Just five great new jams I love this week.
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Last September, the artist who is known only as Godford released Non Binary Place, an album of ” rave and romance” electronic music. While the identity of the anonymous producer isn’t known (Forbes says they are a “massive dance music producer” who “shed the commercialised identity”), the suggestion is Godford is a French producer.
It’s probably not a member of Daft Punk as a Reddit user suggests. Could it be one of Justice or just an unknown who cites fairly topline influences like “Underworld, Phoenix, Frank Ocean and Caribou”? Some sleuthing though and you get the name Michael Henri Valery Mougeot who, as per these track credits is French producer Michael Calfan.
And while ‘Better Place’ may as well be a ‘Can’t Do Without You’ cover, the tune that stands out to me the most is ‘Fear’ a track which has the anthemic quality of The Blaze (also French wha?) with Jamie xx-style breakbeats.
Put It Down
Jazmine Sullivan is a name I’m more familiar with seeing on tracks from Kindness, Anderson .Paak, Robert Glasper and Goldlink than her own work but her fourth solo album Heaux Tales came out in early January and has been receiving good notices. .Paak and H.E.R. feature on it and ‘Put It Down’ is the track that stands out to me at the moment.
Black Country, New Road
Building on last year’s buzz however limited due to a year of no gigs, Black Country New Road will release their debut record For The First Time on Ninja Tune on February 5th.
The Toronto-based London-born artist Rochelle Jordan brings the R&BV club vibes on her new single TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records label.
“‘GOT EM’ is my song of Affirmation,” says Jordan. “I wrote it in 2017, a time where I had an intense epiphany about life. I started to become much more spiritually aware than I have ever been before. All the repetition in this song is my way of being able to meditate on these words of encouragement and confidence, affirm and push through. Talking my shit in the first verse, to speaking and encouraging whoever is listening in the second, I just wanted this song to seep into the veins of whoever needs to be lifted.”
Berlin-based Australian producer Samantha Poulter got my attention with the brilliant ‘Perfume’ last year and an EP collating her work in the last while is out on Friday called You’ve Got The Whole Night To Go on her own label.
‘Medium’ is a song made for future times when you might be heading to a club post-pandemic.
“I made Medium for those of you who are in the car on the way to the club. It’s a pre party moment. I really feel like this track is reflective of my taste, in its truest sense. I’m all about groove and momentum in music and I feel like Medium has those things. The thing I remember most about making this track was the desire to be moving. It was peak lockdown and all I wanted was to have that feeling like I was going somewhere. I wanted to escape.”
See also ‘I Won’t Forget’.
Check out my other favourite new tracks in the playlist below: