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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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Tobe Nwigwe, Fat, Pharrell Williams, Earthgang
Lord Forgive Me
The presence of Atlanta duo Earthgang and Pharrell on this track has alerted me to the existence of Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe, a supremely prolific artist it turns out, who is doing exciting big things with music and visuals.
See the 2020 New York Times article: Tobe Nwigwe Never Planned to Go Viral. Then He Rapped About Breonna Taylor for an intro.
‘Calling’ is a beautiful debut introduction to the English-born, Irish/Pakistani singer, songwriter, playwright and multi-instrumentalist Munah.
Get a listen to that vocal – brittle, warm and full of feeling and inner narrative.
“For me, ‘Calling’ is about remembering the connections we have, wherever they may be, and channelling them when we need them the most; when life feels too difficult, or when we don’t feel strong. It is about feeling lost, and feeling found all at the same time.”Munah
The release of ‘Calling’ coincides with the debut performances of Munah’s self-written, one-woman Edinburgh Fringe Festival show Manic Street Creature, showing from August 3rd to 28th, at ROUNDABOUT at Summerhall.
This Time (Four Tet)
An undeniably good Four Tet remix once again, that appears on a Nina Kraviz remix package alongside remixes by Moodymann, Lindstrøm, Hieroglyphic Being, Terrence Dixon and Praecox.
I feel queasy enough about the (in)actions of Nina Kraviz in not being clear about denouncing her Russian government in their unjust war against Ukraine earlier this year.
Kraviz has wrongly stated that “I don’t understand politics or the social processes it creates,” aligning the war crimes of Putin as a political act as opposed to a human act of terror, which should be rightly denounced, before going on to say “It’s appalling what my country’s relations with Ukraine have become. I am against all forms of violence. I am praying for peace.”
DJ Koze, Roisin Murphy
Illumination (Dave DK remix)
It’s been four years since the DJ Koze album Knock Knock was released, and this track featuring Roisin Murphy.
For some reason there are two remixes by Dave DK out today.
Every one is feeling the summer buzz this week it seems, not least Dublin indie-electronic pop outfit Loraine Club, and ‘Romeo’ is what they call their “our end of summer lifter tune,” and it sounds like Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ interpolated into this nice buzz.
“We wrote it after seeing a month of so much outdoor live gigs in Dublin over the months of June and July We were feeling pretty inspired. Inspiration for the song would be Prince ‘I wanna be your lover.’ That song has had a big influence on our sound as a band in general.The song is about some hot shot chatting up your fly girl and you hit them with one of these. “
Carrie Baxter, Jafaris
Speaking of The Main Stage, the TV show on RTE airing on Fridays, ‘Satellite’, the latest song from Waterford R&B artist Carrie Baxter will be performed live on the show tonight at 9:30pm, with the guest vocal from Jafaris.
“Jafaris and I wrote and recorded the track on Paddys Day this year—and no, there was no Guiness involved, surprisingly. Although I was aware of his music, it was our first time meeting and when he sang ‘feel like you’re stringing me along you’re like a cello,’ we just clicked.”Carrie Baxter.
Panda Bear, Sonic Boom
Edge Of The Edge
Built on a sample of the 1963 song ‘Denise’ by Randy & The Rainbows, Panda Bear and Sonic Boom’s ‘Edge Of The Edge’ is the lilting and open-hearted latest from their forthcoming album, Reset out on August 12th on Domino.
It’s all there in the title. The Swedish composer Sven Wunder is dreaming of summery days on the funky track ‘Sunkissed’ that sounds like a Go! Team instrumental with brass, flute and big crashing drums.
“The long dusks of summer can give you a fleeting glimpse of eternity with the happy reminiscence of life that is beginning over again. The sunshine opens a door that lets you out into a world scented by roses and with a great burst of leaves growing on the trees. Everything is on pause and yet happens at the same time.
”Sun-Kissed”, an uplifting mid-tempo number with a ’pop’ rhythm featuring brass and woodwind flavored with sitar and a soulful feel throughout, celebrates the feeling of ease when the sun is warming your skin, a feeling that is unlike any other sensation a human being can experience…
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