It’s New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs out. Here are the highlights of the day’s new tracks.
See the New Music section for full selection of tracks and albums featured this week.
Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick basically gets his own beat and verse on the song and his appearance in the video always suggests he actually wants to be there, as well as the fact that it’s on his own label PGLang.
There’s just no-one rapping with as much verve and versatility as Lamar. It’s one to pour over the lyrics to.
“2021, I ain’t takin’ no prisoner
Last year, y’all fucked up all the listener
Who went platinum? I call that a visitor
Who the fuck backin’ ’em? All been falsified
The facts mean this a vaccine, and the game need me to survive”
Ross From Friends
Felix Clary Weatherall aka Ross From Friends has been moving away from the “lo-fi house” sound for a number of years now,’ and while there are some shades of the sound on new song ‘The Daisy’ is warm and detailed in the way that AFX’s music is melodically.
Ross From Friends’ new album Tread is due for release on 22nd October via Brainfeeder and Sense have just announced a live 2022 Dublin show for him at the Button Factory on Saturday January 22nd, 2022. Tickets now on sale.
I don’t know if this is inspired by ‘Apricots’ but if it is, I wouldn’t be mad at the Frenchman.
Connexion à Liège
Asa Moto’s music is weird as fuck. Their new EP Marino is just out today and has that tight Soulwax / Deewee electro backbone. ‘Connexion à Liège’ sounds like Kraftwerk after 36 hours without sleep.
Aye (Boku remix)
Tolü Makay’s uplifting recent single ‘Aye’ has been given the remix treatment by both Cork artist Ian Ring as Boku and a house rework by Mr Myth.
Aye means life in Yoruba. A lot of what makes us who we are comes from our childhood. I want this song to celebrate life and the child we forget we were. We are who we are because of that child. I added my oriki which my grandmother blessed me with, she sings it in this song. Oriki is a Yoruba “attributive epithets” you’re given. Who you are called forth to be.I hope this song brings joy and awakens your inner child.“
Dundalk artist Shane Clark has just announced his new album Ice Cream will be released on 15th September 2021 through Pizza Pizza Records, and the title track is a sludgy metallic charmer.
Nostalgia can be a physical feeling.
It can be painful, right in your gut.
Ice Cream is a song for the quiet kids who turn into insecure adults.
You just need to find your value – find at least one thing you do that makes you happy…
then lean in.
See Me Finish
JYellow’s second single following up his critically-acclaimed album 2020 D|vision last year, finds him wearing an Afro sound, which came about from a prolonged trip to Nigeria recently.
“I was in Nigeria for what was meant to be a short trip but due to covid restrictions I ended staying for two months. So I decided to tap into the music scene there and I got a crazy wave of inspiration from the incredible producers and artists I met. Tee-Y being one of them, we locked in and created some beautiful music.
In Nigeria, we have an expression called “see finish” which means over familiarity by making yourself too accessible to someone, being too kind, etc essentially being taken for granted and that’s a red flag. So saying “she don see me finish” means the girl in question had over familiarised herself with me to the point of taking me for granted, my kindness being taken for weakness, my presence losing novelty. I can’t have that, so I had to cut her off.”
A new EP is forthcoming.
ELM are a dance-pop band who were only getting going when the pandemic hit. Now a duo, ELM are back with a single that typifies their euphoric pop banger leanings.
“The song stems from when we moved to London from Dublin 3 weeks before the pandemic hit”. Locked up in a room with two single beds, the band coined this new single about the frustration of loosing grip of something they fantasised about for years.
The English producer is teasing tracks from her forthcoming album Tectonic (September 24th) including this lush dance tune.
‘Atom Dancer’ says Holland ‘came from a direct energy channel from my first raving experiences, heavily locked into drum and bass. PRAH label-mate Raven Bush’s strings, which transcend time and space, take it into another realm.” Xilhu Ayebaitari Ese who created the accompanying video matched the song’s energy “with archive footage of me in my early raving days and some clips of me about a year ago dancing round my bedroom!”
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