Tag Archives: 2019

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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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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