10 songs you should hear right now…
1. New Jackson – ‘Of A Thousand Leaves’
David Kitt returns to his New Jackson project with more detailed analogue electronica, this time a track that stretches across 10 minutes taking in his garbled vocodered vocals and strings from the growing talent of Margie Lewis on the track’s second half. The track is a 12″ only vinyl release on Dublin label Major Problems out on November 25th (Juno).
2. Bobby – ‘Tame The Shrew’
Another Dublin-released project. All City Records’ Amada compilation compiled by Mamiko Motto has lots of good music on it from Dorian Concept, Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Pants, SCNTST, Obey City and more but this tune from Bobby is my boogie.
3. Penny Penny – ‘Dance Khomela’
A nearly homeless janitor without formal education gets a record deal, becomes a multi-platinum selling pop star, plays stadiums across Africa, then builds a career as a popular politician for Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress party. Penny Penny’s debut recording Shaka Bundu, recorded in 1994, is the album that launched a 34-year-old Giyani Kulani Kobane from the streets of Johannesburg to the national political spotlight.
4. Bicep – ‘Satisfy’
Belfast house duo go deeper into ’80s soundtrack synths on their new EP. Satisfy keeps those house vocals intact though. Maniac cop vibes!
5. Roosevelt – ‘Montreal’
I’m getting Holy Ghost meets Caribou vibes on this Roosevelt track. That is to say disco-leaning pop music with a glassy gaze. It’s taken from the Greco-Roman EP Elliot. The title track is also the boss.
6. Angel Olsen – ‘Forgiven/Forgotten’
With new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness out in February on Jagjaguwar, Chicago’s Angel Olsen reveals her rock direction with the help of drummer Josh Jaeger and bassist Stewart Bronaugh. You can’t hide that voice though.
7. Sampha – ‘Happens’
More beautiful piano balladry from the SBTRKT collaborator.
8. Metronomy – ‘I’m Aquarius’
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9. Somadrone – ‘Striding On Rhyme’
Neil O’Connor’s fourth album as Somadrone is out this week (listen to it in full here) and ‘Striding On Rhyme’ has a sumptuous gait to it.