Must Listen 2018: The best new music this May


May is upon us, which means it’s time to tuck into another feast of brand new tracks. This month’s offering of music features America’s hottest export, Britpop revivalists, an insane pop supergroup and much more. Get listening!

Post Malone - Paranoid

Arguably the hottest property in music right now, Post Malone’s freshly dropped sophomore album was certified platinum just four days after its release. This phenomenal achievement is largely down to the artist’s genre-crossing appeal, woozily blending together elements of trap and rock in a chart-friendly package.

Paranoid, the LP’s opening track, sees Post lean towards a typical hip-hop sound – as he borrows Drake’s tried and tested formula of rap singing to contagious effect. An introspective look at his meteoric rise to fame, an auto-tuned croon details personal doubts about his safety and security – summed up with tune’s killer hook: “A paranoid man makes paranoid plans.”

Likely to hear on: Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra

DMA’S - Break Me

DMA’S were reared on a diet of pure Britpop and Madchester sounds. In fact, it only takes a quick listen of this raucous Aussie trio to notice these influences shining through. So, when Liam Gallagher hails your latest album as “biblical,” it’s kind of a big deal.  

The standout from this record, Break Me, is a euphoric sing-along which evokes fond memories of an early Oasis. As Tommy O’Dell’s husky vocals marry a whirling blend of psychedelic guitars and crashing percussion, it’s also not hard to envisage this anthem dominating this summer’s festival scene.

Likely to hear on: Virgin, Absolute, Radio X

Leon Bridges - Beyond

Texan troubadour, Leon Bridges, shot to fame with his critically acclaimed 2015 debut, which was heavily indebted to masters of soul like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. While he isn’t completely ready to leave these vintage roots behind, the singer-songwriter returns with a polished sound that tip-toes into exciting new territory.

Beyond, a heart-warmingly romantic ballad, adds a pop veneer to Bridges’ old-school strut. "She might just be my everything and beyond,” ponders the singer over the acoustic track, which climaxes in soulful fashion with a smooth falsetto and layered backing vocals.

Likely to hear on: Absolute, Radio 2

Florence & The Machine - Hunger

Florence Welch is back! Since conquering Glasto back in 2015 with a storming headline set, the art rocker and her machine have kept a relatively low profile – instead working away in the studio, plotting their eagerly awaited fourth album.

The upcoming record’s lead single, Hunger, sees Flo explore themes of isolation and romance. “I thought that love was a kind of emptiness,” professes the singer emphatically over a rousing backbeat of drums and piano. Much like her biggest hits, the track swells with vibrancy and the sort of uplifting chorus that can only be accompanied with a fist-pump.  

Likely to hear on: Radio X, Radio 1

LSD - Genius

Introducing LSD; your new favourite supergroup. A coming together of three titans from the world of pop – Labrinth, Sia and Diplo – Genius is the gloriously colourful first taster from a forthcoming collaborative album.

The track cleverly merges the best sonic trademarks from each artist, as Labrinth and Sia trade punchy, pithy verses over a thumping beat courtesy of Diplo. Its must-watch, psychedelic video is also the perfect accompaniment as the floor-filling tune fizzes along in hyperactive fashion.

Likely to hear on: Kiss, Capital, Radio 1


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