Here’s hoping that by the time it comes round to next month’s playlist there will be some ligt at the end of the tunnel, but in the meantime, who better to be in it with than The Strokes, Laura Marling, The Orb, Jamie xx, Mystery Jets, Pigs x 7, and Rina Sawayama? There’s also some great new punk tunes from Drain, Ronin and Gaytheist. Roam free (Socially distanced, of course).
I’m not a words person, take me straight to the list.
It may seem to the outsider that parts of the music industry have carried on without much consideration of the world’s current epochal trauma, but that’s not quite true. Many artists for instance have waited six or nine months to get a slot from their label in which to release their music and the resurgence in vinyl consumption has meant that for the first time in decades limits on the means of physical production are now a factor when scheduling.
Big selling acts like The 1975 have the power to bend labels to their will and have pushed back Notes On The Conditional Form’s appearance, but spare a thought for many performers who rely on touring and the face to face aspects of the promotional cycle, left stranded with a record which they can’t play to anyone and that by the time we emerge blinking into the sun will be old news.
So this new list – with the likes of Pearl Jam, Thundercat, Run The Jewels, The Orb , Anna Burch, Skepta and Hamilton Leithauser – is either full of victims of bad timing or those excited about their work enough to want to bring your their music anyway. Decide for yourself and listen to it here.