You lucky people. The Last of Us Part 2 is out right now and I am abstaining from binging it further in order to give you your weekly dose of tunes. I started creating it during the week but then today was very fruitful on the release front so we will have to wait for those tracks. Honestly I could do 10 tracks this week but format is format!

Next week is would-be Glasto week and brings into fine focus the lack of the events this year that I more or less live for. Never fear though I have the week off (genuine coincidence) and have 10 litres of cider in to work my way through. Now if I could sleep on the grass outside and have someone sing Wonderwall at 4am that would really seal the experience. Loads of coverage on BBC and looking forward to re-living past memories.

Spotify links: This Week / Archive

We start heavy then get more chilled and reflective down the list.

Grounds – IDLES

IDLES continue to smash it with each release. I never got to see them on their last tour for one reason or another but during my armchair Glastonbury experience last year they were the unexpected highlight. Much like Frank Carter and the Rattle Snakes the year before… speaking of…

Fire – Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

This is a band that tore me a new one when I saw them playing the John Peel stage …on TV – do tickets to Glasto even exist anymore? I’ve had the pleasure of hearing them while queuing outside a stadium while they played supporting Foo Fighters, while very drunk at a Brewdog event and finally on their own terms headlining Alexandra Palace is an utterly victorious set that showed they are the dark horse in live rock and roll. If you get a chance to see these guys, don’t, whatever you do, pass it up for anything!

This track was recorded as part of their debut album sessions. It sounds sort of familiar to those who know their repertoire to the point where I wasn’t sure it wasn’t an alternate version. Turns out I was confusing it with Devil Inside Me. This is no bad thing, it’s a belter. They are releasing it ahead of the 5th anniversary deluxe edition being released in September. I think I’ll need a spreadsheet for all the vinyl I want to buy now… my credit card needs counselling. Lockdown was supposed to SAVE money!

Worry – Songhoy Blues

It was between this and the new Khruangbin track for this slot and while that will likely appear next week as it is an absolute beaut I want to support this band when I can as I think they will be missed by most people otherwise. Malian band Songhoy Blues bridge the gap between the type of music we associate with Malian artists (brilliant stuff that it is!) and rock and roll of more western tradition and in many ways it is just better. I went through a period obsessed with their last album and a summer with new music form them is always going to be that little bit better. Get a bit of West Holts in your life (can I keep this Glasto link going all the way? what will I do next week… anyway speaking of West Holts type acts…)

Signal in the Noise – GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin are often missed when talking about the modern resurgence and revival of jazz in the UK. Acts like those surrounding Shabaka Hutchings (Comet is Coming, Sons of Kemet, & the Ancestors) tend to steal the headlines. GoGo Penguin are a luxurious jazz trio using piano at the heart (as opposed to Shabaka’s saxophone) and create dense, beautiful soundscapes that sound too big for Ronnie Scotts. They definitely have a sound, much like Cinematic Orchestra, that deserves a Brixton or larger stage. I saw them supporting Bonobo at Alexandra Palace a few years ago and they were sublime. This track comes from their new self-titled LP – their fifth overall. A bold move to self-title mid career but based on past material and that which is presented here it is a sound move for this record.

The Difference (Jon Hopkins Remix) – Flume & Toro Y Moi

I would not normally entertain having the same track twice in this project but this combination of artists working together, the drastically different feel and texture and the number of weeks since we posted the original means this gets a pass. Flume and Jon Hopkins are incredible artists and this is a beautiful bit of work from the latter on the former’s track. Looking forward to more stuff from each of them in the near future.