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10 recommended new songs this week: Barry Can’t Swim, L’Rain, Mitski, Audrey Nuna & more

10 recommended new songs this week: Barry Can’t Swim, L’Rain, Mitski, Audrey Nuna & more


Featuring Barry Can’t Swim, L’Rain, Mitski, Audrey Nuna, Red Axes, Cartin, Becky McNeice, Alicia Raye, Kettama, W.H Lung, Paul Dally, Dijon.

Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.

Here are 10 songs released this week I loved from my listening this week, along with fresh ones in the New Music section.

See the end of the post for the Spotify playlist featuring much more than 10 tracks released this week, updated weekly.

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Barry Can’t Swim

How It Feels

In the lead up to Barry Can’t Swim’s new album When Will We Land out 20th October on Ninja Tune, the Scottish producer released ‘Sunsleeper’, a Bonobo-Maribou State-esque sunshining stonker.

‘How It Feels’ is a little more subdued, and it was made originally as an interlude.

“When I first started this song it was intended to be a segue between tracks, more of a breather on the album that helped the overall fluidity, but when I handed the album in I realised it was one of my favourite songs on there and I wanted it to be a single.

The whole thing was started and finished in about two hours. Sometimes the best tunes are the ones that feel the most effortless and you’re just channelling something you’re not even that aware of and then you listen back and you’re like, ok I actually think that’s done!”

Barry Can’t Swim plays the Button Factory, Dublin on November 10th.




A respin for this track which featured in Irish tracks this week, as it is a belter.

Derry producer Cartin’s latest tune ‘Smasha’ barges into August with a rush of euphoria and a Lone-esque synth build. A big fizzy tune for the dancefloors that writes “OOF” in big capital letters as it goes.



New Year’s Unresolution

Brooklyn experimental genre-fluid artist Taja Cheek aka L’Rain has a third album on the way called I Killed Your Dog, out on Mexican Summer on October 13th.

This beaut of a track closures the record, which thematically “considers what it means to hurt the people you love the most,” or an “anti-break-up” album. The LP was made with Andrew Lappin and Ben Chapoteau-Katz.


Red Axes, Clams Baker Jr.

Kid Caffeine

Sleazy disco rock is how I’d describe this, as Warmduscher’s Clams Baker meets electronic duo Red Axes for a new wave sleazy electronic night out.

The track, along with the bonkers ‘Hey!’ features on the record, One More City due October 27th on fabric Originals.


W.H Lung

High Pressure Days

Take an already great song and cover it in the style of its famous remix? Done.

‘High Pressure Days’ is a synth-pop song for the ages originally by San Francisco The Units which was released in 1979, but given a lease of life with the Rory Phillips remix in 2009.

Manchester band W.H Lung do the cover ahead of upcoming US dates and their third album. It was made with the track’s co-producer Lewis Johnson-Kellett.


Audrey Nuna


I can’t escape the feeling that Audrey Nuna is under-appreciated, this side of the pond at least. ‘Locket’ interpolates Huey’s ‘Pop, Lock And Drop It’.

Cool site:


Becky McNeice, Alicia Raye

Far Away

Belfast and Drogheda link up as Becky McNeice and Alicia Raye release this slinky afro-pop track ‘Far Away’, the first song from a joint EP Love Letters.

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It also comes with a manifesto of sorts, that includes a trip to the US to spread the word and make music videos for the EP.

With“Love Letters” we are not just creating music, we are creating a transformative movement that celebrates diversity, bridges cultures, and amplifies the presence of Irish artists around the world. Our individualities harmonised into something truly captivating, an authentic artistic synergy that mirrors the beauty of our creative partnership, both as artists and as business allies




After the recent ‘Bug Like An Angel’ single, Mitski released two songs this week from The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, out September 15th on Dead Oceans.

There’s the acoustic almost-country of ‘Heaven’ and my personal favourite – ‘Star’, a stirring orchestra l song. Both were recorded in collaboration with arranger/conductor Drew Erickson.

Mitski also announced some acoustic solo dates in UK and Europe entitled Amateur Mistake: A Night of Intimate, Acoustic Performance From Mitski Previewing Her New Album. Three’s unlikely to be an Irish date until 2024.



Fly Away XTC

You can almost hear Olive’s You’re Not Alone coming in under this one.

‘Fly Away’ is from Kettama’s new EP of trance-inspired high BPM tracks with alt-mixes and extended mixes from the Galway producer. Bandcamp.


Paul Dally, Dijon

Moonlight Breakers

This is what it sounds like if Bon Iver decided to make some electro-pop maybe?

Paul Dally is a New York artist and the Dijon feature was what drew me in here (his Absolutely album is a good one).

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