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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Jessie Ware already won a big part of festival summer at events like Primavera Sound and Glastonbury. ‘Free Yourself’ is the crown to make sure you all know for good, that Ware is the preeminent disco diva of the moment. It’s got big string and piano with floorfilling production from Stuart Price and Dua Lipa collaborator Clarence Coffee Jr.
South London trio PVA last featured here with a song that was inspired by the relationship between John and Abigail Marston from video game Red Dead Redemption.
With the announcement that their debut album Blush arrives on October 15th on Ninja Tune, ‘Hero Man’ is an industrial buttressed hypnotic alt-electronic track from it.
PVA are playing at The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Saturday October 22nd. Tickets on sale Monday.
49th & Main
Never Gonna Stop
Kilkenny duo 49th & Main put out their second EP of the year on Counter Records today entitled Must Be Nice EP. Leading the release day is this shimmering slice of twisted vocal and piano-house music that once again shows that the duo have some mult-faceted smarts in the sonic department.
London-based singer-songwrite Tina Boonstra’s ‘Martha’ is a song that impressed us enough to chose it as one of the three entries for the longlist in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition this year.
The studio version of the song has just been released and that chorus still packs a big punch.
Loraine James – Maybe If I (Stay On It)
UK producer Loraine James is to release an album homage to the American composer Julius Eastman, by reinterpreting and reimagining his work on the album Building Something Beautiful For Me, out October 7th on the Phantom Limb label.
In the summer 2021, the label sent Loraine a zip drive of Eastman originals (courtesy of his brother Gerry Eastman), Renee Levine-Packer & Mary Jane Leach’s 2015 biography Gay Guerilla, and transcribed MIDI stems (courtesy of Phantom Limb founder & A&R James Vella), and the album is the result, utiliising samples, melodic motifs, themes and imagery, and inspiration from Eastman’s canon.
First song ‘Maybe If I’ riffs on the 1973 Eastman staple ‘Stay On It.‘
Space Station Dexaphonic (John Tejada remix)
Dublin jazz and electronic artist ZOiD follows up his recent Zongs album with a remix from a surprising source – Austrian American producer John Tejada, who adds a fresh dance spin on the original.
The debut mixtape from Strabe, entitled Juvenoia, was released today on PIAS.
We’ve featured a few of Strabe’s alt-electronic-pop tracks to date, and new song ‘Heartbeats’ is a distilled version of what the pair do.
Strabe started when Angelica (originally from Scotland) was at the Cork Jazz Festival and met Emmet,in a smoking area and struck up a musical friendship that began months later in Dublin student bedrooms.
The band’s debut song ‘Best Worst Year’ is a ditty that now has 8 million listens on Spotify.
Telefís, Sean O’Hagan
Space Is Us
After the sad passing of Telefís’ Cathal Coughlan in May, news emerged that Coughlan and Jacknife Lee’s project had a new album coming, that was completed just before the musician died.
‘Space Is Us’ is from a Dó, released via Dimple Discs on Friday October 7th, the follow up to a hAon. It features The High Lllama and and Microdisney co-founder Sean O’Hagan on vocals.
…”Cathal’s dying was always a part of these songs. Not literally, but his reflections and explorations of where he came from were examined from this perspective. After his death we could have waited to release the album, and we accepted that we might have to, but now we just want to celebrate Cathal. I want people to know that he was active and working up to the last few days of his life. We were working on more Telefís – writing and planning. There are many layers to Cathal Coughlan. The mischief, the tenderness, and the profound melancholy. It’s all here, and it’s some of his best work. Writing these songs during his illness knowing what lay ahead of him shows his commitment to words and ideas. It’s his life.”Jacknife Lee
Other guests to appear on the album include Echo & The Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant, A Certain Ratio and Jah Wobble.
It was only a year ago Nialler9 debuted the first music from the project with ‘We Need’, which went on to have a Jape remix.
Is This All It Seems? (Ron Basejam remix)
Ahead of their appearance at All Together Now next weekend, UK disco merchants Crazy P are on a remix tip.
There’s a lovely Gerd Janson remix of ‘We Will Fuck You Up’ and this Ron Basejam version of ‘Is This All It Seems?’ brings some Italo synths and the vibe of Robert Hood’s ‘Dancer‘ to the present.
Be Sweet feat. So!YoON!
Michelle Zauner’s Japanese Breakfast releases a new Korean language version of ‘Be Sweet’ from the Jubilee album, to mark an upcoming gig in Seoul.
The version features So!YoON! of Se So Neon on guest vocals and was translated with the help of American-Korean electronic producer Yaeji.
Zauner’s memoir, Crying In H Mart, is currently being adapted for the screen for MGM’s Orion Pictures, has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 51 weeks.
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