Welcome to the first 2017 edition of our new weekly segment, Songs We Like. Each week, our esteemed music team aim to bring you a variety of some of the freshest and finest songs they’ve had on repeat and collate them all in one place for your enjoyment. We’ll even add them all to a handy Spotify playlist for you. This week, Stephen and Tom bring you everything from 13 minute jazz epics to dancefloor destroying beats.
Actress – DANCING IN THE SMOKE
UK electronic producer Darren Cunningham is back to releasing more music as ‘Actress’, a surprising turn, with his previous project 2014’s ‘Ghettoville’ thought to be his last under the pseudonym. Full of sharp synthesiser stabs, he delivers a cold and brooding experimental techno horror. His album AZD is out now.
Feist – Century
Feist has released her second single in the build up to her fifth studio LP, ‘Pleasure’. Her vocal performance is packed with passion as she laments the lack of time we’re given on Earth. The drums beat louder as the crescendo reaches, leaving Jarvis Cocker’s bizarre whispered poem to round off the track.
Kamasi Washington – Truth
Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington returns with ‘Truth’, the new single off of his forthcoming ‘Harmony of Difference’ EP. The 13 and a half minute epic is busy but effortless, with its unfaltering lively drums balanced by magnificent chorus harmonies.
Kendrick Lamar – DNA.
Kendrick Lamar delivers one of his most aggressive tracks to date and a standout cut from his latest LP, ‘DAMN.’ Vital and frenzied, Kendrick takes aim at Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera for his criticism of hip hop culture and delivers an impeccable verbal onslaught regarding black heritage, exploding in intensity with the final beat switch.
Sadaf – LET IT BURN
Restless and urgent, ‘LET IT BURN’ explodes with erratic drum patterns and schizophrenic rhythms. She wails over the spinning experimental mix of skittering drums and synths, making for a greatly tense listen.
The xx – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)