Tracks of the week reviewed: Yungblud, Beabadoobee, Idles

This week we’ve got glammed-up future-punk, some dreamy grunge, and a dark fuzzy ballad


Strawberry Lipstick

The personification of Gen Z screaming in your face during an all-nighter on lighter fluid, Yungblud is basically Keith Flint genetically spliced with Lady Gaga. Partial to a cheeky rave-up, he’s better on glammed-up future-punk like this, where snarled boasts of his “toxic attitude” sound just damaged and dangerous enough to get his flavoured lippy snogged off by some brave volunteer.



If Yungblud monkeys marvellously between chart pop and punk, Beabadoobee does the same for grunge. Melodic angst, sugar’n’grit power chords, grainy DIY video featuring lots of flowers and a fully clothed chorus in the bath … while you’re emoting along to the next bedroom cult star, your dad’s off wistfully sniffing a cigarette butt Juliana Hatfield smoked in 1993.


A Hymn

Has news reached Bristol there’s a pandemic on? Woke-punk warriors Idles would surely be first up Downing Street’s rose garden with the tar and feathers, yet in these dark times their greatest concerns appear to be the prevalence of Zumba and the demise of Teletext. It still sounds like a meteorite having a panic attack, but listen close and you can hear Matt Hancock sigh with relief.

Matt Berninger

Distant Axis

Bloody pandemic scammers. First Bitcoin hackers target Twitter’s blue-tick billionaires, now fake lockdown video directors are duping indie godheads. The video for the National frontman’s latest solo piece of phantasmal merlot melancholy sees him tarting about on a green screen without the presumably “oceanic” background visuals added. Lesson learned: never pay a spam-box film-maker cash-in-hand.

DJ Khaled ft Drake


We’ve all got a friend with our most incriminating evidence locked away, but the sheer monotony with which Drake delivers his umpteenth guest spot for renowned mate-of-the-stars DJ Khaled suggests a blackmail paid in full. “We the best music!” Khaled yells, as Drake drowsily flaps his platinum Visa at Ariana Grande’s “sexy ass”. Whatcha doin’ at the bottom of this column then, punk?


Mark Beaumont

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Enny, Georgia, Yungblud
This week we’ve got a laidback R&B throwback, a soulless rework of a classic, and a Billy Idol (ask your dad) tribute act

Issy Sampson

18, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Shame, Diplo, Sigrid
Diplo teams up with Lil Yachty, Sigrid is happy-sad and Shame stick to the same two chords

Luke Holland

09, Mar, 2018 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Madonna, Beck, Kehlani
The queen of pop hits it with her Latin shtick, Beck and Pharrell team up, while something else sounds like drunk Massive Attack

Luke Holland

26, Apr, 2019 @9:59 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Christmas singles special
This week we’ve got a veritable cheeseboard of schmaltz, from Robbie Williams to Tinashe to Liam Gallagher

Sam Wolfson

11, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Metronomy, Grimes, Foals
This week there’s an electro take on Boys of Summer, glacial synths, and some big Paula Radcliffe energy

Mark Beaumont

13, Sep, 2019 @10:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Bea1991, Dido, Suki Waterhouse
Bea1991 enchants with soaring synths, Dido’s got a Euro vibe and Suki Waterhouse’s track is pop for posh people

Sam Wolfson

15, Mar, 2019 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Tom Aspaul, Doves, Boyzlife
This week we’ve got painful breakup bop, dreamlike retro-futuristic pop and dolled-up boyband plop

Michael Cragg

03, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Reyna, Ariana Grande, Finneas
This week we’ve got some low-key electronica, a blast of breathless pop and a depressing slice of soft rock

Matt Charlton

06, Nov, 2020 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Selena Gomez, Coldplay, Sorry
This week we’ve got a self-love power anthem, a lo-fi protest singalong, and a discordant reworking of Tears for Fears

Kate Solomon

01, Nov, 2019 @11:00 AM

Article image
Tracks of the week reviewed: Soccer Mommy, BTS, Moby
This week we’ve got a joyful song about depression, K-pop as Auto-Tuned art, and an absolute banger from the old school

Luke Holland

24, Jan, 2020 @11:00 AM