Friday Fresh : The Week's Biggest Tracks

Take a look at what we've been listening to over the past seven days with this week's edition of Friday Fresh.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 25 Mar 2022
  • min read

The sun has come out this week, bringing with it a host of early 'summertime' bangers - from two-step garage bangers to blissful indie-folk bops, we've got it all.

Disclosure + Raye - Waterfall

In the first week of proper sunshine (for most of us), it’s fitting that this early summertime banger has arrived to usher in the warm weather with its two-step garage beats and addictive hook from Raye. Perfect sunny soundtrack material.

Beabadoobee - Talk

Announcing a second album as well as her biggest UK tour yet, Beabadoobee isn’t messing around. High energy, fuzzy new single Talk carries all of the buzz and hype from her impending megastardom and does so easily. It’s firm banger territory.

Obongjayar - Tinko Tinko (Don’t Play Me For A Fool)

Taken from his debut album, this latest track might see Obongjayar give someone a love ultimatum - but it definitely gives us the good-time feels with its blend of bongo drums and smooth beats. Another song perfect for the springtime sunshine.

Charli XCX - Selfish Girl

Romping to her (very overdue) first ever number one album award, you can’t look further than Charli XCX for a soundtrack to the week. Hard to pick a highlight from Crash, but this absolute bop is one of them. Congratulations to a Real Pop Queen.

The Amazons - Bloodrush

Currently on the road with Royal Blood, The Amazons continue to go from strength to strength - and Bloodrush, the first taste from next album How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me? shows that the Reading band are on a real roll with crafting indie anthems for the festival seasons and beyond.

The Vaccines - Disaster Girl

Another band on a red-hot vein of form, The Vaccines show no sign of leaving this current run of indie dancefloor bangers. The sound of a band in a real hurry to make good times happen, Disaster Girl is another moshpit-in-the-making.

Bloc Party - If We Get Caught

If upcoming album Alpha Games is a return to the Bloc Party sound of old, then If We Get Caught shows them at their most romantic best. A gorgeous, surging anthem that shows Kele and the gang have lost none of their old power to move and soothe.

James Bay - Give Me The Reason

Classic James Bay here. It’s huge, it’s emotional, it’s got the power and energy to fire a hundred suns. A timeless song about the fight to stay together in a relationship when things get tough, this is pretty epic.

Deep Tan - rudy ya ya ya

Another moment of post-punk that plays and toys with the norm, rudy ya ya ya takes delight in tweaking expectations. Taken from an upcoming EP release, it’s another reason to get buzzy about one of the scene’s most exciting bands.

Let’s Eat Grandma - Levitation

Each single from Let’s Eat Grandma heightens the anticipation and excitement for their album, and Levitation takes things even higher. It’s almost La Roux-esque in its blending of synths and big pop hooks. Super exciting.

Lexie Carroll - familiar stranger

A gorgeous slice of bedroom pop from the 17-year-old, there’s something pretty special about these early singles from Lexie Carroll. familiar stranger wears its heart on its sleeve, pretty and floating yet irresistible. We’re hooked.

Seraphina Simone - Sixteen

Currently being seen as part of Self Esteem’s band, Sixteen shows just what a talent Seraphina Simone is in her own right. Gliding over icy synths, it is a perfect slice of modern pop that marks her out as a real talent to watch.

Lizzie Reid - Bible

The Glaswegian singer-songwriter has returned with this new single, an exploration of her nerves in giving herself over to someone new again. Brutally honest, it carries a Julia Jacklin-like timelessness.

Memorial - Honest

British folk-pop duo Memorial are quietly making a big noise, signed to Lucy Rose’s record label and pushing out gently beautiful tracks like Honest - a track that ramps up the guitars ever-so-slightly and feels like pure warmth in sound.

Guise featuring Emily Barker - I Know When You Leave

London four-piece GUISE are joined here by Emily Barker, and the result is a sublime and stirring track about being apart from the person you love. Largely a cappella, this is simply beautiful.

Louis Dunford - Boys Do Cry

Just before his sold-out tour, Louis Dunford released a new EP and this lead single deals in expectations around masculinity and mental health awareness. A worthy message wrapped up in a rousing chorus, things are looking good for Louis.

Priestgate - By The Door

Just about to hit the road with Walt Disco, Priestgate are a band on the very cusp of smashing through into the big time after a string of well-received live shows and appearances on hype lists. A surging indie banger, this shows that the recorded material is keeping up with the buzz nicely.

Opus Kink - The Unrepentant Soldier

Another exciting blend of genres and styles from Opus Kink here, proving that they are a band that are impossible to pin down. A fresh announcement for The Great Escape this year, there is a sense that they are still only just beginning to hit their stride.

Baby Dave - 29

Another deliciously eccentric track from Isaac Holman, unrecognisable in sound from his Slaves days but none the worse for it here. A song built entirely around an inner monologue on a bus journey from Brighton to Tunbridge Wells, there is something addictive about how Isaac is stretching himself as Baby Dave.

Ebi Soda - Gated Community With A Pool

The band themselves describe this as “a beautiful mess”, the raw energy and improvisational jam seeming to pull something magical out of thin air here and turn it into something tangible. Modern jazz at its best.
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