Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single best songs released today I loved.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
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Kelela is back. Kelela is back. Kelela is back. Kelela is back.
‘Washed Away’ is the electronic R&B artist’s first song in five years, and while it just feels like a reintroduction, I can’t imagine a more dulcet-laden intro to one of my favourite singers.
A reminder that you should bump the album Take Me Apart, and the EPs Hallucinogen and 2013 release Cut 4 Me this week.
Gilla Band shared another song ‘Post Ryan rom their upcoming album Most Normal, out October 7th on Rough Trade Records, and is a direct song from the band, who appear to be making more direct songs in both sonics, and lyrics this time around. Those lovely dry drums are inspired by an ’80s classic – ‘I Ran’ by Flock of Seagulls.
“Our friend Ryan turned 30 during lockdown and we were asked by his mates to make a track for his birthday. We wrote and recorded ‘Happy Birthday Ryan’ (a hair metal attempt penned by our secret Hard Rock alias, The Whisky Guns). Right after that we came up with the bones of what is now known as Post-Ryan. This probably took the longest time out of all the tracks. The words of the track were originally really silly. There’s was a line about wearing Christmas socks all year round. Stupid stuff. It didn’t really fit the tone. After messing around with the Electro Lobotomy and getting the second half of it figured out, I improvised a melody over it. The lads wanted me to get out of my comfort zone and write something really direct. This was the exact opposite of the approach we had for The Talkies. Felt very naked. I had to leave the room when I showed them my demo of the new vocals.”Dara Kiely, Gilla Band
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon has released a loosey, the first since the release of the excellent Pompeii album released earlier this year.
‘Typical Love’ continues the eerie and discombobulating art-punk style of that album, and features drumming from Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint).
“‘Typical Love’ was a product of a rare jam session with dearest genius friend, Stella Mozgawa. The outline, written on bass along to one of Stella’s infectious grooves, was taken into the Pompeii sessions where I disassembled and reassembled it many times but it always felt like a second cousin to the other tracks so was put aside for a rainy day.”
Off Goes The Light
Northern Irish producer Jordan Nocturne has released two new tracks on Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant label today, the latter, is the kind of crunching synthy bassline that has been turning to Jordan’s productions on the regular.
Donegal artist Aaron Coleman aka Arn. has previously featured here with ‘Hard To Believe’, and he’s broadcasting some more bumping R&B with a hook-filled vocal on ‘Sunlight’ today.
“My surroundings informed me what I’m doing now, because I didn’t want to do country. I didn’t want my music to be a direct association of where I’m from. It was the things that weren’t from where I’m from that moulded my taste of music.”
Arn. on Insta.
Badbadnotgood-esque live funk- jazz jam from the forthcoming Australia band Surprise Chef album Education & Recreation due out October 14th on Big Crown Records.
Eight Hours (James Vincent McMorrow remix)
James Vincent McMorrow is the latest artist to contribute to Mayo artist Maria Kelly’s alternative album tracks Postcards series. McMorrow’s version brings soft-glow synths in under Kelly’s voice.
‘eight hours (James Vincent McMorrow remix)’ is the final instalment of Postcards In-between, an EP involving artists such as Paul Noonan, Sammy Copley, and Ciaran Lavery, ahead of a new 2023 album from Maria Kelly.
Check out Maria’s other tracks and the collabs on Spotify.
A Tear For The Dreadful
UK R&B artist Eliza’s A Sky Without Stars album was released today, and following on from previous features, there’s a tangible simplicity and verve to these productions – a quiet confidence that draws you in.
It’s a long way since the artist released ‘Skinny Genes’, when she was known as Eliza Doolittle.
Elaine Mai, MuRli
Narolane rapper and producer MuRli and electronic producer Elaine Mai have collaborated on a track that was actually conceived for a Jameson Connects campaign this summer.
The tune has an soaring synth-electronica feel, the meeting of the two artists’ distnict sounds.
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