Songs We Like - 11/11

Songs We Like - 11/11

The fellowship is (partially) restored this week with contributions from TomRhysElliot and Stevie to help satisfy your end-of-week musical cravings. On top of that, we celebrate music maestro Elliot Burr’s birthday, so raise your glasses to his continued existence this weekend. Without further ado, here are our selections for the best new tracks this week. 

 

Aesop Rock – Hot Dogs

 

 

The Impossible Kid is a damn impressive album, and Aesop Rock shows no sign of compromising any of his highly set standards. Hot Dogs is clunky, abrasive and bleak, and it works perfectly; a dissonant instrumental chops in and out, detuning and decaying whilst Aesop spits hard hitting and confounding bars that remain adamantly front and centre stage. -Tom

 

Azura – Paraiso ‘89

 

 

Paraiso ’89, or ‘That one that Hunee played at Lost Village 2017’, is the perfect way to transport yourself away from the harsh winter elements and onto that tropical island of choice. Piano stabs aplenty, the real beauty in the track lies in the mellowed outro and calypso feel. There’s even that classic ‘whisper in your ear’ type shit going on to make you feel extra sultry and intimate. You know you love it. – Tom

 

Don Broco – T-Shirt Song

 

 

‘Technology’ has finally been given a release date – February 2nd – and following on from 2017’s relentless barrage of catchy pop rock tunes tinged with heavy doses of distortion is ‘T-Shirt Song’. The Broco lads have upped their game since 2015 immensely; I’m lamenting my loss of ticket at Ally Pally tonight where all these new showstoppers will be pulled out in full force to a sold-out crowd. The Broco bash will continue well into 2018, so watch this space. – Elliot

 

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – I Will Make Room For You (Four Tet Remix)

 

 

‘Papa Four’ (a term coined by Four Tet’s biggest fan) has remixed a track from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s recent and very weird album. I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet Remix) really missed a trick by settling for that title when it could have been ‘I Will Make Room Four You’. Anyway, the track somewhat tones down what was a beatless cacophony of organs, synths, vocals and nature samples into a tighter electronic track while still incorporating that overall element of weirdness. Over the course of its 8 minutes several strange elements are introduced and removed whilst still sounding cohesive and deliberate, grounded by the minimal shuffling beat. – Rhys

 

KiNK – Yom Thorke

 

 

Underground sensation and Resident Advisor favourite KiNK returns to the album format with Playground, a 12 track selection of the usual club classics and ‘boisterous bangers’. Yom Thorke, a spoonerism of Radiohead frontman and demi-god Thom Yorke, is a mechanically precise production that chugs its way through thumping beats into numerous highs. It never feels in danger of slowing, and the payouts are the rewarding moments of layered instrumentation rather than dumb-as-fuck drops. Yom Thorke wants to take you for a ride, and you’d be silly not to accept. – Tom

 

Poppy Ackroyd – The Calm Before

 

 

Modern-classical composer Poppy Ackroyd has shared a lovely new single from her upcoming album, Resolve. The song increases in vastness as it unfolds; its piano flourishes contribute a weightless and delicate beauty to an already thriving collection of sounds and instrumentation. Cello, clarinet and flute are also present, both grand but understated, inspiring an almost visual landscape for the mind. – Stevie

 

Turnstile – Real Thing

 

 

The hardcore punk contingent remains ever strong with Trapped Under Ice side project Turnstile (now already in the same league following their fabulous debut record) dropping another bouncy party banger to round off the year, with a hint at a new direction. Brendan Yates’ heartfelt yells have come on leaps and bounds, and they shine here amongst a short-and-sweet hardcore dance floor hit, all shown in a cryptic video featuring tribalism, TUI member cameos and Freaky Frank slamming a bass in a suit. Welcome back. – Elliot

 

Yaeji – Raingurl

 

 

Yaeji is back to give some Korean-American flavour to November with EP2. The record has 4 tracks and then a passionfruit cover, but we’re not going to talk about that. Raingurl is the most energetic song on the EP with its bouncy Kaytranada-esque beat and catchy hook, Yaeji tells us about her ‘introspection at the club’ while simultaneously using her bilingual lyrics to add to the rhythm of the track.  – Rhys

 

Image: Godmode / yaeji

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