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The best new tracks released today: The War On Drugs, CASISDEAD & La Roux, Self Esteem, Shiv & more

The best new tracks released today: The War On Drugs, CASISDEAD & La Roux, Self Esteem, Shiv & more


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.

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The War On Drugs

I Don’t Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)

Adam Granduciel and The War On Drugs can continue making this kind of stadium dad-rock IMHO if it’s going to be as pleasing as this. ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ is the title track from the new record, out October 29th, and it’s anthemically pitched with the singers of Lucius providing sumptuous backing vocals. Blissful rock.


House Plants

No Stopping Me

An album track beaut from Bell X1 singer Paul Noonan and producer Daithí’s album Dry Goods as House Plants out today. ‘No Stopping Me’ grows and swells with its subject matter beautifully.



Park Assist

Casisdead hasn’t actually released a single since the phenomenal ‘Pat Earrings’ three years ago. So the UK rapper’s re-appearance here on this Com Truise-produced track with La Roux marks another lane for the artist to explore. Don’t wait another three years yeah?


James Vincent McMorrow

Planes In The Sky

A new highlight from James Vincent McMorrow’s new album Grapefruit Season, which was released today. This track was a clear standout from the strange pilot Iveagh Gardens gig back in June.



Where You Are

Shiv has a second EP coming out on October 8th called The Love Interlude, and ‘Where You Are’ from it, yearns for a realistic kind of love on a track that finds Siobhan McClean’s music growing in confidence and jazzy soul instrumentation.

The song features a saxophone solo from Adrien Soleiman, and was recorded in Paris. The video was shot on 16mm film, and is one of four videos in that style from the EP that represents the cyclical changing of the seasons.

“We have been fed a narrative of a perfect kind of love, that is effortless and uncomplicated, that means that you will find someone who fits every part of you flawlessly. More often than not, this isn’t the case, it’s the imperfection that makes love fulfilling, it’s in learning and growing that you find happiness that is gratifying because of the time you have spent nurturing it.”


James Blake

Famous Last Words

A very fine James Blake song from the upcoming fifthJames Blake album, Friends That Break Your Heart, out October 8th.



Piece Of Me

The Kildare R&B singer April has only gone and signed to Atlantic Records UK. ‘Piece Of Me’ is a song that marks a change for the artist into a more mainstream R&B pop sound, with production by Fred Macpherson of the band Spector.

“‘Piece of Me’ is about that feeling when someone else is a part of you – that no matter what, they will always be like a time capsule of a different time when you were a different person. It’s about loving someone. Aside from the lyrics of the song being about heartbreak, the song feels warm, uplifting & nostalgic.”

April Tour Dates

03rd Nov | Berlin | Badehaus

08th Nov | Paris | 1999

10th Nov | Manchester | Yes

11th Nov | London | The Camden Assembly

14th Nov | Glasgow | SWG3 Poetry Club

15th Nov | Dublin | Academy 2

17th Nov | Galway | Roisin Dubh



High and Choking Pt.1

Montreal producer Ouri follows up her collaborative album Helena Deland collaboration Hildegard with a new solo album on October 22nd. From Frame of a Fauna is the misleading ‘High & Choking, Pt. 1,’ which is actually a lush slice of alt-electronic pop.

Ouri also released ‘Chains’ this week which samples Aphex Twin’s ‘minipops 67.’


Self Esteem


“Sexting you at the mental health talk seems counterproductive,” is a great opening line to any song.

Self Esteem’s ‘Moody’ is like Rebecca Taylor’s own take on a ’90s girl band pop track. I am excited to hear the album Prioritise Pleasure on October 22nd, and see the live show in Dublin in November.


Mac Demarco

Enter Sandman

Mac has been playing this live with his band for years now so there’s no better man to cover the song for Metallica’s sprawling everyone-cover-us upcoming album. It’s a fun throwaway cover but DeMarco’s love for the original is palpable.

Even Dermot Kennedy is on the compilation covering ‘Nothing Else Matters’.



It Has Begun (feat Tay Edwards)

Paul Mahon’s Tanoki project releases its third single after two Farah Elle collaborations. The Kilkenny artist found North Carolina rapper Tay Edwards through Fivver and this is a lot better than you might expect from such a hook-up. The track has a growling brass and low-end that underscores Edwards’ roving questions about technology.


Metronomy, Biig Piig


From Metronomy’s Posse EP Volume 1 of collaborations, this is a melding of minds which works.

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