Songs We Like - 15/7

Songs We Like - 15/7

It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks for us over here at The 730 Review, so please forgive us for the lack of Songs We Like last week. The eagle-eyed readers among you may have noticed that we now publish Songs We Like on a Saturday now, but don’t let that phase you, we still promise to keep you updated with some of the best new music each week,  it’ll just be a day later than usual. As always, you can keep up to date with our ever expanding Spotify playlist, so please follow that so I don’t have to keep copying over that hyperlink. It’ll be worth your time, I promise. This week we are pleased to bring you an absolutely mammoth edition of the much-loved and ever-imitated Songs We Like to make up for last week’s brief hiatus, so keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle ‘cause this shit about to get wild.

 

Broken Social Scene – Stay Happy

 

 

One of the most pleasant surprises of the year has been how good Broken Social Scene’s Hug Of Thunder is, and Stay Happy is perhaps one of the strongest stand-alone singles. Invoking a more pop-like structure than heyday BSS, Stay Happy is an affirming summer jam that rewards the listener with some hard-as-fuck trombone and softly-sung lyrics from new vocalist Ariel Engle to remind us that life is shit and that’s alright, pal, just as long as you remember to stay happy. Tom

 

Cut Copy – Airborne

 

 

Simply put, this is the tightest dance-rock tune of the year. The music industry may be over-saturated with disco/funk indebted fusions (literally anything made after Uptown Funk or Random Access Memories) but Cut Copy’s first track proper in three years is a sheer delight. It has everything: a funky bassline, woodblocks, those Chic-like riffs and most importantly an exuberant chorus that makes you want to fucking move, all without sounding overcrowded or unnecessary. Airborne riffs on some classic disco/funk palettes, but it feels like a joyous jam rather than just a marketing ploy by the mainstream industry. – Tom

 

DJ Shadow ft. Danny Brown – Horror Show

 

 

Aptly titled, with a theatrical and deranged beat, DJ Shadow couldn’t possibly have featured a more suitable rapper than the remarkably wacky Danny Brown. The beat Shadow lays down is wonderfully maximal with messy bombastic drums and synths that sound like they’ve been stripped straight from a bonkers kids cartoon.  – Stevie

 

Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen

 

 

Four Tet’s first solo single in three years is a stray away from his recent spat of thumping club remixes and bassline wobblers towards an altogether more considered and luscious trip-hop sound. Consisting of a meditative and melancholic backing track and an oriental melody that shimmers through the downtempo sound, Two Thousand and Seventeen sees Four Tet return to some of his earlier roots (that unfortunately spawned the term ‘folktronica’) to deliver some of the most sublime and controlled electronic music of the year. The album can’t come soon enough. Tom

 

Gerd Janson & Shan – Surrender

 

 

As summer dance tunes go, Surrender is what I would call ‘a fucking stomper’. Gerd Janson and Shan team up for 7 minutes of rampant, no-fucks-given, hands in the air and lose-your-shit disco bliss. The progression is never ending, the samples are euphoric, the stomps are precision engineered and the whole tune is a feverish mess of rapturous dance ecstasy. It would be nice to have a year not ruled by Midland’s Regraded label that gave us the fantastic Final Credits last year, but alas, this year is not the one. – Tom

 

Lucy Rose – Soak It Up

 

 

She’s back with another grand album, with sharper poetry for lyrics and confident yet comfortable vocals. Her effortless singing on Soak It Up makes it easy to love – this is Lucy Rose at her very best. Meanwhile, I’ll just be sitting here hoping that she will come live with me for a few days and play a few free concerts in Brussels – not quite as far-fetched as you think, considering that is precisely what she did in South America last year. – Suparna

 

Mogwai – Party In The Dark

 

 

Post-rock overlords Mogwai return with a track that has…lyrics? It’s shoegazey, it’s accessible, and it sure does sound like a lighter Have A Nice Life song. And whilst those aren’t exactly Mogwai staples, Party In The Dark manages to feel nostalgic, gloomy and somehow optimistic at the same time. It’s perhaps one of the most straightforward Mogwai tracks concocted, but when a band 22 years into their career experiment with different structures as successfully as this, it’s hard not to get excited about their 9th studio album, Every Country’s Sun. – Tom  

 

Oh Wonder – Solo

 

 

I’m still warming up to the rest of Oh Wonder’s new album, but I can say for now that Solo is an excellent way to start. Their composition is clever, a notch above the debut album, and most apparent in the momentary vacuum that follows ‘I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out’ in the chorus. They inject the slightest bit of claustrophobia with the incessant synths and percussion and then, bam, it’s all gone. – Suparna

 

Protomartyr – A Private Understanding

 

 

Protomartyr, the ever-deadpan and despairing post-punkers are teasing material in anticipation for their upcoming LP, Relatives in Descent, and dear lord is this an exciting direction they’ve taken. On A Private Understanding they’ve found themselves in far more dynamic territory with strong builds and climaxes as opposed to unremitting noisiness and Joe Casey’s vocals, exuding apathy, continue to steal the show. – Stevie

 

Rhye – Please

 

 

Everybody, I genuinely mean everybody, has heard Open by Rhye, and his voice is as sublime, intimate, and haunting in all the other songs on the debut album, and better still in the new little bitesize EP. Also, in case you missed the ‘his’ in the first line, that is indeed a man behind the microphone. A bit of minimalist ambient pop-meets-R&B-acknowledges-jazz from me – happy weekend folks. – Suparna

 

Toro y Moi – Mirage

 

 

I’m not going to lie, I have a migraine from thinking too hard about which song to include from Toro y Moi’s new album because most of Boo Boo is, contrary to its name, very applaud-worthy. Chaz Bear’s voice is HD in comparison to the rougher edges of earlier albums. Mirage brings to mind velvet flare pants on the dance floor – you’ll know what I mean when you listen to it, or look at the album cover for that matter. – Suparna

 

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