What’s Going On: Bloc Party, Alaska Thunderfuck, Travis, Aiyana-Lee, Soran

It’s Sunday, which means there’s a new edition of What’s Going On. This week, we’ve got the latest from Bloc Party, Travis, Aiyana-Lee, Soren, and Alaska Thunderfuck. From hot R&B to relentless post-punk to over-the-top early-2000s party vibes, there’s something here for everyone. No, really. As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.

Bloc Party – British rockers Bloc Party have announced that their sixth studio album Alpha Games will be released on April 29th, 2022. The first taste of what’s to come from the new album is the lead single “Traps.” Loud, driving, and insistent, “Traps” is a blast of post-punk that acts as something of a return to form for the band. Speaking on how the band decided “Traps” would be the lead single, frontman Kele Okereke says: “From the moment we wrote ‘Traps’, we knew it had to be the first thing people heard from this album; playing it in soundchecks on our last tour before it was finished and hearing how it sounded in those big rooms and outdoors.”

Listen to Bloc Party’s new single “Traps” below.

Alaska Thunderfuck“Flip phones, low rise. Cowabunga ecstasy” is how RuPaul’s Drag Race-alum Alaska Thunderfuck’s new single “XOXOY2K” opens, letting you know exactly what you’re in for. The latest track to be released from Alaska’s forthcoming album Red For Filth, “XOXOY2K” is an ode to the early-2000s. Von Dutch, K-Fed, naval piercings, and JNCO jeans all get name-checked in the song, providing a huge dose of nostalgia for listeners who were around for the turn of the century. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Alaska or the whole Drag Race phenomenon, the Eurodance meets hyperpop feel of “XOXOY2K” will definitely draw you in.

Listen to Alaska Thunderfuck’s new single “XOXOY2K” below.

Travis – Scottish rockers Travis dropped a cover of the classic Queen song “Killer Queen” as part of the 20th-anniversary deluxe edition of their The Invisible Band album, due out on December 3rd. Originally released as the B-side of their huge 2001 single “Sing”, their cover of “Killer Queen” has now been remastered and extended with an awesome outro. Speaking on the cover, guitarist Andy Dunlop says: “Killer Queen was fun; it was like when you’re young and you take something apart just to see how it ticks. We literally tried to make it as close to the Queen version as possible – take every part and go ‘I want to recreate that.’ It was great because it’s such a brilliant song and such a good recording.”

Listen to Travis’ cover of “Killer Queen” below.

Aiyana-Lee – Rising British pop sensation Aiyana-Lee is taking no prisoners with her new single “Gangster of Love.” A sultry R&B ballad with an edge, “Gangster of Love” touches on the importance of looking out for yourself while falling in love. This unique self-preservation slow jam follows up Aiyana-Lee’s previous singles “Bedroom” and “Rich Kids”, both of which have been extremely well-received by her ever-growing fanbase. On what “Gangster of Love” is all about, Aiyana-Lee says: “It’s about falling for someone but reminding them and yourself that you won’t allow them to play you, no matter how hard you fall. You might just end up breaking their heart instead.”

Listen to Aiyana-Lee’s new single “Gangster of Love” below.

Soran – Montreal-based singer-songwriter Soran is out now with “Tired”, his new single. All too relatable, the slow-burning pop song perfectly encapsulates the tiredness and tension that one feels when coming out of a relationship. One of Canada’s most promising young artists, Soran continues to hone his craft and prove why he’s a talent that’ll be around for quite some time. Discussing “Tired”, Soran says: “The verses are written by the head, the chorus by the heart. I wanted to portray the constant back and forth and confusion that goes into one’s mind after a breakup.” You can catch Soran on the road with shows in Quebec and Ontario in February 2022 and in Western Canada in March 2022.

Listen to Soran’s new single “Tired” below.

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