- If anything can make us feel better about the raging garbage fire that is global politics right now, it’s perhaps the fact there are many, many people just as appalled as we are. Certainly, Depeche Mode share our sense of unrest, with latest single ‘Where’s The Revolution’ explicitly referencing governments that “manipulate and threaten, with terror as a weapon / Scare you 'til you're stupefied, wear you down until you're on their side.” Spirit doesn’t get a great deal brighter (“We’re going backwards to a caveman mentality” is another sample lyric), but it’s all the more compelling and cohesive for its sense of purpose. Combine this with production from Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, and Basildon’s best sound stronger than they have in years.
- Zara Larsson first found fame aged 10 when she won Swedish TV talent contest ‘Talang’ covering ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Now 19, she’s already a huge star back home and well on her way to making an international breakthrough, wooing listeners with bulletproof dance-pop, featuring powerhouse vocals worthy of Rihanna. Boasting ‘Lush Life’, ‘Ain’t My Fault’ and MNEK-collaboration ‘Never Forget You’, this international debut is already heavy with hits, but it transpires that there’s even more in reserve. Whether its the wistful bounce of ‘What They Say’, the dancehall-flavoured optimism of ‘Sundown’, or Clean Bandit-collaboration ‘Symphony’, So Good seems set to send Larsson’s career stratospheric.