UKNY for August 7
Nova Twins (photo by Federica Burelli, PR
Singer and guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South have been making music as Nova Twins for over seven years and the childhood friends' 2020 debut album, Who Are the Girls?, won them buckets of praise. But it's their explosive second album, 2022's deliriously heavy Supernova, that's really blown the doors open for the London duo. Nominated for a 2022 Mercury Prize at the end of July, the ferocious pair are the very first Black women leading an alt or hard rock band to land on that prestigious award's shortlist. They've got plenty of fellow musicians as fans too, including Tom Morello, Little Simz, Skunk Anansie, Elton John, and Wolf Alice.
On "UKNY" tonight at 11 p.m., another exhilarating and raucous track from Nova Twins' Supernova, a song that Love and South say was partly inspired by the Black Lives Matter marches of 2020 and served as a catalyst for the balance of the record. Nova Twins might well be Britain's most viscerally exciting live rock act to see this year — and they'll be at Bowery Ballroom on October 16.
Nominated for a Mercury Prize back in 2020, the savagely sharp London sextet Sports Team return with another tease from their second album, Gulp!. And a sweet shimmy of a new song, which might make you think of salad, from Devon/Yorkshire trio Pale Blue Eyes, whose debut album Souvenirs drops on September 2 via Full Time Hobby.
Glasgow's sublime Lizzie Reid has another EP on the way too, called Mooching, released August 24, as does Manchester's Porij, whose next EP, Outlines, comes out on September 7. Plus new tunes from TSHA, Italian producer Indian Wells, Melbourne's Hiatus Kaiyote (who play The Brooklyn Mirage on August 11), and more.
1. Sports Team, “The Drop,” Gulp!
2. Jessie Ware, “Free Yourself,” single
3. Porij, “Automatic,” Outlines EP
4. Pale Blue Eyes, “Little Gem,” Souvenirs
5. Lava La Rue, “Cry Baby,” Hi-Fidelity EP
6. George Fitzgerald feat. SOAK, “Rainbows and Dreams,” Stellar Drifting
7. (London, UK-Bamako, ML) TSHA feat. Oumou Sangaré, “Water,” Capricorn Sun
8. Lizzie Reid, “Warpaint,” Mooching EP
9. (New York, NY) The Harlem Gospel Travelers, “Hold Your Head Up,” Look Up!
10. The Mysterines, “All These Things,” Reeling
11. Nova Twins, “Cleopatra,” Supernova
12. Porridge Radio, “Rotten,” Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
13. (Melbourne, AU) Hiatus Kaiyote, “Red Room,” Mood Valiant
14. (Calabria, IT) Indian Wells, “Before Life,” No One Really Listens to Oscillators