It's always good to see your favourite artist come back after they've been gone for a while, isn't it? Like greeting an old friend you weren't expecting to bump into. You get to see how they've changed and how they haven't. Our playlist this week features several long-awaited returns, and all of them deliver. Elsewhere, we've got new artists and experimentation, anti-capitalist anthems and sneaky satire.
Oliver Sim - GMTOliver Sim was in Australia thinking about Britain when he wrote GMT. Reflecting on a long-distance love, the track draws on a sample of Smile by the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and builds something full of sunshine and longing - both for a distant partner, and for London itself.
Baby Queen - Nobody Really CaresOn Nobody Really Cares Baby Queen advocates for individuality and risk-taking. By turns encouraging and biting, she suggests breaking up with your boyfriend and writing a song for Jodie Comer, among other big changes. Laced with her trademark humour, Baby Queen's latest is an indie-rock reminder that people are selfish and life is too short to care what they think.
Rachel Chinouriri - Thank You For Nothing
Sharing her new single via a performance with Colors Studios, Rachel Chinouriri delivers a melancholic and moving exploration of the knock-on effects of alcohol abuse. An extraordinarily vulnerable song made all the more powerful by Rachel's rich, lilting vocal.
The 1975 - Part of the Band
Catching fans off guard, The 1975 have made a stylistic departure from previous work with their new single. Part of the Band is more indie folk than indie-pop, co-produced by Jack Antonoff and featuring guest vocals from Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner. Propelled along by a rich string section, Part of the Band marries Matty Healy's particular lyrical style with something softer, more self-aware.
Nadia Rose - Recipe
Following on from comeback single Lyrical Assassin, Nadia Rose has dropped another banger with Recipe. A powerful, propulsive summer bop, Recipe is a more than welcome return.
Rae Morris - Low Brow
Taken from her third album Rachel@Fairyland, Rae Morris's Low Brow is anything but. Sensory and sensual, Rae's lyrics are rife with physicality. She summons ripe fruit, bodies and pop culture references, blending them into something fresh and bright.
Loyle Carner - Hate
Loyle Carner has peeled back the curtain with Hate. His first solo single since 2020, Loyle's latest deals with the myriad effects of racism and stereotyping. Pushing back against those who dismiss both himself and his community, on Hate Loyle is exhausted, determined and defiant.
Jeremy Loops - Head Start
Jeremy Loops knows how to capture a season. His third album Heard You Got Love is filled with sunshine and summer tunes, and latest single Head Start is no exception. Catchy and laid back, Head Start deals in youthful innocence and the life experience gleaned from bad decisions, looking forward even as it ponders the past.
Burna Boy feat. Ed Sheeran - For My Hand
Hot off the release of his new album Love, Damini, Burna Boy's latest single For My Hand is a catchy collab with Ed Sheeran. Trading off vocals, Burna Boy and Ed double up on a classic love song that gets into a groove and takes up residence in your head.
WARGASM - Fukstar
Wargasm are, shall we say, not happy with billionaires. Their latest single Fukstar takes aim at the corporations and individuals 'flying off in rockets with celebrities while murdering our environment'. It's a push back against capitalist greed, a snarling takedown and a thrashing electro-punk song rolled into one.
Low Island - Can't Forget
Can't Forget is like a moment of cool relief. Smooth and languid, the lead single off Low Island's upcoming album Life in Miniature takes the volume of the world down a notch with a comforting groove. That's not to say there isn't texture - guitar riffs crackle with life and provide counterbalance - and the overall effect is one of optimism and hope.
Mystic Peach - Ursodfrnt
Psych-punk outfit Mystic Peach have dipped in and out of genres across their discography, but they still sound right at home when they lean into their heavier side. New release Ursodfrnt pokes fun at modern life, its eeriness pushed over the line into all-out-creepy with a Blair-Witch-inspired video.