June is here, meaning it’s time again to fill your month with the very best new music releases on offer. With a selection ranging from K-Pop, to grime, to good old rock ’n’ roll, there’s something to please even the pickiest of listeners.
Liam Gallagher - Shockwave
After months of teasing new material, Liam Gallagher is finally back with the first taste of his hugely anticipated second solo album, Why Me? Why Not. Nothing short of Britpop royalty, any new music from the younger Gallagher brother will face lofty expectations – particularly with big bro Noel also set to drop a new record in 2019.
Coming all guns blazing, Shockwave is loaded with the sort of confident swagger you’d expect from the Mancunian frontman. Over a prevalent blues guitar riff, Liam snarls vicious, pointed lyrics about a relationship breakdown. Whether it’s about a certain sibling is anyone’s guess. But what we can vouch for is that it’s an extremely solid return from the Oasis icon.
Skepta - Bullet From A Gun
On his previous album, Konnichiwa, grime hero Skepta produced a genre-defining body of work – picking up critical acclaim and a Mercury Prize along the way. So, with new album, Ignorance Is Bliss, making a surprise release at the tail end of last month, can the London rapper live up to the hype?
In short: yes. Our pick of the album, Bullet From A Gun, is a low-key cut, with Skepta taking an introspective look at love, friendship, family and other aspects of his life. Featuring a looping, futuristic-sounding beat, he delivers an assured flow of lyrics that sets him a cut above most within the grime scene.
Mabel - Mad Love
If any British popstar looks set to follow the likes of Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran on the path to world domination, it’s Mabel. With a slew of smash hit singles and a 2019 mixtape to her name, the 23-year-old isn’t intent on stopping yet – proving it with the surprise release of shiny new single, Mad Love.
Armed with a super catchy chorus, the tune has a chart-ready sound that’s instantly recognisable. Adding a much-needed positive vibe to kick off the summer, it’s a glorious taster of Mabel’s August-bound debut album.
BTS, Charli XCX - Dream Glow
If you’re not aware of BTS, then now’s probably the time to acquaint yourself. A seven-member K-Pop boy group, they have rapidly become a global phenomenon – selling out stadium tours worldwide, including a two-date sold-out stint at Wembley Stadium.
Crossing paths with a thriving UK pop music scene, the boys have teamed up with Charli XCX on Dream Glow. Underlined by a shimmering beat and slick production, both artists trade verses in their native language, before joining forces on the track’s mammoth chorus. Expect this to be a HUGE hit this summer.
Metronomy - Lately
Returning ahead of their sixth studio album, Metronomy are somewhat veterans within the UK indie landscape. But that doesn’t mean they’re resting on their laurels. Known for their distinct dance-infused sound, the five-piece reveal an exciting new direction on Lately.
Probably the heaviest track yet in their repertoire, jabbing guitars and frenetic drums create an angsty atmosphere. And it’s a perfect fit for the song’s subject matter of unreciprocated love. Plus the video, clearly inspired by a retro sci-fi movie, is an ace accompaniment to the song.