From Valerie Teicher’s Friday album release Crawl Space is a minimally-lit bass and vocal track that swings with R&B and electronic verve AND sounds like Prince.
As Teicher says “Justify is a kind of protest song against the way in which we are categorized or judged by others based off of very superficial or one dimensional standards. It came from a place of rebellion against the insecurities and pressures that come into play when you put yourself in a position to be defined by another. For me the song is a challenge against that musically and emotionally.”
Aldous Harding feat. Perfume Genius – ‘Imagining My Man’
Like the previously featured ‘Horizon’ from the New Zealand singer-songwriter, ‘Imagining My Man’ from her 4AD debut John Parish-produced Party (Mat 17th) is a subtle and intense torch song and features Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas (even subtler). Angel Olsen and Julia Holter would be close references to the sound made here. Aldous Harding is increasingly sounding like a trailblazing artist.
Search Party Animal – ‘Evergreen’
The band formerly known as Bagels, have made a significant move up with their new single under new name Search Party Animal. It’s still very early days but this is a step in a direction that marks them apart.
Wastee – ‘Candy’
Diolmhain Ingram Roche has been making a name for himself as Wastefellow but Wastee is a more club-orientated sound that draws from drum and bass, post-dub and synth electronica. ‘Candy’ is the project’s first single, a wavey squiggly song of deep bass proportions and digital styles. An EP is coming on the LyxLiv label.
All We Are – ‘Burn It All Out’
All We Are’s debut album for Domino brought an Irishman, a Norwegian and a Brazilian together to make slinky harmony-filled guitar pop music. ‘Burn It All Out’ is a departure from that sound, a more intense and layered suggestion that album #2 is going to be quite different despite the sweetness inherent on the song. it features production by Kwes.
Soulwax – ‘Is It Always Binary’
I’m a sucker for dry disco drums and not many people do that better (other than close cohorts DFA) than Soulwax. From DeeWee is their new album all recorded in one-take in their Belgian studio and ‘Is It All Binary’ features the work of two drummers including Iggor Cavalera and features the Soulwax the headspinning synth trademark like their brilliant release Nite Versions.
Cinema feat. Chris Leech – ‘Floating’
Kildare producer Peter Fleming aka Cinema released an under the radar electronic album A Night Train To Budapest last year that was bright, Balearic and luminescent.
‘Floating’ is his first new song since all that activity and it’s a natural departure from the LP. Featuring vocals from Le Boom’s Christy Leech and production by Ruairi Bantum, ‘Floating’ has a focused electronic sound that sounds more contemporary but hasn’t lost that spacious disco chug that makes the music under the Cinema moniker swing.
I can’t decide if Veronica Fusaro’s vocal likeness to the rekindled Lorde is a bad thing but it makes for a flattering comparison as it’s no easy task writing great pop music with authenticity as Lorde does. ‘Pluto’ is some intro to a new artist who has been working with some top producers and was on Switzerland’s version of The Voice. It’s a confident single from the Swiss artist with modern pop and electronic R&B in its DNA.
Overcoats – ‘Leave A Light On’
It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts on April 21st, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony magic with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ adds some urgency to their craft that was missing through its beats and arrangements. It’s the closest these two will come to a banger.
Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’
Two for two from the new album from the Swedish electronic pop group. ‘High’ was a slow reintroduction but ‘Sweet’ has that Little Dragon wonky magic thing going on.
Soulwax – ‘Missing Wires’
From DeeWee, the Soulwax album recorded in one take will be out on March 24th and the Dewaele brothers have shared a second helping from it after ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’. ‘Missing Wires’ is a live playful tune that recalls Soulwax’s earlier guitar-free song-based work.
Here’s the personnel and gear list for the album:
Playing on this record are Stephen and David Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, Iggor Cavalera, Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Laima Leyton. The instruments used are two Staccato drumkits, one clear crystalline Meazzi Wooding drumkit, one set of Rototoms, various Hofner bass guitars, a Macbeth M5n, an Oberheim Two-Voice Pro, a Two Thousand Six Hundred copy built by The Human Comparator, one Oberheim OB-Mx, an EMS Synthi AKS, an Arp Odyssey, a TB-303 clone, a Mellotron M4000D, a Sequential Prophet 6, a Waldorf Streichfett, a Burns Sonic guitar, a Vox Phantom guitar, one Syncussion clone built by Loudestwarning, various solid state Roland, Peavey and Acoustic amplifiers and a wide range of effects, all going through three Trident Fleximix consoles, straight into Pro Tools.
Forest Swords – ‘The Highest Flood’
Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes returns to his Forest Sword s project with ‘The Highest Flood’, a song that takes his MO of electronic ambient textures with beats and presents it in the most pristine way. It has an epic sweeping quality that is maybe informed by Barnes’ recent composition work for the Assassin’s Creed game. It’s out now on Ninja Tune and an album is coming.
Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’
Surprise! Frank dropped his first it of new material since Blonde over the weekend and let’s be honest, any Frank Ocean is good Frank Ocean. After this and the Calvin Harris and Migos’ ‘Slide’, that’s two Frank Ocean tracks in a month.
A companion piece to Chloë Sevigny’s spoken word appearance on Soulwax’s ‘Heaven Scent’, this is Peaking Lights’ version of the project that puts Prayer to Sainte Thérèse to music, which was also done by Johnny Jewel and JD Twitch among others.
Soulwax have announced their new album From Deewee which was recorded in one day in their studio. It’s out on March 24th and the band are on the road with it after that.
DeeWee, the label has been dropping bangers of late.
Tour dates. – Dublin date soon for the live show no doubt.
1. Preset Tense 2. Masterplanned 3. Missing Wires 4. Conditions Of A Shared Belief 5. Is It Always Binary 6. Do You Want To Get Into Trouble? 7. My Tired Eyes 8. Transient Program For Drums And Machinery 9. Trespassers 10. The Singer Has Become A Deejay 11. Here Come The Men In Suits 12. Goodnight Transmission
Copenhagen-based dudes Code Walk teamed up with Norwegian vocalists/ production gals Smerz on their new single (creators of this jam) on the percussive and hypnotic ‘Guess What’. It’s out next Friday officially.
Mixhell & Joe Goddard – ‘Crocodile Boots’ (Soulwax remix)
Mixhell are a Brazilian electro duo Iggor Cavalera and Laima Leyton, who recently teamed up with Mutado Pintado (Paranoid London) and Joe Goddard on the Crocodile Boots EP after some jam sessions post-DJing in 2015. Now Soulwax have remixed the track which was recently trailed in their Beats 1 2×2 show, and comes on a remix package alongside Goddard and Party Nails.
It’s a banger that has that recent Deewee magic and comes with a video directed by Mutado Pintado:
A sweet new electro-pop collaboration between an LA/Austin production duo and singer-songwriter Bonar.
Jambinai – ‘Connection’
The South Korean band Jambinai came to my attention when they played Body&Soul festival last year. Their music is post-rock, avant-garde and neo-classical drawing on traditional Korean instruments like the haegeum, the piri and the geomungo.
Last year, they signed a deal with Bella Union and released their second album A Hermitage and on 24th February, Bell Union will reissue the band’s debut Differance for the first time outside of South Korea.
‘Connection’ one of the songs from it, clocks in and nearly 10 minutes and is a slow and moving piece of instrumental music.
Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’
Hotly-tipped 22-year-old singer, producer and musician Maggie Rogers has dropped a third song from her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading. After ‘Alaska’ and ‘Dog Years’, it suggests Rogers’ Pharrell-approved ascension will be fruitful, ‘On + Off’ is classy modern pop music written by Rogers and co-produced by herself, Nick Das and Doug Schadt.
London duo Jynx dropped a new EP Saffron City today showcasing the electronic R&B pop style that has seen them pick up support all over blogs and radio heads like Annie Mac and Mista Jam and previous EP tracks featured on The Magician’s Magic Tape 66. ‘Ember’ is the EP standout though.
Arcade Fire – ‘I Give You Power’ feat. Mavis Staples
As was rumoured this week, Arcade Fire just dropped a brand new song to coincide with today’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States Of America. The song ‘I Give You Power’ features vocals from Mavis Staples. It’s built on a menacing voodoo-doll rhythm with the words “I give you power / I can take it away.”
“It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other,” the said, saying that all proceeds from the song go towards the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s likely a once off song but it’s unclear if it features on an upcoming album.
Mixhell are a Brazilian electro duo Iggor Cavalera and Laima Leyton, who recently teamed up with Mutado Pintado (Paranoid London) and Joe Goddard on the Crocodile Boots EP after some jam sessions post-DJing in 2015.
Now Soulwax have remixed the track which was recently trailed in their Beats 1 2×2 show, and comes on a remix package alongside Goddard and Party Nails.
It’s a banger that has that recent Deewee magic and comes with a video directed by Mutado Pintado:
Iggor Cavalera says “this video is an amazing compilation of mad ideas from Mutado’s brain mixed with the low-fi images of Laima and himself on a duet between the confused red neck and a Portuguese/Brazilian spoken girl.”
The 2manyDJs brothers have been cranking up their output of late and there’s possibly a new Soulwax release on the way too.
When they’re not showing people what’s possible in club spaces with Despacio, they’ve recently been releasing some of my favourite music from Emmanuelle, Asa Moto, Phillipi & Rodrigo and a new Soulwax featuring Chloe Sevigny on their DeeWee label. Not to mention those Waffles edits, or the Belgica soundtrack where they made up fake Belgian bands and new songs which seem certain to be the Dewaele brother themselves.
For the first edition of their new Beats 1 radio show, the brothers put together two hour long mixes showcasing recent strands of what they’ve been up to. Hour 1 is all DeeWee releases while hour two is all Despacio edits.
Bolis Pupul – Moon Theme Soulwax – Heaven Scent Phillipi & Rodrigo – Mantra Die Verboten – Aquarius Asa Moto – Stay Awake Phillipi & Rodrigo – Gueto De Gent Bolis Pupul – Sun Theme Laila – The Other Me Asa Moto – Wanowan Efem Phillipi & Rodrigo – New Beach Die Verboten – E40 KLANKEN – Drie Phillipi & Rodrigo – Karma Emmanuelle – L’uomo d’affari Emmanuelle – Free Hifi Internet KLANKEN – Twee Emmanuelle – Italove
Hour 2 (Despacio edits)
David Bowie – Young Americans (2manydjs edit) Lou Reed – Disco Mystic (2manydjs edit) Bee Gees – Nights on Broadway (2manydjs edit) Brian Eno & David Byrne – Regiment (2manydjs edit) Su Kramer – Magic Dance (2manydjs edit) Isabelle Mayerau – On A Trouvre (2manydjs edit) James Gang – Funk No. 49 (2manydjs edit) Beauregard, Violletti & Ste-Claire – Ce Soir (Je Sens Que Tout Peut M’arriver) (2manydjs edit) 4 M International – Space Operator (2manydjs edit) Men Without Hats – Safety Dance (2manydjs edit) The Turtles – I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (2manydjs edit) Francis The Great – Look Up In The Sky (2manydjs edit) Indian Power – Ani-Kouni (2manydjs edit) Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire (2manydjs edit) Nagao – Midnight Safari (2manydjs edit) Gerhard Trede – African Moods 1 (2manydjs edit) Madman Jaga – Hankuri (2manydjs edit) Ngozi Family – Sunka Muluma (2manydjs edit) Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie (2manydjs edit) Pilou – Ca Va (2manydjs edit)
The song is an instant earworm, an electro-bounce featuring the Brazilian-born singer Emmanuelle more interested in the wifi connection than the human connection at this party. She just couldn’t be bothered. “Tonight I’d rather be in my room / getting high on some wifi.” She throws some serious shade. The best part? The sound of Siri being used as a melody in the song.
The Soulwax boys are releasing Emmanuelle’s ‘Free Hifi Internet’ on their DeeWee label digitally on Friday and on vinyl on Monday. A Portugese version is on the B-side.
Cyril Briscoe & Cian Ó Cíobháin’s 110th Street club is celebrating 17 years and as with last year’s great instalment, they’ve given us a mix to celebrate and it is a doozy. In a nod to the years active it kicks off with a snippet of ‘N17’ before taking us to higher places with Stevie Nicks, Daniel Avery, Sophie, Four Tet x Chvrches and Tame Impala x Soulwax.
The 110th Street Seventeenth Birthday Party happens in The Blue Note, Galway on Saturday 28th November. It’s free in and Augustus & John are playing a set at it too.
01 The Saw Doctors – N17 (excerpt) 02 Stevie Nicks – Edge Of Seventeen (Mojo Filter Macwood Mixdown) 03 Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (Kink Remix) 04 Subb-an – This Place (Samu.I Remix) 05 Chris Avantgarde – The Good Old Days 06 Jamie Jones – Planets, Spaceships (feat. Digitaria) 07 Serge Devant & Damiano feat. Camille Safiya – Fearing Love (Club Mix) 08 Kornél Kovács – PantalÛn 09 CHVRCHES – Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix) 10 Real Lies – North Circular 11 Demdike Stare – Patchwork 12 EVM128 – Strangers 13 Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall (Pelikann Remix) 14 Maxime Dangles – Amsterhodes 15 Toddla T Sound – Worst Enemy (Switch Remix) 16 SOPHIE – Just Like We Never Said Goodbye 17 Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Soulwax Remix)
There’s been a renaissance of late in the quality of Soulwax’s remix work perhaps buoyed by their involvement in the club night of the year – Despacio. Most recently, their Tame Impala and Jungle remixes have perfectly pitched a familiar tune to a new club context that makes rooms go off.
And now, we have a hat-track. Hot Chip’s ‘Huarache Lights’ was already a bit of a banger. Soulwax here, stretch out the tune with spaciousness and add an increased dynamic shift to the track that’s bound to get lots of speaker time at club nights.