New Music Monday

As January draws to a close, we’ve picked out another batch of top tracks that have popped up so far this year.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 27 Jan 2020
  • min read
As January draws to a close, we’ve picked out another batch of top tracks that have popped up so far this year.

From the much anticipated second album from J Hus to Squarepusher’s uncompromising return and soothing sounds from emerging artist Eliza Shaddad, there’s a wealth of different sounds to enjoy.

Tune in…

Eliza Shaddad – Same As You
Following her 2018 debut long player Future, Eliza has returned with a three-track EP that builds on the reflective guitar balladry of that collection. Recorded in a bungalow in Cornwall, Same As You is a tender slice of indie rock that acts as a fine introduction to the rising star.

Squarepusher – Nervelevers
Squarepusher, aka electronic maestro Tom Jenkinson, has crash-landed into 2020 at hyper speed with taste of his upcoming album, Be Up A Hello. While Nervelevers delivers on the early nineties rave nostalgia front, Jenkinson’s characteristic and thrilling unpredictability plants the track squarely in the here and now.

Bill Fay – Salt of the Earth
Folk veteran Bill Fay continues his run of steady releases since his comeback album Life Is People, which was released in 2012. His latest long player Countless Branches is yet more proof that a 40-year gap in releasing music has done little to dampen his songwriting prowess or his gift for charmingly understated performance. Salt of the Earth is one of the album’s many highlights.

Keeley Forsyth – Start Again
Start Again feels like an apt title for a song from actress-turned-singer/composer Keeley Forsyth. While her debut album Debris leans towards the avant-garde, largely playing out across sombre acoustics mingled with her striking and haunted vibrato, final track Start Again employs a bold use of electronics that hint at a possible future direction.

J Hus – Helicopter
Two-and-a-half years after his Brit and Mercury Prize-nominated debut Common Sense was released, J Hus’s returns with Big Conspiracy. Although he takes a more low-key and pensive approach this time around, his inventive UK/Afro fusion experiments are still intact. Helicopter opens the record and acts as a primer for the brooding, yet melodic, slant of the record.