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New Music Monday

Start your week right with a selection of some of the best new releases.

  • By Olly Wareham
  • 6 Apr 2020
  • min read

For our first New Music Monday of the month, we dive into some of our favourite tracks released in the last week, from the outspoken attitude of Kiana Ledé to the revival of a George Dawes classic. 

We hope this week’s offerings will provide some relief from the labours of lockdown. What better way to pass the time than to discover some new music tips? 

Matt Lucas – Thank You Baked Potato  

Fantastically, Matt Lucas’ NHS social distancing guidance reworking of the famed Potato Song from Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s Shooting Stars is rapidly climbing up the charts - released last week to raise money for the NHS. If you’ve not seen the original, we’d suggest watching that first for a bit of context.   

Squid – Sludge 

The band recently announced that they’ve signed to Warp Records (home to Aphex Twin and Battles).  For their first release on the label, we’re treated to a fine example of the off-kilter rhythms, impassioned vocals and a-typical song structures for which Squid are becoming increasingly well known. 

Kiana Ledé (feat. Lucky Daye) – Forfeit 

To celebrate the news of a forthcoming debut studio album, Kiana Ledé dropped the single Forfeit last week, much to the excitement of her considerable social media following. If you were in any doubt, the lyrics to this laidback, R&B soaked track clearly indicate that Kiana Ledé is not to be messed with. 

M. Ward – Heaven’s Nail and Hammer 

Anti-Records’ M. Ward released his tenth studio album last week, from which this single is taken. Echoing the work of label mate Tom Waits, the record is a bluesy stomp through modern America, rewarding multiple listens and providing the perfect slouchy soundtrack to this current period of isolation. 

Muzz – Broken Tambourine 

Muzz is the new project from Interpol’s Paul Banks, The Walkman’s Matt Barrick and Day of The Dead’s Josh Kaufman. ‘A super group?’ – we hear you say? Yes, we certainly think so. Broken Tambourine is a breezy slice of unmissable Americana and the group’s first release, courtesy of Matador Records. We eagerly await their next offering.