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The 10 best new songs of the week

The 10 best new songs of the week

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Featuring Jam City, Empress Of, Denzel Curry, Peter Gabriel, The Bonk, Ezra Williams, Bricknasty, Sammy Copley, Armani White, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, N.O.R.E., Sagelike., Mark with an E, Froman, Alan Palomo, Mac DeMarco.

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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1.

Jam City, Empress Of

Wild N Sweet

Hey, it’s one of my favourite voices in music collaborating with a producer back on the release buzz this year. Empress Of with a bright clubby production from Jam City. My kinda thing.

EP is out now on Mad Decent – Bandcamp.

Hear also: ‘Redd St. Turbulence’

The album EFM is out June 1st.

2.

Denzel Curry

Endtroduction (Cold Blooded Soul Version)


From a seven-track LP of live recordings from Electric Lady studios, Denzel Curry and the Cold Blooded band. This track closing the set is a brassy riot, and Curry goes hard as he is likely to do.

The release is Spotify only for now.

Last year’s Melt My Eyez See Your Future was a great Denzel Curry album. I’d imagine there are more of those incoming.

He plays The Helix this June.

3.

Peter Gabriel

Four Kinds Of Horses (Bright-Side Mix)

All-timer Peter Gabriel is 73 years of age, and still releasing challenging interest music.

From forthcoming album i/o, ‘Four Kinds of Horses (Bright-Side Mix)’ was produced alongside XL Recordings’ Richard Russell , a song that started for Russell’s Everything Is Recorded project. Brian Eno plays synths on it, so he’s having a busy Friday, as does Peter’s daughter Melanie on backing vocals.

The song is inspired by the Buddhist parable of the Four Kinds of Horses, which describes different ways a student can approach their spiritual practice, and a focus on “the interesting overlap of religion and peace on the one hand and violence and terrorism on the other. There was also a wonderful film by Hany Abu-Assad called ‘Paradise Now’ which shows two young men who end up being trained to become terrorists and it’s a real insight into where the head goes.” 

Just like the previous full moon releases, Four Kinds of Horses will come with differing mix approaches from Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Bright-Side Mix), released on 5 May. Tchad Blake (Dark-Side Mix) and Hans-Martin Buff’s Atmos mix (In-Side Mix), released later in the month.

Peter Gabriel i is out on tour this year, including Dublin’s 3Arena on June 25th.

4.

Armani White, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, N.O.R.E.

BILLIE EILISH LEGENDS MIX

Yes, Legends is correct, as Busta, Luda and N.O.R.E. jump on Philadelphia Def Jam rapper Armani White’s breakthrough hit ‘Billie Eilish’. That beat has an instant classic feel.

Armani White’s Road To Casablanco is out today.

5.

The Bonk

Blueshirt Shuffle

Everything about this new jam from The Bonk is a buzz, from the title to the artwork, to the song itself, a psych-rock rhythm track from the band’s forthcoming second album, Greater Than or Equal to the Bonk, which is out next Friday, 12th May.

The song doesn’t actually feature on the album so get on Bandcamp direct (Bandcamp Friday bonus too).

“The song was recited in a dream by Michael Davitt himself,” Phil Christie says on Insta. “The Blueshirt Shuffle is apolitically rotivated bombastic pop song presented in the form of instructions for The Latest Dance Craze.”

6.

Ezra Williams, Sammy Copley

Until I’m Home

Ezra Williams new single ‘Until I’m Home’ brings fellow Irish emerging singer-songwriter Sammy Copley in for a sweet one-two, on a song that will feature on their forthcoming debut album Supernumeraries, out on 16th June via AWAL.

“Don’t want to lean too much / I can get used to using you as a crutch,” is the takeaway line from the track.

“I wrote this song on the train home from hanging out with my girlfriend at the time. I overthink everything and cannot be left alone with my own thoughts for a second or I’ll feel like the world is collapsing in on me.”

Ezra Williams

Ezra Williams is a 21-year-old songwriter and musician from Cork, Ireland. They offer an often overlooked take on emotional relationships through the lens of a young person who is both gender non-binary and on the Autism spectrum. Their music speaks to those who don’t often see themselves reflected in media.

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Photo: Crutch / Lucy Robinson

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7.

Bricknasty

 ducks ina row

The Dublin band Bricknasty follow on ‘Ina Crueler’, and ‘fashion’ with another track from the EP due June 7th on FAMM. ‘ducks ina row’ is indicative of the band’s melding styles folding in on each other on record, which is more explosive live.

For further background into the band, read Fatboy’s Instagram post about growing up in the Ballymun Flats for context for the EP.

8.

Sagelike., Mark with an E

True Life

A fine debut jazzy hip-hop single from Dublin rapper/producer duo Sagelike, Mark with an E.

The pair met in secondary school, Mark (Marek) with is a Polish-Irish producer and piano player, while  sagelike. is an Ivoirian-Irish Crumlin rapper.

9.

Froman

No More

A big vocal-sampling dance cut from a Galway producer, an artist racking up decent monthlies on Spotify.

More from Froman.

Bandcamp / Insta

10.

Alan Palomo, Mac DeMarco

Nudista Mundial ’89

Alan Palomo, of chillwave project Neon Indian is back with a solo release under his own name and he’s tapped Mac Demarco for the first song – “a duet about two guys going to a nude beach together in Ibiza.”

‘Nudista Mundial ‘89’ is a fine boppy slice of electronic pop that isn’t a million miles away from the chillwave haze of Palomo’s other project, and the more I’ve listened sounds like a Wham! track.

More on it.

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