Tove Lo - Cool GirlIt feels as though no matter what Tove Lo does and/or says it's impossible not to like her, or at least that's what I thought. The definitive "Cool Girl". This is the first single to be taken from Tove's forthcoming second album Lady Wood. In comparison to that album title 'Cool Girl' doesn't at all seem like a silly name for a song. And the song is very good but obviously it's Tove Lo and not a ballad so of course it's great. The "I roll my eyes at you boy" line is iconic too. But the video has a ludicrous number of negative comments and I can't really fathom why... I guess some people just don't get it?
Fours - Painful To WatchFours are one of my favourite bands of 2016. Great guys. Great songs. Great live. There are no cons. Apart from the length of time it's taken for me to get around to posting this and I am so sorry. This isn't actually the song I'd assumed was going to be #thesingle from Fours' live set but after a few listens I'm definitely not mad. Edith and co seem to fast be becoming the internet's fave new indie pop quartet and I couldn't be more pleased. They're also doing a headline show at the end of the month which is going to be so lovely, you should come.
Vitamin - Dancing On The SunSuch a fan of Vitamin and how good they are and massive indie pop vibes. There's something eternally summery about the music that they make which is amusing because like, it's not sunny up north is it? Vitamin, compensating for terrible weather with terribly great songs since 2014. Although, I'll give it to them, this song is called 'Dancing On The Sun' so I guess the clue is pretty blatantly in the name. Vitamin also really get colours and generally good aesthetics, as demonstrated by the artwork that you can view with your eyes below. Looks lovely doesn't it?
Abir - GirlsThis song came out ages ago but I only heard it for the first time last month because what is music discovery in 2016 anyway? Join me on this journey as I research whilst I type. When I say "research" I mean have a look at Abir's social media accounts, obviously. King and Queen of everything Tinashe and Allan Kingdom follow her on Twitter so if that's not some kind of indication of how good her songs are/are going to be I don't really know what is. So 'Girls' sounds like a mixture between Tinashe and Dua Lipa but with something darker and rawer (apparently that's a real life word) blended in. Stoked on this basically.
Blackpink - BOOMBAYAHThis new quartet have absolutely reignited my adoration for excellent k-pop. 'BOOMBAYAH' is basically absolutely everything that one needs an incredible pop banger to be, the catch is that it's in Korean (mostly) so it's trickier to sing along to but also you've got no idea what they're singing about and that element of mystery makes k-pop so much more interesting. Unfortunately, at the time of this song's inception they also released a song called 'Whistle' which was absolutely terrible but I'm happy to hold out hope for the material which will inevitably follow to be really great. Their dance routines are the best and also that native indian call bit is AMAZING.
Glades - SpeechlessGlades, it's been a hot minute! Their last track 'Drive' came out a whopping seven months ago which is nuts, but also I didn't love it, which is okay, but this "new" (lol) one, 'Speechless', is very good and I like it almost as much as I liked 'Her (Loving You)' and I liked that one loads. This track is such a low-key vibe though, and I'd imagine that it's something that I'd listen to if I had a partner... alas, I don't have one so I'm just going to listen to it alone in the comfort of my own solitary company. It'd be nice for Glades to come all the way over to Europe, wouldn't it? Holding out for The Great Escape 2017 basically.
High Tyde - SpeakHigh Tyde. Brighton's most underrated boyband. It's come to my attention that it's hard for humans to gauge how good these are without seeing them live and being completely overcome with #vibe. It's really annoying though because of their singles the ones that are bangers, like 'Speak' are really good, catchy, interesting in terms of actual instrumentation, and quirky in just the right places but it doesn't feel as though the right people are paying attention. I reckon these could do with a nice big ol' support slots and that'd fire them into people's brains. High Tyde are on their own headline throughout October and into November, which is all well and good apart from the London date is Scala and that place is a hell hole so I'm probably gonna go to Brighton really.
Final WIIHAMB August actual blogged stuff playlist - Spotify only, bite me.