Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Won’t enrich your life with poignant lyricism; will happily accompany a cold pint with friends on a warm summer’s eve.
Kodaline – Love like this
A banjo, a beat and a harmonica, pulled together with vocals that tremble and build.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t hold us
Tried and tested to be an excellent accompaniment to summer road trips.
Matt Corby – Resolution
Good if you like slow-builders, outrageously good vocals and a marching drumbeat.
Anna Kendrick – Cups (‘When I’m gone’)
Dare you not to be singing along by the second listen.
Fun. – Some nights
Sometimes, you just really need some good, upbeat pop to listen to. And Fun. seem consistently happy to keep filling that void.
The Civil Wars – The one that got away
The first single from the second album, out in August. The duo recorded the whole album without being on speaking terms, a state in which they remain. Tension. Palpable.
Editors – A ton of love
The first single from much-anticipated fourth album, four years in the making. Like a cross between Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers.
Alt-J – Something good
Mumford & Sons – Babel
After their majestic closing set at Glastonbury, the Mumford chaps have found their sophomore album (released in September) re-occupying the number 1 spot in the album charts (sorry Buble, sorry Rolling Stones). What better excuse to enjoy their album afresh under summer’s warming rays.