Nialler9’s favourite songs of the past month, all in one place.
Tyler, The Creator
JUGGERNAUT (feat. Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell)
Tyler is one of our most interesting characters, a rapper and producer in his imperial phase creating his own worlds to inhabit and explore aspects of his personality. His latest album Call Me If You Get Lost is a return to rap-charged full-lengths after the pop-wielding IGOR, and this beat along with its guest verses, is as undeniable as it comes.
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Soulwax For Despacio Remix)
The original is obviously one of the best song s in existence so allowing Soulwax a go at the original multitrack is really something.
“Unlike other remixes where we usually replace most of the elements and make something radically different based around the vocal, we made this remix using only the parts we found on the original multitrack that we were so kindly given by the Sylvester estate. Even though we have played this song a million times, we discovered a few elements that we had never heard before, like a crazy Patrick Cowley synth solo and somewhere hidden before the start of the multitrack, the ending of what sounds like a gospel version of ‘Mighty Real’. It was a huge privilege to be asked to remix this seminal track and we hope that Sylvester will dance to it, wherever he is.” – Soulwax
The closing song from Saint Sister’s Where I Should End is an LCD Soundsystem-esque euphoric song written after Morgan felt a particular pull of adulthood happening more frequently – namely attending funerals and weddings. I’d suggest reading the songwriter’s notes on Genius.
A Town’s Dead favourite on an album full of them.
U Already Know
DJ Seinfeld has announced a forthcoming album on Ninja Tune on September 3rd and there’s no hazy lo-fi house happening on new track ‘U Already Know’. It’s a shimmering outdoor summer song.
At The Right Pace
Tirzah is out here bringing the discombobulating experimental vibes as you’d hope and expect. Second album Colourgrade is out on Domino in October.
Producer and Omar S collaborator’s recent EP on XL, American Spirit, captures a post-pandemic Detroit kind of electronic house-soul.
I wouldn’t be able to say SAULT’s latest album Nine is as strong as their previous four, but like everything they have done, there is a backdrop of socio-economic dialogue and perspectives shining through their bruised soul music.
FKA Twigs collaborator shines on his own style of drill music.
There is no stopping Denise.
Hahaha feat. Hazey Haze
Holy/Unholy, the debut album from Limerick artist Strange Boy is like few things you’ve heard before – spoken word and rap over trad instruments. This ain’t no rap mixtape, and there’s an outpouring of deep emotion and feelings in these words. ‘Hahaha’ is devastating.
Electricity – Harvey’s Nightclub Re-Edit
The 20th Anniversary version of The Avalanches’ seminal sample tapestry album debut from 2001 has been an opportunity to revisit a classic with an increased knowledge of source material and influences that informed it, that were not known to me at the time.
The album’s second disc features a few remix standouts from Carl Craig, Cornelius and this DJ Harvey edit, who as the name suggests, puts a dancefloor-friendly structure on ‘Electricity’.
MuRli and Kobina’s Ra Gerra project announced a debut album New Vessels is out July 16th and ‘Indecisive’ isn’t your typical rapper and producer linkup. You’ve never heard MuRli this intimate and pensive.
How Can I Make It OK?
I don’t think Wolf Alive are the saviours of UK music or close to the level of “important band” critical acclaim that has been heaped on them in recent weeks for their third album Blue Weekend. They are a fascinating group, one who push themselves beyond the guitar-rock genre that set them on their path, and in Ellie Rowsell they have a magnetising lyricist and singer. ‘How Can I Make It OK?’ is anthemic in the way that ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ was – a timeless song that is as much Cocteau Twins as it the song you will want to hear at a festival when it all comes back.
Still Pt. 1
Mark O’Brien’s Royal Yellow project released a fine EP called Still : Until featuring a near 12-minute track called ‘Until’ and this pensive looping piano and vocal piece that was introduced with a live performance video.
I’m loving this flute and string instrumental from Swedish jazz musician’s Natura Morta album.
Only a few days now til the band release their debut album Small Talk on Friday.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
UMO’s first song in three years leans into the yacht rock vibes.
Danny G and the Major 7ths, Jus Me, King Koko, Ophelia, Breezy Ideygoke
Make Me Feel (Believing)
Jumping on this vibey flute-featuring remix by producer JusMe of the original ‘Believing‘ from The Lookout album, ‘Make Me Feel (Believing)’ features verses from Breezy Ideygoke, King Koko and OG of Irish rap 0phelia.
The track was remixed by Jusme using stems and samples of the original.
Polo & Pan, Channel Tres
French duo Polo & Pan team up with the laconic baritone-voiced Channel Tres for this smooth ride.
Kelsey Lu, Yves Tumor
The Poisons That Lurk In The Mud Seep Out’ (Actress remix)
Murky collective ambient goodness ensues.
Get those biceps flexing for this big room jam from Nocturne’s Jordan. You can always rely on this guy for the big ’80s inspired basslines and percussion. There’s a Kornel Kovacs remix on Bandcamp too.
Hot And Heavy
Both this and recent song ‘Please’ were left off the What’s Your Pleasure? album but they appear on the Platinum edition of the album released last month.
Pa Salieu, Slowthai
Coventry and Northampton link up on this sick beat.