Tag Archives: 2019

Clairo ‎- Bags (2019)

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Last year, Clairo surfaced from her bedroom, but never let go of her lo-fi schooling. The release of Immunity has critics cooing for her adoption of a dream pop quality sealed with a breathless delivery as if you are the only person in the world she would dare to tell her secrets to. Its lush ballads and homespun soft-rock revealed behind it – not a girl, but decidedly a woman

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Cass McCombs ‎- Sleeping Volcanoes (2019)

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This morning, it’s another track off Tip Of The Sphere, Cass McCombs’ ninth studio album from last year. The Californian troubadour knows how to create an intro.

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Faye Webster ‎- Kingston (2019)

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As I depart my Thames-side hometown for a few days, I give you Faye Webster and her ‘Kingston’. The 2019 single marked her new deal with Secretly Canadian and provided an opportunity to sing about her native Georgia. “I don’t know that much about Kingston/ But I like the sound it makes when it starts pouring rain”.

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Stephen Malkmus ‎- Come Get Me (2019)

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“I’m all alone here, I can’t see/ Any reason to wallow/ In this decanter.” Stephen Malkmus endures. Pavement endures. Despite being labelled as his electronic album, last year’s Groove Denied has classic Malkmus fingerprints all over it. Take ‘Come Get Me’, it’s a lo-fi song with echoes of the Indian subcontinent, rather than Berlin, where he wrote the album during his ’00s residency there.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2019

Samuelsounds says no to a festive hiatus. Today, I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2019. Tomorrow, the 2010s. The sounds are in no particular order and as ever limited by what I’ve heard…

Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen

Weyes Blood – Everyday

Aldous Harding – The Barrel

Foals – Exits

Big Thief – Not

Michael Kiwanuka – Final Days

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Honourable mentions also go to: Lizzo for ‘Juice‘; Kasper Marott for his Forever mix of ‘Drømmen om Ø’; Bill Callahan for ‘The Ballad of the Hulk‘; Cage The Elephant for ‘Ready To Let Go‘; Toro Y Moi for ‘Ordinary Pleasure‘; Tame Impala for ‘It Might Be Time‘; Andy Shauf for ‘Things I Do‘; Caribou for ‘Home‘; Whitney for ‘Giving Up‘; W. H. Lung for ‘Second Death Of My Face‘; and Devendra Banhart for ‘Kantori Ongaku‘.

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Louie Vega feat. Anané – Cosmic Witch (2019)

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A midweek disco interlude from a past blast. ‘Cosmic Witch’ is a space disco-infused house jam from Louie Vega, one half of the legendary Masters At Work. Featuring on his recent Expansions In The NYC album, the track uses a clever sample from Tony Silvester & The New Ingredient’s’ Cosmic Lady’. Fashions fade, but style is eternal.

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Big Thief ‎- Not (2019)

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It’s been a good year for Brooklyn-based Big Thief. Two albums (U.F.O.F. and Two Hands) and a series of classic songs. ‘Not’ featured on the latter of these recordings; it was released in October. When Adrienne Lenker sings, growls and gasps, it touches your soul.

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FKA Twigs ‎- Cellophane (2019)

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Good morning people. One of the more remarkable singles of the year is the last track off FKA Twigs’ second studio album Magdalene. A heady mix of Tahliah Barnett’s physical and visual identity, the piano melody, the heartfelt vocals, the modernity… “Didn’t I do it for you?” she asks an ex-lover.

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Regard ‎- Ride It (2019)

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This is the first record I’ve featured from a Kosovan DJ. This year, DJ Regard had the genius idea of remixing Jay Sean’s ‘Ride It’ and, in many ways, making it more catchy and remarkable. With little bit of help from the TikTok app, the track made its way onto mobile devices and dance floors across the globe.

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Jay Som ‎- Superbike (2019)

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After the weel-received dream pop of her 2017 debut Everybody Works, singer-songwriter Melina Mae Duterte (a.k.a. Jay Som) has taken a new turn. Guitars are aplenty on her ‘Superbike’ from her new album Anak Ko. Fans of Cocteau Twins, Lush and shoegazing take note; you will love the outro to this song.

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Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen (2019)

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I end the week with one of the best songs from 2019, released almost a year ago now. As with ‘Comeback Kid’, Seventeen’ is another single off Sharon Van Etten’s superb album Remind Me Tomorrow. A slice of synth-infused indie depicting a bygone time in Van Etten’s NYC. It’s a bonafide classic. Have a great weekend.

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Lambchop – So Modern And So Tight (2019)

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It feels as if Kurt Wagner is on the final leg of a protracted musical journey. ‘So Modern And So Tight’ is so far removed from the americana of 2000’s Nixon and 2002’s Is A Woman, that it would be unrecognisable as a Lambchop production was it not for Wagner’s voice (albeit via a vocoder). Their new digital work certainly tips its hat to Justin Vernon, but the bands’s honest alt country roots and unexpected tack make the sound more than just derivative.

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Tame Impala – It Might Be Time (2019)

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Hypnotic drums, stabbing keyboards, techno crashes, rave sirens, questions about purpose… in a week of returns, Kevin Parker and Tame Impala are back with ‘It Might Be Time’. Their new album The Slow Rush is expected to drop in February. Have a great weekend.

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Andy Shauf – Things I Do (2019)

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Another singer returned in the last week or so is Andy Shauf; he is most welcome. For his new single, the singer-songwriter questions why he does what he does. ‘Things I Do’ will feature on his new long player The Neon Skyline, all written, performed, arranged and produced by Shauf, and due to be released in the New Year. “Seems like I should have known better / Than to turn my head like it didn’t matter.”

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Gang Starr feat. J.Cole – Family and Loyalty (2019)

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Last month, Gang Starr dropped their first song since 2003. it was made possible by DJ Premier, who was able to pull together a pair of unreleased verses from his deceased MC partner Guru, and cleverly complement them with a guest spot from J. Cole. ‘Family and Loyalty’ sounds like classic Brooklyn hip-hop, but with the added benefit that Guru’s verses always remain fresh.

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