Moving into a grander, more mature sound, Vampire Weekend ditch the spiky guitars for harpsichords – although the wonky, afro-beat rhythms remain very much in place. Softer and more complex than much of their previous material, this is the sound of the college boys growing up.
On Your Own
Ben Garret's new single is a slow, piano-led number that wouldn't sound out of place on a late-era Beatles album or, dare we say it, an early Elton John LP. That's meant as a compliment, although perhaps it doesn't sound like one.
Fred C Dobbs
The third track to be released from the south Londoner's excellent 'The Old Days EP', “Oh Girl” is a Shangri Las-influenced slice of garage-pop goodness. Fans of Black Lips and Billy Childish will love it. (Fred C Dobbs pictured above)
Sunny and the Sunsets
Another lo-fi garage number, “Dark Corners” is driven by an incredibly catchy bass hook and distorted, synthy, accordion riff. Sunny's slurred vocal stands out, though – low-key, effortless and oozing Joey Ramone-style cool.
Kahn ft Flowdan
Embracing an MC style that wouldn't have sounded out of place in 1997, Kahn takes grime's rawest elements and meshes them with Jamaican dub. Flowdan, of Roll Deep fame, adds a guttural patois to the proceedings.