My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

When the Texan singer Leon Bridges first appeared in 2015, his old-fashioned Texan soul music in the mould of Sam Cooke, was so well-executed, it was easy to forgive the throwback style he wore like a fine suit. Bad Bad News is one of two tracks previewing his forthcoming second album Good Thing and it roughs up the notion that Bridges is content to stay in the past completely, by embracing a live low-slung soul-funk sound and callback backing vocals. It’s like a cross between a bluesy Anderson .Paak and a smooth Bruno Mars.


2.

DJ Koze – Illumination (feat. Róisín Murphy)

There was a time where Roisin Murphy seemed to feature on someone else’s track every other week, but no matter the volume or situation, the Wicklow singer’s voice has been a treat for the ears since the days of Moloko and Sing It Back. On Illumination, she adds some human soul to the German producer’s glacial and mechanical dance production. “I need a bit of light here,” Murphy quips on the track as if narrating her presence.


American Utopia, the newest solo album (with about 25 collaborators behind that fact), revels in the bright and boisterous, while flitting between some of the the 65 year-old former Talking Head’s best work and some of his most clunkiest. Of the former category, is this stomper about the displacement of professional people caught up in refugee camps. The elder rock’n’roll thinker is still taking risks. Take a bow.
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In 2014, Caroline Rose was pegged as an Americana folk-rock youngling with a debut album I Will Not Be Afraid, that was in thrall to past predecessors. Four years later, Rose, the self-described “queer feminist” has put her real experience into her invigorating new album Loner, which she says is equally inspired by Kate Bush, Justin Timberlake and punk from the ‘70s. Loner is a dark-edged album of manic and millennial modern pop, drawing on indie-rock, surf music, synth hooks and bright production, which Rose herself was responsible for. ‘Jeannie Becomes A Mom’ is my current fav.


1000 times better than any song made for a commerical has any right to be but that’s Anderson Paak for you. He uses some of the tropes of dubstep to great effect here. It was also surprising to find out that FKA Twigs had to audition for the Spike Jonze-directed spot via the behind the scenes video.


British producer Jon Hopkins seems intent on developing his own signature variant of electronic music with this new single ‘Emerald Rush’. The track retains much of the sonic entropy on his 2013 album Immunity but finds the artist adding elements of contemporary art music. The track is the first single from his forthcoming album Singularity, due for release on May 4th.


7.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays

It’s never easy to predict where Ruban Nielson will take his UMO project next. The New Zealander’s last album Multi-Love was a sprightly collection of psych-pop about a married couple’s shared infatuation with another. New album Sex & Food dropped yesterday with styles that range from rip-roaring rock to oddball ballads. Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays is the album’s lilting yacht-rock track and an immediate highlight.


8.

Zhu & Tame Impala – My Life

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker knows his value as a vocalist over songs which bend, billow and float beneath his soft-edged timbre. It’s a technique he employed to great effect on his breakthrough album 2015 album Currents. On this latest collaboration with the Chinese American dance producer ZHU, Parker adds a smudged psychedelic quality to this metronomic synth stomper.


Edinburgh-based hip hop outfit Young Fathers have seen a return to form with their new album Cocoa Sugar and this fine track.The album recently featured on our 6 new albums to hear list. ‘Toy’ feels like a spiritual homage to the punk energy of the group’s debut long-form release Dead.


Throughout Yous, the newest singer-songwriter record from David Kitt, the Dubliner excels at the small moments of rumination. Like Lightning is a tale of the aftermath of missing the last bus from Galway home and it twinkles appropriately faraway synths, drum machine beats and Margie Lewis’ string playing that conjures a good time in the West.


With a title inspired by Pat Butcher from Eastenders and a sound that is nocturnal and lo-fi, London rapper Casisdead’s ‘Pat Earrings’ will creep up on you.


English producer George Fitzgerald has released ‘Roll Back’ as the lead single from his new album All that must be. The single, featuring English producer and DJ Lil Silva, is a slow burning thoughtful electronic track. Fitzgerald has stated that the new album intends to give more focus to the piano, a statement backed up by the patiently and attentively crafted ‘Roll Back’.


As heard on the Quare Grooves compilation of rare Irish funk and disco on All City, this one also closed out Lumo on Good Friday. Get in on bandcamp.


Berlin-based producer Annegret Fiedler or Perel is releasing her Hermetica EP on April 20th. ‘Alles’ is the second track from the new EP and features an extraterrestrial electronic production melded in a sombre tone with vocal deliveries auf Deutsch.


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Posted on April 3rd, 2018

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Forbidden Fruit have announced their day-by-day breakdown and added 25 new acts to the 2018 lineup including:

  • DJ Seinfeld
  • Hookworms
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • David Keenan
  • Loah
  • Novelist
  • Floating Points (Live solo)
  • Axel Boman,
  • Agoria (Live)
  • Call Super
  • Jasper James
  • Kornél Kovács
  • Tensnake
  • George Fitzgerald (Live)
  • Stephan Bodzin (Live)
  • Idris Elba
  • Sing Along Social
  • Saoirse
  • SG Lewis
  • Trinity Orchestra
  • Booka Brass
  • Fehdah

The full line-up now looks like this:

Saturday 2nd

  • Justice
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Glass Animals
  • Mike D (Dj Set)
  • Stephan Bodzin Live
  • Idris Elba
  • Novelist
  • Agoria Live
  • Tensnake
  • Axel Boman
  • Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Hookworms
  • Call Super
  • Jasper James
  • Loah
  • Kornél Kovács
  • Trinity Orchestra
  • Ae Mak

Sunday 3rd

  • Bonobo
  • Vince Staples
  • Four Tet
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Bicep (Live)
  • Floating Points (Live Solo)
  • Denis Sulta
  • Hunee
  • George Fitzgearld (Live)
  • Ben UFO
  • Orla
  • SG Lewis
  • Saoirse
  • Booka Brass
  • DJ Deece
  • Ross From Friends (Live)
  • Willaris K
  • R.Kitt (Live)

Monday

  • The War On Drugs
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Warpaint
  • Thundercat
  • Superorganism
  • Spoon
  • Rhye
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • David Keenan
  • Nialler9
  • Sing Along Social

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Posted on March 7th, 2018

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Five piece psychedelic/noise rock band from Leeds Hookworms released their new track ‘Negative Space’ off their third album Microshift set to be released in February on Domino Records.

This track certainly suggests a more upbeat/dance sound for the new album to come compared to the previous two that stuck to the bands psychedelic-punk origins. ‘Negative Space’ sounds like The Rapture or an emo band jamming in the DFA studio in 2017. The band did cover LCD Soundsystem for an entire gig before so this makes sense.

Of the album, Hookworms’ MJ said “All of our records are to an extent about mental health. Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy.”

Unfortunately the band known for their atmospheric and noisy live performances, aren’t offering any Irish dates this time around but you can catch them in the UK here:

Tour Dates


November 24 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
December 3 Leeds Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club
January 23 Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
January 24 Brighton Patterns
March 4 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
March 18 Newcastle The Cluny
March 24 London Electric Brixton
March 25 Sheffield Picture House Social

Posted on November 7th, 2017

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