FEATURE: The April Playlist: Vol. 3: Royal Blood, Common Cause

FEATURE:

 

The April Playlist

 

 

Vol. 3: Royal Blood, Common Cause

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YOU get those weeks in music…

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when all manner of joys drops from the sky. Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar brought us DAMN. It is the follow-up to the mighty and epoch-defining Hip-Hop record, To Pimp a Butterfly. I have not heard the entire album but reviews are very glowing: critics are comparing it to his career-high and showing he is as consistent as artists come. Maybe it will not scale the same heights as To Pimp a Butterfly but it is another extraordinary revelation from one of music’s most inspiring and fearless competitors.

If that was not enough, Royal Blood have (finally) unveiled the first taste of their sophomore album, How Did We Get So Dark? Lights Out is snarling and groovy: it snakes and jabs; it has incredible drum solos and meaty riffs. It is assured slice from the Brighton duo that suggests their next record will continue where Royal Blood left off – only mightier, more intense and, perhaps, finer. There are lots of other great songs released this week – including a welcome return from another immense Brighton duo, Blood Red Shoes. It seems like there should be a, let’s say, ‘Common Blood’ tour to celebrate the shared syllable. That aside, it is a packed music week that provides ample quality and surprise.

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Royal Blood Lights Out

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Kendrick Lamar (ft. Rihanna)LOYALTY.

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Blink-182Can’t Get You More Pregnant

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Circa Waves Goodbye

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King Gizzard & the Lizard WizardHan-Tyumi & the Murder of the Universe

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SparksHippopotamus

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Francis NovotnyBetween the Lines

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Stone

IDER – Face On

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Declan McKennaBrazil

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Major Lazer (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj)Run Up

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PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Fleischer

Logic (ft. Damian Lemar Hudson)Black SpiderMan

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Osborn Photography

YellowcardA Place We Set Afire

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Day WaveSomething Here

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Blood Red ShoesEye to Eye

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jonathan Weiner

Poliça (ft. Spank Rock)Still Counts

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Seven Day SleepRed Lipstick Murders

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GirliNot That Girl (Dream Wife Remix)

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Oh Wonder Ultralife

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PHOTO CREDIT: Paige Hanserd

GirlpoolIt Gets More Blue

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ryan Jafarzadeh

Her’s I’ll Try

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The FjordsAlchemy

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PHOTO CREDIT: Julia Marie Naglestad

Thea & the WildDark Horse

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TLC and Snoop DogWay Back

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PHOTO CREDIT: Coley Brown

Mac DeMarcoOn the Level

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Alt-J TWW

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Laura Marling Wild Fire (Recorded at Spotify Studios, N.Y.C.)

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie In My World

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Dermot KennedyBoston

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Lethal Bizzle and Skepta I Win

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Amy Lee Love Exists

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QTY Ornament

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Frank Ocean, Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator Biking

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PHOTO CREDIT: Gilles O’Kane

Wavves Million Enemies

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Paris Youth Foundation – Lost Cause

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Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasians – Narrow Streets

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Fionn Regan – Turn the Skies of Blue On

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John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man

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Noah CyrusStay Together

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PHOTO CREDIT: Steve McEwan

Leslie Mendelson – Coney Island

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Cattle & CaneLove on Your Hands

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PHOTO CREDIT: Vicky Grout

Bossman BirdieWalk the Walk

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PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew O’Toole

Tkay Maidza Glorious

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Sarah CloseCaught Up

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Tinie Tempah (ft. MNEK)Not for the Radio

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ebru Yildiz

PWR BTTMLOL

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John GibbonsP.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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SuperGluSimmer Down

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AnterosCherry Drop

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CAZZETTE and JONESHandful of Gold

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Lillie Mae – Honest and True

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Will Joseph CookTreat Me Like a Lover

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Leo KalyanVersailles

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S4UIsle of Dogs

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RefsForever

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BloxxYou

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ARIZONAElectric Touch

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SOULÉ – Troublemaker

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Kiiara (ft. Felix Snow)Whippin

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Little DragonHigh

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Splashh – Rings

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Mo Globetrotter

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PHOTO CREDIT: Luis Rmirez

Black Asteroid (ft. Zola Jesus)Howl

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Linkin Park (ft. Pusha T and Stormzy)Good Goodbye

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Leo Stannard and Frances Gravity

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Franc Moody Got the Light

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Curtis HardingLead Me On

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Kevin MorbyAboard My Train

 

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Villagers & Nico MuhlyFortunate Child

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Another rich and sumptuous banquet of music snippets from the mainstream and underground. I am pleased Royal Blood have provided a long-overdue release – in the form of an organism explosion! Kendrick Lamar is back on the throne: the king of modern Hip-Hop/Rap is as innovative and compelling as they come. Some nice little summery jams can be detected within The April Playlist. It is getting warmer and brighter: musicians are responding with suitably vibrant and uplifting songs. Take a listen and prepare yourself for more amazing songs this month.

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