London Calling Playlist: July

The music we can’t stop listening to here in the London Calling office.

Music is a big part of our lives here at London Calling. There’s rarely a moment when the office radio isn’t playing, and we all love to get out to gigs, discover new music and share our discoveries over a cuppa. We’d like to include you in all this, so as part of a new monthly feature, we’re pulling together a playlist of our current musical highlights, starting with July. Feel we missed something? Join the debate and let us know your favourite songs at the moment by tweeting us or messaging us.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

The whole office were excited by the return of the genre-defying Canadian art rockers Arcade Fire, but a little dismayed about how quickly the four years since their last album, 2013’s Reflektor, have gone by. Everything Now, the first single from the new album of the same name, signals another turning point in their constantly evolving sound.

Young Fathers – Sister

The Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival, curated this year by M.I.A. featured a whole host of fantastic artists – something our Account Manager Willow took full advantage of. Young Fathers, the Mercury Prize-winning alternative hip hop trio from Edinburgh, performed a special gig at the Royal Festival Hall complete with special guests and a choir. Sisters is a track from their first EP, TAPE ONE.

Solange – Cranes in the Sky

When Will, our Editorial Assistant, returned from this year’s Glastonbury Festival he couldn’t stop talking about Solange. Her live performance was the complete package – light, set and movement combining with her soulful, groovy music to create an extraordinary gig. Cranes in the Sky is from her debut album A Seat at the Table, and he urges everyone out there to go watch her live.

Agnes Obel – Familiar

Sales and Partnerships Manager Simon went to see Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel at the Roundhouse last month and came back with heaps of praise for her spell-binding mix of rich, colourful melodies and string arrangements. Familiar is a single from her 2016 album Citizen of Glass.

Hercules and Love Affair – Blind

Simon also went to see the return of DJ Andy Butler’s powerful and uplifting dance project Hercules and Love Affair at Shoreditch’s Village Underground, and returned with aching limbs from all the shapes he threw. Blind is a party anthem from their self-titled debut album.

Yumi and the Weather – Not Again

Will went to watch the electronic three-piece Yumi and the Weather at Dalston’s Birthdays. Their hypnotic grooves, powerful vocals and catchy melodies are truly wonderful, and Not Again comes from their 2013 EP of the same name (full disclosure: vocalist Ruby Taylor is an old friend of Will’s – but that doesn’t make the music any less beautiful).

Radiohead – I Promise

Maddie, our Digital Officer, is a massive Radiohead fan, and has been listening to the 20th Anniversary Edition of their seminal third album, OK Computer, non-stop since it came out. I Promise is a stand out track from the selection of previously unreleased songs it contains.

Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra – Your Love

We recently interviewed Jules Buckley, the young composer and arranger making waves with his orchestral arrangements of contemporary music. Here, his Heritage Orchestra perform their version of the dance classic Your Love from the 2016 album Classic House, a collaboration with DJ Pete Tong which saw dance anthems translated into orchestral symphonies.

Elbow – Gentle Storm

Tanya Moodie, who is currently starring in Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith, is an actor with a fascinatingly varied career to date, and we spent a lovely afternoon interviewing her a few weeks back. She mentioned her fondness for northern alternative rock band Elbow’s latest album Little Fictions. We’re pretty fond of it here too, and Gentle Storm sees Guy Garvey at his lyrical best, underpinned by a foot-tapping rhythm and bursts of piano.

Alt-J – Dissolve Me

It turns out that Jules Buckley is a massive fan of Alt-J – the indie rockers from the University of Leeds whose 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave quickly propelled them to the higher echelons of the musical food chain. Another highlight from Glastonbury, Will spent a wonderful 4 minutes and 17 seconds dancing in pure joy to Dissolve Me, so we thought it only right to include the track here.