It’s all change on this week’s A List, with a whopping 6 new entries including a brand new top 3. We’ll be losing the Lucy Rose track this week as it has reached its three week limit, but next week’s new entries will struggle to compete against this list.
1. Plastic Mermaids – Floating in a Vacuum [New Entry]
Tuesday’s Track of the Day is my favourite of 2019 so far. From the orchestral introduction to the playful synths, this is a track that grabs your attention. But it’s the vocals and the chorus that really gets me. There’s something deeply sad and realistic living within the simple words, well beyond the alien visuals and space vibes. “the gravitational pull, only gets stronger, and every time that we fall, it hurts even longer, somewhere up in the sky, we float like a feather, but we just live out our lives, trying to hold it all together.” It’s a message of quiet stoicism. And it really, really gets me.
2. Gary Clark Jr. – This Land [New Entry]
Friday’s Track of the Day, This Land is venomous. You can feel the frustration and anger pour out of every single note. The video is superb. The lyrics are hard-hitting and personal. And the energy is off the chart.
3. Dua Lipa – Swan Song [New Entry]
For my money, this is the best Dua Lipa song since 2015’s Be The One. From the tribal percussion and vocal snippets, this is a song of defiance and power “this is NOT a Swan Song”.
4. James Blake, ROSALIA – Barefoot In The Park
Down four places this weekend, but it still sounds enchanting. There’s something magical about the track. It feels so enticing, but never quite real. You don’t want to move in case the spell is broken.
5. Bonobo – Ibrik [New Entry]
Ibrik is the first track from the forthcoming ‘Fabric Presents Bonobo’ record, due for release on the 22nd February. As you’d expect from Bonobo, it’s full of intricate beats and an excellent melody, but there are so many layers and snippets throughout to tantalise your ears.
6. Lucy Rose – Conversation [Final week]
Conversation is full of atmosphere with some beautiful strings. Simple and yet hard-hitting, there’s an air of strength and finality surrounding the delicate vocals.
7. The Cinematic Orchestra – A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life [New Entry]
Featuring the unmistakable vocals of long-term collaborator Roots Manuva, A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life is an emotional journey that only gets better with every listen. “Why would you hide from yourself, Belief is here to find you” Manuva sings, over the soaring sonic landscapes underneath.
8. Jenny Lewis – Red Bull & Hennessy [New Entry]
Jenny Lewis has returned with her first single in five years and it is giving me seriously good Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks/Lyndsey Buckingham vibes – possibly with a little dose of Kate Bush thrown in towards the end – which is just about the highest compliment I can give.
9. Florence + The Machine – Moderation [New Entry]
“Want me to love you in moderation, Do I look moderate to you?” Florence returns with a cracking single encompassing superb lyrics, a bluesy-pop vibe and her usual stunning vocals.
10. Me & My Toothbrush – Just Release Me
A supremely catchy dance track that builds and dips, the guitars keep it bopping along and the vocals sound properly old school.