This week's must-listen singles: Touch Sensitive, Two Door Cinema Club, Lizzo + more
Plus a new single from Polish Club, and a new collaboration between Didirri and Ro.
Every week, we're hammered with tonnes of new music from Australia and afar, so much so that at times, it feels a little overwhelming and you're not quite sure where to begin. Every week, we run down this week's must-listen singles and releases, this week featuring names like Touch Sensitive, Polish Club, Lizzo and more. Check out Pilerats' homepage for more brilliant music and news, or subscribe to our Spotify Office Playlist for easy listening.
Touch Sensitive - Unconditional feat. Kitten
Not content with slowing down after the release of his debut album Visions in 2017, Sydney funk-house lord has continued to grow and evolve over the last 18 months or so, with his first single since - the Daniel Wilson-featuring G.A.L. - placing him back on track ahead of a big year ahead. Now, with a national tour looming, we've received the next taste of what's to come, with the bass maestro teaming up with Kitten - aka Nasty Cherry's Chloe Chaidez - for another silky-smooth number titled Unconditional. It's something a bit different and new from Touch Sensitive, offering a sense of versatility as his glistening synth work and subtle funk-house pace whips up a nostalgic 90s storm, with Chaidez's vocal dancing over the top. It arrives ahead of a national tour through April, with dates in most the major capital cities across the Easter long weekend. Tickets and more information HERE.
Two Door Cinema Club - Talk
It hasn't been too long since we last heard from Two Door Cinema Club, with the band returning in 2016 to release Gameshow and a one-off single, Lavender in 2017, before returning to Australia for Splendour In The Grass, but regardless, it's damn nice to have them back. Talk is their first single in a decent while and it's a bit more dance-infused than their past work, taking their indie-rock roots and injecting it with a thick, electronic groove for something more upbeat and accessible, showcasing a different side of the band that would be nice completely fleshed out in an album format. "I love the pop thing. I love experimenting and going to different places, I love doing things that are a little bit wonky and I love the idea of doing something we haven’t done before, why can’t we do all of those things at once," says singer Alex Trimble on the single. "It sounds like Two Door Cinema Club – not a Two Door Cinema Club there’d ever been before, but that’s what I love. We can always do something new, but it always feels like something we’ve done."
Lizzo - Tempo feat. Missy Elliott
Lizzo is an artist quickly proving unstoppable. In the lead up to her long-awaited debut album Cuz I Love You - out April 19th - the rapper/singer/songwriter/flautist has moved from being a cult internet favourite to a dominating commercial force proving stronger and stronger with every release, whether it be singles in the lead-up to the album - like its title-track, the catchy-as-hell Juice, or Boys - or mimicking the Anchorman flute solo in her own way, adding that signature Lizzo charm to an otherwise iconic scene. Her latest single Tempo is perhaps her most vivacious and liveliest thus far, teaming up with rap icon Missy Elliott - a good friend and influence of Lizzo - for a high-energy, quick-firing ensemble of light-hearted lyricism and thick bass kicks, grabbing ahold of you and not letting you go until its three-minute duration finishes. It's just more proof that Lizzo is one of music's best names at the moment, regardless of genre, and if Australian festival bookers aren't on her ass just yet, they will be when Cuz I Love You arrives next month.
Polish Club - We Don't Care
We've spoken at length about Sydney two-piece Polish Club, and how their pursuit of finding the loudest and catchiest take on Australian rock-pop has seen them become one of our favourite bands in a long while; their career-defining debut album, Alright Already, being the most visible sign of their sure-fire promise and potential to become one of this country's signature bands in the next few years. After turning up the heat on their returning single last year, Clarity, the duo are back it with their first song for 2019 We Don't Care, taking that anthemic and light-hearted approach to indie-rock and layering it up for a maximalist slam of Polish Club's punchy signature sound that on a deeper level, reflects are relatively hard period for the band. "We Don’t Care came out of a really tough couple of months for both of us,” John-Henry says. "We [had] a long, dry spell of writing and recording. Coupled with multiple overseas trips and personal hard times, we were just fucking rinsed. I think the song is about how when your life is going to shit, the things you do to try and escape it often makes it worse. When you say you don’t care about something, it’s just a way of running away and not facing up to your problems."
Didirri & Ro - Tea Stains
Didirri and Ro are two very different acts from very different backgrounds, but with their both of their approaches to songwriting being joined by poetry and tenderness, it's no surprise to see them finally join forces. Melbourne-via-Margaret River's Ro and Melbourne's Didirri are two acts that have become favourites of ours over the years, and them collaborating for the first time on Tea Stains suggests exactly what's delivered - a reflective and emotive slice of shimmering indie-pop that'll blow you over time and time again. It takes the best from sides and unites it with a Hayden Calnin production, with Didirri's and Ro's soft, subtle vocals swirling above a similarly detailed production that really elevates the two stars-in-the-making and their signature vocals, pulling at your heartstrings while making you beg for more. "The song is a play on that ‘best friends accidentally falling for each-others’ story, with tensions and unsaid truths over cups of tea. It’s also a subtly sarcastic comment on the idea that a cuppa solves everything," they say on the single. "Love is hard to communicate, especially when it sneaks up on you. You just want to spill out all the raw, repressed feelings that you’ve pent up in a friendship or relationship. A cuppa is not just a cuppa, and the tiny tea bag contains all of the real baggage."