Textured and layered music from a Danish five-piece who mix guitars, electronics with the voice of Nanna Schannong. These songs are imbued with a magical ethereal quality that has kept me coming back. The album was released on Bella Union a few weeks ago.
Favourite tracks: ‘Morning’, ‘Word’, ‘Look At The Sun’.
Not only was 2008’s Alopecia the best Why? album in their discography for me, it is also one of my albums of the last decade – so yeah I love that record. Their albums since haven’t really captured my imagination so much but newest release, the home-recorded Moh Lhean has Yoni and Josiah Wolf sounding rejuvenated and less cynical than before. Why?’s music has increasingly prettified in recent years but Moh Lhean feels like it has the balance of indie-folk, orchestral arrangements and a fresh outlook. Wolf suffered a severe health scare that has given him a different perspective and even samples his doctor for the album.
Favourite tracks: ‘Proactive Evolution’, ‘George Washington’, ‘This Ole King’
An imaginative second album of indie rock from a Perth band on 4AD. Everything Is Forgotten feels like stepping into the world of a band who already have an identity that you’ve just caught up on. It’s reminiscent of Metronomy in tone in that it’s got a bit of taut pop funk vibe but definitely of the guitar world.
Favourite tracks: ‘Ubu’, ‘Drink Wine’, ‘L’Heure Des Sorcieres’
John Talabot and Axel Boman collaborate on an album that decidedly more atmospheric and slo-mo than their previous solo output. The Night Lad builds on the duo’s previous EP and revels in Africa-inspired drum-programming, warm spacious dance and distorted ambient productions.
Taking its name from the iconic New York graffiti artist and the ’80s New York club scene, ‘Keith Haring’ is a silky synth-funk percussive dancefloor throwback to that era on a Cold Tonic release that also pays homage to the club ‘Danceteria’ with a classic house jam. ‘Keith Haring’ is a tribute to inclusivity.
“No matter an individual’s social status, sexual orientation, colour or creed, there was always explicit enjoyment and inclusivity within the musical surrounding”.
A headspinning Four Tet remix for an as yet unreleased Todd Terje song finally gets a full release after numerous radio rip uploads.
The Juan Maclean – ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody?’
The return of Nancy Wang and John for some DFA dancefloor grooving. It’s the pair’s first release since 2014’s In A Dream. A remix from LA-4A, aka Ambivalent is on the B-side. A new album is on the way.
Lowly – ‘Mornings’
A highlight from the Danish five-piece’s new album Heba on Bella Union, that crosses sustained synths, frantic drums and sweet vocals.
Girlpool – ‘123’
I’d a soft spot for Leo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s teenage indie rock music project Girlpool and I played it on my TXFM show often during the two years of broadcasting. A new album called Powerplant is on the way on Anti Records, and the duo have finally added a drummer to their lineup. ‘123’ is on the lovely lilting end of what they do best.
Charlotte Adigéry – ‘Senegal Seduction’
An uncharacteristically laidback atmospheric release on Soulwax’s Dee Wee label from Beglian singer Charlotte Adigéry with production by Bolis Popil, who gave us the absolute jam ‘Wei’ already this year on the label.
As debuted this morning, Alt-J released the opening song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD: Dream Emulator.