headline dates - including sold-out shows in London, LA, New York City and Brussels (Botanique, 12th December).
2. IDLES feat. slowthai - Model Village
Reworking of the fourth single from the 'Ultra Mono' campaign, featuring Mercury Prize nominated grime MC/rapper slowthai. IDLES lead singer Joe Talbot has explained that the song is about cyclical behaviour, repetitive actions and how this loop leads to nationalism/violence/racism. The single will be launching with an hour long BallyTV special 'In Defense of the Arts' at House of Vans, featuring live performances from IDLES with slowthai, Deep Tan, Nuha Ruby Ra and Katy J Pearson, as well as interviews with each. BallyTV special will launch on IDLES YT channel followed by the premiere of the song. IDLES have also partnered with Vans for a custom shoe which will be available to fans.
3. Banji - TalkieWalkie
TalkieWalkie’ is yet another example of the band’s craftmanship for catchy tunes that keeps popping up in your head days after listening. The track that takes you on a journey through the mind filled with intrusive thoughts and dialogues and the feeling of being stuck.
The quartet have already started turning heads with their brand of indie-pop, harnessing the power of the currently scarce resource ‘fun’. An after show set for Vampire Weekend and support slot with Belgian icons Balthazar are wins on the stage, and in the media trusted tastemakers in Billboard, DIY and more lending are their voices of support. As well as musicians, each member of the band is a budding producer - and having cut their teeth working with Jeroen De Pessemier at ICP Studios in Brussels, where The Cure and The Vaccines have recorded, they’ve fully taken the reins on self-production duties this time around. This lends a personal flourish, and distinct Banji flavour to every aspect of the track. ‘TalkieWalkie’ was mixed by Mucky, who has worked with Sevdaliza, Wiley and The Black Eyed Peas.
4. Mild High Club - Me Myself And Dollar Hell (radio edit)
This is the long-awaited comeback single from Mild High Club, the psychedelic band helmed by Alex Brettin. A catchy, jazz-inflected alternative song inspired by psychedelia and AOR that’s sure to delight his fans old and new. Taken from ‘Going Going Gone’, the new album out September 2021, the band’s first official release since 2016’s ‘Skiptracing’. In 2020, Mild High Club had a viral hit on TikTok with the song ‘Homage’ (over 250,000 videos & 140m views).
5. Milan Ring - Hide With You
Acclaimed R&B artist Milan Ring releases new single ‘Hide With You’ on Astral People Recordings / [PIAS]. Hope serves as the declarative banner framing every beat, word and jazz piano chord on the track, a reflection on mental health, the search for freedom, and ultimately healing.Milan says, “‘Hide With You’ is about the search for freedom; hoping that one day, in the vastness of space & time, we find it together. This is a song I hold very dear to my heart and has provided great healing for me. I hope that it may do the same for others also.”
6. Stevan - Hope It's Not
A new standalone single coming from Stevan on Astral People Recordings. On Hope It’s Not, Stevan teams up with producer Louis Schoorl (5SOS, Girls Generation) on a chilled, reflective pop track that signals an exciting evolution in the 20-year-old multitalent’s versatile artistry. Stevan says, “Hope It’s Not is about finding the right person at the wrong time. Well maybe not wrong time but an unexpected time. And adjusting to the feeling of not being ready for love, to acknowledging your true feelings despite being conflicted.”