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Black Madonna – ‘He is the Voice I Hear’
For the first top new song to hear this year, this is going to be hard to beat. The Black Madonna is a Chicago DJ and producer, and a former booker at Smart Bar. She finished 2016 topping the DJ polls and 2017 looks set to be even bigger.Starting with music that is bigger in scope than most.
‘He is the Voice That I Hear’ is a song recorded with an ensemble of live musicians and is a joyous 10 minutes of music that draws from house, disco and gospel in its creation – a stirring stringed dancefloor epic. It was originally released in short-supply vinyl in November but was released digitally today.
The xx – ‘Say Something Loving’
The new album from the xx, I See You, drops on Friday and based off ‘On Hold’ and the newest track ‘Say Something Loving’, the London trio are embracing grander emotions and Jamie’s production. The central need for affection and acceptance is fastened in is their M.O.
Julie Byrne – ‘I Live Now As A Singer’
The New-York singer-songwriter Julie Byrne is known for ethereal folk music and her new second album Not Even Happiness arrives on Friday. The last track on the album, ‘I Live Now As A Singer’ eschewing her normal guitar style, presents a moving electro-leaning Twin Peaksian ballad, reminscent of Rhye and Majikal Cloudz.
Dirty Projectors -‘Little Bubble’
Dirty Projectors’ new material sounds like its embracing love, loss and new textures. ‘Keep My Name’, the first song from them in a while, gave us warbled bruised music.
‘Little Bubble’ is similarly hurt but more directly connected to the heart in its tones and notions. Things fall apart, bubbles burst, healing is possible? The combination of Rhodes piano, strings, digitally-skewed drums and acoustic guitar suggest its possible, and Longstreth’s “we had our own bubble / for a while.” is resigned but hopeful.
Album details are yet to be revealed.
Alexandria – ‘Walk Away’
Released this past weekend, the Atlanta singer’s 15-track album Cut For Cloth should find listeners in fans of Kelela and Solange. ‘Walk Away’ is an early highlight.
Ganiyu TLG – ‘SHIVERS’ ft HUVA
Meanwhile, Ganiyu TLG is an Athy, Kildare-based emcee and member of MASSAI313 hip-hop society whose music has moved between rap, grime, electronic and dance music, trying out different styles (more heard below) and an EP called 21st Century Black.
‘Shivers’ the newest collaboration between them, has a grime lean and features ‘Huva’ also on the cut. Plant Food’s production is creepy like droplets of water.
SOHN – ‘Hard Liquor’
Vienna producer and musicians Sohn has had more success producing for others so it’s nice to hear something substantial again coming under his own name. ‘Hard Liquor’ is the latest single from the forthcoming Rennen LP next week on 4AD, his second Sohn LP and the song is an electro-beating reintroduction.
My baby don’t need a song / My baby won’t sing along / She don’t need my muscle cause her liquor strong