The Playlist: September 2019

This month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers…

Refresh your playlist with a selection of this month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers of all stripes, brought to you by the makers of

Unsainted by Slipknot

Is this the most important metal album of the decade? Quite possibly. With its sweet choir sawn in half with Taylor’s opening vocal, Duality-esque drums lead into brutal riffery that could pierce straight through a bulletproof vest. Monstrous.

Stop Thinking (About Me) by Alfie Templeman


16-year-old indie prodigy Alfie Templeman recently released his latest extended play, Sunday Morning Cereal and played every instrument. This single shows his ever-improving chops along with a new penchant for guitar grooves and singable melodies.

Catfish Kate by Pixies

Pixies are back with a new album, Beneath The Eyrie – and this single features cool, raked and arpeggiated guitars and classic Black Francis acoustics.

I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be by The Sheepdogs

Canadian blues-rockers The Sheepdogs are powered by the guitar stylings of Jimmy Bowskill. The band’s new album, Changing Colours, proves that Southern rock will never go out of style.

Footsteps by Modern Nature


The brainchild of former Ultimate Painting member Jack Cooper, Footsteps features a repetitive, two-note inversion with a droning string underneath as accompaniment to that beautiful saxophone melody.

Windows by Frankie Cosmos

The first single from the New York band’s fourth album, Windows represents a more spontaneous and laid-back mood for Cosmos, with the guitar parts written and recorded on the spot in the studio. Pure summery bliss.

You Need To Calm Down – Recorded at Abbey Road by Yonaka

Recently in session for Spotify’s regular Singles series, this cover shows off Taylor Swift’s stadium-ready You Need To Calm Down in all its glory. Sharp, distorted guitars under Theresa Jarvis’s rhythmic, powerful voice.

It’s Easy Then by The Big Moon

The 2017 Mercury Prize nominees return with the first single from their forthcoming new album as the UK’s answer to HAIM. Synth-laden guitars and power-pop piano glisten behind Juliette Jackson’s superb vocals.

You’re Either On Something by Temples

James Bagshaw and co return with their third LP, reminiscent of Tame Impala eating a Cornetto on a sunny evening. Octave guitars are countered by harps and compressed drums, continuing their über-60s inspiration.

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