UKNY for August 15
Baby Queen (photo by Clark Franklyn, PR)
When South Africa's Baby Queen, real name Bella Latham, was just 18, she moved to London to stake out her place in music and life. She's been dropping snappy Gen Z singles since 2020, plus an EP called Medicine. On September 3, five years after her UK arrival, she will finally release her debut mixtape, The Yearbook. On tonight's "UKNY" at 11 p.m., a song from Bella's coming-of-age project as Baby Queen.
Something bracing on the docket from the exciting Leeds quartet English Teacher too, and Brighton's Beach Riot drop another guitar riot from their forthcoming album, Subatomic Party Cool. Another Brighton band, Opus Kink, mash up jazz and punk for a galloping thrill ride and Sweden's mysterious GOAT return with a couple of new songs, rippling with dirty guitar drones, for a soon-to-arrive rarities collection, Headsoup.
And new music from The Invisible's Dave Okumu, who is also a go-to collaborator for artists like Jessie Ware, Arlo Parks, and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien. Knopperz, Dave's solo debut album, comes out on September 24.
1. Opus Kink, “This Train,” single
2. Sault, “London Gangs,” Nine
3. Beach Riot, “Wraith,” Subatomic Party Cool
4. (SA-London, UK) Baby Queen, “You Shaped Hole,” The Yearbook
5. (Korpilombolo, SE) Goat, “Queen of the Underground,” Headsoup
6. (New South Wales, AU) Liars, “King of the Crooks,” The Apple Drop
7. Raven Bush, “Start of Something New,” Fall into Noise
8. Dry Cleaning, “Bug Eggs,” single
9. English Teacher, “Wallace,” single
10. (Walsall, UK-GH/Palermo, IT) Jorja Smith x Guiltybeatz, “All of This,” single
11. (Vienna, AT-London, UK) Dave Okumu, “New Dawn,” Knopperz
12. Anushka, “Bad Weather,” Yemaya
13. Phil Collins, “Thunder and Lightning,” Face Value