In the age of streaming, it’s never been easier to listen to new music – but with over 60,000 new songs added to Spotify every day, it’s also never been harder to know what to put on. Every week, the team at Rolling Stone UK will run down some of the best new releases that have been added to streaming services.
This week, we’ve highlighted records by Fontaines D.C., Pusha T, TATYANA, and more.
Bob Vylan, Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life
London duo Bob Vylan’s second album, Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life, sets social commentary to heavy sounds – punk and metal, rap and drill, jungle and rave – underpinned with heavy basslines pulling from London and Jamaica’s sound system culture. It’s an album all about money (who has it, and who doesn’t), a theme both incredibly timely, arriving in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, and dispiritingly timeless.
Fontaines D.C., Skinty Fia
On their third album, Dublin post-punks Fontaines D.C. offer deep ruminations on Irish identity, but still manage to mine new sonic depths to deliver some of their grandest sounding tracks to date. “There’s more breathing space and a groove is established,” frontman Grian Chatte recently told Rolling Stone UK of Skinty Fia’s sound. “There’s no groove on the first two records in the same way and we’re not leaning into something so much on this record. There’s more of a Trojan Horse thing of creating a mood to draw the listener in, and once we’re in then our ideology and ideas come out.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Omnium Gatherum
Fainthearted music fans look away now – the latest record from Aussie psych pioneers King Gizzard clocks in at a gut-busting 80 minutes. The sprawling, genre-fusing project is no less than we’d expect from the experimental outfit, who have released a staggering 20 albums in 10 years. Describing the album in a typically oblique statement, frontman Stu Mackenzie said: “I think it’s going to change the way we write and record music – at least for a while… A turning point. A touchstone. I think we’re entering into our ‘jammy period.’”
Pusha T, It’s Almost Dry
King Push returns with his first album since 2018’s Daytona. Co-produced by the Neptunes and Kanye ‘Ye’ West, It’s Almost Dry boasts guest spots from Jay-Z, Lil Uzi Vert, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, and Don Toliver. Closing track ‘I Pray for You’ also features big brother and Clipse partner Malice, as well as the UK’s very own Labrinth, whose stock has been soaring since his work on the Euphoria soundtrack.
Real Lies, Lad Ash
Real Lies use the sounds of UK dance music as fodder for their own emotional pop songs. The London-based group’s second album Lad Ash is full of autobiographical and psychogeographical stories of addiction, grief, and the disappearance of vocalist Kev Kharas’s teenage friend. The album arrives seven years after their debut – in the intervening years Real Lies have shrunk down from a three-piece to a duo, yet the mixture of euphoria, melancholy, bittersweetness, and yearning that defines their music has only grown bigger in scope.
TATYANA, Treat Me Right
TATYANA has had a busy life: living in the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Boston, and back to her London hometown, and going from underground raves to viral YouTube covers to playing harp on tour with Neneh Cherry. These experiences are condensed into a collection of pop songs on debut album Treat Me Right. Co-produced with Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, Treat Me Right draws on the sharp songwriting of 80s new pop, the sleek production sheen of today’s contemporary hits, and her own classical harp background.