Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.
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It’s been a cool minute since we’ve had new Tame Impala, nearly four long years have passed since the release of Currents. Seems like we are really set for a new LP from Kevin Parker as the new single ‘Patience’ was dropped on Friday. If you liked the direction Parker was pushing toward on Currents, namely lush arrangements and pop-styled melodies, you’ll absolutely love this track. ‘Patience’ is swooned rather than sung, Parker’s vocals soar atop the disco piano progression. The attention to production detail on ‘Patience’ remains immaculate, with the mix swelling and evolving only to then be swept away, panning hard to leave room for a hearthrob refrain from Parker.
Those who mourned the end of Impala’s psych rock roots won’t like this one, but an artist like Parker was never going to go backwards. Roll on Primavera.
We’ve been diggin English slacker pop artist Nilufer Yanya’s debut fell length Miss Universe. Yanya has made the transition from bedroom pop to high fidelity production and arrangement smoothly. ‘Tears’ is the perfect example. The track has an easy anthemic appeal, yet retains the low key charm so much of the material on Yanya’s EPs had. Love the synths on this one too.
Our love affair with Tierra Whack goes from strength to strength with the release of ‘Unemployed’. This time the artist is out for blood, all menace and swagger over a lean 909 bass. We don’t doubt the artist when she says “front on me and I’ll punch your ass flat”.
Fat White Family
Tastes Good With The Money
Apparently, Marc Bolan returned to the land of the living for long enough to help write Fat White Family’s ‘Tastes Good With The Money’. It’s the second single of the group’s new material we’ve heard, the follow up to the hypnotic ‘Feet’. The group are staying weird this time around too, but it’s easy to pin ‘Taste Good With The Money’ as the more natural single. The group write to their strengths on this one, all fuzzy guitars and earworm hooks. The Baxter Dury features makes it.
South Korean producer Peggy Gou is back with her own label Gudu Records and ‘Starry Night’ is our personal favourite from it. It’s the same ultra slick, acid house sound that made us fall for the producer back in the days of ‘It Makes You Forget’.
Maverick Sabre is making the absolute finest material of his career to date on his new album When I Wake Up. The album is a powerful account of the artist’s past and an investigation into his place in the present. It’s fixated on what’s solid and aspires to what could be. Glory is an anthem to the latter, formed around a cornerstone ideal – “I know better days will come /So I try to believe”. Nothing needs to be said about Sabre’s vocal quality, it’s plain to hear.
Spanish/Irish hip-hop and R&B artist Biig Piig returns with her second EP A World Without Snooze. Vol.2. ‘Vete’ is the closing track from the project. It’s a woozy late night jazz tune. Sung directly to the immaturirty of a lover, the song asks how trust can exist in a realtionship when one half “don’t know how to act”.
Mr Oizo’s new ‘Rythme Plat’ is about as hard-hitting and off the wall as you might expect from the Parisian electronica maestro. Still the ideal pairing with Ed Banger Records, the producer mangles and mauls the life out of an analogue synth bass on the title track from the project. The new EP marks 20 years since ‘Flat Beat’.
Confines Of This World
‘The Confines Of This World’ comes in at the dark end of the A-Side of British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose’s new LP Conversations. It’s a mid album track that highlights all the aritst’s finest traits. The strength of heer poetic cadence, the wirey instensity of her vocal and the elegance of the guitar accompaniment she opts for throughout the LP.
A little banger to finish off this week’s list. Genesis Owusu is a new Australian hip-hop artist. ‘WUTD’ comes with all the charm and charisma of a top tier mass appeal track from the get-go. All upbeat synth stabs and the vocalist’s warm falsetto, then backed up with some impressive bars in the verses. This track is a goer.