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LCD Soundsystem – Oh Baby (2017)

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From one welcome return to another… LCD Soundsystem played its goodbye show in 2011. In 2017, at the dying request of David Bowie, they reformed, released a cracking new album, American Dream, and embarked on a world tour. The third single off the album is its opening track ‘Oh Baby’. David Bowie and frontman James Murphy were friends, collaborators and kindred spirits. Murphy had worked with Bowie remixing his song ‘Love Is Lost’, performing percussion on his LP Blackstar and producing Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ to which Bowie lent his vocals.

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Yaeji – Raingurl (2017)

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I missed a post yesterday. The weather’s turned to rain today, I’m stuck in doors and it’s a post-lockdown weekend… the Spike Jonze Beastie Boys documentary… daughters… Depop… TikTok. Fusing trap and house music, ‘Raingurl’ featured on EP2 (before it did TikTok), the second extended play by Korean-American musician Kathy Yaeji Lee. “Mother Russia in my cup.”

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Ocean Alley ‎- The Comedown (2017)

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After an early summer’s weekend, Ocean Alley provide a Monday soundtrack with ‘The Comedown’. I love the group melodies; the sound transports me back to the 1970s. The Australian band hails from the northern beaches of Sydney and brings a sun-soaked smile to rock. Have a great week.

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Mustard Service – Taking Up Space (2017)

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Sounding very much like the offspring of Mac DeMarco, Miami-based Mustard Service released ‘Taking Up Space’ in 2017. Lead singer Marco Rivero Ochoa describes the sound as Zest Pop – the title he used for the collection of songs they released that year.

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Phoebe Bridgers – Smoke Signals (2017)

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I think I may be over my infatuation with Phoebe Bridgers. A couple of months back, over and over, I listened to the first half dozen songs off her dazzling debut album Stranger In The Alps. It’s stopped and I can talk about now. ‘Smoke Signals’ kicks off the album with its shout-out to so many shared musical touchpoints. A beautiful song.

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Dwight Sykes – Where Ever You Are (2017)

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Cody ChesnuTT was not the first soul man to do DIY. In 2017, Dwight Sykes aka Sporty Cat, released Songs Volume 1, a collection of sounds lovingly restored from tape and featuring tracks from 1980-1990. On ‘Where Ever You Are’ his home studio makes a nostalgic sound, but one synthesised in a way that Mac DeMarco could have written it yesterday. Born in Mississippi in 1956, Sykes now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. He continues to write and produce songs on his Tascam 464 four track console. Keep the faith Dwight.

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Phoebe Bridgers – Scott Street (2017)

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Phoebe Bridgers’ debut album Stranger In The Alps is upliftingly sad. On the song ‘Scott Street’, Bridgers sings “I asked you “How is your sister?/ I heard she got her degree”/ And I said, “That makes me feel old/ You said, What does that make me?” The downcast sentiment throughout immediately drew lazy comparisons to fellow L.A. troubadour, Elliott Smith; but let’s face it, she’s not as sad and she’s much cooler, which has its place. At 3 mins into the song, the sound comes together in one of those magic moments that builds and builds until the song fade out.

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PINS – In Nightmares (2017)

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Manchester all-female five-piece PINS released their EP Bad Thing in 2017. Produced by self-proclaimed sound artist Mark Vernon, it was recorded in a studio in the Scottish Borders and includes a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Dead Souls’. The borders do that to you, but it also gives you the gist of where they’re coming from. I feature ‘In Nightmares’ for its indie-atmospheric-electronica vibe. Early Cure… perhaps.

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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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Kid Francescoli – Moon (2017)

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Fat fingers result in a bonus track this Monday. In 2000, Mathieu Hocine started his project Kid Francescoli. He was soon joined by Laetitia Abello on vocals, David Borras on keyboards and Olivier Scalia on bass. Hocine was raised in Marseilles and his French roots and passion for electronica inevitably leads to comparisons with Air. ‘Moon’ features on the band’s 2016 album Play Me Again. “And it went like…”

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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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