FEATURE: The May Playlist: Vol. 2: A National Anthem for All

FEATURE:

 

The May Playlist

 

  

Vol. 2: A National Anthem for All

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WHO would have thought this week would see a…

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IN THIS PHOTO: Miley Cyrus

new song from The National?! The Ohio band’s last album was 2013’s Trouble Will Find MeSleep Well Beast is out on 7th September and has been announced alongside a new single, The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness. It is a bit ‘lighter’ than their previous material – perhaps juxtaposing the rather gloom-laden title – and sees the guys in a more relaxed and loose mode – in the composition at least. It is great to have them back and see what that seventh album will reveal. Not only is there that fantastic National gem but a whole host of brand-new beauties. Miley Cyrus and Beth Ditto have new songs; Paul Weller has released the album, A Kind Revolution, and proves he is one of the most important songwriters in the world. In addition; Fleet Foxes and Marika Hackman unveil fresh material; Kate Tempest unleashes a sonic storm and I celebrate the tenth anniversary of Manic Street Preachers‘ Send Away the Tigers with the, I think, finest cut from that album.

It is another packed and luscious selection of new songs/videos/album tracks from the finest music has to offer. Sit back, put plans to the back-burner and luxuriate in the vast array and variation of this week’s choice cuts…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Charlotte Zoller

The National  The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 

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Beth Ditto – Ooh La La

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Miley Cyrus – Malibu

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Fleet Foxes Fool’s Errand

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Kate Tempest – Whoops

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PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Gullick

Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy

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Paul Weller – New York

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Milk Teeth – Owning Your Okayness

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Luke Sital-Singh – Still

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Manic Street Preachers (ft. Nina Persson) – Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

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Bishop BriggsThe Way I Do

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Calvin Harris, Future and Khalid Rollin

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Sub Focus and ALMADon’t You Feel It

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Paramore – Pool

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Mount Kimbie (ft. Micachu) – Marilyn

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Lindsey StirlingLost Girls

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Ulrika Spacek – Full of Men

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Honeyblood – Walking at Midnight

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Three Kings HighMargins

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Girlpool – Powerplant

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alt-J – In Cold Blood

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Blink-182Wildfire

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PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria Lopez

Sundara Karma – Explore

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Mr. Jukes (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid) – Angels/Your Love

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Kiiara (ft. Felix Snow) – Whippin

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Imagine DragonsWhatever It Takes

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Krewella – Be There

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Oh Wonder – Ultralife

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Ne-Yo – Earn Your Love

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De’Wayne Jackson – Truth Is

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HAIM – Right Now

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Lola Marsh Wishing Girl

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Phoenix J-Boy

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Linkin Park Invisible

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Post Malone (ft. Quayo) – Congratulations

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Mabel Bedroom

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Bryson Tiller Something Tells Me

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Meek Mill Left Hollywood

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KWAYE Little Ones

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Whitney You’ve Got a Woman (Lion Cover)

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Danny Brown Kool Aid

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Perfect Blue Sky – Give Me Your Love

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Kyle (ft. Lil Yachty)  iSpy

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Superfood – I Can’t See

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PSYNew Face

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Swimming Tapes  Queen’s Parade

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Drones Club – Repo Man

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Missio – Middle Fingers

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Wesley Gonzalez  Piece of Mind

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Fort Hope – The People of the Lake

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Chloe FoyFlaws

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PHOTO CREDIT: Josh Shinner

Cosima Dreams

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K.I.D. – Taker

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Exit Kid – It’s Cool

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Jazz Cartier Tempted

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Tyga Eyes Closed

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B.o.B – Avalanche

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Tom WalkerKarma

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Everything Is Recorded (ft. Sampha)Close But Not Quite

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Danzig – Last Ride

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Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel  Rainbow’s End

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Francesco Gabbani – A Moment of Silence

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Camille Seeds

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YONAKAWouldn’t Wanna Be You

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Sampa The Great (ft. Estelle)Everybody’s Hero

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DREAMCAR Ever Lonely 

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BuddyFind Me

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The fin.Afterglow

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Matt MalteseNo One Won the War

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Machine Gun Kelly – Wake + Bake

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POWERS Closer

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Nadia Rose and 67Wat Up

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This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze

 

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Harry Styles – Sweat Creature

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J Hus – Common Sense

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PWR BTTM Pageant 

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Dean LewisChemicals

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VeraIn and Out of Love

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Seether Count Me Out

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Zac Brown BandLong Haul

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Timeflies (ft. Shy Martin)Raincoat

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Kobra and the Lotus – Victim

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Mellah Nada

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Chastity Belt 5am

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AikJHeights

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Picture ThisNever Change

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GladesKeep It From You

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PINSAll Hail

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Hundred WatersParticle

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KasabianAre You Looking for Action?

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Close TalkerWaking Up

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James ArthurCan I Be Him

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Amber MarkCan You Hear Me

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Kacy HillHard to Love

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Halsey Now or Never

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Diagrams I Tell Myself

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What a collection and conflagration of scintillating and sizzling bangers; nuanced and neat jams – stunning, emotional anthems. Music is, as always, unpredictable and unexpected. Not only have we been treated to a new song from The National but plenty of other incredible songs that should satisfy all tastes. I am always eager to dig down to the roots and see exactly what music has to offer each week – one always discovers a hidden gem where and when they least expect it. I am keen to look ahead and predict what the next week has in store: I should think there will be the same array of surprise heavyweights, perfect underground snippets and mainstream appetite.

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