Tag Archives: 2017

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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Public Service Broadcasting – People Will Always Need Coal (2017)

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‘People Will Always Need Coal’ was the fourth single to be released from Every Valley, the critically acclaimed third album from Public Service Broadcasting. The album takes listeners on a journey down the valleys of South Wales. The history of coal mining is a metaphor for social malaise, and disenfranchisement.

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Nuit Oceān – Falling Night (2017)

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Bordeaux-based producer and singer/songwriter Nuit Oceān produces a sound that is reminiscent of The XX, James Blake, Bon Iver… you get the gist. His compositions are inspired by his travels; they must be coastal. ‘Falling Night’ features on his 2017 EP Island.

 

 

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Jaffna – Immersion (2017)

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Paris-based Jaffna are an odd couple. Stan is a chef and Bravin is a classical pianist. Last year, the duo released their debut EP Ripples on Intuitive Records. It features ‘Immersion’, a slice of instrumental electronica that references their musical influences: Bonobo, Kiasmos, Thylacine…

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Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool (2017)

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At the end of last year, Sunflower Bean dropped the single ‘I Was A Fool’ in advance of last month’s release of Twentytwo in Blue, the trio’s sophomore album. From the opening riff, to Julia Cumming’s trade-off vocals with guitarist Nick Kivlen, I am reminded of The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. It’s not explicit, but it’s there.

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Superorganism – It’s All Good (2017)

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Superorganism’s self-titled debut album is great fun. Orono, Harry, Emily, Tucan, Robert Strange, Ruby, B and Soul are quirky with a capital Q. What would you expect from a London-based collective hailing from Lancashire, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. ‘It’s All Good’.

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Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl (2017)

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Tel Aviv-based indie popsters Lola Marsh released their debut album Remember Roses last year. I wonder if vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen was thinking of Lana Del Rey when she wrote ‘Wishing Girl’. Instrumentalist and producer Gil Landau makes up the other half of the duo. Have a great week.

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Kevin Morby – City Music (2017)

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Kevin Morby’s fourth solo album City Music is an exploration of urban life. The album’s centrepiece is its title track with its repetitive vocals and intertwining guitars, before it slows back down to a late night walking pace. I think he found his downtown.

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The xx – I Dare You (2017)

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‘I Dare You’ finds The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim exploring their feelings. Madley Croft was about to get engaged and Oliver Sim was thinking about his issues with alcohol. Unlike much of last year’s album I See You, the resulting song is positive in mood. Have a great week.

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Forest Swords – War It (2017)

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As with Burial or Floating Points, Forest Swords is the electronic magic of just one producer. Matthew Barnes is from The Wirral and taps the evocative landscape and urban sprawl to infuse his music. ‘War It’ is the opening track of last year’s album Compassion.

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Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den (2017)

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Last year, Beirut-born Yasmine Hamdan released her album Al Jamilat. The singer-songwriter and actress is now based in Paris, but first made her name as one half of electro-pop duo Soap Kills, a cult trip-hop group in Lebanon. Since then, she’s become a flag bearer for modern Arabic music. Al Jamilat is Arabic for The Beautiful Ones. Remarkably progressive to these western ears.

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Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love (2017)

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Last week, Sufjan Stevens released a new video for his song ‘Mystery of Love’, which he penned for the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name. This is Sufjan, near his etherial best.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2017

Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus this festive season. I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2017 in no particular order. See you in the new year.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

Dan Auerbach – King Of A One Horse Town

Dornik – God Knows

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

Future Islands – Ran

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Kamasi Washington – Truth

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Honourable mentions also go to: Real Estate for ‘Darling‘; Foxygen for ‘On Lankershim‘; Mac DeMarco for ‘This Old Dog‘; John Mayer for ‘Moving On and Getting Over‘; Big Thief for ‘Shark Smile‘; Kevin Morby for ‘Come To Me Now‘; St. Vincent for ‘New York‘; Rex Orange County for ‘Edition‘; Public Service Broadcasting for ‘Progress‘; Lorde for ‘Green Light‘; and alt- J for’3WW‘.

 

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