We're one week into 2022, and one resolution that we are intent on maintaining is bringing you the best new music every week. Today we've got every new year mood catered for; whether it's quiet introspection, seeking out greener pastures or party excitement, we've got it all.
Let’s Eat Grandma - Happy New Year
More tracks should end with literal fireworks. The first super-banger of 2022, Happy New Year is exactly what it says on the tin. A euphoric electro indie-pop anthem and tribute to how friendships may change and evolve over time, it's a track that may drip with nostalgia, but only of the warm and fuzzy kind. Did we mention the actual fireworks? Delicious and delightful, it marks out the coming-soon third record from Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth as one of the most fiercely-anticipated albums of the year.
Yard Act - Rich
Central Cee - Retail Therapy
The MOBO-winning, BBC Sound of 2022 placed, much-hyped west London rapper kicks the doors to 2022 down with this track about the positive mental benefits of a trip to the shops. Based on the same Hank Crawford track that has previously been sampled by Kanye West and 2Pac, Retail Therapy — produced by Nastylgia and Young Chencs — is the perfect preview to his upcoming 23 mixtape.
Sea Power - Green Goddess
Never mind retail therapy, Sea Power (the band dropped the ‘British’ part of their name last year) are imploring you to head for a more natural setting on a track that vocalist and guitarist Jan Scott Wilkinson describes as a 'love song about everything green from the Lake District to the New Forest’. Euphoric and soaring, it is a reminder to head for the places that make you the happiest from the band’s upcoming album Everything Was Forever.
alt-J - Hard Drive Gold
Continuing the money talk —whether it’s making it or spending it — alt-J keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton describes Hard Drive Gold as ‘a slightly tongue-in-cheek song written at what we thought was the height of the cryptocurrency gold rush.’ As the chorus says, ‘don’t be afraid to make money, boy,’ it’s a fun taste of upcoming record The Dream, complete with a beat that’ll have you dancing all the way to the bank.
Kid Kapichi & Bob Vylan - New England
'New England is a song that targets the blindly patriotic, grabs them by the shoulders, shakes them and shouts 'Wake Up,' explains vocalist and guitarist Jack Wilson of this collab between the Hastings band and Bob Vylan. 'We’re living in scary times where the top of society have found a way to turn the working class against themselves. We become more confident in our xenophobia as it’s only reinforced by our government on a daily basis.' Surly and savage, this is a ferociously exciting hook-up between two exciting acts bubbling away and very much doing things their way.
Spector - Do You Wanna Drive
Only just sneaking in over the two minute mark, Do You Wanna Drive is one of the firm album highlights from London indie champions Spector’s third album Now Or Whenever. Coming six and a half years after their last album, the talk of ‘diving back into ubiquity’ feels like a knowing nod to their triumphant return and looks set to be troubling the indie discos once more.
Twin Atlantic -Instigator
Over a driving synth beat, Instigator is a wide-screen highlight of Twin Atlantic’s latest record Transparency — a record that has received the warmest response yet for the Glaswegian band, despite arriving out of strained circumstances. Soaring and rushing like a runaway train, this is a track that deserves to be cranked up to full volume.