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Listen to IDLES’ cover of Little Simz with a touch of Peaches and Chemical Brothers

IDLES have shared two new recordings as part of their first Spotify Singles release, including a cover of ‘Mood Swings’ by Little Simz.

The Bristol rock band have reworked the track to feature a more lo-fi soundscape, embracing the dance music references that influenced their latest album ‘TANGK’. Their electronic-driven take on ‘Mood Swings’ also incorporates elements of Peaches’ ‘Fuck The Pain Away’ and The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Elektrobank’.

‘Mood Swings’ comes from Little Simz’ EP ‘Drop 7’, released February this year. Produced by Jakwob (Nia Archives, Shygirl), the original version was drenched in 808s and club-inspired beats, alongside an interpolation of Solange’s ‘Binz’ that’s absent in IDLES interpretation.

As part of the release they also shared a new recording of ‘Roy’, a track from ‘TANGK’. Released in February, the album gained acclaim for its embrace of dance and open-hearted lyricism.

In a four-star review of the album, NME‘S Andrew Trendell wrote: “‘TANGK’ is an adventure into pastures new. [Frontman Joe] Talbot is keen to put arm’s length at the material that exorcises his past traumas and battles with addiction and general frustration at the modern malaise. Now’s a time of appreciation and restraint.”

Little Simz previously revealed she had been inspired by the band when creating her 2021 Mercury-Prize winning album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert‘. Speaking to The Line Of Best Fit in 2019, the rapper said: “I was listening to an indie rock alternative album the other week. I ended up feeling really inspired by it.” She later revealed it was IDLES.


This summer, IDLES will headline Glastonbury’s Other Stage on the opening Friday. They’ll also be touring the UK and Ireland later in the year, with support from Angélica Garcia, BATTLES, Chalk, Genesis Owusu, Lambrini Girls, Sprints and Willie J Healey. See full dates below and visit here for tickets and more information.

IDLES’ 2024 UK and Ireland tour dates are:

12 – Cardiff, Castle *=
13 – Halifax, The Piece Hall *=
20 – Margate, Dreamland *>
21 – Cornwall, The Wyldes *>

16 – Belfast, Telegraphy Building %
17 – Belfast Telegraph Building %
19 – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre %
20 – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre %
23 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro +
24 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 City Hall +
25 – Nottingham, Rock City +
26 – Nottingham, Rock City +
29 – London, Alexandra Palace +#
30 – London, Alexandra Palace ^#

1 – Brighton, Centre +
3 – Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham +
4 – Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham +
6 – Manchester, O2 Apollo +
7 – Manchester, O2 Apollo +
8 – Manchester O2 Apollo +

Angélica Garcia*
Genesis Owusu>
Lambrini Girls#
Willie J Healey+

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