RELEASE DAY: Donny Benét Leaves You Longing, Everything Everything Reach New Heights & More New Music

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing: new music! And this is week is perhaps the strongest release day of 2024 so far, with fantastic albums from Donny Benét (the sexy Infinite Desires), Everything Everything (the rock solid Mountainhead) and Yard Act (the sprawling Where’s My Utopia?) nestled alongside standout singles from the likes of Bad Nerves and Chicano Batman. Let’s take a look at this week’s top three highlights.

DONNY BENÉT – INFINITE DESIRES

There aren’t many artists around today who can successfully evoke the sultry, loving essence of old school lovers like Barry White and Marvin Gaye, but it’s safe to say that Donny Benét is up there with the best. The Australian cult icon releases new album Infinite Desires today, and its eight songs are the perfect mix of funk-laden rhythms and soulful vocals (which leave you longing for more), oozing with sex appeal and enough grooves to make Chic jealous. If we’re to believe Benét, then 36 minutes and 36 seconds is the exact length of time you need to get down and dirty (or however you’d prefer to describe it), leaving no stone unturned on the double-whammy of opener Multiply and Trump-referencing American Dream. The real highlight comes halfway through, though, with back to back anthems Hold On Tonight and So Long up there with some of the Don’s best and funkiest work. Honourable mention of the key change in Consensual Loving – a top example of a key change in the right place at the right time. It’s not all funk, of course, with Forbidden Love‘s sexy mystique a highlight. Eight songs might seem like nothing much, but it does the trick in more ways than one.

CHICANO BATMAN – ERA PRIMAVERA (SINGLE)

Los Angeles’ Chicano Batman return next month with new record Notebook Fantasy, the follow-up to 2020’s Invisible People. Invisible People was released during uncertain times as the world got accustomed to a global pandemic, and looking back it’s become a nostalgic record of sorts for reasons hard to explain (who yearns for a lockdown?). Era Primavera is the second single to be taken from this month’s follow-up, and it’s a slow burning psychedelic odyssey (complete with beautiful choral harmonies) sung entirely in Spanish, a staple element of their sound which was missing on Invisible People. This is Chicano Batman at their best; Notebook Fantasy is shaping up to be a return to form for the group, with 2024 also set to be the year they finally make it to Europe. Niotebook Fantasy is out 29/03.

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – MOUNTAINHEAD

There’s something interesting about the way Everything Everything release music. They’ll put out a record which is deemed near perfect, and follow it up with one where only the singles hit that same spot. And then they’ll release another perfect album, followed by another weaker one. 2022’s Raw Data Feel slotted firmly into the weaker category, meaning expectations were high for Mountainhead. And these expectations have been firmly met by the band, with Mountainhead on par with the stellar RE-ANIMATOR (2020) and bearing hallmarks of breakout record Get to Heaven. It’s a perfect mix of everything the Manchester band do well, featuring highlights Wild Guess, the dainty Cold Reactor and the pulsating Don’t Ask Me to Beg. The guitars may have been set aside this time round (most of the time), but what Mountainhead lacks in that department is more than made up for elsewhere.