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The 25 best songs of the month

The 25 best songs of the month

Nialler9’s favourite songs of the past month, all in one place.


1.

Child Of The Parish

Make It Better

Child of the Parish is a new name for us, the work of English brothers Ben and Tom Vella that explores the melding of disco and psychedelia. ‘Make It Better’ is a straight up polychromatic banger. The whole project is made in collaboration with Lithuanian artist Pius Bak who is providing the artwork for an accompanying graphic novel.

2.

Perfume Genius

On The Floor

A highlight from Perfume Genius’ brilliant new album Set Me On Fire Immediately, as reviewed on our podcast. I love the vocal breakdown in this.

3.

Berwyn

Glory

“Lately I’ve been dreaming a lot … I’m trying go to from making sandwiches in Subway for all the doctors / to actually becoming the next Dr. Dre. “

Berwyn is an East London musician who recently featured on the Everything Is Recorded LP, who makes an immediate impact on his own with this beautiful slow-burning piano ballad that vacillates between spoken word and a brittle croon. The duality between hopeful sentiment and worry gives the song its weight.

4.

Keep Dancing Inc

Startup Nation

Occupying a similar indie-disco vibe to Child Of The Parish and the likes of Friendly Fires, Paris trio Keep Dancing Inc’s ‘Start Up Nation’ is a fitting upbeat track that sings of going your own way, a suitable song for a time when all our jobs are under threat. Yay. Party.

5.

Jessie Ware

Save A Kiss

A Robyn-esque banger from Ms. Ware.

6.

Charli XCX

Anthems

“I’m so bored / All my friends are invisible / Twenty-four seven, miss ’em all / I might cry like a waterfall.”

Also reviewed on the pod, the electro-pop track ‘Anthems’ finds Charli XCX lethargic in quaranatine, yearning for a release, which this song offers in its big fizzy sonics.

7.

Cynema

Promises

Watch an eerily deserted Dublin city on lockdown in Cynema’s music video for this great track.

8.

Robag Whrume

Calma Calma

Gentle euphoric uplifting dance music on Kompakt from the German producer. ‘Calma Calma’ has a real late night “hands in the air” feel.

9.

Hanni El Khatib

Alive

 Innovative Leisure’s Hanni El Khatib came through with a superb fifth album Flight this month and ‘Alive’, with its eclectic mix of hip-hop style, psychedelia and pop. File next to LA Priest and Yves Tumor.

10.

Park Hye Jin

Like This

 Korean producer 박혜진 Park Hye Jin is releasing a new six-track EP on Ninja Tune on June 26th and ‘Like This’ is indicative of the delicate club sounds she’s capable of.

11.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Carrying Gravity

A stunning ambient piece from American composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

12.

Denise Chaila

Chaila

Denise Chaila spells it out for you on ‘Chaila’.

13.

Silverbacks

Muted Gold

Silverbacks’ debut album Fad is coming out Friday July 17th and ‘Muted Gold’ is a fine example of the band’s sound which takes influence from 70s post-punk, ’80s art-rock and ’90s slacker rock all imbibed with a band who have their own personality alongside their forebearers.

14.

Daughters of Reykjavik

Thirsty Hoes

The Daughters of Reykjavik have made the best lockdown Zoom music video (NSFW). The Icelandic rap collective’s album Soft Spot is worth your time.

15.

Dojo Cat

Say So (feat. Nicki Minaj)

Summer banger.

16.

SENU & Caoimhe De Bara

Thought I Saw You

Dublin-based producer Sam Killeen AKA SENU teams up with Wyvern Lingo’s Caoi De Barra on this brooding bass-assisted beaut.

17.

Dirty Projectors

Lose Your Love

This is one of those songs that sneaks up on you. Felicia Douglass’ vocals make it.

18.

Khruangbin

So We Won’t Forget

Mostly instrumental Texan band Khruangbin continue with the summer jams.

19.

Julianna Barwick

Inspirit

 Julianna Barwick is to release her first album in four years, Healing Is A Miracle, on Nina Tune on July 10th and it’s good to hear those choral tones she’s known for intact, and as the album press says it’s “a distinctive meditation on sound, reverb and the voice”.

The record is largely improvised and features collaborations with Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore. The video for ‘Inspirit’ was shot with drones in Iceland.

20.

Rosalia & Travis Scott

TKN

Rosalia keeps em coming.

21.

James Vincent McMorrow

Headlights

It’s always exciting to hear what direction the falsetto supremo’s new music is pulling toward. McMorrow is here placing his vocals atop a relatively skeletal arrangement, an impulsive breakbeat over which layers of synth pads and textures are built.

22.

Ekkah

Giving Up On

English duo are perennially releasing dance pop bangers.

23.

Uwmami & Omega

Petals

Dublin producer Uwmami keeps bringing heat.

24.

April

Mean It In The Morning

A highlight from Kildare R&B artist April’s New Conditions EP.

25.

Arca

Nonbinary

Venezuelan avant-garde artist Arca pushes further into the realm of metallic, industrial nu-pop on latest single ‘Nonbinary’.



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