The Cut: Lava La Rue, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maggie Rogers and the best new tracks of the week

It's been a week packed with new music. We've sifted through the pile and plucked out a few of the best.
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From the slick summer vibes of Lava La Rue to the much-anticipated return of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this week hasn’t been shy of great new tracks. In order to help you cut through the noise, we’ve sifted through the pile and plucked out a few of the best. If you want more, subscribe to our weekly New Music Friday edit The Cut on Spotify, and never miss out again.

There’s no doubt that London’s NiNE8 collective have produced more than their share of individual talents over the last couple of years – none of them more exciting than Lava La Rue and Biig Piig. Teaming up for ‘Hi-Fidelity’, the vibes are strong with this one – a blissed-out, floating bop that previews Lava’s upcoming EP perfectly. Made for those sticky summer nights.

It’s been a long time since we last had new music from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. More than nine years, in fact. ‘Spitting Off the Edge of the World’ might not be the frantic, life-affirming version of the band at their full power, but – as with standout ‘Maps’ – they’re more than capable of making an impact when turning the dial to epic. Teaming up with Perfume Genius, 2022’s YYYs pack a more emotive punch, all slow-spinning glitterballs and gargantuan stabs. Welcome back.

alt-pop bop per album is a pretty high watermark for any aspiring icon to hit. To go two for two is remarkable. ‘Want Want’ is proof that, in 2022’s circus of new music, nobody is coming close to the raw, etherial power of Maggie Rogers. As with comeback track ‘That’s Where I Am’, there’s something primal about Maggie’s joyful, unrestrained energy. Carefree and determined to hold nothing back, it’s life-affirming stuff.

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