Your First Listen: Week of August 8

New Sounds from BANKS, Joseph, Wild Beast and more.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.


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BANKS – “Gemini Feed”

LA artist BANKS made waves with her trip-hop influenced first album Goddess (2014). If you like your music a little dark, a little mysterious – but with a certain cool factor then this is the thing for you. Check out this track off of her upcoming album The Altar (2016) out in September.

Joseph – “White Flag”

Who do you think would be in a band called “Joseph”? Maybe you’re picturing one guy – but you’re wrong. It’s three sisters from Portland – their new album I’m Alone, No You’re Not (2016) drops on August 26th. This album’s got your folk sing alongs covered. This one’s about facing your fears, check it out above.

Wild Beast – “Big Cat”

Following the paw prints of bands like Glass Animals, UK’s Wild Beasts is making R&B inspired slinky grooves that make you feel like you’re in a dark sexy forest. YUP. This one’s called “Big Cat” from their album Boy King (2016).

Wintersleep – “Spirit”

Wintersleep had a spectacular comeback with their hit “Amerika”. Now they are following up with another great track from their latest album The Great Detachment (2016).

Christine and the Queens – “Tilted”

This is one of those songs that catches you the very first time. It’s from a French artist called Christine and the Queens. Despite the name, it’s a solo act – the stage name of Héloïse Letissier. The story goes that after going through an awful break-up, met a trio of drag queens who helped her by convincing her to make music to feel better and now it’ll make YOU feel better.

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