From the return of a UK garage hero to a second hook-up between two giants of the bass-pop scene and a shoegazing swansong, here are five tracks you need to look out for this December.
Arthur Beatrice – “Who Returned?”
Following last year’s criminally-ignored debut album, confusingly-named female-fronted four-piece Arthur Beatrice return with a more electronic and cinematic sound on this dramatic collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
DJ Fresh and High Contrast feat. Dizzee Rascal – “How Love Begins”
The kings of commercial drum ’n’ bass and grime team team up for a second time (with a little help from High Contrast) on “How Love Begins,” an anthemic blend of breakbeats, acid house synths and wailing diva melodies which may well be both parties’ best single in years.
Craig David feat. Big Narstie – “When the Bassline Drops”
Having teased a comeback on a Little Mix/Wiz Khalifa mash-up and a surprise live appearance with Major Lazer, Craig David makes a proper return to the music fold with the kind of addictively bouncy two-step garage that made him such a sensation at the turn of the century.
School of Seven Bells – “Open Your Eyes”
The first release since the tragic death of Benjamin Curtis (and the first taster from next year’s final album, SVIIB), the gorgeously shoegazey electro-pop of “Open Your Eyes” shows just how much School of Seven Bells will be missed.
Miike Snow feat. Run the Jewels – “Heart is Full”
Fresh from their bizarre Meow the Jewels side-project, El-P and Killer Mike switch their attention to fellow supergroup Miike Snow’s comeback single with a booming hip-pop remix, thankfully free of any cat samples.