Featuring Joy Anonymous, Munya, Gabriels, DJ Seinfeld, Confidence Man, Earl Sweatshirt, Qbanaa, Glasser, Joanna Sternberg, Feeble Little Horse, Versey, Ominiz, Sea High..
Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single songs released this week I loved the most.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week, and the end of the post for the Spotify playlist featuring much more than 10 tracks released this week.
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Joy (Head To The Sky)
As played by Fred Again… in Times Square, ‘Joy (Head To The Sky)’ is the latest in the Uk duo’s life-affirming electronic tracks with a soulful piano-house vibe.
“We started this tune with our friends Barney and Fred in the basement of Imogen Heap’s house. Barney had this sample of ‘Optimistic’ By Sounds Of Blackness and we took it from there. We started playing it out in different forms over the past year and it quickly became the Joy Anonymous anthem.
Un Deux Trois
Not to be confused with MUNA, Munya is Montreal artist Josie Boivin whose slinky pop single ‘Un Deux Trois’ is a tribute to electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder.
It’s from an album Jardin, released October 13th via Luminelle.
“This song is a tribute to him and the music he’s inspired, like Daft Punk’s incredible ‘Giorgio by Moroder.’ When Daft Punk broke up after 28 years, I was devastated, because they were among my favorite artists. You can hear Moroder’s influence throughout Jardin, but this song is specifically for Daft Punk and all those who have loved Moroder’s music. He’s contributed so much to my career as an artist as he did theirs. Plus, the world needs more music like Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder.”
Gabriels’ Angels & Queens debut album rollout into two parts has been protracted and confusing but songs like ‘Great Wind’ make it worth dipping in. It’s a classic feeling track with Jacob Lusk’s big vocals and string arrangements to soothe the soul, key change and all.
DJ Seinfeld & Confidence Man
Now U Do
Confidence Man continue their collab series after a track with Daniel Avery with this bouncy dance number from their new era.
Making The Band (Danity Kane)
This short and sweet Earl tune dropped earlier in the year but is on streaming now so it’s a good excuse to include tbqhwy.
“‘If you’re not laughing, you’re crying’ ’is a phrase I’d use a lot when things went south at home and to soothe myself when I was a teenager. I think it’s fine to use humour to lighten up dark moments as long as it’s appropriate. Sometimes I can laugh inappropriately to my own stuff, I definitely think it’s a way many people cope……”Qbanaa
Catch her live:
14th July – Continuous Patterns, IMMA
29th July – Music Town, Complex
20th August – Mountjoy Square, Dublin
After recent track ‘Vine’ and news of a new album crux is out October 6th via One Little Independent Records, Glasser’s ‘Drift’, a string-assisted “elevated electronic” track from Cameron Mesirow.
“It’s been my obsession for the last, I don’t even know how long. That lyric is just something that came out of me like “What a good life / Except for all those times / When you want to die” It was kind of meant to be a joke but sounds quite serious in the context of the entire record. But also, jokes are serious sometimes too. It’s good to joke about serious things, for me at least. I made so many versions. And I really wanted the final version to have sort of a dance vibe to it because dancing about death is better than weeping. They’re both good, but I wanted to dance about that.”
People Are Toys To You
Idiosyncratic folk is the order of the day on New York songwriter Joanna Sternberg’s second album I’ve Got Me. Their voice has drawn comparisons to Kimya Dawson, Joanna Newsom, Adrienne Lenker and Daniel Johnson.
The whole album is recommended so I’m singling out the charming simplicity of ‘People Are Toys To You.’
Feeble Little Horse
Pittsburgh band Feeble Little Horse’s second album Girl With Fish on Saddle Creek is a fine understated lo-fi rock album that was recommended in our Discord this week (join Patreon to get access to it).
I dig the hazy noise-pop track ‘Slide’ from the record, that reminds me of a more rocking Lali Puna.
Versey, Ominiz, Sea High
‘Locked In’ is a three-way collaboration between Dublin emcees Sea High and Versey and Sligo rapper Ominiz that keeps the accents and goes hard in the beat.
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