The ShortListen

The ShortListen

Every day we'll search the globe to find the most interesting new track to give to your ears. Exclusives, remixes, hidden gem album tracks, long-awaited returns and brand new buzz tracks hot and fresh out the kitchen: you'll find them all here.

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist

September 15th

Who is it? Becky Hill

What's the story? She's already guested on tracks by Wilkinson, Rudimental and provided the vocals for the massive No. 1 Gecko (Overdrive), and now Worcester-born singer Becky Hill goes it alone, with this track following up a previous taster song. It's produced by ShortListen fave MNEK and is a superb slice of midtempo funk/soul/pop, with a cool groove verse leading into an irresistible chorus. It's restrained yet huge, just the way we like it.

For fans of: Solange, Janet Jackson, MNEK

In Three Words: Classy Pop Soul


September 12th

Who is it? Ty Segall

What's the story? Ty Segall is a busy man. Heralded as the saviour of garage rock when he emerged from the San Francisco underground scene at the end of the last decade, the Californian has put out seven records since 2008. The most recent, Manipulator, was released last month and is more mind-blowing, shaggy and psychedelic than previous outings. Plus, Ty put out a special video to go with Manipulator’s title track earlier this week. The interactive “make your own” video is full of Monty Python-esque bits of animation including flying fish, owls for brains and a fat man hiding in a bush. It’s available here, or you watch the ‘director’s cut’ below..

For fans of: The Beatles (in Sgt Pepper mode), Iggy & The Stooges, Thee Oh Sees

In Three Words: Batshit Garage Rock


September 11th

Who is it? Sundara Karma

What's the story? Honestly, kids today, all they do is sit around and write great songs. Hang on - that's not usually what people say is it? But in the case of 18-year-old Reading quartet Sundara Karma, that's exactly what's happened. They unveiled the video for their third-ever track, 'Indigo Puff,' yesterday, which demonstrates their woozy, melodic style to the max. While the clip itself probably won't win any feminist awards, its psychedelic nature does fit the track perfectly. Keep an eye on these scamps.

For fans of: Foals. Kula Shaker, Tame Impala

In Three Words: Precocious Psychedelic Indie


September 10th

Who is it? Damien Rice

What's the story? Given that it's been fully eight years since Rice's last album, 9, and twelve since the mega-selling O, it's safe to say that he's not the fastest worker in the world. But we'd take quality over quantity every single time, and this utterly spellbinding introduction to new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy, in the form of its title track, suggests that he could be releasing his third classic record in a row. The album was recorded in Iceland with Rick Rubin - a man known to oversee a good record or two - and comprises just eight songs, but then Led Zep IV only had eight, and that was pretty good. This builds beautifully, with Rice's delicate vocals to the fore, before an explosive ending - get listening now.

For fans of: Sigur Rós, James Vincent McMorrow, Bon Iver

In Three Words: Delicate Then Muscular


September 9th

Who is it? Jones

What's the story? None more fresh than this track, which emerged last night with little information and brand new social media sites for the eponymous Jones. It's already gaining blog traction and for good reason: it's a glorious slice of downbeat electronica. She's been working with XL's Rodaigh McDonald (who lists The XX amongst his many credits) together with Jai Paul's brother Anup, who we featured recently on The ShortListen, so the pedigree is certainly there. The track is hugely reminiscent of Solange's Losing You and bubbles away nicely, with lots of ear candy going on, while Jones' vocals glide elegantly over the top: this could be the start of something big.

For fans of: Solange, Robyn, The Knife

In Three Words: Smooth Soulful Electropop


September 8th

Who is it? Aphex Twin

What's the story? Thirteen years is a long time to take a break - even longer when your previous work recasts a music genre, leaving everyone bereft of a suitably grand follow up. Yet since 2001's Drukqs, Richard D. James has left his legions of electro fans scrabbling over compilations and EPs. Now, having seemingly readjusted to the latest tricks and techniques flooding the electronic scene, the master has returned with a new album, Syro. This first track is everything Aphex Twin fans have been hoping for, from the iconic sounds to the bizarre title: minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix].

For fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Orbital, Amon Tobin

In Three Words: Vacant Electro Soundscapes


September 5th

Who is it? Killing Moon Records

What's the story? A special ShortListen takeover today, as we're delighted to be able to exclusively stream the brand new compilation from hugely-respected indie label Killing Moon. Entitled New Moons: Volume II, its been put together by the label's Ach Dhillon and Radio 1 DJ Ally McRae, and features 2014's Killing Moon releases, together with a whole load of other great songs which have floated their collectives boats recently. Naturally, there's a few previous ShortListen picks, in the form of Fickle Friends, Racing Glaciers and Sons and Lovers; so have a listen to the value-for-money 26 tracks, get buying when it's released on September 15th, and head down to London's Koko on September 19th for the launch gig. Wonderful stuff.

For fans of: Great new music

In Three Words: Finger On Pulse


September 4th

Who is it? The Neighbourhood featuring Raury

What's the story? If you've been keeping track of indie rock band The Neighbourhood then you might be a bit surprised by their latest direction. Their previous material has been moody but radio-friendly, like a classier Maroon 5, but their last few tracks have been infused with hip hop, collaborating with Casey Veggies and, quite brilliantly, with Danny Brown. Their latest release, called Warm, continues on the same route, albeit with a more laidback feel, and this time they've enlisted the help of Raury, a buzzworthy 18-year-old singer who effortlessly combines soul and folk, and proves a killer presence on this haunting song, best played late at night. Expect much more from both artists very soon.

For fans of: Frank Ocean, Woodkid, The 1975

In Three Words: Woozy soulful genre-buster


September 3rd

Who is it? Craig Armstrong, featuring Brett Anderson

What's the story? If you don't know the name Craig Armstrong, we guarantee that you'll have heard some of his music at some point over the last 20 years. Put simply, he is one of the UK's most respected composers and musicians, initially receiving acclaim for his work on Massive Attack's Protection, before going on to work in film, including scores for Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby and Ray, garnering Grammys, BAFTAs and Golden Globes in the process. He now returns with his first solo album in twelve years, entitled It's Nearly Tomorrow, and we're delighted to be able to premiere the first track taken from it, featuring the fantastic vocals of Suede frontman Brett Anderson. It's a luxurious, beautiful track, with Armstrong's trademark soaring strings and bubbling electronica to the fore. The album promises to be a truly special listen when it's released on October 13th; you can preorder on iTunes here.

For fans of: William Orbit, Hans Zimmer, Massive Attack

In Three Words: Heavenly Orchestral Class


September 2nd

Who is it? Kate Miller

What's the story? A 19-year-old art student from London, Kate has already managed to make some impressive industry contacts, working with Ed Harcourt and Ed Sheeran-collaborator Jon Green. This is the first track from her debut EP, Neophyte and it's seriously impressive. The production, courtesy of Danton Supple, is tight and groovy, strangely reminiscent of Ian Brown's solo output. It gives Miller's vocals lots of room to shine; hopefully there'll be more of the same on the other four tracks when they emerge on September 29th.

For fans of: Ian Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Fickle Friends

In Three Words: Understated Groove Goodness


September 1st

Who is it? Julio Bashmore, featuring J'Danna

What's the story? Bristol-born Bashmore has been a reliably excellent figure in the underground club scene since 2009 and is perhaps best-known in the commercial arena for his contributions to Jessie Ware's breakthrough record Devotion. Now he returns with the first single from his forthcoming album, due early next year, Simple Love. And simple it certainly is, with a single chord progression and a single vocal hook from J'Danna, but it's also hugely effective, as textures and shapes take centre stage, with drums and synths weaving in and out of each other to create a five-minute journey. Sit back, relax and take it all in.

For fans of: Jessie Ware, Katy B, Shadow Child

In Three Words: Simple and Successful


For more top tunes, check out our previous choices below - just click on the link:












(Image: Flickr/Steven Snodgrass)

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