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.
Jessie Ware – ‘Hot N Heavy’
Both this and recent song ‘Please’ were left off the What’s Your Pleasure? album but they appear on a Platinum edition out next Friday.
Prince – ‘Born To Die’
Prince takes on Curtis Mayfield vibes here. A previously unreleased track from Welcome 2 America, an album that Prince recorded in 2010 and which will be released from his legendary vault on July 30th.
Polo & Pan, Channel Tres – ‘Tunnel’
French duo Polo & Pan team up with the laconic baritone-voiced Channel Tres for this smooth ride.
Wolf Alice – ‘How Can I Make It OK?’
An early anthemic highlight from Wolf Alice’s album Blue Weekend, which is getting heaps of early praise.
LUMP – ‘Climb Every Wall’
Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay are back with a new song from their LUMP project.
Jordan Nocturne – ‘Gemini Boy’
Get those biceps flexing for this big room jam from Nocturne’s Jordan. You can always rely on this guy for the big ’80s inspired basslines and percussion.
Soda Blonde – ‘Holy Roses’
Another preview track from Soda Blonde’s debut album Small Talk out on July 9th. They are doing a live stream from Derry for Nialler9 Presents on June 25th. Tickets here.
Elaine Mai feat. Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Still‘
Elaine Mai follows up her May Kay collab with another lovely team up, this time with Ailbhe Reddy. An album is forthcoming.
“Belonging and self-acceptance are the two main themes of this track for me. It’s introspective and hopeful and Ailbhe’s gorgeous vocal adds another layer and narrative to the song. Ailbhe is an artist I really admire and we became closer while playing with Daithí in recent years. Her vocal on his track ‘Submarines’ is the one that hooked me and made me want to work with her one day. I’m so happy that we made it happen and we’re able to share ‘Still Feel.”Elaine Mai.
Joshua Burnside & Laura Quirke – ‘Taking The Wheel‘
A gorgeous folk song from a forthcoming joint EP, out July 16th, from Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke of Lemoncello.
Inspired by a blend of John Pine and a stream-of-consciousness note scribbled in an old diary, ‘Taking the Wheel’ tells a kitchen-sink drama of two people, Sarah and David, and the unsaid winding tension between them, inside the comfort and confinement of a rainy car journey.
Quirke explains ‘It sparked the feeling of being caught inside something without feeling in control, that’s not necessarily good or bad but just feeling the need to break free from it, the desire for an escape from the mundane. I suppose I resonated with those lines again at that time and so started weaving them into a song. I finished the song without much of an ending so that people could give it their own soap opera ending. What did Sarah actually say to David? We’ll never know.‘
Darkside – ‘Lawmaker’
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington are teasing more music from the Darkside album, Spiral, to be released on Matador on July 23rd.
Kelsey Lu, Kelly Moran, Yves Tumor – ‘Let All The Poisons That Lurk In The Mud Seep Out’ (Actress remix)
The original track dropped in a busy December, and Actress has offered an opportunity for a renewed focus on this stacked collaboration.
Jungle – ‘Talk About It’
Another Jungle banger for this sunny Friday.
NNIC – ‘When You’re There’
I’m loving this textured change of direction for NNIC, for a song that questions feminist acceptance and comes from Slow Motion Fantasy, a new EP out on 30th July.
‘When You’re There’ was engineered and mixed by collaborator J Smith AKA Yurn.
Nerves – ‘Leigue’
Nerves’ new song ‘Leigue’ has that immediately recognisable Dan Fox production. The Mayo band bring sheets of rock noise with them. This one is a bit of a dynamic near-7-minute monster.