Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
Due West (Columbia)
Alight here for the latest stop on the journey of Kelsey Lu, who leaves her North Carolina roots behind for a paean to California. Electric crackle and piano combine in Lu’s fresh take on R&B.
Contact James Cunningham
WILLIE J HEALY
The Oxford strummer is out on tour with Slaves and has new headline dates for 2019, so why not dive into this down to earth lullaby from his 666 Kill EP?
Contact Morad Khokar
Heavyweight Champion Of The Year (ATO Records)
Here’s another dose of Nilüfer Yanya’s minimal guitar pop. The Londoner’s second single of 2018 is an enticing, hard-edged delight.
Contact Dan Carson
VANESSA ANNE REDD
When I Compare (Sharp Attack Records)
The acoustic fingerpicking and shifting strings of When I Compare announce the London-based songwriter’s second LP Zumbo Waxes, out on January 25.
Contact Hannah Gould
Heavenly She Comes (Dirty Hit)
King Nun’s brand new I Have Love EP opens with crash, bang and indeed wallop in the shape of this two-minute shock of grimy, grungy rock‘n’roll.
Contact Elliot Mitchell
GucciChanel (Darkhorse Ent)
This hot-stepper is one of seven tracks on One Acen’s new SexyOddRose EP, which features collabs with Avelino, Wstrn and Hardy Caprio.
Contact Michael Cleary
Real Tight (4AD)
Jake Webb’s Methyl Ethel return, using billowing, melody-driven pop to scratch away at the innermost reaches of the Perth-based musician’s psyche.
Contact Annette Lee