See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
Do You Want To Take Me Home?
Brand new on Erol Alkan’s label Phantasy, ‘Do You Want To Take Me Home?’ is the second single from London queer artist Josh Caffé, a hazey housey song dripping in possibility and intent.
The tune was produced alongside Paranoid London’s Quinn Whalley and the release features a remix by Berghain’s Panorama Bar residents Steffi and Virginia.
Dublin artist Monjola explores the grey area between introversion and extroversion when the truth is a lot of us might be ambiverts.
Extrovert is about not wanting to be alone but also feeling alone when you’re around people. Pushing people away cause you don’t wanna get hurt but at the same time also craving the company of the same people.
To The Bone
I can’t consciously say I’ve ever heard the name Sammy Copley before and a quick inbox search confirms only a couple of emails for the 21 year-old Dublin artist, who last year released a debut album called Growing Pains in January 2021 and has grown a following on Youtube with nearly 250k subs.
‘To The Bone’ is a stop you in your tracks piano ballad, that I’m very glad to have heard today.
Trolling through the Track ID playlists from prominent DJs like Jamie xx and Daphni on Spotify kept throwing up this weird tune. ‘Home’ is a song that samples a song featured on this website in 2015 from Danish alt-pop band Chinah – ‘Away From Me’
Two Shell are a London duo and this high-tempo breakbeat bass bootleg-style track is glue for the senses. It originally came out digitally earlier this year, but I couldn’t pass up on it this week. More on the track.
Kelly Lee Owens
Enya and Throbbling Gristle are the main influence points for Kelly Lee Owens new album LP.8. Recorded in Oslo during lockdown with avant-noise artist Lasse Marhaug, ‘One’ encapsulates that industrial ethereal push and pull between those two touchpoints.
Atlanta artist Faye Webster released an EP of reimagined songs backed by a full orchestra today called Car Therapy, and recorded at Spacebomb Studios, via Secretly Canadian.
This version of ‘Suite: Jonny’ (made of ‘Jonny’ and ‘Jonny (Reprise)’ from 2019’s Atlanta Millionaire’s Club) while also being unfurlingly beautiful also highlights the unique timbre of Webster’s singular voice. Trey Pollard conducted the orchestra.
“This is the song that sparked the whole concept for this project for me. It’s also one of the first songs that I ever wrote that I felt was truly honesty and had true transparency, which I think is maybe why so many people relate to it. I wanted to be able to relive this song in a way that felt new at the same time, which is why I really like the direction that Trey took these orchestral arrangements.”
Long Island Sound
Dublin duo Long Island Sound have an album on the way called Lost Connection on 13th May. ‘Ataria’ is a shimmering electronic production, following on from the break-filled ‘Fragments’
Maria Kelly, Ciaran Lavery
Continuing the release of Postcards versions of songs from her debut album after the Paul Noonan-featuring track, Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly brings in Antrim artist Ciaran Lavery for a guest verse.
This Saturday at Universal Space, Maria Kelly’s ‘Postcards In-between’ exhibition will explore the links between creativity and mental health with a panel featuring Tim Chadwick, Sammy Copley, Cécilia Noiraud, Maria Kelly and hosted by psychotherapist Siobhan Murray.
The exhibition features art by Irish-French illustrators, Pipe & Pallet (Nathanaël Roman) and Cécilia Noiraud, based on work by Abbacaxi, Ciaran Lavery, James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Noonan, Rosie Carney, Runah, Saint Sister, Sammy Copely, Shiv, Sive and Tim Chadwick.
The Chemical Brothers
It Doesn’t Matter (Alt mix)
The Chems have been dropping some alternative versions of songs from their seminal 1997 album Dig Your Own Hole to mark its 25th anniversary in July. It was an ‘Elektrobank’ demo last week, and this week it’s a 12-minute alternative take on ‘It Doesn’t Matter’. It’s class.
From the forthcoming EP from Dubliner Abbacaxi comes ‘Move Me’, a song that signifies the artist’s increasing dive into the sounds of disco, house and electronic music refracted with live instruments and his own honeyed voice.
The Endless EP is out May 13th.
“I wrote the Endless EP when I returned to Ireland after many years of living abroad. I had no money, but I was having a great time writing my own music, making new friends and reacquainting myself with old ones. These tracks are inadvertently linked to those times, as I made my way through the murky waters of my early twenties, and both the beautiful and ugly moments which come along with that.”