So Bloc was a disaster, and Latitude this coming weekend is predicting rain, a little more rain, and then the apocalypse if we're lucky. So rather than mope and moan ahead of what is still set to be one of the best festivals of the summer, I've deliberately opted for the most upbeat, catchy songs on offer this week. There's a little bit of folk from Gary Stewart, whilst Being There offer up more pop gold after the success of 'The Radio'. Brush off your wellies, find some waterproof trousers, and prepare for mud-wrestling, because this week we're going for it optimistic, and we're going for it big.


Gary Stewart – 'Green'

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I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think this song might just be absolutely fantastic. I don't know whether it's simply because we're bang in the middle of festival season, but this is totally ideal for the eventual start of summer- bouncy without being twee, clever yet accessible, and totally brilliant. I watched 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' recently, and this is a track very much in the vein of that soundtrack, stumbling down a dusty, much-travelled road of folk music frequented by Neil Young and more recently Mumford and Sons. I'd implore you to give this a fair chance, whilst I start the long hunt for some sort of hoe-down in the Conservative heartlands of East Sussex.



Sunless '97 – 'Body Weather'

Bouncing, shimmering and yet the slightest bit unsettling, 'Body Weather' is an intelligent, fascinating track that checks in as electro, glitch-pop and a whole multitude of other genres I'm not cool enough to perpetuate. The track ebbs and flows across its duration, leaving the odd sensation of having listened to an EP rather than an individual track. Intriguing, subtle, yet surprisingly immediate, Sunless '97 are a very exciting act.



Mara Carlyle – ‘The Devil and Me’

This is outrageously gorgeous. Simple, yet stunning, this opens up like some sort of sultry hymn, before Mara Carlyle's voice luxuriates into earshot, ranking along Cat Power in immediacy and sheer power. I think this is one of those many songs that you simply need to listen to to truly appreciate- language is distinctly limited in trying to articulate the beauty of Carlyle's voice.



Being There – 'Tomorrow'

Being There remain one of my favourite new bands of the year, with the critical acclaim for their self-titled debut album finally celebrating the rise of the talented London four-piece. On paper they're perhaps nothing extraordinary, making classic C86 indie pop, but on record they make absolute musical gold, evocative of festivals, family and first dates, chronicling all that's definitive of human beauty. I sound pretentious, yes, but 'Tomorrow' is anything but; measured enough to survive repeated listening, yet utterly classic in its lineage. The real magic of the track is the places it takes you, and the memories it soundtracks.