Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.
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All Tvvins, Sorcha Richardson
No One Is Any Fun
All Tvvin‘s new album Just To Exist comes out this Friday and they’ve done a good job of getting us hyped up about it with a steady stream of great singles, the latest of which saw release last Friday. ‘No One Is Any Fun’ featuring Sorcha Richardson is an irresistible slow burner with ascending synth lines and building percussion lines that reach a booming drop after the second chorus. Sorcha’s influence is discernible in the nostalgia laced lyrics which, mirrored with All Tvvin’s electro-infused melodies, is a collaboration we’d love to hear more of.
Portland native Weyes Blood released her new album Titanic Rising last week and it’s been a hot topic of conversation ever since. The album is bursting with Lana Del Rey-esque electronica with a natural ambiance thanks to rich instrumentation. ‘Andromeda’ is the second track on the album and it’s an interesting fusion of old and new; there’s a classic sensibility about it in the structure and lyrical content but there’s a futuristic undercurrent running through it too in the Stranger Things-esque stings and synths. If you liked Julia Holter, you’ll love this.
Rosalía, J Balvin
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Rosalía here at Nialler9. The Spanish artist has become known and loved for her flamenco-R&B fusion and captivating music videos, and her new single ‘Con Altura’ is her latest offering and a markedly different style. Her vocal performance is, as always, the stand out feature with quick and textured lyrics and rhymes that’s complimented by J Balvin’s low croon. We like it so much we’ll forgive her for jumping on the reggaeton bandwagon.
Hot Chip recently announced their upcoming album A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, the first since 2015’s Why Make Sense? and last week they shared a new track and video to give us a taste of what to expect. ‘Hungry Child’ is a synth-saturated, disco-beat laden bop that will remind you of all the reasons why you fell in love with the band in the first place. The music video is fantastic too. They play the Olympia in October.
Stephen Wilkinson’s Bibio project has always excelled at transportative music that finds a sweet spot between genres like folk, electronic beat productions. His newest album on Warp Records this Friday, Ribbons, is his most pastoral English folk album yet abut it doesn’t lose that singular magic. ‘Old Graffiti’ is a standout from it.
Tyron Frampton, the UK hailing grime and rap artist known by his moniker Slowthai, announced his debut album titled Nothing Great About Britain due for release 17th May 2019 two weeks ago. He released a new track ‘Gorgeous’ along with the news and it gives a good indication of what to expect: tight rhymes, keen social observations and irresistible beats. It’s a delicious concoction.
The Internet and Steve Lacy’s eh, Steve Lacy returns with his first track since his 2017 debut and it’s a smooth ride.
Just Want To
Le Boom are Christy and Aimie, the electronic duo from Dublin that continue to rise through the Irish music ranks. Their new track ‘Just Want To’ is smooth electro-pop at its finest that renders head bobbing a natural reflux with irresistible high-hat rhythms and swelling synth patterns. Filmed in NY by Alina Maria Rancier, the music video features dancers Bailey Anglin and Wendall Gray that make small work of an impressive interpretive dance routine.
If this doesn’t make you want to get up and dance we don’t know what will. ‘Unstatus Quo’ is the latest offering from LA native Duckwrth, and it packs a punch: think cabaret-esque brass combos meet thrashing drums and quick rhymes. The song is being used in the advert for new Las Vegas Palms Casino featuring Cardi B and Rita Ora, so it’s sure to get a lot of publicity.
Escape From Los Angeles
Holy Ghost! haven’t released an album in six years but we haven’t long to wait now: last week they finally announced their upcoming LP titled Work and confirmed that it’s set for release later this year (date TBC), along with a new track ‘Escape from Los Angeles’. The track comes in just over seven minutes long and it’s got all the analogue synths and disco beats that you’d want from the band, plus delicious, hook laden vocal tones from the pair.
Enui is an electronic artist from Australia that we’ve liked for a long time. The music is slow building with intricate melodies and rising synth lines, and his new track ‘Lufra’ shows him doing exactly what he does best. He utilises an eclectic mix of soundscapes that keeps the listener engaged, it’s ambient but buoyant.
Blimes & Redinho
Snake Skin Boots
Blimes is one half of rap group Blimes And Gab and we dig her debut solo album Castles that came out two weeks ago. ‘Snake Skin Boots’ is a collaboration with Redinho and it’s been given a new lease of life in being the latest single taken from the record. It’s an interesting track that merges electronic, programmed instrumentation with live ones – if the artwork didn’t give it away, the track is brass heavy but there’s also lead synth lines that do a lot of the heavy lifting. It’s a charismatic, good-mood rendering song.