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The best new tracks from the last month.

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Tame Impala - ‘Cause I’m A Man

A lot happens over the course of a month in the mad world of ace music. You’re busy people, we get that, so we’re here to help. Catch up with the most amazing, exciting or generally ‘WTF m9’ new songs that have surfaced in the last few weeks. No need to thank us. No, really, it’s fine.

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Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala have never shied away from the direct route. Behind each outlandish, psych-leaning attempt is a simple message, often one coated in sadness. But in ‘’Cause I’m A Man’, Parker’s discovered an extra gear, an ability to express with zero distractions. And for one of the first times, the frontman is embracing his inner complications. “My weakness is the source of all my pride,” he sings, above slick clicks and a steamed up, Michael Jackson-nodding R&B groove. If Tame Impala were already champions of direct, unorthodox pop, they’ve just established a new elite league. Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck When Florence Welch announced her ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ album, she told Zane Lowe that she had something of a “nervous breakdown”, without going into too many details. Constant touring and a one-albumafter-the-next cycle had clearly taken effect, but ‘Ship to Wreck’ is the first of her new songs to directly address the in-limbo stage that struck LP3. “Did I drink too much? Am I losing touch?” she sings, before - as is custom with anything Welch does - bursting into a gigantic chorus. Whatever happened in between records, whichever creative blocks she ran into headfirst - they’re gone now.

The Maccabees Marks To Prove It There’s a steady pulse behind The Maccabees’ returning single of choice, a thudding bassline which drags ‘Marks To Prove It’ kicking and screaming through the haze of their contemporaries. Time away has granted them ample space to beef up their act – this is no wistful ‘sound of the summer’ indie record; it’s a hundred-mile-an-hour road trip through punishing desert. Even when they tone it down, dipping into echoey, eerie synth-lines as the track enters its final third, the tightrope is quick to snap. It’s the playful waltz with which ‘Marks To Prove It’ reaches its end, though, that leaves the most lasting impression.

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.