Must Listen 2018: The best new music this August


Keep your finger to the pulse on all the latest music releases with our essential monthly round-up. On top of belters from the likes of Robyn, DJ Khaled and Slaves, we’ve got a shiny playlist of the 30 best new tracks to get you through August.  

Robyn - Missing U

It’s been eight long years since Swedish chart veteran, Robyn, graced the world of music with her last solo single. As the originator of crying-in-the-club pop goodness, it’s no surprise to see her broach the subject of heartbreak yet again on this huge comeback track.

Missing U sees Robyn at her melancholic best, as she rues a lost lover over sprawling synth loops. As described by the singer, the bittersweet song is about “this trippy thing that happens when people disappear, like they become even more clear.” While the subject matter may seem sorrowful, the outcome is a triumphant return to form that we’re desperate to hear more of.

Likely to hear on: Radio 1, Radio 2, Heart

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo - No Brainer

DJ Khaled certainly has friends in high places. The super-producer/mogul/Snapchat addict also makes no bones about showing this off; recruiting a throng of music superstars for his latest single, No Brainer.

A ready-made summer hit, the tune explodes into life with a bass-heavy, chopped up beat anchoring some flawless Justin Bieber vocals. It’s not long before he’s joined by esteemed company, as Migos’ Quavo and Chance the Rapper get in on the action – delivering buoyant verses that flow perfectly with Khaled’s slick production. Definitely one for the holiday playlist.

Likely to hear on:  Kiss, Capital, Radio 1  

Jungle - Heavy, California

Jungle first emerged onto the scene in 2013 as a mysterious collective, whose intoxicating brand of neo soul and 1970s funk, coupled with a fearsome live reputation, quickly saw them become one of the hottest new bands in Britain. A Mercury Prize nomination for their debut album soon followed, while their stock around the globe grew to dizzying heights.

As they gear up for the September release of their anticipated follow up album, we’re treated to Heavy, California. A glorious dose of falsetto-laden funk, the single details the deceitful lure of the American Dream; which the group became disillusioned by during album recording sessions in LA. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to hear the final results when the LP finally drops next month.

Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music

Neneh Cherry – Kong

You may remember Neneh Cherry for her avant-garde take on pop, as she embodied the cutting edge of both sound and style during her heyday in the 80s and 90s. Now, in her mid-50s, the Scandi singer-songwriter is ready to reinvigorate her career for a brave new generation.

Linking up with a monster production duo of Four Tet and Massive Attack’s 3D, Kong fuses a brooding trip-hop sound with a gritty political stance. Lamenting the European refugee crisis, Cherry cries: “every nation seeks its friends in France and Italy and all across the seven seas.” Teamed up with bewitching keys and synth, these powerful lyrics hit home with devastating effect.

Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music

Slaves – Chokehold

This British punk duo have established a serious reputation as proprietors of noise. Whether it's their raucous live shows or acclaimed first two albums, Slaves seriously know how to ramp things up all the way to 11. But, turning down the notch just a little, the band’s latest single finds them embracing the poppier side of their sound.

Chokehold’s our attempt at writing a pop love tune,” confess the band, as they address feelings of heartbreak with the help of snarling guitars and a festival-ready chorus. Evoking an anthemic Britpop style, while maintaining their trademark bite, it’s easily the catchiest thing Slaves have produced to date.

Likely to hear on; Virgin, Radio X


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