Looking for new music? This is the place. Here are the best new tunes, picked by our team, and currently soundtracking the snikkin' of cans at Spoilitics HQ. Updated through the month:

October 2017


Auburn Lull – Silo: I came across Auburn Lull on the now sadly defunct blog Glowing Raw some time ago and they have just returned with Hypha, their first album since 2008. Silo demonstrates their more minimal take on the austere ambience of the slowcore genre. CJ

Carla dal Forno – Make Up Talk: From just-released EP The Garden, this gloomy piece of dub-pop recalls various late ‘00s/early ‘10s projects that revolved around the Not Not Fun and Olde English Spelling Bee labels. CJ

Daphni – Carry On: Although it’s been around on the internet for a couple of years, ripped from a DJ set I assume, this is first official release of this song. A pitched down female vocal floats around over a nervy and hypnotic disco groove. CJ

Drahla – Silk Spirit: The Leeds group nail a perfect Sonic Youth/Wire hybrid on Silk Spirit, keeping the tension maximal throughout with icily detached vocals and droning guitars. CJ

Fever Ray - To The Moon And Back: The first solo track in 8 years from Karin Dreijer Andersson, also of The Knife fame. The synthy beats are reminiscent of her old band, but this is more upbeat and danceable than any of Fever Ray or The Knife's previous output. ML

Helena Hauff – Gift: Taken from an upcoming EP, this squelchy number builds from a minimal industrial buzz to a nicely psychedelic peak. Unfortunately, it all ends far too quickly. CJ

Insecure Men – Subaru Nights: A debut single which sports “a 1970s dinner party vibe, Subaru Nights’ twinkling keys and faux-naïve melodies bring to mind zonked-out game show interludes and prescription drug misuse. CJ

Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights: 22 year-old singer-songwriter Baker builds from quiet beginnings to a roaring ending in this track documenting the despair of loneliness. ML

King Krule - Half Man Half Shark: Droning jazz backing segues into a slightly more soulful ending, all the while layered with Archy Marshall's gravelly vocals. A standout from new album The Ooz. ML

The Orielles – Let Your Dogtooth Grow: More Yorkshire fuzz from Spoilifaves The Orielles, combining even more esoteric sounds into their funked-up surf-pop stew. CJ

St. Vincent - Pills: If there was any concern that Annie Clark was going to move in to all-out pop territory, that was quashed by the release of Pills, the third single from MASSEDUCTION. It's as wonderfully weird as anything she's done before, with the first half of the track being almost jingle-like, before morphing into an emotive coda. ML

Sufjan Stevens - Wallowa Lake Monster: An outtake from 2015's devastating Carrie & Lowell, Wallowa Lake Monster would have made a fine additional to an album that was already one of the decade's best. Lyrically, the track combines Sufjan's difficult relationship with his mother with an Oregon folk tale of a Nessie-esque creature. Musically, he fuses fingerpicked acoustics with swelling electronics and the soaring sounds of a backing choir. ML

September 2017


Björk - The Gate: A largely quiet and tender affair from the Icelandic songstress. Despite this, there's still so much going on underneath the stunning vocal. A mix of strings, woodwind and producer Arca's trademark electronics help to create some of the month's most mesmerising sounds. ML

Burial – Rodent: “What would I do without you? Don't know what I'd do without you,” repeats for the first half of the track, alongside a bouncy bass line - it could almost be a recent Caribou tune at times, but Rodent retains that ineffable Burial melancholy. CJ

Destroyer - Tinseltown Swimming In Blood: Another insight into upcoming album ken – this tune tells us Dan Bejar still loves New Order, wine, blue eyes – and can still write songs as good as anyone else today or yesterday. BE

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Sleep: Hope’s voice, Colm’s guitar, a xylophone…another great song released as part of a perfect little 3-track EP. BE

Hundred Waters - Wave To Anchor: Danceable new track from the Florida band, but still retains all the best elements of their electro-folk sound. ML

METZ - Cellophane: Riff-heavy, Albini-produced track off the punk trio's new album Strange Peace. Even Liam Gallagher is madferit. ML

Mogwai - Every Country’s Sun: Awesome title track and closing song from the new Mogwai LP which captures a lot of where the band are in this phase of their long career. Every Country’s Sun marks 9 studio albums released now. I’m not sure if the band will celebrate No.10 by snikkin' a tin and rookin' on a fag – but I know I will. BE

PINS - Serve The RichAn angry slice of screeching guitar and sneering lyrics from the Mancunian all-girl band.  The strongest rock single I've heard this year. Phlege

Prins Thomas – Edmund Part 2: Closely following his full reworking of Swedish psych lords Dungen’s Haxan LP and his excellent collaboration with Bjorn Torske, Norway’s busiest space disco cadet flies solo on this new 12” – Part 2 is the pick of the bunch. CJ

St. Vincent - Los Ageless: Following the surprising low-key piano-led balled New York, Annie Clark returns to familiar ground for a track about another Stateside city. If New York brought out Clark's tender side, Los Angeles certainly does not. Los Ageless is a thumping track with harsh guitars, droning synths, and lashing vocals. ML

August 2017


Actress & The London Contemporary Orchestra - Audio Track 5: Stemming from a collaborative live performance last year at the Barbican London which Actress has then ‘injected into AZD systems’ back in the studio, Darren Cunningham sidesteps the hazy and surreal techno of AZD to build a more organic sound. CJ

Car Seat Headrest - War Is Coming (If You Want It): The latest from Will Toledo under his Car Seat Headrest moniker is an apt and sincere protest song, described by Toledo himself as “a song about not murdering people.”  ML

Destroyer - Sky's Grey: The new Destroyer single once again finds a space between a John Lennon lovesong and Syd Barrett’s deceptively simple psychedelic giggles. BE

Ducktails - Maps To The Stars: Matt Mondanile left Real Estate earlier this year to concentrate on his solo project. Maps To The Stars swaps the signature jangle-pop of his old pals for a more synth-based sound and some dreamily introspective lyrics about constellations, illusions and ‘the doubt that rots our insides’. CJ

Grouper - ChildrenAn outtake from the exceptional album Ruins, released for charity. If a more beautiful song has been released in 2017 it must be absolutely stunning because Liz Harris once again shows her ability to mesmerise with music. BE

John Maus – The Combine: A teaser for his first album in six years, Screen Memories (featuring Videodrome-esque cover art), The Combine picks up from the theatrical synth-goth of 2011’s We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. Complete with spooky vocals about a combine harvester coming to ‘dust us all to nothing’… CJ

LCD Soundsystem - How Do You Sleep2010's This Is Happening opened with Dance Yrself Clean, one of the best tracks of James Murphy and co's career. On this year's American Dream, Dance Yrself Clean finds itself an evil twin. With How Do You Sleep, LCD follows the similar slow build up of drums, before the beat drops the listener into a loud haze of shouted vocals and stomping synths, but the tone is much darker this time around. ML

The National - Day I Die: A melding of old and new from the Cleveland five-piece. The fuzzy guitars hark back to The National's earlier work, but throughout these make way for more-elegant, less-distorted sounds, all the while backed by Bryan Devendorf's rumbling drums. Matt Berninger provides a textbook thoughtful and melancholic vocal, now oh-so familiar to the band's sound. ML

Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains Of Circumstance: A slow-burning and powerful ballad, whose lyrics seemingly address the difficulty of missing family and loved ones during touring and recording ("I miss you now/what's come over me?/We're hostages of geography"). Take a listen if you'd like to hear a more sentimental and subtle side to Queens. Phlege.

William Patrick Corgan - Aeronaut: Having released music since 1991, both writing and producing albums from then to today, Corgan’s new solo record is apparently a simple affair which he did little production work on – at 50 years old now, “Aeronaut” is the most stripped-back single released by Corgan since Disarm in 1994. BE

July 2017


Alvvays - Dreams Tonite: Melancholic yet romantic second single from the Canadian group's upcoming album Antisocialites. Singer Molly Rankin holds her tone through to the final verse, where a break in her voice suggests some autobiographical torment and heartbreak can be found in the song's lyrics.  ML

Ariel Pink - Time To Live: Whether abrasively weird, a misunderstood pop mystic, or just a well-crafted oddball persona, Ariel always rubs people up the wrong way. Returning to home recording, new album Dedicated to Bobby Jameson promises to meld the freakout psychedelic/psychotic early Pink with the more mature craft (and themes) of his big label records. Time To Live is closer to the former with a very long and schizophrenic intro, taking more than half the song, finally bursting into a glammed-up lo-fi synth jam. CJ

Hundred Waters - Blanket Me: ML

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - An Intention: Last year’s EARS landed on many best-of-the-year lists and forthcoming album The Kid could easily do the same based on the singles released so far. With a life-cycle concept structuring the record, An Intention is the second track, plausibly conveying the first flickerings of self-awareness and wonderment at being hauled out of non-existence. CJ

Konx-Om-Pax - Cascada: From the Glaswegian producer’s Refresher EP, Cascada thumps and glows just enough that I can see a face-painted Bryce losing it upstairs at the Wheel Bar. CJ

Mura Masa (feat. Damon Albarn) - Blu: Mura Masa was originally going to call his debut album To Fall Out Of Love To. This theme is explored best in the now self-titled album’s closing song. It is the high point on the album, particularly because it features guest vocals from possibly the best I’ve-fallen-out-of-love songwriters of the past 20 years in Damon Albarn. BE

Tyler, The Creator - Boredom: Tyler continues to move away from his angrier, nihilistic style of the past with this soulful summery hip-hop track. His bars are still focussing on darker subject matter, but it's clear the Odd Future man is growing up.  ML