Songs We Like - 13/01/18

Songs We Like - 13/01/18

Are the January blues getting you down? Desperate for something new and exciting to liven up the cold, miserable month? Look no further. Songs We Like is back in full swing to carry you through 2018, a year that can only improve on the disastrous 2017. Whatever the outcome, know we’ve got you covered when it comes to brand spanking new music. This week, musical maestros Tom and Rhys provide the winter heat, providing another eclectic mix of the week’s best new music. Oh, and don’t forget to catch up on our Top 10 Albums of the Year series that concludes this weekend.

 

Kali Uchis – After The Storm (ft. Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins)

 

 

Hot damn, future sensation Kali Uchis teams up with Parliament-Funkadelic’s Bootsy Collins and golfwang leader Tyler, The Creator for a warm groove that practically screams Summer. That not enough for you? Production comes courtesy of those neo-jazz heroes, BadBadNotGood. Kali sounds effortless as she delivers light and airy vocals, perfectly accompanied by a touch of funk and jazz from the BBNG boys. It’s a phenomenal collaboration, and a direction I would love to see fully realised from the collective. -Tom

 

Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans

 

 

One of the greatest outcomes of Car Seat Headrest re-releasing Twin Fantasy is that I can gush about songs I love all over again. Nervous Young Humans is a pounding track driven by one hell of a drum beat (those snares!), layered to the brim with busy instrumentation. The result is an energetic barrage of noise that constantly soars to new heights, building upon each layer to create one of the most instantly gratifying songs Toledo has ever penned. -Tom

 

Lone – Temples

 

 

Lone is something of a mastermind. The R&S mainstay has been providing us with mind-bending productions (and last year’s exceptional DJ Kicks mix) for the best part of a decade, and now he’s back with a new track, Temples, another perfectly executed amalgamation of styles. Breakbeat with a hefty sub? Check. Signature Lone dreamy synths? Check. Err, panpipes? Check? Blending rattling jungle breaks with giddy tribal-esque drums and an eastern influence, Temples feels like a track that shouldn’t work. In Lone’s capable hands, though, Temples comes off as both ethereal and inviting, creating a floaty house number that will fuel your daydreams.  -Tom & Rhys

 

Sylvan Esso – PARAD(w/m)E

 

 

Sylvan Esso are one of the most consistent bands around. Both Sylvan Esso and last year’s phenomenal What Now are excellent albums that are awash with glittering, shimmering indie-pop gems. Latest single PARAD(w/m)E demonstrates the duos ability to create catchy earworms over minimal synth production. Sylvan Esso have always managed to accomplish powerful anthems with sparse instrumentation, a testament to the necessity of Nick Sanborn’s instrumentation and the hold that Amelia Meath commands with her voice and PARAD(w/m)E is a delight; a catchy infectious bop of a single bolstered by a myriad of hand claps and raw synth lines. Does this mean a new album is on the horizons so soon after What Now? More likely is that the single is an album off-cut, but I can still dream. -Tom

 

TSVI & Wallwork – Jaguar

 

Shamefully I only discovered TSVI and Wallwork very recently, off the back of Minor Science’s fact magazine mix (which is incredible). So, since Monday I have been rinsing both of the two artists, and then they release some new music, great! Throughout Jaguar the kicking bass and percussion form a weird hypnotic dynamic, making it sound like they’re out of time with each other, yet it still feels right. It’s a busy track with lots of components to keep your ears guessing and there is an almighty breakdown with a lethal distorted sub – you are definitely the passenger on this one, so strap in kids. -Rhys

 

Sigur Rós – End

 

 

Post-rock and OST’s go together like bread and butter, and Icelandic legends Sigur Rós took on soundtrack work for Black Mirror’s season 4 highlight ‘Hang The DJ’ with longtime collaborator Alex Sómers. End is a subdued piece of instrumentation, taking on muffled strings before exploding into a climatic drum fill. If you hadn’t worked it out, End occurs in the final moments of ‘Hang The DJ’, and is a beautiful accompaniment to the emotional arc that the characters endure. More importantly, though, End holds up on it’s own, demonstrating Sigur Rós’ prowess when it comes to anything remotely cinematic. -Tom

 

Image: Kali Uchis/ Universal Music Operations Limited/ Virgin EMI Records

 

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