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.
Kojaque – Sex ‘n’ Drugs feat. Celia Tiab
Town’s Dead is Kojaque’s magnum opus, a full-length album of soft-burning rap, soul and psychedelic jazz with the backdrop of a New Year’s Eve countdown ringing in his ears. While the Girl Band-sampling title track is close to our tracks of the year, ‘Sex ‘n’ Drugs’ is the album track that really stands out on a comprehensive full listen. Pillow Queens get a mention too. C’mon Ireland!
Saint Sister – Any Dreams?
This week’s podcast guests Saint Sister released their second album today and the closer is this epicly-pitched song which reaches at LCD Soundsystem-esque euphoria? Who knew they had that in them?
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Weekend Run
UMO’s first song in three years leans into the yacht rock vibes.
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Soulwax for Despacio Remix
Oh here. Take me to the club immediately. Heaven is a club called Despacio when Soulwax are on the decks elongating one of the best dance songs in existence.
Tyler, The Creator – Juggernaut feat. Pharrell and Lil Uzi Vert
A first impression standout from Tyler’s new album Call Me If You Get Lost.
SAULT – Bitter Streets
SAULT’s fifth album in three years – Nine – is available for 99 days only. It doesn’t feel quite as substantial as the previous four on first listen but a middling Sault record, if that’s what this is, still has gold on it.
Mick Jenkins – Truffles
Mick Jenkins here embodying the ultimate pandemic ballache of realising you forgot your mask when you’re at the shops.
Strange Boy – Hahaha feat. Hazey Haze
Holy/Unholy, the debut album from Limerick artist Strange Boy is like few things you’ve heard before – spoken word and rap over trad instruments. This ain’t no rap mixtape, and there’s an outpouring of deep emotion and feelings in these words.
Daniel Avery – Crystal Eyes
Daniel Avery’s new album Together in Static was conceived for a live show which happened this week. It’s a fine record on its own.
bb sway – 10 Feet Tall
“‘10 Feet Tall’ is about the feeling you get when someone you love lifts you up… In times like these, support from loved ones is more valuable than ever!”
Hong Kong born, London-based bedroom pop artist bb sway is one of our favourite new artists of recent years. ’10 Feel Tall’ is another reason why , and it’s from the Pearl EP is due September 1st on 7476.
Throwing Snow – Brujita
Throwing Snow’s fourth album is the audiovisually-augmented Dragons, a work that occupies the space between science and ancestral wisdom. It links music back to its prehistoric capacity for transmitting knowledge to new technology that can untangle the complexity of the contemporary world. Dragons’ ten tracks of heavy primal rhythmic productions incorporate the physicality of acoustic sources, from ancient ritual instruments to modern drum kit, and each track is accompanied by visuals generated by a neural network.
I thought this was cool.
Ra Gerra – Indecisive
MuRli and Kobina’s Ra Gerra project announced a debut album New Vessels is out July 16th and ‘Indecisive’ isn’t your typical rapper and producer linkup. You’ve never heard MuRli this intimate and pensive.
Bee Gees – More Than A Woman (SG Lewis Edit)
You didn’t see us ending with a new official Bee Gees edit did you? Just like a good night out.
“Making this edit made me dream of the post-pandemic dance floors that are within touching distance now, and I hope that it can soundtrack a few of them as we come together to dance one again. I’m told that I’m the first person to be asked to officially remix the track and be given the stems, which is absolutely mind-blowing.”