Lockdown has proved just as busy as pre-COVID times, just with opportunities for discovering new music shifting from seeing live bands to listening to the radio. Favourites on the markontour playlist of late have included:
Take Back The Radio, Katy J Pearson
Sounding a lot like Stevie Nicks with the addition of a horn section, this poppy track is a proper ear-worm and has been on rotation on 6 Music for the last few weeks.
Might Bang, Might Not, Little Simz
“You ain’t see no-one like me since / Lauryn Hill back in the ‘90s” promises British/Nigerian rapper, Little Simz, on a song whose driving bass line has made it a favourite for my morning run, just as the attention-demanding lyrics keep drawing me back to a proper listen in the evening.
Texas Sun, Khruangbin and Leon Bridges
Chilled, late-night-tales music from eclectic guitar band, Khruangbin, teeming up with soul singer, Leon Bridges.
Do It Again, Reggae Roast
Having been riveted by the Reggae Roast sound-system at Notting Hill Carnival a few years running, I have been meaning to get to one of their famous reggae nights for ages. For now their debut album will have to do, starting with this infectious bundle of happiness.
After The Fire, The Lost Brothers
One of those songs where you are convinced you must have heard it decades ago because it sounds so familiar, and yet it is a new release. Deep, warm and gorgeous.
Strange Girl, Laura Marling
I have tried and failed to like Laura Marling albums many times over the last decade, because I always enjoy her live shows, but her lockdown release, ‘Songs for our daughter’, has finally got me really hooked. This is my current favourite track.