PressPLAYLIST: The week in music

So JT is apparently doing the BRITs, which is the perfect opportunity for Tulisa to do a Jarvis Cocker and try moon him for attention. And of course, we’re all looking forward to the big Beyoncé Superbowl performance, which should hopefully give Michelle-can-you-handle-it something to do other than pick up her dole money.

Anyway, here’s what we’ve been spinning this week (besides the sublime offerings from Night Beds, Foals, and High Highs):

Kitty – #Unfollowed
While Angel Haze and Azealia Banks are busy setting back feminism a couple hundred years, Kitty (formerly Pryde, not of the X-Men) has sidled up with a corking little mixtape. Her lethargic delivery has divided people up until now, but there’s so much brilliant material in D.A.I.S.Y Rage it’s hard to pick just one track. We’ve gone with #Unfollowed – caustic, relevant, and massively addictive.

Chloe Howl – Rumour
See that girl, she’s looking great / She used to be quite overweight / She may not be entirely straight/ I guess it’s just a rumour.” Chloe Howl delivers barbs like Ms Cooper née Allen, as if she were produced by Ellie Goulding (this is a good thing). Rumour is catchy London pop – more please, Ms Howl.

 

Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
We’ve loved Autre ne Veut from the days of that pencil-shaded first album (New Depth in particular), despite all the unfair comparisons at the time with How to Dress Well. Play by Play is the second single from upcoming album Anxiety, essentially teaching the Weeknd how to do a slow jam with some proper spike.

Alpine – Gasoline
You’d be forgiven for thinking spring’s here already with this bouncy little thing from Alpine. Gasoline starts like old-school R&B by way of Dirty Projectors, giving way to a glorious three minutes of sunshine vocals and punchy production. It’s enough to make you want to start chasing the neighbours with a hose pipe.