26th March, NMF!

BEABADOOBEE / LAST DAY ON EARTH

Historically the best part of all songs is the last minute, when every hook and melody comes to a crescendo with an emotional blitz of ad-libs and general kitchen sink amazingness. Quite smartly then, Beabadoobee’s new song sounds like that last minute for a healthy four minutes instead. It’s so great when an Artist clearly knows who they are and what they should sound like.

LIL NAS X / MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

The art of the music video collides with the art of being gay. With a song that’s been teased for months on end, Lil Nas knew that something else needed to happen for this to hit the way it should… that it is the giant stripper pole to Hell and bottoming for Satan. It’s really quite something, and luckily the song is best-of-the-year kind of good too. It’s a delicious melody, and it plays twice in a row, so what’s not to love?

LOREEN / SOTVATTENTARAR

Firstly if you’ve never dabbled in non-English music, your life hasn’t been lived. Sötvattentårar marks something of another relaunch for Loreen, who has been at odds with her spellbinding potential for years now, with a soft return to the smooth-Swede-pop of her debut and initial Eurovision appeal. Loreen is the greatest pop star on Earth, let’s get that out of the way, and whatever she needs to do to get back on top needs to be accepted. This is melodic bliss, stunning delivery and sultry smooth delicateness. Get into it.

BECKY HILL / LAST TIME

Hill holds what might be Britain’s most curious popstar narrative, her voice a figurehead to a multitude of enormous dance bangers and nothing for her own solo attempts – which would be understandable if we didn’t regularly champion the blandest of personalities and voices at any given time… and Becky Hill is as bland as a restaurant grade Korma. ‘Last Time’ is everything you’d expect from a Becky Hill feature but it’s her name alone this time, let’s see what the radio and public does here. It’s over to them, don’t fuck it up.

THE KNOCKS, MALLRAT / R U HIGH

Katy Perry certainly didn’t invent the anthemic 80s power-chord fuelled chorus, but she sure did define it. ‘R U HIGH’ is, in simplest terms, a dreamy Teenage Dream Cash-Cash remix torn right from the early 10s. Whilst it maybe could have done with a few extra words here and there (what is with that trend right now?) that chorus really is undeniable, and that pulsing line beneath it keeps everything thick, creamy and warm.

EVANESCENCE / BLIND BELIEF

Admittedly Evanescence has found themselves as somewhat of a divisive band, so I questioned whether to include it here at all due to my clear bias… however ‘Blind Belief’ really is not only the strongest Evanescence song in years, but also the melodic highlight of this weeks NMF. You’ll either be into poprock or not, but that chorus made me post…

Blind belief, are you afraid to see
That our fathers were wrong?
We hold the key to redemption
Let icons fall

October 2nd, NMF!

Spooky season is upon us, so while we wait for Kim Petras to drop another album that I may never actually listen to… here’s this weeks highlights!

Becky Hill - Space

BECKY HILL / SPACE

Certainly not one to watch in that she’s been part of the UK music scene for what feels like an age, but not typically carrying it all herself (Nevermind the fact she does actually carry every song that she’s a part of). ‘Space’ is pure and utter brilliance. From the beautifully fresh piano line to the astronomically belted middle 8, it really deserves the world.

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BEKA / I’LL BE THERE

This takes a little while to get going admittedly but when it does, which is conveniently exactly when it needs to, it hits like a damn train. Soulfully delivered melancholic vocal with a gorgeous Jess-Glynne light and frothy melody, it’s just a lovely little surprise in the middle of all these weekly heavyweights.

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DAGNY / BYE BYE BABY

Yeah, I’m not entirely sold on these weird album campaigns that are treated like two EPs, especially considering the actual strength of the material here, but you should already know by now that Dagny was going to have at least one masterful highlight on either side of the album. The track in question is ‘Bye Bye Baby’ – a glittering goodbye reminiscent of Robyn but with that cutting sharpness we’ve come to know from Dagny so far.

The xx's Romy Madley Croft Drops Debut Solo Single "Lifetime": Listen -  Stereogum

ROMY / LIFETIME

There really is no greater feeling than finding something this good from an artist right out the bat. Obviously a sort of precipice not knowing whether they’ll continue or flail, but for that moment you can bask in having found a little slice of something super fresh and exciting. ‘Lifetime’ is a sort of beastly hybrid of Charli XCX/Cher/Trance/Dance that’s a bit hard to place which makes it EVEN MORE EXCITING!

Julia Michaels Shares New Song "Lie Like This": Listen - Stereogum

DAGNY / LIE LIKE THIS

Do you know what is a bit of a brilliant album? Fleshtone by Kelis. Do you know what is a bit of a banger single? Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa. ‘Lie Like This’ is the latter filtered right through the former and it’s surprisingly fresh from Michaels, who has been at this point behind a dozen or more hits with her own name attached somewhere in the credits. Apparently leading to her first actual debut album, we’ll take more like this please!

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