January continues to offer up winning tunes in the form of Pet Shop Boys’ dancefloor ready return, The Shires’ country-pop perfection, Moses Boyd’s moody new single and more.
Pet Shop Boys – Monkey Business
The UK’s premier synth-pop duo return with the third taste of their forthcoming album, Hotspot. Following on from Burning the Heather and Dreamland, their latest single is a groove-heavy disco gem complete with Neil Tennant’s lyrical swagger – ‘Bring me margaritas / Champagne and red wine / We’re gonna have a party/Where we all cross the line / I’m looking for monkey business.’
Breaking Emptiness comes from the forthcoming collaborative album by composer Simon Fisher Turner and ceramicist Edmund de Waal. The records roots lie in the sound work Fisher Turner created for de Waal’s – one way or other – instillation at the Schindler house in LA. A Quiet Corner in Time explores the history of the house and the sonic nature of objects.
Seven-piece Bristol supergroup Pet Shimmers are hitting the new year hard with a compulsive new track from their surprise debut album. Face Down in Meta is pencilled in for release at the end of the month and the irreverently titled Post-Dick Circle Fuck’s hazy drive is a mouth-watering taste of what’s in store from their first long player.
Shades of You is the first cut from the South-London drummer’s highly anticipated debut album. The track bubbles and pops with Boyd’s unique percussion while a murky bassline contrasts with Poppy Ajudha’s breezy vocal. All of which is likely to fuel the fire of expectation for his first LP, Dark Matter, which is out 14 February via his own Exodus Records.
UK country duo The Shires are all set to return with their fourth album in March. Lightning Strikes is a bright and warm introduction to the pair’s follow up to 2018’s Accidently on Purpose. The track’s sunlit harmonies and an upbeat melody are the prefect way to ward off January blues.