Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.
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Ocean returned last week with a duo of new ‘acoustic’ tunes. I forgot how nice it is to hear a Frank Ocean song for the first time.
Lifted from the band’s most recent LP New Me, Same Us. ‘Every Rain’ is an emotive tune from Little Dragon which borrows heavily from the worlds of disco and psychedelia.
Kerry native JJ Lee (who has worked with Ghostking Is Dead) released his third single last week. Entitled ‘Sink’, the track has that same looped, evolving electronic feel as the other two singles the artist has put out.
What’s different is the lead vocal line, not sampled (though Scenes did provide the autocroon take on previous single ‘Thursday’) but performed by Matthew Corrigan of Ghostking Is Dead. Guitar riff at the end is superb, sounds very early Tame Impala.
Space Dimension Controller
2 Synths & an 808
Does what it says on the tin. Excellent stuff from the Belfast producer.
When I Grow Up
‘When I Grow Up’ is taken from Yaeji’s solid new mixtape What We Drew, which features some dense, tight production punctuated with a massive kick drum throughout.
Turin-based Yves Tumor released their long-awaited LP Heaven To A Tortured Mind last week. It’s a superb record, one that blends industrial sound palettes with a pop sensibility.
‘Dream Palette’ is a choice cut from an album filled with them.
U Give It Up
L.A. artist Empress Of’s ‘U Give It Up’ is one of the standout tracks from new album I’m Your Empress Of.
‘U Give It Up’ is a pure pop-synth anthem that’s not too dissimilar to the stuff Chvrches were doing early on.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
One of the two new tracks released as part of RBCF’s forthcoming Sideways To Italy LP, ‘She’s There’ is a nostalgic, charismatic bit of indie rock.
Irish producer Toby Kaar came through with a euphoric bit of dance music on new cut ‘Fierce Fancy’. The track is laden with analogue synth sounds, a relentless momentum and a great bass line to boot.
‘Fair Chance’ is one of the more downtempo, focused R&B cuts from Thundercat’s new LP It Is What It Is.