Malka – Reach Out (Tantrum Records) 

Release Date: Out Now

Listen up folks, Scotland’s queen of alt-pop Malka was struck with the dreaded C-19 last year but she is bouncing back and, in the meantime, managed to knock out the excellent new single ‘Reach Out’. Weirdly, I think this might be my favourite track of hers so far as the drone of the synths, slow percussion and near-whispered vocals draw you in to the fever-dream of someone suffering in their bed during the longest night of their lives. However, the chorus picks up the pace with a Goldfrapp meets Kylie at her most playful vibe which provides the perfect counterpoint to the darkness in the verses. Darkness, light, style and substance – most artists don’t manage that in their entire career. Malka managed it with long COVID. Think on that.

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