It’s New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs out. Here are the highlights of the day’s new tracks.
See the New Music section for full selection of tracks and albums featured this week.
I Must Apologise
PinkPantheress is so interesting, we essentially did a whole podcast on her “new nostalgia” garage and drum & bass bedroom pop style.
Her introductory mixtape to hell with it dropped today – collating her brief singles to date. We are talking 18 minutes long but there’s enough earworm melodies and hooks here to keep you hitting the repeat.
‘I Must Apologise’ samples the 90s dance classic ‘Gypsy Woman’ by Crystal Waters.
Call My Name
Robyn features on vocals on the new single from Smile, who are Swedish artists Björn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John) and Joakim Åhlund (Teddybears, Caesars).
You don’t often get to hear Robyn over a regular non-electro-pop arrangement and of course, it works.
Real Lies have always been capable of tapping into a particular kind of baggy euphoria and they’re doing it again here, as they did on ‘Boss Trick’. It’s from the band’s forthcoming album Lad Ash. They play Workman’s Club on December 4th.
Good Love (Soulwax remix)
It’s a Soulwax remix for heaven’s sake. Of the Sri Lankan Swiss artist. So all good here?
Along with Monjola, Aby Coulibaly is at the forefront for Dublin label Chamomile Records, marking a new era for Irish R&B musicians, and a performance at Flourish in Button Factory earlier this week confirmed that.
‘Chamomile Tea’ is the artist’s latest, a confident step out once again, on a track which bumps a hip-hop instrumental and a liminal lyrical concern.
Dublin garage-rock band Thumper have always brought a frenetic energy to their music, and ‘The Loser’ brings classic rock energy and melodies into the 21st century.
‘The Loser’ is presented as a love song but is howled by an unreliable narrator. A fishing-for-compliments style tirade of non-sequiturs, each verse is bursting at the seams with faux self-depreciation. The song races along at breakneck speed, each section pushing past the crescendo of the last. As the final chorus blasts through your speakers, the saccharine melody reveals a pathetic character that has spent the whole song talking about themselves.”Oisín Furlong
The song ties in with their UK tour which is happening now.
Chaya & Kungs
Chaya and Kungs are Dublin and French producers respectively who have collaborated on this new track on Jax Jones WUGD imprint on Astralwerks. ‘Sickness’ has a taut tension to it and a garage-esque rhythm with a floating vocal that reminds me of a Jacques Greene track, but a little bit more front and centre.
Lone Swordsman (Chris Carter remix)
Daniel Avery’s tribute to Andrew Weatherall has been remixed by Chris Carter of fCosey, Carter Tutti and Throbbing Gristle.
Mr Twin Sister
“It’s about having access to a smartphone, and how it changed my lifestyle: looking to it for everything, and being addicted to having it held up in front of your face at all times. The theme is the feeling of something new. Wonder.”
Hamilton Leithauser & Kevin Morby
Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby on the collab is a lovely thing.
I wanted to do a modern take on a dark country song which would transform into more of a dark dance groove. I also wrote an entire vocal track over it but just didn’t think my voice was taking it anywhere new, so I sent the track to Kevin Morby. His voice sounds nothing like my own, and his songs usually have a very different structure than mine. I thought maybe he could take it in a new direction. He told me he wanted to write a traveling song, maybe mentioning some places people don’t sing about that much, and he sent me some lyrics. I loved it and wrote my “Virginia Beach” lines right then and there, and sent them back to him.
Maybe it was being in one place for almost two years, or maybe it was the mysterious and kinetic energy of the composition, but I found myself compelled to write of all the bizarre yet beautiful corners of America one often overlooks that a touring musician inevitably finds themselves in while out on the road. The Paris Idahos and the Texarkanas. It was my attempt at evoking Cash and Dylan’s “Wanted Man” or Barbara Keith’s “Detroit or Buffalo,” or any of those other lost country and rock’n’roll songs that shout out cities off the beaten path. Cities that down-and-out characters race towards in an attempt to outrun themselves. Though of course—as the saying goes, no matter where you go, there you are.Morby