Songs We Like - 5/8

Songs We Like - 5/8

Another week means another Songs We Like, and as ever we’ve provided a selection of some of the best new music around. There’s an abundance of boys, beats and bars in this week’s edition, so settle down with some hot steamy cocoa and warm yourself around the Songs We Like fire (also available in Spotify format). 

 

Charli XCX – Boys

 

 

Pop heavyweight Charli XCX’s latest hit isn’t one of those OTT sickly sweet party bangers (her feature on ‘Fancy’ springs to mind), but rather a soft love/lust anthem, complete with a minimalistic yet effective bassline and Super Mario Brothers inspired synth flourishes. Her staccato choral refrain is simple in the extreme, but – let’s face it – the most innocent of guilty pleasures. No shame. -Elliot

 

Circuit des Yeux – Paper Bag

 

 

When first listening to this track, you really don’t expect the sonic shift that Circuit des Yeux deliver; two minutes of arpeggiated synths bizarrely but effortlessly sail into straightforward folky guitar goodness, but even more bizarre is just how ridiculously well it works. Paper Bag is a conflict of disparate sounds that individually would lack the impact the song delivers as a whole. -Stevie

 

Don Broco – Technology

 

 

Another single release, another triumph from Bedford’s finest. Ramping up the distorted riffs and vocals from drummer Matt Donnelly (who really smashes it), Broco’s catchy rock tunes just get better and better, the videos all the more batshit. No album details yet (very unfortunate) but… what the hell is that ending breakdown? Who cares; it slams. -Elliot

 

Four Tet – Planet

 

 

It’s a well-known fact that I’m something of a Four Tet fan, but it’s hard not to be when Hebden’s musical output is as consistently innovative and sublime as has been for the last 15 years, and Planet is no exception to that trend. Blending all aspects from his career (from the techno heavy Percussions releases to the genre-defining Rounds), Planet is the perfect culmination of Four Tet styles: a squelchy techno beat underlies ethereal melodies offset by a sample that adds a necessary analogue counterbalance to the track. Deconstructed, you’d probably be left with half a dancefloor thumper and half a beautifully constructed ambient track, but combined you get something uniquely and unequivocally Four Tet. -Tom

 

Jessie Ware – Midnight

 

 

Jessie Ware originally graced our radios as a vocalist emerging from the UK Bass scene, collaborating with the likes of SBTRKT before carving her own path in the new wave of popularised R&B artists. In comparison to Jessie’s work so far, Midnight pushes so much further, producing something with a magnitude of passion at a level which she hadn’t yet reached. Her vocals cascade with romantic urgency and with a real believability to them too, as she delivers her lyrical love-letter atop the tender, staccato piano chords. -Stevie

 

Mosca – Don’t Take This The Wrong Way

 

 

Sonically, Mosca has been all over the place, from helping shape the label Night Slugs’ place in the 2010 UK Bass/Funky scene, to contributing the Garage banger ‘Bax’ to Numbers and even releasing material on his own label ‘Not So Much’. This time, though, he’s on the Bristol label Livity Sound, dishing out a seismic amount of bass, a confined and intense techno beat and a big spattering of blips and bleeps. -Stevie

 

Open Mike Eagle – 95 Radios (feat. Has-Lo)

 

 

Open Mike Eagle’s first offering from upcoming LP Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is the lusciously mellow and contemplative slowjam ’95 Radios’. Built around a skeletal drum beat that prioritises distorted snares and a low hum of bass, 95 Radios is a deceptively simple tune that boasts a catchy-as-fuck chorus, hidden guitar licks and some beautifully rhythmical bars from both OME and Has-Lo. -Tom

 

Primus – The Seven

 

 

30+ years on, and I don’t suppose anyone can guess what Primus have been smoking. The trio of bass god Les Claypool, “Ler” and “Herb” have released their first song in 6 years, and it’s as weird and wonderful as ever. Taking inspiration from a children’s book about multi-coloured goblins (of course), this self-confessed “goblin rock” belter is a dark, psychedelic wedding march of thumping instrumentals. As fans will know, Primus still sucks. -Elliot

 

Image: Mello Music Group

 

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