Must Listen 2019: The best new music this April


Gear yourself up for another month of huge new music. With a selection of returning icons and breakthrough acts, there’s plenty in store to soundtrack your April. Plus, we’ve even put together a massive playlist of 30 freshly dropped tracks!

Tame Impala - Patience

Under the guise of Tame Impala, Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker has been responsible for a trio of critically acclaimed albums – traversing genres like psychedelia, rock and electro, while swiftly climbing up festival bills in the process. Now, with certified headline status and a huge slot at Coachella lined up this month, he returns with Patience.

Inviting us to the dancefloor, the track opens with a euphoric combination of keys, bass and drums – taking inspiration from classic 80s house music. “I’m just growing up in stages,” coos Parker in the coming-of-age song, with the feel-good factor turned up to the maximum. It’s the perfect ray of sunshine to combat those dreary April showers.

Hear it on: Radio 6 Music, Radio X   

Rosalía, J Balvin, El Guincho - Con Altura

Hailed by pretty much every discerning music critic as one of the biggest names to watch out for in 2019, Spanish singer Rosalía offers a unique spin on flamenco music – mashing up traditional vocals and instrumentation with R&B infused electronic beats.

Teaming up with J Balvin, a Colombian reggaeton superstar, the duo work perfectly in tandem on this summer-ready banger. In their native tongue of Spanish, Balvin’s rasping rhymes are the perfect complement to Rosalía’s irresistibly delicate vocals; anchored throughout by a frenetic dancehall beat. With the track’s title translating to ‘with great heights’, it’s clear to see the sky is the limit for both artists.

Hear it on: Radio 1

Emeli Sandé - Sparrow

Not many singers can quite master a ballad like Emeli Sandé. Armed with some seriously impressive vocal talent and a gift for writing emotionally charged hits, the Brit Award-winning solo star knows how to pull at the listener’s heart-strings.  

On Sparrow, Sandé is at her soul-baring best. While the track’s deceptive intro sees her croon over twinkling piano keys, the affair suddenly bursts to life with the introduction of a full-blown gospel choir. At this point, she’s sprinting towards the musical victory line as her voice soars over a symphonic arrangement, announcing “we're gonna take the whole wide world by storm.” Powerful stuff.

Hear it on: Heart, Radio 2

Catfish and the Bottlemen - 2all

While they may take the prize for the worst band name in music, this British four-piece certainly make up for it with their knack for penning infectious indie anthems. With a third album due for release at the end of the month, they’ve unveiled a shiny new single titled 2all.

Ready for festival season, the track rarely reinvents the wheel, but comes equipped with a mammoth chorus that will certainly feel at home on a muddy British field, with thousands echoing back frontman Van McCann’s lyrics.

Hear it on: Radio X, Absolute

Amber Mark - Mixer

If you’re partial to a bit of old-school R&B, then this newcomer from the Big Apple will be right up your street. She may not have a debut album to her name just yet, but with a distinct sound influenced by the likes of Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah, superstar status clearly beckons.

Mixer is a funk-filled track that immediately hooks you in with its huge bassline; the sort you’d want to blast out as a soundtrack to a scorching summer’s day. Then there’s Mark’s voice, which sounds impeccable on pretty much everything she drops, and it’s no exception here. We can’t wait to see what’s coming up from her in 2019.

Hear it on: Kiss, Radio 1


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