By Nedda Afsari (5)MID

With the unstoppable onslaught that is new music, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish the good, the bad and the ugly. Yet waging our way through the stream of new tracks this week, we have come out with five of the finest songs of the week. So sit down, relax and enjoy our tracks of the week.

King Krule // Dum Surfer

Re-adopting the King Krule pseudonym, Archy Marshall has emerged with the second single from upcoming album ‘The Ooz’. Dum Surfer stays true to those signature swirling guitar progressions seen on Krule’s debut ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’, but in its production, really accentuates the track’s percussion. Despite its esoteric styling, Dum Surfer is a track that means business as Archy Marshall gears up for his first release in 4 years.

Dream Wife // Fire

Dream Wife have had a hell of a year already, including a knock-out set at Truck Festival, and an array of headline shows. Dropping their latest single from the EP of the same name, Fire sees the Icelandic-Brightonian all-girl trio flaunt their pop punk sound with an earworm of a guitar riff. Fire is a relentless neo-Strokes sounding track which promises a surge in popularity for a group on the outskirts of the mainstream.

Honeyblood // Swell Love

Glaswegian duo Honeyblood have released their new single Swell Love – a dingy grunge-tinted track with a quasi-cathartic chorus acting as its cornerstone. Swell Love is the band’s first offering since 2016 album ‘Babes Never Die’, and quells any fear that they’ve lost the momentum they had gained way back when.

Nina Nesbitt // The Best You Had

Ditching the acoustic guitar that seemed oh-so at home on her debut album ‘Peroxide’, in The Best You Had, Nina Nesbitt finds comfort in a soft piano and sampling technique. Completely chilled, The Best You Had is perfect for moping about on a sunny morning.

St. Vincent // Los Ageless

Filled with indulgent synthesisers and a droning dance beat, Los Ageless is St. Vincent‘s new statement of intent. Los Ageless is the polar opposite to St. Vincent’s (aka Annie Clarke) previous single New York, and leaves us at RIOT wondering where she’ll go next …

Words by Jasmin Robinson

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