Isolation Radio (Part 2): The Lockdown Playlist

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As the World experiences the impacts of Covid-19, we all find ourselves in new and sometimes difficult situations. Whether you are isolating alone, with your best friend or are still heading out to work and provide vital services, we want to share our weekly soundtracks with you.

This is our second week of isolation radio, and week 174? of Covid isolation. The U.K has been blessed with an April heatwave (thank you irony), and those of us confined in flats are in deep reflection about our choice not to pay the extra for a garden right now.

01. Milk Teeth – Better

Milk Teeth have had a couple of uncertain years, from the punk bands original line up only lead singer Becky Blomfield remains. Their latest self-titled album marks the result of these changes, with a stronger yet self-conscious sound.

Lead Single, Better discusses a period of emotional abuse surrounded by a hypnotic heavy bass and ‘90’s grunge guitar riffs.

02. Somebody’s Child – Distance

Irish Singer-songwriter Somebody’s Child has captured a sizeable audience within the last year. Hotly tipped for 2020 and with a performance on the Late Late Show added to his resume, the genre hopping artist looks set for future stadium tours (Covid-19 pending).

Distance is probably my favourite of his still limited selection of singles. Whilst he doesn’t shy away from discussing mental health within his work, Distance evokes a unique sense of nostalgia. This is a song made for summer festivals and thousands of fans singing the distinctive chorus back.

03. The Novacs – Patchin’

Accompanied by the Snuts, Spyres and The Ninth Wave, The Novacs are part of the strong music scene currently coming out of Scotland. Patchin is a big noise for the 19year old band who have already picked up air time on BBC Radio 1 & Spotify’s Scotify playlist.

Their latest single features a maturer, reflective tone. Evoking Strokes-esque guitar riffs, the song deals with unrequited love told through singer Reiss Harrison’s gravelly vocals. The boys have followed instructions for indie guitar rock with Patchin’ and got it spot on.

04. Deco – Wild One

Deco are an indie-pop dream. Although they might look like your favourite 90’s kids television presenters formed a band, their live shows are a raucous, colourful affair.

Renowned for taking inspiration from 80’s synth-pop and more modern influences like Friendly Fires, Wild One is probably their most anthemic tune to date.

The song gives lead singer Max Kendall the opportunity to showcase his sleek vocals whilst energy simply exudes from the backing track. In all honesty, the beat of this song is an accurate representation of my mental state this week.

05. Machineheart – Stonecold

Melodic Machineheart have been making an impact on the LA music scene for a couple of years now. Their synth-indie pop sound is fronted by the haunting vocals of singer Stevie Scott.

Everything about their sound is chilled, a pool of calm in a hectic world. Stonecold has a heavier tempo than some of their other songs, with a dark bassline. As with all their singles it’s easy to consume and excellent concentration music.

06. The Cure – Fascination Street

Okay chances are we’ve all heard this song before, but I heard it for the first time in a while this week and oh my god; it’s good. That opening bassline is absolutely iconic, creating a powerful back monologue to Robert Smith’s vocals throughout the song. Therefore it gets an honourable mention on this week’s Isolation Radio.

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