Must Listen 2018: The best new music this April

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Are you on the hunt for some playlist inspiration? Well look no further, because we’ve rounded up the finest new music releases for your listening pleasure. This month we’ve got the smoothest soul, riotous rock and roll, and a pair of Scandi pop superstars. You’re in for a treat!  

Jack White - Over and Over and Over

As the artist behind some of the most iconic riffs in rock music history, it comes as no surprise that this track kicks things off with an absolute zinger of a guitar lick. But, on this standout single from Jack White’s third solo album, that’s simply the start.

What ensues is a ferocious tour de force from the former White Stripe – who delivers rap-like venomous lyrics over a raucous backing ensemble. The perfect soundtrack for kickstarting a riot, White’s brazen approach to song writing and production makes this tune his best work in years.

Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music, Radio X, Virgin

Sigrid - Raw

What a year it’s been so far for Scandi pop startlet, Sigrid. After kicking things off by topping the BBC’s revered Sound of 2018 list, the 21-year-old Norwegian is now looking firmly ahead to a debut album this summer. While we sit back and wait for more news of this, a brand spanking new track serves as a delicious teaser of things to come.

Confirming Sigrid’s penchant for certified pop bangers, Raw builds slowly with a primitive, rousing beat providing the only backing to the singer’s tender vocals. Ascending steadily to a final, triumphant chorus, the track concludes with a ‘lighters in the air’ moment that’s destined to fill arenas in the near future.

Likely to hear on: Capital, Radio 1

MØ - Nostalgia

Continuing the Scandinavian theme, we welcome back Denmark’s MØ. Largely remembered for Lean On, the mammoth radio-conquering collab with Major Lazer, she’ll be aiming to seize back control of the airwaves with the first cut from her forthcoming sophomore album.

Nostalgia does just what it says on the tin. Over a pounding, swampy beat, the singer recalls memories of her formative years. “I remember the first time I was in love, it was all the way back in 1997,” she coos fondly, before the track erupts in joyous fashion with its euphoric chorus. Definitely one for the summer playlist.

Likely to hear on: Kiss, Capital, Radio 1

Plan B - Queue Jumping

Proving his credentials as one of the most chameleonic artists in the current British music landscape, Plan B returns for album four with a reinvented style and sound.

Marking a big shift from his grittier, former guise of Strickland Banks and more recent Ill Manors concept record, Queue Jumping is a gorgeous serving of neo soul – bolstered by the singer’s polished falsetto. Having previously dabbled and mashed up an array of musical styles, this is an exciting step into new territory for Plan B.

Likely to hear on: Radio 2, Heart

Lady Gaga - Your Song

To celebrate that legend this is Elton John, a swathe of music superstars, including Ed Sheeran and The Killers, will all reimagine the artist’s most iconic songs for a very special album. One of the latest tracks to surface from Revamp (due 6 April), is Lady Gaga’s take on the emotionally charged ballad, Your Song.

Revealing a stripped back iteration of Gaga, the cover is a far cry from the meat-dress-donning superstar of years gone by. While the singer’s bombastic side may have been toned down considerably, she more than makes up for it with a defiant solo performance of a track she describes as “one of the greatest songs of all time.”

Likely to hear on: Heart, Magic, Radio 2

 

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