Tag Archives: 2017

Lorde – Green Light (2017)

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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor is better known as Lorde. The Kiwi singer exploded onto the pop music scene at the age of sixteen with the release of the single ‘Royals’. Five years later and she’s released this banger. A pop queen. Have a good week.

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Action Bronson – The Chairman’s Intent (2017)

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Ariyan Arslani, aka Action Bronson, is a rapper from Queens, New York. He’s of Albanian descent and unusual stature. Zany, amusing and King Fu… ‘The Chairman’s Intent’ is just splendid sir. “I started clapping when the chef brought the duck to the table/That shit was shining like an angel/I never trust a dude named Angel.” Have a great weekend.
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Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever (2017)

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I saw Josh Tillman last week at one of his sold-out nights at Hammersmith Apollo. In some ways, his recordings don’t really do his voice justice. ‘Total Entertainment Forever’ is the the fourth single off the Father John Misty album Pure Comedy. The breezy Beatles-like sound and eccentric video both live up to one of the all-time opening, rhyming couplets: “Bedding Taylor Swift/Every night inside the Oculus Rift”. Have a great week.

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Honey Dijon – 808 State Of Mind (2017)

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Unlike me, Honey Dijon was a witness to the birth of Chicago house. (Location rather than age.) And so, ‘808 State of Mind’ is a nostalgic journey into early house music. ‘Pacific State’ is the obvious musical reference, but this tribute travels through the ballrooms of New York to the beaches of Ibiza via the warehouses of Chicago.

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Phum Viphurit – Long Gone (2017)

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Phum Viphurit is Thai-born, Kiwi-raised and is now living in Bangkok as a solo artist with an acoustic guitar. The combination is infectious…part MacDeMarco, part Haircut 100. He released ‘Long Gone’ as a single back in the summer.

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press (2017) 

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One of Melbourne current standout bands, Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever grabbed enough people’s attention this year on the strength of their first single ‘French Press’. The band was formed by singer-guitarists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White, and all three of their instruments are at the fore on this somewhat downcast surf rock jam.

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Kamasi Washington – Truth (2017)

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This song is almost 14 minutes long, but who’s counting.’Truth’ is everywhere. This uplifting piece of art features on Kamasi Washington’s sophomore solo recording Harmony Of Difference. He makes jazz cool again. Have a great weekend.

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John Joseph Brill – I’m Not Alright (2017)

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Keeping to the contemporary theme this week… there is more than a slight resemblance of Matt Berninger’s baritone and his dystopian outlook in today’s sound. But this is not The National; instead I present Londoner John Joseph Brill’s recent single ‘I’m Not Alright’.

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything (2017)

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Full of humour and good chemistry, this year’s standout release from Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile was ‘Over Everything’. As the first single from the duo’s album, Lotta Sea Lice, the song is an effortlessly blissful introduction into their own brand of space folk.

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Alvvays – Dreams Tonite (2017)

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Toronto-based indie pop band Alvvays released their sophomore album Antisocialites this year. The second track is ‘Dreams Tonite’ with its dreamy 1980s pop sound. Think Chromatics. Think Beach House. Think Cocteau Twins.

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Public Service Broadcasting – Progress (2017)

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Earlier this year, Public Service Broadcasting released the single ‘Progress’ featuring Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on vocals. Her message is a simple one, underlining the band’s aim to incorporate industry into their art. PSB is the brainchild of banjo-playing J. Willgoose, who came together with his drumming companion Wrigglesworth and one of those ubiquitous flugelhorn/vibraslap artists JFAbraham. The result is nostalgically futuristic. Have a great week.

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Dan Auerbach – King Of A One Horse Town (2017)

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With its touches of John Barry, Steely Dan and Tame Impala, ‘King Of A One Horse Town’ cannot be accused of pigeonholing the Black Key. It’s a single off his new album Waiting On A Song. Dan Auerbach has told fans that “The King … is anyone who’s scared of the outside world. Anyone who’s afraid to go beyond their own block for fear of failure. It could be a drug dealer. A drunk. A professor. That’s a feeling any of us can relate to.”

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Beck – Up All Night (2017)

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Last month, Beck released ‘Up All Night’ his new single from his new LP, Colors.  “Just wanna stay up all night with you / There’s nothing that I wouldn’t rather do”. Okay, the lyrics are a little trite, but he’s definitely rediscovered his mainstream pop.

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Rex Orange County – Edition (2017)

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19-year-old Alex O’Connor is also known by his stage name Rex Orange County. The singer-songwriter was born in Haslemere, a-far-from-gritty corner of Surrey. From there, he took the influences and Thundercat, Toro Y Moi and Frank Ocean and divined his path. This white man has found his jazzy R&B chi; Surrey’s answer to Jon Bellion.

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Future Islands – Cave (2017)

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“I don’t believe anymore/I don’t grieve anymore.” More nuanced synth pop from Samuel T. Herring and bandmates. ‘Cave’ is one of the standout highlights on this year’s long player The Far Field. Have a great week.

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