So after four years away, Alex Turner and co have made their return and well, it’s kind of underwhelming. Maybe somewhere in the UK people are furiously debating the merits of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino but the response on our timeline seems to be little more than the critical equivalent of the shrug emoji. You know, this guy, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. If it can happen to Arcade Fire, it can happen to anyone, I guess. Elsewhere this week Mabel jumps on the remix of ‘Plug Walk’, Justice and Jungle compete to see who has the highest falsetto and Childish Gambino wins music videos.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Four Out Five’
Arctic Monkeys try their hand at some Father John Misty-esque self-satire on their long-awaited new album. If the reviews are anything to go by, somone needs to tell Alex Turner not to count his chickens before they hatch.
Jungle – ‘House in LA’
God, between Jungle and Arctic Monkeys it’s like 2014 all over again this week. ‘House in LA’ is very slick though so I’m not actually that mad about it.
Justice – ‘Stop’
Remember that disco revival we told you was coming a few weeks back? Yeah, it’s here now. Prepare for the summer of falsetto.
LSD – ‘Audio’
If you think that Sia’s floating balloon head following a child home is anything other than terrifying then there’s something wrong with you my friend. Not even pensive Diplo can save you this time.
Kojey Radical – ‘Water ft. Mahalia & Swindle’
This is a pretty big departure for Kojey. Lyrically he spits the same realness he always has but Swindle’s beat is really out there, bringing some jazzy, reggae vibes to Kojey and Mahalia’s vocals.
Oscar #Worldpeace – ‘No White God’
Speaking of reggae, Oscar #Worldpeace’s new single ‘No White God’ takes its inspiration from the reggae icon Sizzla’s song of the same name. Make some time for Oscar’s new EP IC3 this weekend, you won’t be disappointed.
Krept and Konan – ‘Crepes and Cones ft. Mostack’
Our Notion 79 cover stars are fulfilling their dream of opening a desert spot in Croydon and they’ve even penned a track to accompany its opening. It is impossible to not like everything about this.
Boy Better Know – ‘Athlete’
BBK return in force on ‘Athlete’. Normally there’s at least one sub-par verse on a track with this many MCs but I can’t fault anyone on this one, the video’s surprisingly effective as well.
Rich The Kid – ‘Plug Walk ft. Mabel’
Rich originally dropped ‘Plug Walk’ three months ago which is essentially ancient history in today’s hip hop climate, but now he’s enlisted Mabel for a surprise remix. Mabel is great as per, but this does seem like a slightly weird choice given the number of female MCs blowing up right now.
Childish Gambino – ‘This Is America’
I had to put this one last because nothing can follow this music video. Well, except maybe, this.
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