Bee Stings (Poppydisc)
Fifteen albums on, these indie legends show no sign of resting on their laurels, and Bee Stings is proof that all this frolicking in pastures new has paid off. From catchy opener ‘Take Me to Heaven’ to the captivating ‘So Many Colours’, funk-tinged ‘Sing the Things’ and latest addition to the band Rachel Mackenzie’s moving interpretation of Will Oldham’s ‘After I Made Love to You’, the record features some of BMX Bandits’ finest efforts to date, with Mackenzie’s voice breathing new life into the band’s creations. Sounding this glorious 21 years into your career is no mean feat. Pop newbies take note.