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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Dancing In The Shadows feat. Clementine Douglas
A big electronic track with anthemic qualities from TSHA, from a forthcoming album Capricorn Sun out on Ninja Tune on October 7th.
I love how this moves from serene to big-room-shaker to acid euphoria with the help of the gliding vocals of Clementine Douglas.
Special Interest, Mykki Blanco
New Orleans no-wave punks Special Interest dropped ‘Midnight Legend’, a track featuring rapper Mykki Blanco this week. It’s a sweet and bright laidback rock /pop song from the band’s third album Endure, their first for Rough Trade Records, out on Friday, November 4th.
The video takes a while to get going into the tune, but it’s directed by Special Interest vocalist Alli Logout.
“It’s a love song to all the girls leaving the club at 6 AM, a love song to everybody who doesn’t have love around them. The ways we numb ourselves or participate in high-risk behavior because we all feel so isolated and alone is also very much enabled by clubs, institutions, and party ‘friends.’ This song is about listening to people who never actually get heard.”
Mount Kimbie, Slowthai, Danny Brown
In Your Eyes
There’s a collage quality to this lead track from the new Mount Kimbie EP with two very individually notorious and raspy rappers jumping on it.
Gorillaz, Tame Impala, Booty Brown
Gorillaz’ new album Cracker Island is out February 24, 2023 and features Bad Bunny, Beck, Stevie Nicks, and more.
George Fitzgerald, Panda Bear
Panda Bear has had a busy year featuring on Braxe and Falcon releases, and putting out a collaborative album with Sonic Boom, and here he is again, providing those singular vocals on a new song from London electronic producer George FitzGerald’s new album Stellar Drifting.
CloudCore is a London digital label releasing a track a week for seven days only. Releases have been picked up by Four Tet, and every purchase comes with key access via cloudcore.ninja to a previous release so if there’s one you missed, you can collect them all.
Ultramarine’s ‘Oz’ is today’s release, a ravey day-glow electronic track that recalls the fizziness of ’90s dance music.
Falling somewhere between chillout guitar, ambient electronic and hip-hop beatmaker, Mansur Brown is a reliable maker of rhythmically-driven instrumentals that bang as much as they ellicit a headnod.
‘Rise’ is the Brixton-based musician’s latest from an EP, NAQI Vol.1, out Friday September 30th.
“Rise is a track about overcoming tests and tribulations. That’s always been the foundation of why I make music, and the message I want to spread. ‘Rise’ is a reflective track. It’s about finding yourself in that happy place when you overcome a struggle. I wanted it to feel like coming out of water and taking a gulp of fresh air.”
John FM, ZelooperZ
A Prince-esque alt-funk jam from Detroit’s John FM who you may remember from the American Spirit EP (and standout ‘February’)
‘White Science’ has him teaming up with fellow Detroit artist ZelooperZ, ahead of solo piano dates in Europe.
August 31 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam
September 2 – Meakusma Festival
September 3 – Botanique – Brussels
September 4 – La Boule Noire – Paris
September 5 – St Pancras Old Church – London
September 9 – Colour Factory – London (DJ set)
Brooklyn-based musician Nisa Lumaj’s ‘Affection’ features a sweet vocal set to an insistent percussive tom / synth line, produced by Nate Amos.
It’s from the Exaggerate EP due out on Los Angeles-based label, Hit the North Records on September 30th.
“‘Affection’ focuses on the importance of tenderness. Nate [Amos] and I wanted the production to feel understated yet shimmery in order to communicate the power of nonverbal cues and little acts of care.”
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