As an extension of the weekly A List – posted every Sunday – here is the Astral Penguins Bonus List, 10 songs that we’re still loving but just missed out on the Sunday list.
As with the A List, the Bonus List acts as a chart, with songs appearing in order of preference. Here it is for your listening pleasure, there’s some corkers in here:
11. HOMESHAKE – Every Single Thing (Up 1; 3rd Week)
A shimmering r’n’b track with a disconcerting lo-fi meets synths dynamic. The vocals are impressive in their range and delivery, and yet it’s the cold aesthetic of the track that makes me want to keep this on repeat.
12. Cold War Kids – Love Is Mystical (Up 1; 3rd Week)
Love Is Mystical is a cracking blues-inspired indie pop record that explodes with excitement. From it’s opening piano to it’s awesome chorus, everything is a little off-kilter and distorted.
13. Stormzy – Mr Skeng (New Entry)
Stormzy is – as George’s Word on the Street column laid out on Saturday – the centre of attention right now. With Mr Skeng it’s all about Stormzy; his voice, his lyrics and his moment. He’s not one to mess with.
14. The Attic Sleepers – Leopard (New Entry)
A beautiful piece of indie-pop from Danish duo The Attic Sleepers. Straying into the kind of upbeat sunshine sound – complete with brass – that Bombay Bicycle Club mastered, Leopard will leave you feeling both vulnerable and optimistic.
15. Blood Youth – Reasons to Stay (Down 5, 2nd week)
Melodic hardcore trio Blood Youth have produced a real balls-to-the-wall track in Reasons to Stay. A tale of a relationship ending in a complicated way, this will be an absolute monster live.
16. Sub Focus – Lingua (New Entry) (down 9; 2nd week)
Slower and more minimalist than a lot of his other works, Lingua sees Sub Focus straying closer to dancehall and hip hop than his usual drum and bass, but it’s a banger all the same.
17. Otzeki – All This Time (Down 7; 4th Week)
From it’s opening hum and creeping bass, it has an eerie and agitating tone, which only increases as the organ noise and vocals kick in.
18. Bicep – The Game (Catz N’ Dogz Interpretation) (New Entry)
This sounds like the kind of track that would soundtrack a video game in your dreams, where you’re driving around all night without any sort of destination in sight. It strays into some 80’s sounds, but still feels pretty timeless.
19. Electric Guest – Back For Me (Down 4; 3rd week)
Back for Me skips along with a relentlessly upbeat tone, propelled by beating percussion and one of the funkiest bass parts around. Simple, catchy and really rather good fun.
20. Pumarosa – Dragonfly (Down 6; 2nd week)
Creating etherial music with elements of pop, indie and dance, there’s a mystique to their work that few acts achieve.