We here at RIOT are firmly of the belief that no music news is, in fact, very, very bad news indeed. Considering the multitude of artists and tracks kicking about, we thought it might be nice to notify you of some of our favourites as they come out. These are RIOT’s Tracks of the Week.
Arcade Fire // “Electric Blue”
The fourth and final single from Arcade Fire’s upcoming album, Everything Now, “Electric Blue” once again smashes it out the park. With vocals from the band’s Regine Chassagne, “Electric Blue” was described by the band as “either a gorgeous celebration of longing or a swirling aural hangover cure. If you, the journalist, need something specific to say about it, try something like, ‘It’s the sound of Arcade Fire at the dawn of something new, gorgeously unsure if they’re ready for morning to come.’” Yet the band’s self-professed hangover cure comes as a reminder of the beautifully eclectic style of the Canadian super-group. With just two weeks left until the band’s fifth album appears on the shelves and in our ears, excitement is at an all time high for Everything Now.
BLOXX // “Curtains”
Back with yet another banger, Uxbridge four-piece BLOXX have also smashed it out of the ballpark. Their latest track, “Curtains” is an effortlessly cool indie rock classic in the making. With pulsing drums and infectious riffs, “Curtains” has been blaring out of our speakers since the first play. A diamond in the rough, BLOXX have what it takes to fill the cavernous halls of Brixton with their momentous sound.
PVRIS // “Half”
While Matt Bellamy was trying, and failing, to pronounce their name, PVRIS were out finessing the perfect single for their upcoming album, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell. Unveiling their dark, brooding new track “Half”, PVRIS have once again proved to us that they have the material for the perfect album. Ready to take the stage at Reading and Leeds at the end of the summer, the American rockers are in for a brilliant year.
Foster The People // ”Sit Next To Me”
Set to release their third studio album, Sacred Hearts Club, on 21 July after what feels like an age of teasers and tour dates, Californian indie-pop band, Foster The People, premiered new track “Sit Next To Me” on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe last Thursday (13 July), and proved that they have managed to maintain that infectious quality which makes their music so special. After previous track “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” confused fans with an experimental sound, “Sit Next To Me” is jam packed with slick bass lines and funky vocals, and reminds us all why we loved Foster The People in the first place.
alt-J // ”Deadcrush”
At this point in time, it seems almost unimaginable that alt-J will ever produce material that isn’t liked by a wide audience. “Deadcrush”, the fourth single to be taken from RELAXER, is certainly no exception. With the band’s signature percussion, haunting vocals, and solemn synth, the track is unsurprisingly alt-J in every respect, but despite predictably conforming to their traditional sound, is spot-on nevertheless.