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Palace Winter – Positron (2016)

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An awesome track from Copenhagen-based duo Palace Winter. Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish keyboard wizard Caspar Hesselager named themselves after an old hotel in Menton where Carl stayed in the summer of 2014. In just two years, the band had blossomed into something special. ‘Positron’ is off their debut album Waiting For The World To Turn. Enjoy.

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Jamila Woods – HEAVN (2016)

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Like Kali Uchis, Jamila Woods has quite a few friends. She released her debut album HEAVN in 2016 and was already able to showcase collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Noname and Donnie Trumpet amongst others. The result is a collage of soul, jazz and hip-hop, with all the authenticity you would expect from someone raised on the Southside of Chicago. The album’s title track is a great way to kick of the week. Have a good one.

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Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru (2016)

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I featured Anderson .Paak plenty on this blog in 2016, after the release of his revelatory long player Malibu. I overheard another one of that album’s standout tracks – ‘Put Me Thru’ – this week and I was reminded of his breezy blend of funk, soul and hip hop. Enjoy and have a good weekend.

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Andy Shauf – The Magician (2016)

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Saskatchewan-born singer-songwriter Andy Shauf does not hide how much Elliott Smith has influenced him. But to me, he gives off a much sunnier disposition. “Do-do-do-do” as he says a lot in the opening track ‘The Magician’ off his 2016 album The Party; and all to the slightly psychedelic instrumentation of late-1960s pop. The Sgt. Pepper-style video can be no coincidence; there are other influences at work here.

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Bon Iver – 8 (circle) (2016)

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For Emma, Forever Ago (2007); Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011); 22, A Million (2016)… from recording a folk album alone in the woods in 2007 to full on electronic experimentation in 2016, Justin Vernon’s output with the Bon Iver project is nothing but ambitious. The band was in London last week, having cancelled their European tour in early 2017. It gave me the opportunity to see them and revisit 22, A Million. One of its standout songs, ‘8 (circle)’ provides a link between their early and late work. With less vocoder and more convention, the song makes one reminisce a little for Vernon’s early work.

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Big Thief – Masterpiece (2016)

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And now to a different strand of the mythical folk rock genre. Brooklyn’s Big Thief balances the singer-songwriter’s storytelling with indie rock. Their debut album’s title track ‘Masterpiece’ sums it up. Adrianne Lenker sings: “There’s only so much letting go you can ask someone to do.”

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Mall Grab – Can’t (2016)

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The young Australian star Jordon Alexander (also known as Mall Grab) nailed the sampling of Alicia Keys (‘Feeling U, Feeling Me Interlude’) on 2016’s deep house track ‘Can’t’. Released on South London’s Church records, the single had impact. Mall Grab’s release was the number one selling house and techno record amongst the discerning customers of Discogs in 2016.

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Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart (2016)

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‘Cold Little Heart’ is the opening track off Michael Kiwanuka’s second album Love & Hate. Difficult to pigeonhole, unless you have my evident skills….  orchestral, psychedelic, funk rock. Very cool, whatever.

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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Kids (Kapka remix) (2016)

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Netflix are currently engendering a renaissance in soundtrack writing. At the head of the queue are Survive’s analogue synthesisers. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, two members of the Austin-based band, wrote the score for mini-series Stranger Things. Set in the 1980s of E.T.’s America, the show borrows its look and sound from Stephen Spielberg and John Carpenter movies.

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Whitney – Golden Days (2016)

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Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich started their country-rock project Whitney as their former band Smith Westerns disintegrated in 2014. Like ‘No Woman’ posted here a year or so ago, the sound is a nostalgic one. The twangy guitar of a Pavement track; Ehrlich’s strikingly high-pitched vocals; the aching lyrics; and of course, those horns. Released as a single in 2016, the song features on their debut album Light Upon The Lake.

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La Femme – Où Va Le Monde (2016)

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Clara Luciani, Clémence Quelennec, Marlon Magnée, Noé Delmas, Sacha Got and Sam Lefèvre are La Femme. Last year, they produced a Gallic slice of surf music, ‘Où Va Le Monde’. Their modern take on a French affinity for cold wave, the track would not be out of place on a Tarantino soundtrack. 

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Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live (2016)

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I saw Monster Truck in Camden Town last night. Marshall stacks, Gibson guitars and the howling lead vocals of bassist Jon Harvey… this is Old school hard blues rock and it’s music to make you smile. ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ features on their 2016 album Sittin’ Heavy.

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The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (2016)

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And now for a current slice of pop for this Thursday morning. When the Abel Tesfaye (aka Weeknd) and Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter got together in the studio, the result was ‘Starboy’ and ‘I Feel It Coming’. I select the latter for its synth-laden, disco love groove. It sounds like the collaboration that Michael Jackson and Daft Punk never did. And as for the new Star Wars-influenced video… glorious. Both tracks featured on last year’s long player Starboy.

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Matt Maltese – Studio 6 (2016)

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South London-based Matt Maltese would seem to take his cues from a broad range of influences from George Michael to Father John Misty. Studio 6 features on last year’s EP In a New Bed on Café Bleu Recordings. Have a great weekend.

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Foreign Fields – I (2016)

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Wisconsin-born duo Brian Holl and Eric Hillman met in 2011 and quickly began work on self-releasing their 2013  LP Anywhere But Where I Am. Their brand of electronic folk was well received and they’ve since secured a record deal with Universal. ‘I’ features on last year’s album Take Cover.  The website states: “Take Cover has a noticeable lean toward spirited rhythms which dance anachronistically beneath honest lyrical confessions of doubt and hopelessness.” Ah, the inhibition of self-release remains strong in these ones. Have a great week.

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