Must Listen 2018: The best new music this March


We’ve sifted through the latest music releases to bring you the very best new tracks for your listening pleasure. No matter your taste in music, there’s something here for everyone. So, what are your waiting for? Discover your new jam now!

Blossoms - I Can’t Stand It

Just two years after sweeping the nation with their magnificent, Mercury-nominated debut LP, Blossoms are already back with an exciting first taste of their impending follow-up album. With creative juices clearly flowing, I Can’t Stand It points to a huge 2018 for the Stockport lads.

Anchored throughout by an undeniably 80s synth track, the tune’s lyrics deal with emotional baggage of heartbreak after moving on from a lover. Despite this wistful subject matter, the song bounces with a colourful energy that could make even the idlest of toes tap. A dead-cert festival favourite this summer.  

Likely to hear on: Radio X, Absolute, Radio 1

MNEK - Tongue

At the tender age of 23, London-born MNEK has already amassed a heap of songwriting and production credits for juggernaut names like Beyoncé, Madonna and Dua Lipa. The list goes on. Now MNEK is intent on proving he’s a star in his own right.

Tongue is a stonking R&B track that pulses with a swamping bassline and intoxicating vocals. Labelled by the singer as “fun” and “sexy”, the song sweetly sums up the butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling of telling someone you love them for the first time.

Likely to hear on: Capital, Kiss

James Bay - Wild Love

No hat? No hair? No problem! Ahead of album number two, Brit-winning soloist James Bay has ditched his trademark look. He’s even turned his back on his debut’s folk-rock style – instead embracing an adventurously electronic new sound.

Wild Love finds Bay experimenting with cascading vocals and breezy synths to luscious effect. While this may seem like a huge departure for the singer-songwriter, his bewitching voice and knack for crafting heart-wrenching ballads remains as potent as ever. We still miss the hats, though.  

Likely to hear on: Heart

Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel

After enjoying an incredibly successful foray into the world of acting, Janelle Monáe returns with an explosive new cut from upcoming third LP, Dirty Computer.

Drawing influences from a heap of funk and soul icons (most notably, Prince), Make Me Feel is an irresistible pop hit that teems with slinky, sensual energy. While the track certainly nods to the past, its exquisite production, coupled with Monáe’s assured vocals, documents the evolution of a modern legend in the making.

Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music

The Magic Gang - Getting Along

Alumni of our Rising Stars class of 2018, The Magic Gang, release their long-awaited debut album on 16 March. To whet our appetites, the Brighton rabble have treated us to a box-fresh new single, Getting Along.

Penned after two band members had gone through difficult breakups, they describe the lyrics as “trading, relating and combining aspects” of their experiences. But it’s not all doom and gloom from the four-piece. The track is bathed in a euphoric vibe and boasts a killer chorus that deserves to be listened to loud.

Likely to hear on: Radio 1, Radio 6 Music


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