Adele reportedly told friends that her highly anticipated fourth album is due in September.
According to The Sun, the singer was attending the wedding of her friend, the author Laura Dockrill, to Maccabees guitarist Hugo White, when she revealed the news.
Adele performed a song during the event, which was also attended by Florence Welch, Jessie Ware and Jack Penate.
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Videos shared online showed her singing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and the Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life”.
During her performance on stage at The Mason’s Arms in Battersea, south-west London, she apparently told guests: “Expect my album in September.”
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1/15 Odd Morris
Established in 2017, Odd Morris are swelling the ranks of Ireland’s rapidly expanding post-punk scene with their own, grunge-influenced take on the abrasive sound. Pummelling drums and strong vocals are found alongside a certain nonchalance; a pleasing sight in a group so young.
2/15 Porridge Radio
This London/Brighton four-piece deal in thunderous guitar riffs and sardonic lyrics. Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dana Margolin has a Karen O snarl, especially on grunge-influenced tracks such as ‘Sweet’ – we’re hoping for an album in 2020.
3/15 Fontaines DC
Another brazen post-punk band that’s bursting out of Dublin, Fontaines DC’s lyrical impressionism is a gritty response to their discordant political surroundings. Debut album Dogrel, which was shortlisted for the Mercury prize, celebrated Ireland’s proud literary and cultural heritage and landed a spot on The Independent’s albums of the year (2019).
4/15 The Orielles
The Orielles fuse aspects of dream-pop and psychedelia to create pop songs that sound as though they’ve been sent to the stratosphere and back. Ethereal, hook-laden vocals from Esmé Dee Hand-Halford ricochet around their recordings among a whirl of reverb-drenched instrumentation.
UGLY are proving themselves as adept exponents of the eerie jazz-punk fusion that King Krule pioneered half a decade ago. Made up of fresh-faced students, the group have wound up on Holm Front Records (Sports Team’s label) and the handful of songs they have released are bristling with potential.
There’s an unnerving dissonance that pervades the output of Sorry, who are fellow members of London’s Brixton Windmill scene alongside acts such as Shame and Goat Girl. Their lyrics flirt with the realities of depression and feelings of awkwardness, carried along by waves of grunge-inspired guitar hooks.
Squid are a fantastically anarchic outfit who dabble musically in a little bit of everything. Really, everything – their debut EP Town Centre contains spoken word, some haunting cello, jittery synths and sinewy guitar lines, all atop a rhythm section which is prone to change pace like a skittish springbok evading a cheetah.
8/15 Just Mustard
Unlike their fellow compatriots The Murder Capital and Fontaines DC, Just Mustard’s music is more likely to slink through a back window, as opposed to battering down the front door. The Irish shoegazers employ screaming guitars atop a slow, enticing tempo, as vocalist Katie Ball’s eerie melodies dance between the speakers.
With the release of their debut album What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham, Feet have cemented themselves at the vanguard of the post-punk revival. Melding psychedelia-infused guitar lines with elements of funk and a refreshing, quintessentially British sense of humour, the group’s future looks bright, having recently embarked on their first national headline tour.
10/15 Sports Team
This six-piece indie outfit from Cambridge have been on an upward spiral since the release of ‘Winter Nets’ in early 2018, and have already established themselves as the frontrunners of the burgeoning indie-revival. Frontman Alex Brice’s dry, self-aware lyricism is at the core of everything they do and provides the centre-piece for their chaotic, sometimes surreal live shows, where the refrain: ‘I wanna buy you a flip screen Motorola’ is screamed by the crowd.
11/15 Hotel Lux
Hotel Lux play a swaggering style of “pub rock”, evocative of acts such as the Blockheads and Dr Feelgood. Their lyrical content, however, is something far darker and more brooding than anything mainstream acts of that era produced. There’s a haunting way in which singer Lewis Duffin tackles subjects that most wouldn’t touch, such as execution and paedophilia.
Although still very much a band in its infancy, Junodream have already established a finely shaped sound. Nostalgia-inducing vocal melodies blended with otherworldly guitars are reminiscent of early Radiohead, helping these up-and-comers land a support slot on a national tour with indie peers Lazy Days.
At first, Kawala’s yearning harmonies might remind you of early Fleet Foxes or Bombay Bicycle Club. But there’s a deeper energy that lingers beneath their folk influences – perhaps it’s the surprising (in a good way) Afrobeats sound these London-based lads have injected into what could otherwise be your typical indie band.
The Peckham based five-piece have been steadily growing out of their post-punk beginnings into a fantastical musical realm that is purely their own. Dark, poetic lyrics delivered in an off-kilter fashion weave in and out of snarling guitar lines, making for an intriguing end product.
15/15 Pillow Queens
This Dublin four-piece trade in subversive songwriting that tackles everything from body image (on the punchy “HowDoILook”) to modern masculinity (the tender “Brothers”). Expect a debut album this year.