Time to say hello to June, and a very big hello to the start of summer! As festival season kicks off in fashion (find out more in our festival guide here), these are the new songs to listen out for in a tent-strewn field near you.
Liam Gallagher - Wall of Glass
After what can only be described as an underwhelming run with Beady Eye, Manchester’s rowdiest son is back with his first ever solo track – and this time he means business! Launching proceedings with a stomping riff, what entails is four minutes of no-nonsense rock and roll.
“I believe the resurrection's on,” barks Liam as he sets his sights on reliving those Britpop glory days. This could just be the tune that takes him there. Wall of Glass may not be particularly ground-breaking or unique, but it’s a back-to-basics return to form for one of music’s most iconic frontmen.
Rita Ora - Your Song
For the first taster of her second album, pop diva, Rita Ora has teamed up on song-writing duties with the one and only, Ed Sheeran. Considering the fiery-haired troubadour’s chart record, this is a pretty good omen for the former X Factor judge.
The track’s chorus sees Ora proclaim: “I don’t want to hear sad songs anymore, I only want to hear love songs.” She delivers on this sentiment, as the tune’s joyous lyrics meld perfectly with bouncing synths and vocal samples. Add this one to your party playlist ASAP!
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Canadian outfit Arcade Fire aren’t ones to do things by half-measures. So when announcing their return after a two-year hiatus, they upped sticks to California‘s Death Valley and recorded an epic comeback video in front a sprawling, dystopian backdrop.
Bathed in 70s influences, the track has already drawn comparisons with the likes of Talking Heads and even Abba. It may be a slow burner upon first listen, but it won’t take long before Everything Now worms it way into your head and refuses to leave.
TLC - Way Back
Following the shocking death of beloved member, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, in 2002, it looked like that was the end of TLC. But in 2015, the two remaining members of America’s best-selling girl group decided to get back together. After tireless fundraising on Kickstarter, the duo will release their self-titled album on June 30.
Way Back, their first single in 15 years, is a defiant return. A celebratory throwback to 90s R&B, this track oozes class – complete with slick production and effortless vocal harmonies. Welcome back, ladies.
Mr Jukes ft. Charles Bradley - Grant Green
Under the guise of Mr Jukes, Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman is quietly reinventing himself as a purveyor of infectious funk and soul. For his latest track, he’s enlisted the help of the legendary, Charles Bradley – whose rasping vocals take precedence over a glorious backdrop of horns and bass.
The perfect tune to bop your way into the start of summer. Just listen for yourself. We defy you not to tap those toes!
To kick-start the party this month, we’ve crammed together all the best new music for your delectation in one awesome Spotify playlist. Enjoy from any device through Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios, or take your favourite playlists on the road with a Highway in-car adapter.