Must Listen 2019: The best new music this March


It’s that time again to crank up your listening with our pick of the very best new tunes of the month. Expect electric indie rock, hard-hitting British rap, jazz-tinged R&B and so much more. What are you waiting for?!

Foals - On The Luna 

As the old saying goes: ‘You wait ages for a bus, then two come along at once.’ Well, the very same thing could be said for Foals albums – as after four year wait since their last LP, the Oxford quartet return with a huge two-part project in 2019.

The standout effort from Part One of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, On The Luna is a synth-powered indie anthem that brims with energy. As a band renowned for their electrifying live show, this number should be a perfect addition to an already formidable setlist. And with Part Two arriving in Autumn, it won’t be long until that gets even stronger.

Hear it on: Radio X, Virgin

Dave - Black

Dave isn’t your average rapper. No, the 20-year-old Londoner spent hours a day as teenager learning the piano, reciting the soundtracks from his favourite films and video games. He also uses his platform as an artist to tackle big social issues, showcasing his incredible wordplay in the process.

Black, from a debut already hailed as the most important British rap album of a generation, is the perfect example of Dave’s talent. Over a melancholic trio of piano, strings and drums, the lyricist highlights how the colour of his skin has shaped his identity and those of black people from around the world. It’s a sobering, but hugely powerful, song that delivers a crucial message in 2019.

Hear it on: Radio 1

Solange - Almeda

Following suit from her big sis, Beyoncé, the fourth studio album by Solange Knowles took the world by surprise when it dropped out of nowhere at the start of the month. From the 18-track project, When I Get Home, our pick of the bunch is Almeda.

Named after an area in her birthplace of Houston, Solange rap-sings about the city’s culture over chopped up, jazz-infused beat – co-produced by Pharrell. While off-kilter drums contend with a floating bassline and ad-libs, the track bubbles along with a groove that warrants plenty of repeat listens.

Hear it on: Radio 6 Music, Jazz FM

The Black Keys - Lo/Hi

Off the back of their 2014 album release, Turn Blue, The Black Keys were on the cusp of becoming one of the biggest bands in the world. But with a five year wait for new material from the blues rock duo from Ohio, will they ever return to those dizzying heights?

Lo/Hi seems to answer that big question with an emphatic ‘yes’. From the get-go, the track roars into action with the sort of fuzzy, funky riff that’s become a trademark for the band. But the real clincher is the tune’s killer chorus, that needs no invitation to worm into your head for days on end.

Hear it on: Absolute, Radio X


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