Our latest playlist is by London quartet Gengahr. After stellar single releases in the likes of ‘She’s A Witch’, ‘Heroine’ and ‘Bathed In Light’, their hotly anticipated debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ was released last week – an album we said “shines as if created by magic” – and has widely been dubbed as one of the top albums released so far this year. Check out the list of songs the band are into at the moment, compiled by frontman Felix Bushe:

How Could You Babe // Tobias Jesso Jr 

“This guy is a very talented song writer. He’s not really doing anything incredibly new but its just perfectly executed. Right at the top of the list of things i want to see live this year.”

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Off Peak Dreams // Ghostpoet

“Picked up a copy of his new album a few days ago and it’s wicked. This was the tune that drove me to go out and get myself a copy. Such a vibe and swagger to this one!”

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Multi-Love // Unknown Mortal Orchestra 

“The story behind this song is actually pretty dark. Apparently involving a twisted love triangle where Ruben’s ends up splitting up with his partner after they both fall for the same woman. It’s a beautiful song and further proof that through experiences of heart-ache there is often a great song waiting for you at the other side.”

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Hipbone // Vondelpark

“A hypnotic and understated gem of a track, off their excellent ep ‘NYC Stuff and NYC Bags’ from a few years back. The vocal loops and sampled brass tracks dance around each other beautifully. All of this held together with a soft but glitchy r ’n b beat.”

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You Could Easily Have Me // Metronomy 

“The opening number to my favourite Metronomy album (one of our favourite bands) is an expert example of how to combine trashy guitar and synths. Released almost 10 years ago, this album has aged incredibly well and still sounds as exciting today.”

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Hang Up Your Hang Ups // Herbie Hancock 

“An epic track with a signature 70’s sound. The instrumentation is so packed full of riffs and phrases yet every part seems to have its tiny space to breath like a rainforest of sound. There are brief periods of genius call and response all over the place. A total bass and drums masterclass too. One of the first Herbie Hancock songs I heard and still a favourite.”

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Forevermore // Thurston Moore 

“An 11 minute ache of fucking awesome guitars and bass relentlessly thudding on and on. I saw this live recently and was blown away. The way the song changes kept catching me off guard. The vocals are pretty haunting, they seem to threaten yet comfort you simultaneously in such a relaxed manner that all adds to the sinister feeling of the song.”

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Depreston // Courtney Barnett

“I love the music and the melody to this song which is the only thing that could be described as summery. The lyrics (as hinted at by the title) are rather depressing. On the face of it she’s kind of just moaning about house prices but I read into it as a metaphor for a deteriorating relationship, but in a slow miserable way. I’m probably confused.” 

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Slayer // Giant Drag 

“I’ve loved this song since forever, it’s great for either summer or winter, or any kind of weather really. Again, kind of a relationship breaking down without the shouting but set to a dream of California. Also I’m pretty sure Wolf Alice were playing this backstage on tour last year and that was the best summer I’ve ever had.”

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King Kunta // Kendrick Lemar 

“YAY, mainstream hip hop! I’m so edgy! Everyone needs a ‘jam’ for summer and this is mine. ‘Uptown Funk’ can fuck off compared to this. THAT BASS! Flawless execution of funk.”

Catch Gengahr live on the following dates:

3rd – Blissfields Festival
7th – Festival de la Cite, Lausanne
17th – Latitude Festival
18th – Longitude Festival
19th – Melt! Festival
24th – Splendour In The Grass
26th – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
27th – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

2nd – Y Not Festival
28 – 30th – Reading & Leeds Festival

5th – Soundrive Festival

6th – Brighton Komedia
7th – Bristol Exchange
8th – London Scala
9th – Nottingham Bodega
10th – Oxford The Bullingdon
12th – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
13th – Norwich Arts Centre
14th – Cambridge Portland Arms
16th – Manchester Deaf Institute
17th – Leeds Wardrobe
19th – Glasgow King Tuts
20th – Newcastle Think Tank
21st – Sheffield The Harley

About The Author

Charlotte Davies

Editor-in-Chief of Hooting And Howling Magazine. Just a Northern soul. New music obsessive, freelance PR, radio presenter and complete shambles. Also part of the Thirsty Girls DJ Collective. Twitter: @charlottealiced