See the New Music section for full selection of tracks and albums featured this week.
FKA Twigs, Pa Salieu
FKA Twigs’ new mixtape out today Caprisongs allows Twigs to release a long-player imbued with fun, friendship, affirmations and hip-hop and pop-influenced songs without making a definitive statement. An ideal release for January and one that is miles away from the heaviness of 2019’s Magdalene.
Earl dropped his fourth album Sick! today and ‘Titanic’ is one of a number of wonky beat productions on it.
Lovely to hear a new song from Dublin artist Soulé. ‘Body’ was written as part of a Spotify songwriting camp in Dublin with Swedish-Iranian producer Moh Denebi and Irish singer-songwriter Cian Ducrot.
A video premieres at 6pm:
All I Wanted Was A Photograph
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) are back with one of their typical dance-funk stompers. The song features an old-fashioned fade out and was inspired by a true story involving “an AK-47, an ill-advised joke, and the resulting tense visit from the Secret Service.”
The song was created for the Song Confessional podcast, which just launched its 2nd season. On Song Confessional bands and songwriters turn true anonymous “confessions” into new original songs. Each episode features the story that inspires the original song, the song premiere, and an interview with the songwriter
Kae Tempest, Kevin Abstract
An announcement of an Irish tour and a new album in April, Kae Tempest is back. Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract guests on ‘More Pressure’.
More pressure, more release
Your eyes, your cheeks
Your features creaseMore desire, less deceit
Less complex, more complete
Less push, more flow
Please, let me let go
Imarhan, Gruff Rhys
Tuareg band Imarhan are releasing their third album Aboogi this month (January 28th) on City Slang. ‘Adar Newlan’ features the voice of Gruff Rhys too.
Newly signed to Sub Pop, Guerilla Toss are a New York band who make glittering off-kilter kraut-influenced art-rock, at least that’s how I’d describe ‘Cannibal Capital’.
It’s from their forthcoming fifth album Famously Alive out on March 25th on the label.
Guerilla Toss are singer and lyricist Kassie Carlson, multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte and guitarist Arian Shafiee.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Black Hot Soup (DJ Shadow “My Own Reality” Re-Write)
DJ Shadow tackling the prolific Australian band who I can’t keep up with. His take on ‘Black Hot Soup’ is a big beat Skint Records breakbeat groove. The original features on their 2021 album Butterfly 3000.
No one does sleazy sounding rock quite like London band Warmduscher. ‘Fatso’ is from their forthcoming album Live At The Hotspot, out on April 1st on Bella Union.
Be My Husband (Hot Chip remix)
The release of a Nina Simone greatest hits and remix album Feeling Good: Her Greatest & Remixes gives us this Hot Chip rework, alongside remixes from Floorplan, Riton, Joel Corry, Rudimental, Soft Tukker, Honne and more.
Seems like a missed opportunity to give black producers the chance to work with an iconic black voice if you ask me. 😬