Featuring Peggy Gou, Jorja Smith, Nia Archives, Fynch, Samantha Urbani, Glasser, Julia Jacklin, NewDad, Killer Mike, Andre 3000, Future, Sally C, Iceboy Violet & Florence Sinclair
Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single songs released this week I loved the most.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week, and the end of the post for the Spotify playlist featuring much more than 10 tracks released this week.
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(It Goes Like) Nanana
The South-Korean DJ and producer’s new song ‘(It Goes Like) Nanana’ was released on XL Recordings this week, her first for the label.
There’s big ATB ‘Til I Come’ Balearic sunkissed-vibes to the track with the bendy synth throughout the piano-house and Peggy’s own vocal song. It features on a forthcoming debut album.
It is “inspired by the eclectic house and pop classics that defined the Balearic sound, alongside 90s and 2000s dance anthems and Peggy’s own contemporary club production.”
Little Things (Nia Archives remix)
Big garage beats and Jorja Smith’s voice? A good match.
Jorja Smith second album, falling or flying, comes out on September 29th via FAMM, and singles have been high quality so far.
Killer Mike, Andre 3000, Future
Scientists & Engineers
Killer Mike collabs with André 3000 & Future on James Blake co-produced ‘Scientists & Engineers’.
Killer Mike releases his first solo rap album since 2012’s R.A.P. Music, with Michael today taking a break from Run The Jewels for a personal album.
“RTJ is the X-Men, this is my Logan,” said Mike of Michael.
Dublin 12 rapper Fynch is here with a softer track telling a story of a day and night out in Dublin, with references to Irish footballer Josh Cullen, Billy Ocean and Gay Spar.
A twinkling summery laid-back song that is giving The Streets vibes in Fynch’s vocal delivery.
‘Ceilings’ is the first single from Fynch’s debut album later this year and was produced by faux sala and mixed, mastered and engineered by Fynch’s fellow Burner Records co-founder Local Boy.
More Than A Feeling
Every summer should have at least one song that channels the spirit of ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ and Blood Orange’s elevated production.
Former Blood Orange collaborator Samantha Urbani (also of the band Friends) is flying the flag for that vibe with new song ‘More Than A Feeling’ an airy light funk and synth production ( and whistling courtesy of Molly Lewis) that shimmers like summer heat.
It’s from a forthcoming debut album, and was co-written, , recorded, and produced with Nick Weiss (aka Nightfeelings).
Samantha says this of the track:
“I’m calling someone out for not showing up for me, but also calling myself out for sticking around for that, enabling it by engaging with it, and saying ‘I can see what you’re communicating to me by not being here.’ And the hardest part is that I’ve waited so long to accept it that I can’t even address it anymore and they stopped caring a long time ago. It’s saying goodbye to someone who’s not even there.”
Iceboy Violet & Florence Sinclair
94-seconds of gauzy woozy spoken word and echoed music from Manchester rapper/producer Iceboy Violet with Florence Sinclair on vocals. It’s from a full-length Not A Dream But A Controlled Explosion, out August 3rd.
“‘Not A Dream But A Controlled Explosion’ is a project about the role desire and fantasy plays in our lives. What is considered fake is constantly constructing the world we want to live in and the people we want to be, as we brush up against fantasy, as we feel the everlasting tug of desire, our reality is pressed into shape almost entirely by daydreaming, hallucination, yearning & cum. This is something to be celebrated, harnessed as a force for good internally and externally. Fantasy as map and desire as engine. I love to want; I want to love.”
It was only last month I was eulogising about an old song from Glasser on the podcast, apropos of nothing, and here with are with a new song anticipating Cameron Mesirow’s third album Crux, out on One Little Independent Records on October 6th.
‘Crux’ unfurls with experimental production, strings and Mesirow’s soaring voice. It’s usually a glib comparison but it sounds analogous to Bjork’s recent work, with an easier accessibility -that is to say, it’s not predictably drawn, jazzy and skittering in tone and also rather beautiful.
“‘Vine’ was written a long time ago. It was like an attempt at making something where all the parts sound like they’re very separated. I was thinking like jazz, actually. It was about getting back to writing music after feeling a bit disconnected from the machinery around making it your profession”.
If you’re going to Paolo Nutini in Dublin tonight, congratulations as Julia Jacklin is supporting.
The rest of us can settle for this sumptuous cover of Roland S. Howard’s ‘Shivers’, a song originally recorded by Howard and Nick Cave’s band The Boys Next Door.
It features on a compilation honouring Australian producer Tony Cohen, who recorded the original version of ‘Shivers’, and numerous albums by The Birthday Party, The Go-Betweens, Hunters & Collectors, and Nick Cave.
The compilation includes other Australian acts including RVG, Leah Senior and Grace Cummings, and accompanies a book about Cohen’s life called Half Deaf, Completely Mad, written by John Olson. Jacklin says of the release:
“It’s been covered a lot, but it’s a special one for me. It was one of the first songs I ever learnt to play. Many Sydney bars, venues and open mic nights have heard me sing this song. Howard wrote it at 16 and I’ve always loved how much the lyrics capture that type of unbridled, dramatic teenage infatuation. The kind that physically hurts but also makes you laugh at yourself.”
“It was the second song i ever released when i was like 17 in a time before NewDad had anything out yet. We decided that the song was too good to go to waste and now would be the perfect time to release as a lil treat before we go album mode. It took a few goes to get back in the headspace of what the song originally was (that’s literally me five years ago on the recording lolll) but we eventually got it and are happier than ever with how it sounds. The song is about feeling like a stranger in your own body, while losing your sense of self.”Julie Dawson
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