See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
Braxe & Falcon
French touch producers Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon have returned to fill the void of Daft Punk’s closure. The dance music royalty paiting have never worked together before and had me feeling all nostalgic with the release of ‘Creative Source’, an upbeat B-side that channels the vibe of the robots, and that samples ’70s disco funk group Creative Source’s ‘I’d Find You Anywhere’.
A-side ‘Step By Step’ featuring Panda Bear is more languid but equally as sheenful.
I Go (Soulwax remix)
Peggy Gou’s ‘I Go’ last summer was a reimagination of the sounds grew up with in Korea, and this rework by Soulwax features on a package alongside DJ Koze and Maurice Fulton.
As is their want, Soulwax leaned on the tune’s electro outro for their version.
3210 (Ross From Friends remix)
Ross From Friends is all over this remix of East London rapper Jeshi and it works so well. ‘His version is giving me Overmono and The Streets ‘Blinded by the Lights’ vibes.
Following up last September’s ‘Summer Nights’ , Kean Kavanagh is lost in time (travel) on a song about a man lost in a time loop Groundhog Day-style. The Portlaoise man’s voice sounds at its best here, and the Kojaque-directed video underscores the theme:
“I really got into the song when I figured out it was about this man who is some sort of time traveller or loop victim; still don’t know which. And he’s reliving something from his youth, by choice or otherwise. Called him Bill anyway. I had the song finished three weeks before Bill Murray in Groundhog day came into my head; my subconscious blasting its way out maybe. Big shout to Sam (Karma Kid), we made the music for this the first day we ever met in his studio in London, and Ryan Hargadon on the keys.”
Kean has a few gigs on the way:
April (Ireland & UK)
5th Cork, Cyprus Avenue
6th Galway, Roisin Dubh
7th Limerick, Dolans Upstairs
9th Portlaoise, Kavanagh’s
10th Dublin, Button Factory
13th London, Courtyard Theatre
How do Warpaint make music that seeps so readily into the atmosphere?
“Stevie is a love song, pure and true. Sincere as it comes with a little bit of Freak. A cosmic celebration of the thing we all look for in life. And our contribution to one of the most beloved song genres.”
Flume, Caroline Polacheck
Flume enlists Caroline Polachek for some heavenly floating vocals over a co-write and co-production from Polachek collaborator Danny L Harle. It’s from a forthcoming album from Flume called Palaces.
“I was living by myself in London, and it was the darkest time in the pandemic. I was really going through it, feeling so small, unable to control anything in the world, and the lyric ‘sirens’ was in reference to constant ambulances I was hearing.”Polachek
Kae Tempest, Grian Chatten
I Saw Light
Kae Tempest’s new album with production by Dan Carey The Line Is A Curve is shaping up to be a curious listen. This latest track features a spoken verse from Grian Chatten, which definitely isn’t a rap verse .
The video is by Wolfgang Tillmans.
Continuing the monthly releases of a tune and an accompanying live performances in a nice location, this third instalment sees Brawni and video pals in Lisbon.
It’s all building to a vinyl release on Cabal later in the year.
It’s Over, If We Run Out Of Love – Darren Emerson’s Huffa Remix
The former Underworld man brings some late ’90s remix vibes to David Holmes recent single. Other reworks today on the package are by Lovefingers and Heidi Lawden, Working Men’s Club and Hardway Bros.
Kelly Lee Owens
Welsh electronic producer Kelly Lee Owens is back with news of a third album LP.8 later this month, on April 29th.
There are two songs released from the record this week, which was produced alongside Lasse Marhaug, and cites both Enya and Throbbing Gristle as touchstones, pairing “tough, industrial sounds with ethereal Celtic mysticism, creating music that ebbs and flows between tension and release.”
Of the two tracks, ‘Sonic 8’ is a bit more a panic-inducing industrial song, with Kelly sounding a “wake up call / emergency,” while ‘Olga’ is on the ethereal side of things.
“For me, 8 meant completion – an album that will ripple infinitely with me personally.””KOL