By Jasmine Harrop
The Strokes - Future Present Past
The force that is The Strokes are back, without the harness of RCA that lasted five albums, with a four track EP. Releasing an EP being something that the band haven't done since the distant year of 2001. Future Present Past includes three original tracks Drag Queen, the lead single OBLIVIOUS, and Threat of Joy. With the final track being a Moretti remix (Fabrizio Moretti) of OBLIVIOUS. The EP was put on Spotify for listening earlier this week but can be purchased today.
Listen to 'Future Present Past' here:
The Kills - Ash & Ice
The Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince duo return, 15 years into their career they continue to be brooding in both their image and sound. 'Ash & Ice's release today will be their first album since 'Blood Pressures' 2011. They, guitarist Hince especially, has said how when working on the record they considered suitability for Radio something that is achieved and still identifiably The Kills. Perhaps why there is less of an emotive and personal reach that Alison's vocal's have pierced the listener with in the past. Their following not lost to them, the two wanting fans to get tattoos linked to the record and it's tracks, footage of the process' to be featured in a short film by the two. You can catch them live this Autumn.
Listen to the first single 'Doing It To Death' from 'Ash & Ice' here:
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
An album release that is a collaboration between Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive's Rachel Goswell, Editors' Justin Lockey along with his brother James - a filmmaker. The group achieve a gripping sense of heartbreak and yearning in the self titled debut. Which is impressive for a band who had not all met before the project and throughout were never completely together during recording.
Listen to 'Minor Victories' here:
Ladyhawke - Wild Things
New Zealander Pip also known to many by her stage name Ladyhawke puts her new exciting album 'Wild Things' out today. It comes as a product of the singer-songwriter's change in lifestyle and health-kick. Which is reflected in the upbeat sounds an d even the bright accompanying artwork. You can catch her multi-instrumental talent live with dates starting next weekend.
Listen to the first single 'A Love Song' from 'Wild Things' here:
Fear of Men - Fall Forever
Brighton band Fear of Men give us a second album - 'Fall Forever', which they have stuck with Kanine Records for. The follow up to their 2014 debut 'Loom' can be instantly labeled as more electronic. Jess, Daniel, and Michael are touring Britain and over in the US throughout Summer where you can hear the new tracks.
Listen to the track 'Island' from the "Fall Forever" here: