The clocks go forward, spring is officially sprung and we finally get to rediscover a natural phenomenon known as daylight! To celebrate the forthcoming changing of the seasons, here are the best new songs to put a spring in your step throughout this month of March.
Depeche Mode - Where’s the Revolution
Electro-rock stalwarts Depeche Mode return with the lead single from their long-awaited 14th studio album Spirit – and they’re very angry! Obviously riled by the ludicrous happenings of 2016 (which you can remind yourself of here), the trio are here to start an uprising. “"Come on people, you're letting me down," spews a ferocious Dave Gahan over a brooding, synth-driven track which sees the band return to their best form. The perfect protest track, this is four minutes of pure catharsis.
Likely to hear on: Radio 2, Radio 6 Music, Absolute.
Katy Perry - Chained to the Rhythm
Katy Perry marks her return to the scene with this shimmering serving of bouncy synth-pop. Just in time for the return of bright summer evenings, the track is heavily indebted to the 80s with its buoyant bass line and infectious chorus. Look behind the track’s superficially sweet veneer, however, and Perry peppers her lyrics with themes of surveillance, greed and corruption. Fuelled by America’s current political landscape, the songstress also enlists Bob Marley’s grandson Skip on the track to help launch her agenda.
Likely to hear on: Capital, Radio 1.
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has called upon two of the world’s hottest hip-hop acts for his latest single, proving yet again that he must own the biggest phone book on the planet. An early contender for song of the summer, or even the year, Frank Ocean’s dulcet tones combine with Harris’ sharp production to devastating effect. Best enjoyed with a pina colada in hand, Slide will no doubt take a stronghold of the airwaves over the (mildly) warm summer months.
Likely to hear on: KISS, Radio 1, Capital.
London Grammar – Big Picture
Big Picture, the second taster of London Grammar’s upcoming sophomore album, confirms the trio’s status as purveyors of the finest dreamy pop in the land. Boasting an almost cinematic quality, the epic single slowly builds to an uplifting, ‘hands in the air’ climax which is destined to take over the summer festival circuit. The gem of a track also showcases the ethereal vocals of Hannah Reid better than ever.
Likely to hear on: Radio X, Radio 1.
Take That - Giants
Mums of the world rejoice, because Gary, Mark and Howard are back with a bang. Ready-made for humongous stadium shows, Giants is a tune loaded to the gills with massive hooks and a huge chorus. The first single from the group’s eighth studio album, hordes of Take That fans will surely be memorising the lyrics before the boys hit the road this summer.
Likely to hear on: Magic, Radio 2.