Tag Archives: 2017

Jay Som ‎- Superbike (2019)

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After the weel-received dream pop of her 2017 debut Everybody Works, singer-songwriter Melina Mae Duterte (a.k.a. Jay Som) has taken a new turn. Guitars are aplenty on her ‘Superbike’ from her new album Anak Ko. Fans of Cocteau Twins, Lush and shoegazing take note; you will love the outro to this song.

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Vagabon ‎- Mal à L’aise (2017)

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Halfway through Vagabon’s 2017 debut Infinite Worlds, multi-instrumentalist Lætitia Tamko steps away from her brand of New York indie rock to feature the track ‘Mal à L’aise’. With its synth loops and reverb-heavy mutterings in English and French, the album’s detour is experimental and welcome.

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Sean Rowe ‎- I’ll Follow Your Trail (2017)

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Where I Am Kloot draws inspiration from Dylan, Sean Rowe echoes the gruff baritone sound of Leonard Cohen. Off his 2017 album New Lore, ‘I’ll Follow Your Trail’ is personal song about the singer-songwriter watching his kids grow up in upstate New York. The decision to use horns in the instrumentation was magical. 

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Rampa, Adam Port, &Me – Muyè (2017)

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The German label Keinemusik has established itself on the electronic music scene over the last decade. In 2017, a group of the label’s founders and house acts released the label’s first album You Are Safe. Rampa, Adam Port, &Me strike a balance between deep house and techno. The track ‘Muyè’ stands out for its Afro house vibe.

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Peter Perrett – How The West Was Won (2017)

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I’m not always convinced by YouTube’s algorithmic analysis of my music preferences… but hey, I’ll give them this leftfield signpost. Best known as the frontman of The Only Ones, Peter Perrett released the album How The West Was Won a couple of years back. Its title track popped up this week.

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LAAKE – Introspective (2017)

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LAAKE is a electronica music producer from Poitiers who migrated to Paris to craft his trade in a techno/classical music mix. ‘Introspective’ is the opening track off his 2017 album PIAANO. Have a great weekend.

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Palehound – Carnations (2017)

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Boston-based Ellen Kempner dominates the sound of Palehound. Well it was initially her solo project, but even though she’s now joined by Jesse Weiss on drums and Larz Brogan on bass, the frontwoman creates a classic indie sound with her storytelling and laced guitar. ‘Carnations’ features on 2017 album A Place I’ll Always Go.

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Crumb – Locket (2017)

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It’s early days for Brooklyn quartet Crumb and they are creating something special. Last year’s EP Locket feels jazzy but no too experimental, and indie but laced with the type of psych-pop that I like. The title track is a beauty.

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Bicep – Glue (2017)

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Belfast-based duo Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar did their bit to evolve dance music with last year’s eponymous album Bicep. It was a retro-tinged signpost to the future, blending techno breakbeats, acid house and ambient textures. Enjoy.

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Ty Segall – My Lady’s on Fire (2017)

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Good morning. Ty Segall released the single ‘My Lady’s on Fire’ last year in advance of 2018’s ‘Freedom’s Goblin’. The song bears more than a trace of Marc Bolan, and more specifically, his early work with Tyrannosaurs Rex. This should be no surprise for fans of Segall, who has previously recorded a series of Bolan tributes titled Ty Rex. Have a great week.

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King Krule – Dum Surfer (2017)

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Roxy Music, The Clash, Chet Baker… somehow Archy Marshall is able to channel them all on his King Krule single ‘Dum Surfer’. The Londoner has created an originality that I was not expecting. The single features on his 2007 album The Ooz.

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Mainland (2017)

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Good morning peeps. An easy selection this morning… I am seeing Rolling Blackouts C. F. and I present you you one of my favourite tracks off their recent debut album Hope Downs. Understandably, the band released in advance last year. Here’s to a great night and a great week.

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Arcade Fire – Put Your Money On Me (2017)

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And last but not least in a week of hypnotic overtures, this one’s a real grower. When first listening to last year’s Arcade Fire album Everything Now, there were evident showstoppers, but the alluring sound of ‘Put Your Money on Me’ worked its way into my conscience. Have a great weekend.

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9th Wonder – SirBlue!!! (2017)

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One ticket, two shoes – some recent hypnotic hip hop beats from 9th Wonder and Laura Nyro’s Midnite Blues from 1976.
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Bastien Keb – Pick Up (2017)

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Multi-instrumentalist Bastien Keb released his concept album 22.02.85 on First Word Records in 2017. Keb draws on the influences and builds on the sounds of Bon Iver and Connan Mockasin. The album is an alluring brew of alternative soul. Have a great weekend.

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