"Bad Blood"

Producers: Mark Crew, Dan Smith

Virgin Records

Release date: Sept. 3

Already No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Bastille's debut "Bad Blood" sees its U.S. release. With a propelling drum beat, "Pompeii" sets the tone for what the Dan Smith-led synth-pop outfit does best: big choruses, anchored by Smith's soothing vocals, and distinct electronic flourishes that speak to the music's production value. -Jill Menze



Neko Case

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