Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.
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Kojaque was busy last week celebrating the one year anniversary of Deli Daydreams with a sold-out show in Whelans as well as releasing his first single of the year ‘Flu Shot‘. The track shows the rapper doing what he does best with quirky rhymes and rhythms in between brass combo tones and melodies that are fast becoming his signature. The accompanying music video is superb, featuring Kojaque alongside some of his Soft Boy comrades including Kean Kavanagh and Wastefellow in a musical production-esque setting that starts off on the familiar surroundings of a Dublin Bus and ends on a brightly lit stage.
Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You
Julia Jacklin‘s new album Crushing saw release last Friday and while any song from it could merit a spot on this list, ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You‘ feels really special. The track is chillingly honest with Jacklin acknowledging the confinements that come with the comforts of long term love and the trappings and limitations it can place on you as an individual, “don’t know how to keep loving you, now that I know you so well.” It’s a soul-bearing song and a true high-point of the album.
Londoner Nilüfer Yanya is set to release her debut album Miss Universe next month and if it bears any resemblance to her latest offering, we’re in for a treat. ‘Tears‘ is a bouncy synth drenched track with a driving bass line and signature rich vocals making for a real compelling listen. There’s something new for the ears to grab onto in each section with an eclectic mix of percussion sounds and vocal melodies. The track boasts a totally different dynamic to its predecessor ‘In Your Head’, implying that the record is going to be a real mix of styles and influences.
Fans of Irish producer and DJ Krystal Klear got a treat last week with the double release of ‘Euphoric Dreams’ and ‘Miyoki’. The latter showcases exactly what the DJ does best with swelling analogue synths and pulsating melody lines rendering dancing an involuntary reflux before a massive outro section. He recently announced a four-show residency in Wigwam here in Dublin throughout the month of April so you catch him live.
Cuz I Love You
‘Cuz I Love You’ is the second and title track taken from Lizzo‘s upcoming album due out in April, following last month’s ‘Juice‘. It’s a belter from the get go with Lizzo showcasing prolific vocals and a big band sound reminiscent of Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Gimme Me All Your Love’. The music video has a sure Hollywood glamour to it and sees the singer at a church alter surrounded by men crying into the camera. We’re here for it.
‘Only Child’ is Tierra Whack‘s first song since 2018’s Whack World and we’re glad she’s back. The song is composed of glitchy synths and trapped high-hats but the true star of the show here is the lyrics: it’s a ruthless track that sees the singer fire low blows and disses at an ex-lover such as “you must be an only child because you’re so stingy”. Ouch. Her follow up album is expected later this year so watch this space.
pi & Rodrigo
Phillipi & Rodrigo released their new album Paciencia last week under DEEWEE, and the Brazilian duo left the best until last with the title track coming in at the very end. A lengthy intro opens proceedings with a sitar melody before a drop into a deep drum and bass rhythm cements things together. What follows is a hypnotic blend of reggaeton drum beats with high-hats and arpegiatting synth melodies, creating a real hybrid of dance-electro hybrid – its one of the most authentic things you’ll hear all day.
The Irish Wars Of Independence
James Yorkston released his debut album Just Beyond The River back in 2004 and 15 years on, he’s still releasing high calibre music. ‘The Irish Wars of Independence‘ is one of three spoken word tracks on his new album The Route To Harmonium and it asserts Yorkston as a true storyteller (but we already knew that), “I wasn’t caught up in the wars of Irish Independence, except by the noose of a religion, hung around the neck of a gullible schoolboy”. There’s sure Celtic influences there but also the folk soundscapes we know him for in the guitar plucking and cascading piano melodies.
IAMDDB‘s new EP Swervvvvv.5 gets better as it goes on, and this is no more evident than in ‘Diary Entries‘ coming in at track 9. Smooth hip-hop beats blend with airy synths and layers of electronic keys lines before the introduction of the largest bass sound you’ll hear all day. The Manchester artist puts her rich vocal talents to good use with layers upon layers of backing vocals and textures that act as an instrument in themselves.
FEELS announced the release of their upcoming album Post Earth last week with the lead single ‘Car‘, one of the grittiest garage rock songs you’ll hear all day. The track is riff driven with thrashing drums and vocals drenched in attitude, which is equally mirrored in the music video following the four piece around California supermarkets and rehearsal rooms.