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Syd – ‘Nothing From Somethin’
From the excellent debut album from The Internet’s Syd, who makes sensual modern R&B feel easy. ‘Nothing From Somethin’ is my current favourite.
Missy Elliott – ‘I’m Better’ featuring Lamb
Every now and again, Missy Elliott returns to claim your ears for a long weekend and provide talented kids with songs to dance to. ‘I’m Better’ is a Missy jam of the highest order. Get low.
Bolis Pupul – ‘Wei’
Sampha – ‘Kora Sings’
Current highlight from the long-awaited debut album from Sampha. More on the album.
Dirty Projectors feat. DAWN – ‘Cool Your Haart’
The DPs’ forthcoming self-titled album hets its most pop and most intriguing moment yet with ‘Cool Your Heart’ a collaboration with D∆WN Richards. “An anthem against co-dependency and about feeling cool by yourself”, the song (and video) leads by example. Tyondai Braxton helped out on the production and Mauro Refosco “brings the Bahia beat.”
Soulé – ‘Good Life’
Dublin singer Soulé’s debut single ‘Love No More’ made a big enough impression locally that is was nominated for an Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year. And it’s easy to hear why. Soulé is one of the most promising new artists in the soul, R&B and pop sphere in Ireland and to further prove it she has dropped her follow up single ‘Good Life’, a song inspired by ’90s house, 2step and garage.
Joshua Burnside – ‘Tunnels Pt.2’
Ephrata‘s lead single ‘Tunnels Pt.2’ is awash with urgency, imagination and immediacy.
Posted on February 10th, 2017
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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
Posted on January 9th, 2017
The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. See recent album streams in the category page. The Dirty Projectors album is a must-listen. That’s its meme-enhanced artwork above.
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Dan Le Sac – Space Between The Words
Posted on July 3rd, 2012
Diplo and Switch asked Amber Coffman to collaborate on Major Lazer’s superb new digital dancehall single. Her tones shine through when she’s front and centre away from the cacophony of Dirty Projectors. It’s a free download at majorlazergetfree.com along with a Bonde Do Role remix. Amber Coffman previously collaborated with Rusko.
Posted on April 16th, 2012
‘All We Are’ is taken from the collaborative EP Mount Wittenberg Orca which was released today. The 7-track EP came about after they played a benefit show together in NYC last year. All proceeds go towards the National Geographic Society’s Oceans Project.
Dirty Projectors & Björk- All We Are
Posted on June 30th, 2010
Posted on January 11th, 2010
Letterman is the place to be these days. It’s where all the cool kids play: Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Mos Def, St. Vincent. And now, Dirty Projectors.
Posted on September 2nd, 2009
Bitte Orca is one of the better albums of the year so far but you knew that already riiiight??? ‘Stillness is the Move’ is also one of the better songs of the year (and we’re at the halfway point so maybe a list is due – Carroll is on the ball) but the DP are still a pretty weird band. So it’s no surprise that the video would equally match it in the WTF-department – goat herders, dances with wolves and a Mary Mother of God giving it socks on the mountain high vibe.
They play Whelan’s on September 16th.
Posted on July 1st, 2009
Remember those archaic days when you picked up a magazine or a free newspaper and saw a playlist of what people were into that week and you would then immediately check it out if you thought it was interesting. The Aussie street press magazines reminded me of the power of those subjective charts. I’ve always got loads of great stuff from them so I’m going to re-introduce them here. No great fanfare or descriptions just ten of the best song around right now you should know or you might already know.
- Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls (Trentemoller Remix) – Blood (Domino)
- Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource – Bitte Orca – (Domino)
- Mos Def – Auditorium feat. Slick Rick – The Ecstatic (Downtown)
- Grizzly Bear – Southern Point – Veckatimest (Warp)
- Various Production – Trycycle – EP (Self-released)
Posted on June 23rd, 2009
This morning on Twitter and on a whim, I asked the question:
What’s your favourite song right now?
The response was brilliant and the tunes were great so I’m gonna collate the replies (limited to 20) here. Of course if you missed the discussion, you can always leave your response in the comments -Thanks to all for replying. Ladies and gentlemen – Your favourite songs right now are:
- Dizzee Rascal – That’s Not My Name (Ting Tings cover) [@darraghdoyle]
- Various Production – Tricycle [@magooo]
- Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move [@NotSquaresMusic]
Posted on May 11th, 2009
This rather amazing 31 track compilation is a must-have for anyone interested in any of the featured artists not because they feature but because the standard of songwriting is so high that it exceeds most other charity compilations (AIDS charity Red Hot – A good cause too right?). All and sundry culled from North American alternative and indie music is present including: The National, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan, The Books, Yeasayer, My Brightest Diamond, Iron and Wine, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Beirut, Cat Power, Kevin Drew and on and on.. Ridiculous line-up. The album is released today. I’m seriously considering forking out for the triple vinyl package.
Out of 31 tracks it was hard to pick favourites but these three streaming tracks to the right nicely represent the album.
Posted on February 16th, 2009
This stopgap 10 track EP features alternative versions, covers and other recordings from the Grizzly Bear canon. There is an electric version of “Little Brother”, a rousing cymbal-assisted crescendo choir version of “Alligator” with a little help from the Dirty Projectors and Beirut and an alternate version of “Shift”. What strikes me about these songs which are mostly radical versions, is the essence of song-writing around it, a craft in which Grizzly Bear have made leaps with each passing release. They have become mature arrangers/composers.
The cover versions by CSS (“Knife”), Band of Horses (“Plans”) and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox side-project Atlas Sound (“Knife”) deserve varying degrees of attention: CSS out of fleeting curiosity, Band of Horses’ wonderful country banjo version and Atlas Sound for the twinkling soundtrack strangeness.
The lone Grizzly Bear cover is the Carole King / Phil Spector “He Hit me (and It Felt like a Kiss)” they have been playing for some time on tour and in a Daytrotter session way back. It’s a bruising atmospheric male spin on a traditionally female song and it works wonderfully.
Watch out for the hidden track at the very end of the EP, clocking in at just over a minute. It’s a collaboration between Grizzly Bear and Zach Condon and is louder than you might expect 😉 .
Posted on November 6th, 2007