New Music Friday: When it’s time to put Andrew WK at the top of the playlist it’s time to put Andrew WK at the top of the playlist hard

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Notes on this week’s releases:

  • Sometimes when we listen to Andrew WK we think “hold on this sort of music is absolutely brilliant” so then we go and listen to some other stuff in a similar vein and it’s always an awful fucking racket. Literally always. Where are they keeping all the good sort-of-metal? Is it in a secret place? Or is there really nothing else like this? And do you think proper rock people feel this way about pop music? Do you think they hear something pop that somehow lines up with qualities they enjoy in their day-to-day listening, or they hear the best of the absolute best — like, they hear a Robyn single — and they go “maybe I’ll give pop another try!”, but then they end up listening to Up by Olly Murs and Demi Lovato and then that’s it for another three years? And then after a while they’ll hear Bad Romance or something and they’ll give the old pop thing another go, but the first thing they hear is ‘The Vamps and Matoma’?
  • CHVRCHES miss out on their second Song Of The Week in a row due to, once again, betraying the most holy tenet of New Music Friday.
  • Tracey Thorn‘s entire album is fantastic but the Shura ‘collab’ we’ve selected for this week’s playlist is just absurdly amazing.
  • The Alma EP is worth a listen. It’s nothing extraordinary, much as we and it seems everyone else would like it to be, but there are some good moments.
  • Gorgon City have released what is, to all intents and purposes, a novelty single. (It’s about 65% brilliant.)
  • MNEK‘s new single is really interesting, partly because it totally changes pace halfway through and becomes absolutely tremendous, and partly because having apparently (?) jettisoned ideas of having a hit single he’s freed himself creatively to make something really unusual which in turn stands out from almost everything else out there, which IN TURN might actually stand a chance of being a hit. Whatever a hit is these days. Why can’t it be like the olden days when iPods were made out of wood and New Music Friday involved having to walk three miles in order to listen to someone singing on a hill?
  • As you’d expect the Jack White song, which sounds like The Darkness, is hilarious.

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Stream Tegan And Sara’s The Con X: Covers Album Featuring Grimes, Hayley Williams, & More

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Tegan And Sara’s The Con turned 10 years old over the summer, and the duo is about to embark on a tour in honor of it where they’ll play the whole thing live. They also arranged a tribute covers album that features some huge names. We’ve already heard CHVRCHES and RyanMore »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2016

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business, technology and office concept - smiling business team with laptop computers and coffee having discussion in officeThe music-video event of 2016 was easily the HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Lemonade — inarguably one of the best albums of the year, and maybe one of the best movies, too. Lemonade was a leap — an indulgent artistic vision that could’ve easily fallen flat on its face and somehow instead transcended the music-video form, … More »

Watch Shura Make Her US TV Debut On James Corden

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ShuraMisty-lens pop singer extraordinaire Shura made her American TV debut last night on The Late Late Show With James Corden. The Artist To Watch alum performed her 2014 breakthrough single “Touch,” which also appears on her recent debut album Nothing’s Real. Check out the performance below. [videoembed size=”full_width” alignment=”center”][/videoembed] Nothing’s Real is … More »

Shura – “311215” Video

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ShuraBritish Artist To Watch Shura snagged an Album Of The Week nod back in July for her debut LP Nothing’s Real, and now she’s released a new video for one of its tracks. “311215” is about the hypothetical death of her parents, and the video features old home recordings of her family playing … More »

One song is guaranteed a spot at the Twenty Quid judging night — vote now!

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Today we announced the shortlist for the 2016 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize.

The Mercury Music Prize, in an attempt to be relevant (‘LOL’) and create a variety of new PR-able moments in the run-up to prize night, have changed their voting process this year and so, therefore, must we.

How it’s going to work

  • You — the public! — can vote for one single which will definitely be in the final on September 15
  • The judges will choose another five
  • Six songs will go head to head on judging night.
  • (Yes this really is how the Mercury people are doing it this year — fucking hell.)

Here’s what you can do now

Fill in this form. Submit it. Take the rest of the day off.

Please note that the form must be completed in full and any obvious attempts to rig the vote will be disqualified so at least try to be clever about it.



  • — Choose one of these cheers —‘Do It Well’ XYconstant feat Tom Aspaul‘Elizabeth Taylor’ Clare Maguire‘Hotter Than Hell’ Dua Lipa‘Love Me Like You’ Little Mix‘Party Politics’ The Rhythm Method‘Pillowtalk’ Zayn‘Sax’ Fleur East‘Somebody Else’ The 1975‘Something In The Way You Move’ Ellie Goulding‘Tears’ Clean Bandit feat Louisa Johnson‘What’s It Gonna Be’ Shura‘You Don’t Know Love’ Olly Murs

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Pixx – “Baboo (Shura Space Tape Edit)”

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Pixx - "Baboo (Shura Space Tape Edit)"Earlier this year, promising young British musician (and recent 4AD signee) Pixx (real name Hannah Rodgers) put out her warped-pop one-off single “Baboo,” and today the track’s received a remix courtesy of another promising young British musician, Shura (real name Aleksandra Denton), who just released her debut album Nothing’s Real. “I feel like … More »