Friday Fresh

Friday Fresh: The week's biggest tracks

Take a look at what we’ve had on repeat across the last seven days with this week’s edition of Friday Fresh.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 4 Feb 2022
  • min read

Each week, we bring you the freshest new tracks on the block and this week is no exception with hot drops from the likes of Arlo Parks, Bastille, Willow Kayne and Alfie Templeman.

Arlo Parks - Softly

It might sound like pure musical sunshine, but this new track from the all-conquering Arlo Parks is all about the fragility and highly emotional fall-out at the end of a relationship. If the warm vibes of Softly are any indication for what her follow-up to Collapsed In Sunbeams will be like, then we are in for a real treat.

Black Country, New Road - Basketball Shoes

Just a few days before the release of Black Country, New Road’s incredible second album Ants From Up There came the sad news of the departure of frontman and vocalist Isaac Wood for health reasons. While the band have already said that they will carry on, this live fan favourite and twelve minute long closing epic is testament to the beautiful fragility and wonderful chaos that he and the band have summoned, and shows just why those Arcade Fire comparisons were apt.

Bastille - Back To The Future

A bop of the highest order, this impeccable slice of pop from Dan Smith and the gang is one of the highlights of Give Me The Future, Bastille’s fourth full-length studio album. As you would expect from the band, the record itself blends sci-fi themes with hyper-ambitious and polished indie pop and finds optimism amongst the chaos.

Labrinth - I'm Tired

HBO show Euphoria is fast becoming the place to go to find the biggest tunes dropping on a weekly basis. Lana Del Ray debuted her latest a couple of episodes ago, and now British rapper-slash-producer Labrinth has revealed I’m Tired. A gorgeously woozy slice of soul, dripping in tension.

Willow Kayne - Faces Change

The sound of the future, Willow Kayne is going from strength to strength. Never knowingly doing the same thing twice, Faces Change is a statement of intent. 'Put on the planet to dominate,' the winner of the Rising Star at the Ivors raps (probably truthfully) at one point here, before the song pivots and expands into an ear-worm of a chorus. Unstoppable.

Alfie Templeman - Broken

Built on a riff he created when he was just 14, Broken takes Alfie’s love of all things Nile Rodgers and Radiohead and fuses it into another top tier bop — all the while again fusing melancholy lyrics with upbeat sounds. Always open with discussing his mental wellbeing online, this shows that he is not afraid of carrying that conversation on into his songs. A real talent.

Joesef - It's Been A Little Heavy Lately

Written about his habit for making bad decisions when he’s feeling down, It’s Been A Little Heavy Lately carries a real late-night vibe with it. Effortlessly danceable, it's all about those moments when you let your standards slip (we’ve all been there) and comes with an announcement of a huge May tour for the Glaswegian.

Nova Twins - K.M.B

After years building up a fearsome reputation on the live circuit as one of the most exciting acts around, it is high time that Nova Twins got the respect that they have earned. Inspired by the sounds and feels of the '90s, K.M.B. (short for Kill My Boyfriend), is a ferocious but playful entry point to the new era of their impending second album.

Lynks - Silly Boy

Another delicious slice of hyper-pop from Lynks, this withering barrage of put-downs is both a superb response to toxic straight men and a pure dancefloor banger to fit alongside Lynks’ others. One of the most sensational live acts around, it’s another slice of beautiful chaos.

Priestess - Little Faith

Brand new London artist, Priestess, makes brooding electro-pop music that she describes as carrying ‘a divine feminine energy’. Little Faith is an ominous, skittering track that calls the likes of Bat For Lashes to mind. Exciting stuff.

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