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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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Jon Hopkins, Kelly Lee Owens, Sultan + Shepard, Jerro
To Feel Again / Trois
A five-way collaboration that at first glance, looked like one of those Spotify fake artist tracks that have been clogging my Release Radar playlist of late, but once you hear the distinct vocal tones of Kelly Lee Owens here, there’s on doubt about its validity.
“The energy of this track encapsulates the most blissful summer for me being reunited with live music, old friends and new,” said Kelly Lee. “Jon & I tried to capture the joy of that in sonic form – an expansive, cosmic, blissful euphoria!”
Sultan + Shepard are a Palestinian/Canadian electronic duo, while Jerro is a Belgian producer, teaming up with Welsh artist Owens and English producer Hopkins.
Let’s Eat Grandma
Give Me A Reason
Let’s Eat Grandma’s new song ‘Give Me A Reason’ comes from the deluxe version of Two Ribbons, and Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth’s track has the emotional punch and tone analogous to a Pillow Queens song.
“Back in Autumn 2019 we went to Sheringham on the Norfolk coast and stayed in an Airbnb together, where we wrote Give Me a Reason. Sheringham is a small seaside town and there was barely anyone there at that time of year, it was pretty rainy and cold, but we went for walks and sat by the sea and talked a lot. I think you can really hear the surroundings seeping into the song; it’s one of our most emotionally raw songs, but it felt very cathartic to write because of it. We were both writing about different things, but tying them together in a way which felt like it came together really naturally. We wrote a lot of the songs on Two Ribbons individually after this, so it feels nice to release something that we wrote completely together.”
Rosa Walton recently released a solo song, “I Really Want To Stay At Your House” which is currently #1 viral hit single featuring in Netflix anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and the Let’s Eat Grandma have also composed an entirely original score for new Netflix series, The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself.
Mount Kimbie, Kučka
Mount Kimbie’s upcoming double album MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning is comprised of solo albums by Dom Maker and Kai Campos respectively.
Today’s feature ‘f1 racer’ was produced Dom Maker and there’s a second track ‘Zone 1 (24 Hours),’ produced by Kai Campos also out too, along with an off-cut track featuring Pa Salieu and Maxo Cream, that can be heard below, produced by Dom Maker.
The two albums sound very different. Dom’s side, Die Cuts is heavy on collabs and features James Blake and Slowthai, Danny Brown, Reggie, Nomi, Keiyaa, Wiki, Liv.e, Kucka and Choker. Kai’s album City Planning is inspired by time DJing and they say “is “wild, warped and loopy, the album twists avant-garde signifiers from on and off the dancefloor into a deft and refined statement. Its sleek beats and stuttering arpeggios are caked with scuzz and personality, making for an album that’s warm and inviting even at its most confrontational.”
The double album is out November 4th via Warp Records on limited edition clear vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital formats.
More a collage of sounds than a traditional single, ‘Ina Crueler’ is a sonic side-step from Ballymun band Bricknasty’s bombastic live band reputation.
The song twists through words about traumatic family relationships with contrasting soulful instrumental passages. “You could say it’s a sulky version of Tupac’s ‘Dear Mama’.” says Fatboy – singer and guitarist.
The band are supporting Hiatus Kaiyote on Saturday and play Ireland Music Week next week.
Dublin indie-rock band Banríon’s new song ‘Fooling’ addresses songwriter and singer Róisín Ní Haicéid’s experience with “cancer within her family through the lens of her own disability, and dealing with catastrophe through humour – how she approaches the shift from being cared for to carer and working out a coping mechanism are reflected in the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and songwriting style”.
It’s from an upcoming EP Dare To Crush, recorded by Rian Trench.
Banríon on Twitter.
The Galway band NewDad (newly relocated to London) have released a cover of a Charli XCX 2017 song in their own style.
The video is directed by Hugh Mulhern and singer Julie is styled by Simone Rocha.
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