Songs We Like - 30/9

Songs We Like - 30/9

Welcome to the first edition of Late Night Songs We Like, a feature which is exactly the same as your regular Songs We Like except it’s published a little later than usual because I got sidetracked buying a Loose Joints record. Please don’t blame me, it’s basically my job. This week we lost the wonderful Charles Bradley, ‘the screaming eagle of soul’, and a man who had one of the most positive outlooks on life. Perhaps one of the most genuinely caring people to have ever been a part of the music industry, Charles Bradley gave all the love he could give to anyone willing to receive it. An extraordinary man and a true humanitarian, it is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to a man with a voice that could make the soul tremble.

 

319 – The Rapture

 

 

The first (and possibly last?) single from Oneohtrix Point Never and Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler is the collaborative gem you never knew you needed. Released as part of Adult Swim’s long-standing and consistently excellent singles series, ‘The Rapture’ pairs Butler’s distinct flow with jazzy OPN production to create a smoker’s dream: smooth flow, avant instrumental frills, spacey production and an all-over hazey feel. We can only hope there’s more 319 to come. – Tom

 

Björk – The Gate

 

 

As one of the greatest living artists, she really doesn’t need much of an introduction. Björk is back and gearing up to release her ninth studio solo album, and The Gate gives a potent feeling of what’s to come. Whilst it lacks any sort of formal structure, it packs a strong emotional sensibility – and the synths, collaborated on with producer Arca, glisten just as much as her custom Gucci dress (which took 870 hours to make!). – Stevie

 

Can’t Swim – God Awful

 

 

Chris LePorto’s ‘Can’t Swim’ this year released one of 2017’s greatest debut albums, and (presumably) as a B-side, ‘God Awful’ follows in similar gritty anthemic emo style. It’s everything we now expect from the grungy DIY outfit: huge chordal choruses underpinned by a solidified rhythm section and LePorto gruffly bleeting lyrics about breakups. 2017 is the return for punky garage rock, and we welcome it. – Elliot

 

Four Tet – Daughter

 

 

It’s a running joke how much I adore Four Tet, and I’m fairly certain at this point he’s our most featured Songs We Like artist, an accolade that hopefully means something to someone. Presumably titled in reverence of his daughter (a wild assumption I’ve made), Daughter is a standout track from the recently released New Energy and it’s absolutely brimming with love, care and affection. A gorgeous rolling beat and beautiful vocal samples create one of the most genuinely heartwarming pieces of music that serves as a needed antidote to this turbulent age of narcissistic bullshit. – Tom

 

King Krule – Dum Surfer

 

 

You’ve probably seen recently that Archy Marshall is back to releasing material under King Krule, and Dum Surfer really does seem like the logical route in terms of progression. His vocals – doused in endless effects as usual – are pushed more than ever to the limit of their sunken depths, and the jazzy aspects of his previous record have returned too. The song has a strong spooky vibe to it with a video to match, panning around a zombified band and audience; this’ll be worth playing in a month’s time. – Stevie

 

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