Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.
Everything But The Girl – Fuse
Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn are back with a new album that has a modern dance sheen, featuring the banger ‘Nothing Left To Lose’. It comes 24 years after their last one in 1999. The pair likely won’t be touring so enjoy this.
Benefits – Nails
Teesside noise rock spoken word punk band Benefits release their debut album, produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow on his label Invada Records. It arrives ahead of Dublin, EU and UK dates in April / May. ‘Warhorse’
Mac DeMarco – One Wayne G
199 (!) track collection features songs Mac worked on from 2018 to 2023, and follows the instrumental album Five Easy Hot Dogs in January. While it’s 9 and a half hours of music, there are ones with vocals, like ‘Proud True Toyota’
Alfa Mist – Variables
London jazz producer’s fifth full-length, released on ANTI-, leans on jazz orchestration, hip-hop production and soul. He plays Opium in November. ‘Variables’
Django Django – Off Planet Part 3
The third section of the record from the English band. Jack Peñate, Stealing Sheep, Toya Delazy featureon part 3 of the album that the presser says moves from “bluesy pop and Middle Eastern cabaret goth to Afro acid and piano rave, to call it kaleidoscopic is putting it mildly.” ‘No Time’
Cinder Well – Cadence
Clare-based Californian Amelia Baker releases a debut album of folk “drifts between two far-flung seas: the hazy California coast where she grew up, and the wind-torn swells of Western Ireland that she’s come to love.” Cormac MacDiarmada of Lankum contributes. I featured ‘Overgrown’ as shot in Cork by Myles O’Reilly only this week. Bandcamp.
Perlee – Speaking From Other Rooms
Berlin-based Irish band who have featured here with some alternative shoegaze indie songs from this record release “an album about unconditional love, the banality of a capitalist society, destiny and self-realisation. Mostly though it is about love; long-distance love, love that strives to exist across a physical distance, across generations, between lovers and across time. ‘Lived Out Moons’
Domo Genesis & The Alchemist – No Idols
A collaborative mixtape with the Odd Future rapper and record producer. The Alchemist has been on the collab mixtape run of late with people like Larry June, Armand Hammer, Curren$y, Boldy James and Wiki.
Tiësto – Drive
Tiësto’s first conceptual album since Kaleidoscope in 2009, it’s visual component paying homage to his life-long fascination of Formula 1 racing. So there. Features the Charli XCX-featuring ‘Hot In It’
Swizz Beatz – Hip Hop 50, Vol. 2
Nas, Lil Wayne, JAY-Z, Jadakiss, Benny The Butcher, Scar Lip, Fivio Foreign, Bandmanrill, Lil Durk, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Jay Electronica feature on the producer’s “ode to New York rap” seven-tracker.
Galcher Lustwerk – Adaptation: Original Soundtrack
Ambient score to accompany Josh Kline’s science fiction short of the same name.
Ital Tek – Timeproof
The title of Ital Tek’s seventh album reflects what Alan Myson has observed and learned whilst making the album. Firstly, how distorted the perception of time is in the creative headspace – being in the studio creates a timeless environment, one’s mind starts wandering and the perception of time is altered… Bandcamp.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – In Between Thoughts… A New World
The Spanish guitar duo heavies’ first full-length album in four years. Self-produced in Ixtapa, Mexico, the album sees Rodrigo y Gabriela building their original sound to include electronics and orchestral elements. Bandcamp
Pearl & The Oysters – Coast 2 Coast
Florida-based Juliette Pearl Davis and Joachim Polack enlisted Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Riley Geare (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Alan Palomo (Neon Indian), Dent May, and Alex Brettin (Mild High Club) for their first record on Stones Throw. Kinda sunny psych alt-indie-pop vibes. ‘Paraiso’
Tygapaw – Love Has Never Been a Popular Movement.
New York club DJ and producer’s new album features eight songs of “pure dancefloor declaration”, and features George Riley and LSDXOXO. It’s released on fabric Originals. ‘Glamour Riddim’
The Heavy – Amen
London-based band release their sixth record, of ‘60s R&B riffs, horns, and gospel harmonies. Bandcamp.
Nathan Connolly – The Strange Order Of Things
The Little Matador/Snow Patrol’s guitarist’s debut album features Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and Ailbhe Reddy, is described by the artist as “trying to understand, make sense and work through events that have led to who I am now: heartache, regret, emotional cost and fatherhood”. Connolly is on an Irish tour in June. Listen.
Lael Naele – Star Eaters Delight
“Lael Neale still has a flip phone and there were no screens involved in the creation of her new record Star Eaters Delight.” Virginian artist makes lo-fi indie music on Sub Pop. Bandcamp.
EP & 12″ Releases
AE MAK – Berlin EP
Æ Mak releases new Berlin EP; featuring Kojaque co-production ‘Baked Cheesecake’. More on the EP.
Léa Sen – You Of Now, Pt. 2 EP
23 -year-old London-based French artist guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer and mixer has featured here with some gorgeous tracks of late. EP is out today on Partisan Records. Léa Sen has just announced to play Deers Head, Belfast (May 13th) and Button Factory Dublin (May 14th) too. ‘Again’
Jena Keating & S P A C E – 9 EP
6-track EP from Cork R&B artist collaboration with producer who live together with 14 others in a warehouse in London, the number of which is the ‘9’ in question. The EP explores Borderline personality, embracing sexuality, objectification among other things. Listen to the EP.
Various Artists: Crossing the Red Line EP
3-track EP on First Cut features TR One, Gilles Armstrong and Reflection Port Assembly. Soundcloud.