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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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Dusky – Cold Heart (2017)

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Dusky’s Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell do something that Londoners have been good at for some time. They make house music. Off an EP with the same name, ‘Cold Heart’ is unadulterated trance that borrows from the cavernous dance floors of the 1990s. The Hardrive-sounding sample is in fact Naked Music NYC’s ‘I’ll Take You to Love’ from 1996. The synthesised hi-hats, the simple bassline and the euphoria all sound eye-wateringly familiar.

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Dornik – God Knows (2017)

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Dornik is back, two years after the release of his well-received, self-titled debut. The evolution from Jessie Ware’s touring drummer to standalone R&B star has been so startling that his arty sound has been compared to that of Frank Ocean, Miguel and Raury. With ‘God Knows’, I am thinking more Croydon’s answer to Anderson .Paak. Long may it continue.

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The National – Day I Die (2017)

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Twenty years in, seven albums through and I think I might be really starting to like The National. It’s taken it’s time and I’ve not been expecting. The downbeat outlook remains everpresent, particularly in Matt Berninger’s vocals, but this year’s Sleep Well Beast sounds different. Berninger sings “Let’s just get high enough to see our problems” on ‘Day I Die’, but it’s in the wake of an U2-like guitar riff and Bryan Devendorf’s thumping guitars. I like. Have a great week.

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Four Tet – Planet (2017)

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Kieran Hebden is a bit of a national treasure nowadays. His electronic sounds with Four Tet inspire dinner parties and chill out rooms alike. ‘Planet’ is the B-side to his latest single release ‘SW9 9SL’ – otherwise known as the Brixton Academy. Feel the synths.

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St. Vincent – New York (2017)

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Good morning! The treat for today is singer-songwriter Annie Clark’s latest single. Over the last decade, Clark has acquired many admirers for her quirky and creative art-rock. The ballad ‘New York’ is from her forthcoming fifth album as St. Vincent. With the death of David Bowie, Clark has lost a hero and a friend, but found a rich vein of form. Have a great week.

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Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi (2017)

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Good morning. The Welsh singer-producer Kelly Lee Owens draws on dream pop and ambient house for ‘Anxi’, the title song off her 2017 debut album. The track is a collaboration with a Norwegian musician, singer-songwriter Jenny Hval, who provides the moody vocals, Have a great week.

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Parcels – Overnight (2017)

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It’s not hard to hear that Parcels’ new single ‘Overnight’ is produced by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Choppy guitars and disco handclaps, the Aussie-French combo is uplifting, easy listening and pressed on the Kitsuné label.

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Gorillaz – Sleeping Powder (2017)

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Gorillaz are back in 2017, cutting their edge between music and technology. ‘Sleeping Powder’ is the first new song to be released since their ‘Humanz’ album dropped in April. Damon Albarn is gone with the self of the day, gone. Have a great week.

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Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort (2017)

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With ‘Everything Now’ at the beginning of the month, and last week’s release of ‘Creature Comfort’, early signs are very good for Arcade Fire’s new project. The influence of collaborators Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow are strong. The result is a synthesised intro that M83 or Chromatics would be proud of; and then the fatalistic chants… arenas get ready. Have a great week.

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Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now (2017)

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Kevin Morby is releasing a new album City Music this week. The majesticCome to Me Now’ opens the album with the Texan’s haunting vocals and the sound of a pedal pump organ. Have a great week.

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Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi – Chase Me (2017)

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Some gritty hip hop for this Friday. Danger Mouse has collaborated with Run the Jewels and Big Boi for the release of ‘Chase Me’ from the upcoming movie Baby Driver. Danger Mouse’s masterstroke is the use of samples from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s ‘Bellbottoms’.  Big Boi and Run The Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike do their thing over a beat of drums, bass and guitar. Have a great weekend.

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Childhood – Californian Light (2017)

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The last time I heard Childhood, I am sure they were part of the psych-rock renaissance. No more, if ‘Californian Light’ is a signal of what is to come. Ben Romans-Hopcraft leads the way with a new soul-infused sound from new album Universal High. I am reminded of the blue-eyed soul of The Style Council.

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