Scottish band Golden Teacher have a Chk Chk Chk vibe going on with them and their just-released debut album No Luscious Life is a fun release of electronic funk and afrodisco vibes. This album opener sets out their ESG-esque punk funk stall. Give me more.
Bicep – Metro
From a new Glue EP, comes this mechanised weapon from the two Belfast boys who know how to cut through the noise like few other producers.
IDER – Body Love
The London-based duo of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville have been becoming increasingly reliable for releasing sweet electronic-tinged harmonic pop and ‘Body Love’ is further proof.
Yaeji – Drink I’m Sippin On
New York City and Seoul-based producer Kathy Yaeji Lee just releasesd EP2, on the Godmode label, the same imprint run by Nick Sylvester that brought you Shamir (before he signed to XL or turned to drab indie). ‘Drink I’m Sippin On’ is a low-slung percussive trap-esque electronic song with ice-cold house and pop shades with Korean as the main language.
Avalon Emerson – One More Fluorescent Rush
Fresh from her appearance in Dublin over the weekend, Avalon Emerson released this evocative track on the Whities label. It’s a building slice of arpeggiated magic, a rush as the title suggests. I’ll definitely be playing it at Lumo on Friday.
The Juan Maclean – The Brighter The Light
A new track from DFA stalwart that stretches itself out brightly across eight minutes of piano house accompanied by three remixes by Australia’s Len Liese , DJ Tennis and Octo Octa. While The Juan Maclean is both John Maclean and Nancy Wang, the latter has been busy with a certain LCD so that explains the deeper club nature of this track. A new Juan Maclean album will be released in 2018.
YouandEwan – Stranger (Glad Eye mix)
YouandEwan’s There Is No Right Time was a sleeper album hit in 2016, marking Yorkshire’s Ewan Smith as a versatile producer. For this new release for Luna Via, the tracks are deeper house cuts and ‘Stranger (Glad Eye mix)’ is almost like his take on Luke Vibert’s ‘I Love Acid’ in its hypnotic construction.
Complete Walkthru – About to Get Laze
From a new release on Irish label, First Second, New Yorker Max McFerren’s Complete Walkthru project has a throwback breaks club feel on the lead track ‘About to Get Laze’.
The Cyclist – Inhale / Exhale feat. Tanaya Harper
Another track recommendation to follow up last week’s, from the new album Sapa Inca Delirium from The Cyclist. ‘Inhale / Exhale’ is a fast-paced nine-minute track with passages of jilting bass, percussion swerves and Harper’s calming influence on the latter half of the song.
Joe Goddard – Ordinary Madness (Jeremy Greenspan Big Big Loves remix)
From the Electric Lines Remix EP 1, also featuring reworks by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smyth, Rimbaudian (DJ Seinfeld) and Wajeed comes the Junior Boys take on the trck, which has suitably Junior Boys vibes.
New Yorkers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have been developing their harmonic folk pop since before they spent a summer in Ireland two years ago. Their debut album arrives on respected Canadian label Arts & Crafts and the pair have built on the momentum of touring with Maggie Rogers and others with this strong debut. Co-production by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut have added some body to their songs including those previously featured here. That sharpness and precision in the production which adds suitable electronic touches and dynamism, is also reflected in the harmonic relationship of Elion and Mitchell. Their voices together blend in ways that channel country, vintage folk and modern pop. They play Whelan’s in a few weeks.
Favourite tracks: ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Hold Me Close’, ‘Smaller Than My Mother’
Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums. Tethered Bones is the centrepiece of the debut album but its surrounded by equally beautifully-scaped sounds. Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones.
Favourite tracks: ‘Your Love Is An Island’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Contra’.
A three hour dance music workout from Swiss duo In Flagranti inspired by buying records down a phoneline before the internet.
“Back in the early 80s when I lived in Switzerland, I use to travel to Italy a lot for clubs and record shopping. In Rimini there was a great store called Disco Piu. They had this service where if you were out of town or from another country, you could sign-up and get a cassette of all the new releases in the post every week. Each new track was recorded for about a minute and there was a voice counting – so you could write down the tracks you liked – then phone or fax the track numbers and the date of the cassette, they’d send you the records and you’d pay on delivery, which was amazing”, says In Flagranti’s Sasa Crnobrnja on ‘Sprezzatura’s inspiration, concept and format.
So this album will be available as a mix on cassette with each track playing for a minute or two. You’re basically listening to it like a mixtape and in the same manner as the tapes from Disco Piu. You’ll be able to choose your favourite tracks from ‘Sprezzatura’ and buy the full versions as downloads.”
The Hot Chip member and producer’s latest solo alum is a love letter to dance music. Featuring covers of classics like ‘Music Is The Answer’ and samples from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ and the Emotions’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’, Alexis Taylor guests on the title trac. Goddard in solo mode has never nailed the full-length but has always provided nourishment. Electric Lines is a pleasing ode to dance music of all stripes.
Mixhell are a Brazilian electro duo Iggor Cavalera and Laima Leyton, who recently teamed up with Mutado Pintado (Paranoid London) and Joe Goddard on the Crocodile Boots EP after some jam sessions post-DJing in 2015.
Now Soulwax have remixed the track which was recently trailed in their Beats 1 2×2 show, and comes on a remix package alongside Goddard and Party Nails.
It’s a banger that has that recent Deewee magic and comes with a video directed by Mutado Pintado:
Iggor Cavalera says “this video is an amazing compilation of mad ideas from Mutado’s brain mixed with the low-fi images of Laima and himself on a duet between the confused red neck and a Portuguese/Brazilian spoken girl.”
German producer Michael Mayer has a new album the influential !K7 Records label called &. As the title suggests collaborations are at the heart of his third album, and guests include Hauschka, Roman Flügel, Miss Kittin, Prins Thomas, Barnt and Kölsch.
The result is a mix of “hypnotic minimal house, soft trance, indie tech-house and twisted disco.”
His first single, with Barnt, ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’ is German and tough while the second single ‘For You’ featuring Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is decidedly more mellow. It’s a love story really.
For the newest EP, Endless Love, Goddard once again shows that he can translate knowledge of what works on a dancefloor into effective club cuts. The title track builds a spatial rhythm that references Caribou and the sample frenzy that Moby mined in his Play era but by keeping the focus on the beats not the melodic vocals (sung by Betsy).
Betsy appears on ‘Make It Right’ along with Goddard that adds an emotional weight to the track’s effective pulse. Rapper Trim features on the club-centric ‘Cool It Down’ a Leftism-style cut built on distorted synth wobbles.
Of the last two tracks, ‘Conway Hall’ favours a more atmospheric song style with Goddard leading the slow tempo while a 15 minute track ‘Carried Away’ moves in passages of synth-bleeps to Auto Tuned dance to bell-featuring house and is more of a jam experiment.
The uptempo stuff is the most-effective but Goddard’s solo stuff has grown in stature, to the point it should be as eagerly anticipated as his various other projects.
Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard has been releasing some killer music these past few months from his Bondax remix to his recent EP on Greco-Roman including ‘Step Together’ . The video for the title track of the EP, ‘Taking Over’ features a singing kebab – bound to be remembered as a good night out.
Like Disclosure before them, Bondax’s Adam Kaye (born in 94) and George Townsend (born in 93) have displayed a deft touch at make electronic garage club tracks over the last two years. ‘Giving It All’ is the apex of the teenage rapscallions’ discography so far and Joe Goddard has given the song his own Hot Chip-esque 4/4 rework.
‘Step Together’ is the highlight from Joe Goddard’s recent Taking Over EP and the video features a cast of his Greco-Roman label friends like TEED, Valentina and his kids. The track is also out on a Greco-Roman compilation We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance In The Dark.
The compilation features some of the above artists as well as a track from the Micachu-produced Tirzah ‘I’m Not Dancing’:
This weekly post features a playlist of the best new music debuted in the last seven days or so (two weeks this time around due to my break). I’ve trawled through streams and reams of new music and these tracks have made the biggest impression.
This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Fryars, Maya Jane Coles, Drake, Shigeto, London Grammar, Jake Hart, Joe Goddard, Volcano Choir and more. (more…)
This week’s new music roundup contains tracks from the last three weeks due to by recent NYC trip. A roundup of 21 new music tracks, most not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping of late. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.
This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Koreless, Thundercat, Kate Boy, Terriers, Frank B, Jacques Greene, Wampire, Tieranniesaur, Joe Goddard, Harriet Brown, Ghosts, Creep and more.