Posted on Friday 3rd September 2021 at 13:53
We've been busy at alt. tickets HQ this week, searching for the best new music for your listening pleasure. Read below to check out the latest releases from Little Simz, The Wildhearts, SPINN and Pixey
Over the course of her lush, expansive, defiantly sprawling new album, 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert', released on Age 101, the Ivor Novello award-winning, Mercury nominated Little Simz delivers an undeniable modern classic, effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music which thrillingly broaches the gap between urgent modern treatise and hip hop. A bold, quantum leap forward from the critically beloved 'Grey Area', this is hardly music aiming simply for the pop charts; rather, it is turbo charged with the kind of fury and potency, confusion and anxiety that make up the modern experience of being Black, British and female at this particular point in time. This is no mere philosophical exercise, however - the result is her most ambitious and soaring body of work to date, one which operates at the very heights of what rap can be.
The Wildhearts have today released '21st Century Love Songs', their brand-new full-length studio album on Graphite Records.
“Renaissance Men reminded me of our first album, Earth Vs The Wildhearts. No one knew how the fans and press would receive it, so it was balls-to-the-wall rock and fuck 'em if they don't like it. Going in again, for 21st Century Love Songs, naturally reminded me of our second album, PHUQ, where we got to flex our creative muscle, and show everyone what we're capable of. This time we let the songs simmer until absolutely ready. We let the theme of the album present itself. There's a subtlety to this album, something that people don't often associate with The Wildhearts, and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs. This is where I become a fan of the band, when we ditch the rule book and just follow our instinct. Sarcastic, fun, angry, proud, experimental and belligerent, all wrapped up in a big 'fuck you', this is the sound of the band in their natural habitat. This time we're in control.” exclaims Ginger Wildheart.
With The Wildhearts classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny, still holding strong this creatively brilliant band who helped change the landscape of British rock through the 90’s are showing no sign of slowing down.
Liverpool-based four-piece SPINN have returned with a shimmering new single 'Outside Of The Blue' and announced their second album (of the same name) will be coming out this November. It’s the follow-up to their 2019 self-titled debut, which received lavish praise from the likes of Dork and The Line Of Best Fit, SPINN saw the band head out on a sold-out UK tour with slots at Reading & Leeds and Truck followed by their biggest headline show to date in Tokyo. Check out the new track below and get your tickets to their tour this November as they head to Newcastle, London, Nottingham and Bristol.
Pixey is on a one-woman mission to spread her message far and wide. With dreamy guitar melodies throughout, Pixey has mastered the use of space from start to finish. Listen to her new track 'Life In Stereo' and make sure you see her live as part of Dot To Dot Festival later this month.