Friday is release day and here’s the first things that caught my ear while listening to new songs out.
God Knows – ‘Who’s Asking?’ (East Coast Remix) ft. Skripteh, Nealo, Mango & Rebel Phoenix
It’s the turn of the East Coast! After the South West All-Star remix of ‘Who’s Asking’, it’s the turn of Wexford’s Skripteh along with Dublin’s Nealo, Mango and Rebel Phoenix to jump on this SertOne production and do their thing. God Knows also jumps in with a verse.
Tame Impala – ‘Is It True’ (Four Tet remix)
I could imagine this playing at Body & Soul at noon while everyone is hungover. Yes, I miss festivals, even the bad parts.
Marie Davidson & L’Oeil Nu – ‘Renegade Breakdown’
This is an oily tune. A slippery song from Marie Davidson and friends & L’Œil Nu a trio with Marie, Pierre Guerineau and Asaël R. Robitaille (Essaie Pas), ‘Renegade Breakdown’ takes inspiration from funky space-disco of the ’80s. Superb bicep-pumping dance music. An album is out September 25th on Ninja Tune.
TSHA – ‘Sister’
London producer TSHA channels summer vibes inspired by a lovely real life event – the artist discovering that she had an estranged sister.
“I wrote ‘Sister’ during lockdown after finding out I had an older half sister from my estranged father that she is also estranged from. We spoke on the phone and were texting each other in lockdown and we recently met for the first time. She’s lovely and we got on straight away, so I’m very happy to have a new member of my family as I’ve not had much of that in my life. The song is an expression of all of those feelings.”
It’s from an EP called Flowers out on Friday 16th October on Ninja Tune which will feature collaborations with Gabrielle Aplin and Malian griot music group Trio Da Kali.
Bitch Falcon – ‘Test Trip’
Bitch Falcon are gearing up to release their debut album Staring At Clocks on November 6th via Small Pond. After recent single ‘Gaslight’, ‘Test Trip’ is inspired by Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s habit as a youth to threaten to run away from her mother.
“I wrote this about running away from home. When I was young I would always pack my bags in a bid to manipulate my mother into forgiving me for something I did (too stubborn to just apologise). I linked this with manipulation in love. When the partner ‘tests’ each other by trying to leave when they just want to be fought for. Really it’s a take on myself, rather than dealing with the situation, just packing your bags and running away (which is not the answer).”
Roosevelt – ‘Echoes’
Roosevelt is playing a gig in Dublin in March, maybe.
Angel Olsen – ‘Waving, Smiling’
Another preview of new album Whole New Mess. The live version above is a take on the recorded version.
‘Waving, Smiling’ in my head is the last scene, a slow motion realisation of love not lost but at peace somewhere within myself. It’s the bittersweet end of a chapter of my life – it is the final acceptance that despite coming to an end all of that time was not lost or wasted.”
Phoenix – ‘Identical’
The Frenchies are back with a new song taken from the upcoming Sofia Coppola film On The Rocks starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans.
Alex Gough – ‘Back Seat’
Waterford rapper, drummer and producer lays out the first song from his upcoming Forever Classic mixtape on October 2nd. The song is about:
“There have been plenty of parties I’ve gotten bored of just cause I’m distracted. BACKSEAT is basically about all of the things I’m distracted by when really I should be in the moment. It’s also a song to play really loud in your car so I guess it all makes sense.”
BOUNCE LIKE THE ROOF IN YOUR GAFF.
ROE – ‘A Quiet Place’
The Derry artist has released a new EP Things We Don’t Talk About Today which includes the highlight ‘A Quiet Place’
She’s also putting on a live show from the Guildhall in Derry this evening.
FOZSA – ‘Glimmer’
Irish producer FOZSA continues to impress us. Luke O’Brien’s latest is built on a phone recording taken while travelling with a group of school kids in Zambia.
Tolü Makay – Don’t Let Go
Tolü’s stock continues to rise ahead of her debut EP out in October.
Jehnova – ‘Weak Days’
Jehnova is underrated.
Future Islands – ‘Thrill’
Few can hold your attention the way Sam T. Herring does in this simple clip. The new Future Islands album As Long As You Are is released October 9th on 4AD.