Tag Archives: 2019

Fontaines D.C. – Roy’s Tune (2019)

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A second protest song in one week… it’s the sun. Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten sings “The breeze in the night time would kill you stone dead”, reflecting on less successful times in Dublin. The song features on the band’s outstanding debut album Dogrel. Have a great weekend.

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Metronomy – Salted Caramel Ice Cream (2019)

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Some disposable electronic pop for a Thursday. Metronomy’s Joseph Mount was inspired by the likes of LFO and Aphex Twin from an early age, but his latest creative mine seems to be the electronic art-pop of Yello and Sparks. ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’ will feature on Metronomy’s new album Metronomy Forever due for release in September. Kitsch.

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Devendra Banhart – Kantori Ongaku (2019)

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First single from Devendra Banhart’s new LP Ma is ‘Kantori Ongaku’ (Japanese for country music). Banhart says that it’s a tribute to Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Harry Hosono. Samuelsounds says it sounds like a tribute to Ray Davies. The album is released on Nonesuch Records in September.

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Anderson .Paak – King James (2019)

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Anderson .Paak was busy in the studio earlier this year pleasing crowds with a return to the grooves that proved so infectious on 2016’s Malibu. “If they build a wall, let’s jump the fence, I’m over this”. Never has a protest song sounded so breezy. ‘King James’ features on his fourth album Ventura, released in April this year.

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Floating Points – LesAlpx (2019)

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Let’s get contemporary … again.  Sam Shepherd began making music as Floating Points about a decade ago. With his classical training and love for jazz, he has explored most electronic angles onto the dancefloor in that time. This latest track is one part cacophony, one part groove. If this doesn’t get your attention on a Monday morning, you need to check your pulse. Have a great week.

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Cuco feat. Jean Carter – Bossa No Sé (2019)

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I short changed my regular subscribers this week. Today a bonus track, tomorrow a “Best of” list. L.A. singer-songwriter Cuco has shared a new song called ‘Bossa No Sé’. It’s an advance single from his forthcoming debut LP Para Mi, to be released on 26 July on Interscope. Alt-soul or bossanova-pop-hip-hop… whatever the label, his story of bad romance is endearing. The duet format with Jean Carter (from L.A. hip-hopsters Your Grandparents) is fun. Have a great weekend.

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Kasper Marott – Drømmen om Ø (Forever Mix) (2019)

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Yikes, I’ve missed a day. Thankfully, today’s track will give you your money’s worth. The Forever Mix of Kasper Marott’s ‘Drømmen om Ø’ (The Dream of the Island) comes in at 14 minutes long. During this time, the Danish DJ indulges himself and his listeners in a sound that would not have felt out of place 25 years ago. Enjoy the journey with its nods to Chicago and ambient house music.

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Andrew Bird – Manifest (2019)

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‘Manifest’ is the third single released off Andrew Bird’s most recent album My Finest Work Yet. He could be right.

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Bill Callahan – The Ballad of the Hulk (2019)

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The touching sound of ‘The Ballad of the Hulk’ sees Bill Callahan reflect upon his (lack of) anger management issues. This nostalgia is inspired by the 1970s TV show The Incredible Hulk. While Callahan “used to share a tailor with David Bruce Banner”, he just “never got angry”. The internalisation has brought about some great music. The track features on his new album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. Have a great week.

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Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now (2019)

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In April 2013, Jai Paul broke onto the music scene with the unexpected release of a set of songs on Bandcamp. Everyone was clamouring to find out who was this creative force – a new Prince elect they pronounced. Six years on and it’s happened again. From nowhere, we’ve received ‘Do You Love Her Now’. It’s good.

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Crumb – Nina (2019)

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Crumb deliver an intoxicating psych-pop sound. Lila Ramani’s smooth vocals give the Brooklyn four-piece something better – just better. ‘Nina’ is their latest self-released single.

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Kevin Morby – No Halo (2019)

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‘No Halo’ is the lead single off Kevin Morby’s fifth solo album, Oh My God. Brilliant. Lovely touches of sax and flute, many hand claps “and hey, hey, hey/no, no, no halo”.

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The Comet Is Coming – Summon The Fire (2019)

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From the supernatural to the cosmic. Dan Leavers, Maxwell (Betamax) Hallett and Shabaka Hutchings are The Comet Is Coming. On the almost onomatopoeic ‘Summon the Fire’, Hutchings’ distorts a horn to Betamax’s pulsating snare drum. It’s a hard groove full of jazz, electronica and trance. The track features on their sophomore album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery.

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Big Thief – UFOF (2019)

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Good morning! Let’s kick off this week with something very contemporary. On the title track of Big Thief’s latest album U.F.O.F., Adrianne Lenker says goodbye to her UFO friend. “Polarize, polarize/The seasons will bend/There will soon be proof/That there is no alien/Just a system of truth and lies.” The sound is great and a supernatural imagination is on display. Have a great week.

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Fontaines D.C. – Sha Sha Sha (2019)

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The NME have called ‘Sha Sha Sha’ the bastard son of ‘A Town Called Malice’. The sentiment might be similar, but the sound is different. Fontaines D.C.’s frontman Grian Chatten sneers and quips like a young Iggy Pop to Mick Jones-like riffs. The song features on the Dublin band’s debut album Dogrel.

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