The New Division – Pride
After a weekend championing looseness in a field with a few thousand fellow fun-hunters, listening to calorie-burning stompiness, a Monday calls for some tunage like this – which you’ll probably dig if you’re an M83 fan. The New Division are from California and they make music that will sooth the sores of the weekend. Heavily influenced by 80s synth acts (possibly why they called themselves new (order) (joy) division??), but without a sniff a fusty moth balls, their stuff sounds fresh and sparkly, like bubbles fizzing away in a summer cocktail. Pride, taken from their latest EP, Night Escape, is a lush dream-pop number that combines smooth, relaxing synths, with some stabby, bouncy hits to propel it along at just the right pace.