Tag Archives: 2018

Her’s – Harvey (2018)

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I have really enjoyed the 1980s feel to the album An Invitation To Her’s. I was really sad to hear about the band’s sudden demise in California this week. R.I.P. Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading.

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Seinabo Sey – I Owe You Nothing (2018)

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Seinabo Sey is different. Okay, she’s Swedish-Gambian and she’s got the voice, but there’s also a self confidence in ‘I Owe You Nothing’ that I wasn’t expecting.

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Sharon Van Etten – Comeback Kid (2018)

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‘Comeback Kid’ was the first single off Sharon Van Etten’s most recent album Remind Me Tomorrow. I think I’m right in saying that the production features a Roland TR-808. I am liking the new direction.

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L’indécis – Soulful (2018)

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I am revisiting instrumental hip-hop music for the second time in the week. Where Joakim’s Karud’s work was full of energetic loops, French producer L’indécis plumps for something much more chilled out. Soulful features on last year’s Playtime EP, released on the suitably named Chillhop Records ‎label. Have a great weekend.

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Ron Gallo – Prison Décor (2018)

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Nashville-based Ron Gallo released Stardust Birthday Party last year. The album is an experiment in garage rock, referencing what I so loved about early Cage The Elephant.  Punky, erratic and brave, ‘Prison Décor’ is the perfect example.

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Drake – Nice for What (2018)

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And now, a more recent borrow … this time it’s a choice sample from Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex-Factor’. It’s 10 years since Aubrey Drake Graham signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and exploded onto the scene with the release of the dubiously pitched ‘Best I Ever Had’. The Canadian rapper-songwriter-producer has refined his proposition significantly in the decade since. Like the ubiquitous ‘Hotline Bling’, last year’s ‘Nice for What’ adroitly selects the perfect reference material.

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Beirut – Gallipoli (2018)

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Gallipoli will be the fifth studio album by indie folk band Beirut. It is expected to be released on 1 February 2019. The album is named after the Italian town where the title track was written. Welcome back Zach.

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Skinshape – I Didn’t Know (2018)

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Double header this morning as I will be offline tomorrow. British musician William Dorey has may interests. He played bass in London band Palace until he stepped down in October 2017. And while he’s not running the London-based reggae label Horus Record, he has his musical project Skinshape. The project recently gave its fourth album pressing Filoxiny; it features the retro groove ‘I Didn’t Know’.

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Jessica Pratt – This Time Around (2018)

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‘Morning folks. I bring you a Jessica Pratt song and all the delicacy that promises. ‘This Time Around’ is the lead track from Quiet Signs, the Californian’s first album in four years. “It makes me want to cry.” Have a good week.

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Snail Mail – Pristine (2018)

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Don’t you just love an indie riff?! To instrumentation that echoes the work of New Order and The Cure, Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan sings of innocence and abandon. ‘Pristine’ features on the band’s 2018 album Lush.

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Yuno – No Going Back (2018)

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Fans of Tame Impala, prick your ears. It’s been far too long since the release of Currents; and Innerspeaker and Lonerism seem like distant memories. So what a delight to hear the psychedelic pop sounds of Yuno Moodi, a 27-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida (his parents are British and of Jamaican descent). Last year, Sub Pop signed him and shortly thereafter, Yuno released Moodie. The EP features ‘No Going Back’. Rejoice Sub Pop. Rejoice Juno.

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King Tuff – Psycho Star (2018)

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Good morning folks. After touring in Ty Segall’s backing band ‘The Muggers’ for a year, Kyle Thomas was encouraged to revisit his garage rock sound and change things up. His latest album offering, The Other, is still released under his King Tuff alias, but the songs have progressed. ‘Psycho Star’ features the lyrics: “We were always dreaming/Of castles in the sky/Dreaming of another planet/How could we be so blind?” Thomas has come to terms with his music.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2018

Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus for the festive season. As is my way, I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2018. They are in no particular order. Merry Christmas, have a great holiday and see you in the New Year, when I will whittle 12 to 9. (Done!)

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight

Father John Misty – Just Dumb Enough to Try

Natalie Prass – Lost

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land

Stephen Malkmus – Solid Silk

Vasser – Valerians

Let’s Eat Grandma – Donnie Darko

Oscar L – Monster Tube

Kokoroko – Abusey Junction

Honourable mentions also go to: Childish Gambino for ‘This Is America‘; Phum Viphurit for ‘Lover Boy‘; Fake Shark for ‘Wake Up‘; Phosphorescent for ‘New Birth in New England‘; Bodega for ‘Jack In Titanic‘; MorMor for ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful‘; Kanye West & Kid Cudi for ‘Reborn‘; Christine and the Queens for ‘Damn, dis-moi‘; Lana Del Rey for ‘Mariners Apartment Complex‘; The Voidz for ‘Leave It In My Dreams‘; Nilüfer Yanya for ‘Thanks 4 Nothing‘ and DJ Koze for ‘Pick Up‘.

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Beach House – Drunk in L.A. (2018)

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“I had a good run playing horses in my mind/On a hillside I remember/I am loving losing life.” Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand and Alex Kristian Scally know how to create an atmosphere. Church organs, grinding guitars and cinematic synths feature large on this standout song from this year’s album release, 7. ‘Drunk in L.A.’ Have a great weekend.

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Solid Silk (2018)

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As we approach the end of the year, one thinks about the best sounds January to December. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks’ Sparkle Hard must get a mention, so rare is a poor moment on the album. Listen to the song ‘Solid Silk’ and hear the class. Have a great week.

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