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Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single best songs released today I loved.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
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Loyle Carner returns and is feeling the hate for once. The video that accompanies is also self-directed.
One of the few songs made from a hateful place. I was angry at the world, frightened and overwhelmed. It’s unfiltered. Really just a stream of consciousness that builds to an understanding that hate is rooted in fear. It reminds me of times the red mist takes over, and how alone you feel when the rest mist passes. Arrogant and self-righteous but at the same time vulnerable and somber. I listen to this one in my car, at night. Especially after an argument when you need to get space and take a breath.– Carner
Heartcore (Curses remix)
Northern Irish queer producer Cormac’s ‘Heartcore’ track has been spinning its Pet Shop Boys’ Italo-house vibes into the hearts of clubbers of late, and three remixes by Curses, Krystal Klear and Jordan Nocturne are giving the tune a summery lift.
There’s a real ’90s ATB vibe to the bleeping synth of this new Anthony Naples track. It’s not subtle or cerebral like much of Naples’ work and that’s fine with me. It’s his first release not on his own label and fits right on Gerd Janson’s Running Back label snugly.
Yuksek, Jupiter & Okwess
French producer Yuksek is a dab hand at teasing out big tropical rhythms, and ‘Kwatamaja’ reminds me of the Waffles edits that Soulwax did a number of years back – big bright percussive Afro disco heaters that will sound big on any system.
It’s on Partyfine – Volume VI, out today.
Dublin-born London-based singer-songwriter and producer EDEN came back with ‘Modern Warfare’ last month, and this new song ‘Balling’ is giving me Frank Ocean vibes.
At the core of this song is loss. I lost two friends over the space of two years to different but equally tragic circumstances. On one hand it is trying to reconcile the sun-drenched memories, and feelings associated with remembrance, with the prospect of impermanence, and finality. On the other, it contemplates feelings of not being there enough for people you love, even though sometimes there is nothing more to do.
The way I was living at the time in response was fast and borderline impulsive. I think there is self care at times in flippancy. This song is really about support, care, and acceptance – both for yourself and those around you. Soothing the friction burns that come from the rug being pulled from under you.”
Breathe On Me
Cork alternative band Happyalone are back with yet another switchup. After the textured introspective acoustic-lead song ‘Gut’, their first in two years, ‘Breathe On Me’ is decidedly brighter yet the subject matter is about the dark side of Irish drinking culture.
49th & Main
Up To Something
Caminho De Dreyfus (Rebolledo remix – Adam Ten 303 Retouch)
An edit of a remix? I suppose there’s always room for different shades. The original Red Axes tune came out in 2018 and Adam Ten’s version brings some bells and acid to proceedings.
Katy J Pearson
Bristol artist Katy J Pearson released her second album Sound of the Morning on Heavenly Records. ‘Howl’ is a meld of Cate Le Bon-esque off-kilter arrangements and Pearson’s sweet singular voice.
You may spot that voice from Ardyn a number of years ago.
Welsh artist Gwenno released her second album Tresor last week while I was on holidays, so this is an overdue feature that features a gorgeous rolling krautrock-esque bassline and Welsh language vocals that sound pretty heavenly together.