Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.
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Surely the oncoming summer beckons the release of new full-length project from Phoebe Bridgers?
‘Kyoto’, Bridgers’ new single, is a remarkable venture. The American artist is one among very few who can instill a sense of genuine bedroom singer-songwriter intimacy on a fully realised double-barreled arrangement.
Irish producer and DJ Krystal Klear’s new EP Cyclia Two further explores the artist interests in the analogue synth, modelled via a contemporary take on a more classical synth-wave aesthetic.
While there is a noticeable formula underpinning the structure and progression of a good Krystal Klear song, the minute attention to production detail and musicianship not only in both sound design and performance massively offsets any potential lethargy that formulaic approach might generate.
I’m surprised by how much I enjoy The Strokes’ new album. The New Abnormal excels in its brevity (indicative of a restraint I would never have associated with Casablancas) and in its individual performances.
Julian’s vocals on ‘Eternal Summer’ are golden. Particularly the dramatic gusto his diaphragm musters on the excellent chorus of “I can’t believe it /This is the eleventh hour / Psychedelic /Life is such a funny journey”.
Brazilian producer VHOOR pays homage to a neighbouring South American nation with this short gem.
‘Columbia’ is a dreamy bit of electronica. One that combines Latin swing, trap and even a splash of future funk effectively.
Hungarian producer Adam Nova’s ‘Houseparty’ has been the soundtrack to my visions of post-lockdown hedonism for the past week.
Never Come Back (Morgan Geist Remix)
It’s a shame that Morgan Geist’s remix of the lead single from Caribou’s Suddenly actually delivers more oomph than the vast majority of the original material on the album, but you can enjoy this cracking reinterpretation of ‘Never Come Back’ all the same.
100 Gecs ft. Dorian Electra
Gec 2 U
Cadet ft Swarmz
Our choice pick from UK MC Cadet’s posthumous LP The Rated Legend. Super solid stuff from top to bottom from a sorely missed force in hip-hop.
Guilty Conscious (Devault Remix)
In My White Tee
Maryland native MC IDK flexes his technical ability on new track ‘In My White Tee’. The off-kilter, anti-melodic arrangement offers an interesting parallel to the MC’s liquid flow.