January is off to a flying start with tracks from Georgia's much anticipated debut, a colossal track from pigsx7, new music from Algiers, a diss track from Stormzy and lush harmonies from The Big Moon. Dig in...
Georgia – 24 Hours
Georgia’s 24 Hours comes from the London producer and vocalist's recently released second album Seeking Thrills. Taking her inspiration from Berlin’s nocturnal party scene, the track echoes the euphoria of a night out via poppy hooks and a entrancing beat and hints that 2020 is hers for the taking.
While passionate politicos Algiers ready for the release of their follow up to 2017’s critically-acclaimed The Underside of Power, their latest single does a fine job of increasing the levels of excited anticipation. While the moody, soaring soul of We Can’t Be Found is characteristic of the band’s sound, the track’s arena-ready rock slant adds a new-found grandeur to the band’s music.
If anyone can lift those January blues, it’s Newcastle’s Pigx7. Handily, fresh out of the airways today (Monday), courtesy of Mary Anne Hobbes BBC 6 Music show, comes their monstrous new single Reducer. Taken from their aptly titled forthcoming album Viscerals - out via Rocket Recordings on 3 April - this hard-rocking ripper is what the upper levels of the volume knob was made for, from a band that continue to go from strength-to-strength \m/
Following the festivities, January can often seem like a dull month… unless two titans of grime spark a lyrical battle of epic proportions that is. Wiley ignited the war of words with Eediyat Skengman 1 to which Stormzy responded with Disappointed. Ante decidedly upped, Wiley offered a swift and biting riposte with Eediyat Skengman 2. Stormzy duly responded to his threat to rip his mum’s weave off with the stone-cold diss: ‘So why you love to talk about mums so much? / Where's yours? / Let me just 'low it / Let me just pause.’ Ouch.
Indie-poppers The Big Moon recently released their second record Walking Like We Do. Their follow up to 2017 Mercury nominated debut Love in the 4th Dimension is chock full of irresistibly tuneful and anthemic vignettes, of which Barcelona is one. A lively rhythm and cascading harmonies make the track difficult to resist.