Tag Archives: 2019

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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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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Caribou – Home (2019)

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Ooops… the end of Daylight saving time has knocked out my own clockwork. I give you a mid-morning from Caribou’s Dan Snaith. His output has been a relatively regular feature on this blog. The mathematician (PhD from ICL) has come up with a new formula for 2019… one part Caribou, one part The Avalanches. It’s brief and it’s a blast. Have a good week.

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Wolf Parade ‎- Against The Day (2019)

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Wolf Parade have released a first new single since 2017’s Cry Cry Cry. The synthesised track ‘Against the Day’ is a change in direction for the Montreal indie-rock band. Dan Boeckner’s vocals mulls over the apocalypse with a loved one. “All is calm now/Seconds fade but the centuries remain, love.”

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Whitney ‎- Giving Up (2019)

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With its echoes of 1970s soft rock, ‘Giving Up’ was the single that Whitney used to launch their latest album Forever Turn Around. The Chicago band was formed by Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek from the ashes of their previous band, Smith Westerns. In just two years, they have already surpassed their former work.

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Purple Mountains – All My Happiness is Gone (2019)

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The self-titled longplayer from Purple Mountains is dark, sad and laced with humour. It is a remarkably candid album from ex-Silver Jews frontman David Berman. It would be his last. Listening to it, it not hard to hear his cry. All the happiness had gone. R.I.P. David.

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Ride – Future Love (2019)

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I watched Ride in my hometown Kingston-upon-Thames last night. I enjoyed this number off their new album This Is Not A Safe Place. In ‘Future Love’, they have been able to mix their guitars with a harmony to create something that wouldn’t be too offside from the recent output of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. A group reformed and reconstituted.

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Karen O & Danger Mouse – Turn The Light (2019)

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Now for a different take on the sound that is funk. Karen O might be an unlikely source, but then she has teamed up with Danger Mouse. The production on ‘Turn the Light’ includes a glorious bass line and steady groove. It features on their collaboration LP Lux Prima.

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Lizzo – Juice (2019)

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Before I forget some holiday detail (and my usual morning slot), I need to post an earworm in the hope that I will revisit it one day as the throwback banger that it is – and not as the pervasive sound of my summer travels. ‘Juice’ was released at the start of the year as the lead single from Lizzo’s third album, Cuz I Love You. It was made for the dance floor, but not my cochlea. Have a great week.

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Payfone – I Was In New York (2019)

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Together, Phil Passera and Chieka Ononye are Payfone, the new-wave-funk-disco duo from East London. Their electronic sound has created a seriously funky bassline in the track ‘I Was In New York’. It’s a 10-minute burn…. stay with it.

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Loving – Visions (2019)

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Loving is the musical collaboration of David Parry and brothers Lucas and Jesse Henderson from Victoria, BC. They recently released a new single ‘Visions’. Lyricist Jesse Henderson explains, “the song dwells on a question: that if our lives, what we pursue, or even desire, are often shaped or determined by forces beyond us – what kinds of freedom can we find within that?”. Despite the currency of his existential questions, the sound is all warm pop of yesteryear.

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