Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are the 10 single best songs released today I loved.
See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week.
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Fever Ray has announced a new album. The Swedish artist Karin Dreijer is to release Radical Romantics on March 10th, the first album from the project in five years.
We’ve heard ‘What They Call Us’ from the record, and here’s ‘Carbon Dioxide’ an electro-leaning song with Dreijer’s trademark vocals to the fore.
Karin’s brother Olof Dreijer, also worked on the record as did Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Vessel, who produced this song.
On ‘Carbon Dioxide’, Dreijer wanted to describe the feeling of falling in love and reference points span Henry Mancini’s ballpark standard ‘Baby Elephant Walk’ (Dreijer finds it to be the “happiest melody”) to 1 Corinthians 13:1 to Anne Morrow Lindberg’s 1955 essay collection, Gift from the Sea.
“Carbon Dioxide, a compound which, being defined by its bond with oxygen, seems to me like a neat chemical expression of the essential compassion that the conditions for life on our planet depend. Compassion and joy; happiness guarded from sentimentality by the absurd and the grotesque; the extra-everything of unconstrained Nature.”
The Juan Maclean
Happy House (Matthew Dear vs. Audion remix)
A relatively new remix from Matthew Dear of a 2008 classic gets a niew focus? Sure.
Its release today is due to being the first thing out on Vicious Charm, a new label from Damian Harris, once of Skint Records.
Experimental English club pop artist and rapper Shygirl released a Diana Kunst-directed music video for the positive sexuality anthem ‘Shlut’ a track from her recent Nymph album.
Interestingly, the video’s uncensored version was premiered on Shygirl’s OnlyFans, that’s a first as far as I’ve seen.
Jafaris comes through with a Frank Ocean-esque ballad. Nice stuff. Speaking of the Dublin artist….. (scroll down)
Dublin producer Kormac has a new album out today called Equivalent Exchange featuring collaborations with MayKay, Jafaris, Loah, Jack O’Rourke & more.
‘Ondes’ featuring Jafaris on vocals is the album’s opening track, an Enigma-style sky-scraping orchestral maneuver kicks it off with, before the Dublin rapper comes riding in over a snaking electronic beat.
It all leads up to a big live show at Button Factory next Saturday November 19th featuring all of the above guests Jafaris, Loah, Jack O’ Rourke, MayKay, Shahab & Shayan Coohe (playing traditional Persian instruments Santoor and Tar) and the Irish Chamber Orchestra will be on stage on the night, along with brass and a full band. I hope they can all fit.
People (We Can Transform)
Crazy P are curating a compilation series of music they like on the UK label 20/20 Vision.
“Designed to stretch beyond the world of disco and showcase the band’s wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes, there’ll be Balearic moments, downtempo beats, indie dance and electronica spread over four vinyl records.”
‘People (We Can Transform)’ is one of their own to kick off Volume 1, and has a funky 80s 12″ dub edit vibe.
Trawling through my new music emails this week, and this uniquely pitched spoken word orchestral indie song cut through the noise.
The English-based Transatlantic duo Louise Macphail and Kristin McFadden’s song was produced by The Big Moon and explores a personal story.
“Butter Knife is a reflection on losing a loved one slowly to Alzheimer’s. When they pass away the loss is confusing because not only are you grieving the person you knew before the illness, but also the person they became.”
Prima Queen have been supporting The Big Moon, Dream Wife and Wet Leg of late.
18th November – Pitchfork Festival, Paris
23rd November – Cluny 2, Newcastle
24th November – Broadcast, Glasgow
26th November – YES, Manchester
28th November – The Lexington, London
23rd May – Lafayette, London
Gena Rose Bruce, Bill Callahan
Deep Is The Way
A gorgeous duet that hangs on the contrast between the cragginess of Callahan and the sweetness of Australian artist Gena Rose Bruce.
For a more upbeat song from the Melbourne artist, try ‘Foolishly In Love’.
Dublin producer and DJ Dec Lennon aka Krystal Klear is back with a big room euphoric trance shaker on Gerd Janson’s Running Back label.
The lead-song is rounded out on the release by a sunrise mix and ‘Winnies Karaoke’, a track named after the interactive entertainment bar in Chinatown NYC that’s pure KK.
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