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Tom’s lockdown picks

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If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – The 1975

One of the more exciting tracks on The 1975’s upcoming album (perhaps released by the time of article publication), fans were begging the band to release the track since teasing it at live shows in February. I was no exception to this following, so you can imagine how elated I was when Matty posted about it’s release. It’s mixed beautifully, with that conventionally melodic ‘1975’ introduction combating the funky rhythm conclusion. After listening it’s better than I remember from those live shows all those months ago. 

Bug – King Nun

I actually heard this song for the first time whilst watching Dork’s ‘Stay At Home’ festival (whilst panic writing one of my many essays). I stopped writing when I heard that chorus. I couldn’t believe I’d never heard it before. It’s genuinely fantastic, and I’m forever indebted to Dork for showing me the band. Needless to say it’ll be on my playlist for a long time…

Source: YouTube via King Nun

Loving is Easy – Rex Orange County feat. Benny Sings

I’ve been slowly introduced to this track during my time in lock-down. Don’t get me wrong, I was well aware of it beforehand, but it seems to have slowly crept into my playlist over the past few weeks. I think it’s a really mellow tune which you can vibe easily too, with warm vocals and a smooth piano arrangement. It’s perfect for sticking on when things get a bit hectic. I’ve got a lot of time for this song.

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

This song is here because not only do I love it, but it’s been following me ever since lockdown. I’m starting to think it’s a sign from above at a time when a lot of people might feel spiritually tested. Everytime I click shuffle on the few thousand plus songs on my phone (a subtle flex, I know) this iconic tune pops up. When I click shuffle and hear that mellow acoustic introduction I can’t skip it. Believe you me, when it makes an appearance I’m not complaining…

Bmbmbm – black midi

This exciting young-ish band has emerged onto the circuit in recent years, with an avant garde musical arrangement in almost every song. This track is no exception, with their performance at the 2019 Mercury Prize testament to their in-your-face style. The song is the perfect adrenaline builder, with it’s hard-hitting rhythm making it the heaviest track on my playlist. They’re really pushing the track to it’s limit, and it’s a must listen when I’m trying to zone out and do some exercise in the back garden. Every member of the band is talented, but their drummer is particularly exceptional. If you watch him play live it’s almost hard to believe. Also, with their lead singer/guitarist being described as ‘Rex Orange County’s evil twin’, I think that it rounds my playlist off quite well.

Source: YouTube via BBC Music

Last modified: 24th May 2020

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