Songs We Like - 24/02/2018

Songs We Like - 24/02/2018

Cosy up this Saturday eve with the finest selection of the best new music around, provided by some of the finest selectors around. It’s another three way from us, so enjoy some eclectic picks from Tom, Elliot and Rhys that cover every aspect of the music world, all united by a common thread of being pretty damn great. As ever, our Spotify playlist is still a thing, so go ahead and subscribe to that to get all our picks from the last 10 months in one convenient place.   

 

Can’t Swim – In Between

 

 

Very much in keeping with Can’t Swim’s excellent LP last year, ‘In Between’ offers much of the textured musicality and complementary gravelly vocals from Chris LaPorto that made ‘Fail You Again’ one of 2017’s most accomplished debut records. Expect emotion, and if you don’t cry, just listen again. -Elliot

 

Father John Misty – Mr. Tillman

 

 

Make what you will of the Father John Misty persona, but you can’t deny Mr. Tillman’s penchant for making overblown folk-indie sound brilliantly effortless. ‘Mr. Tillman’ is one such treat; a laid back concoction of crooning and choral chanting that lands nearer the ‘Fear Fun’ side of proceedings. Featuring all the self-depreciating tongue in check cynicism you’ve come to expect, ‘Mr. Tillman’ is the meta self-aware storytelling experience that only Father John Misty can manage to make sound both humorous and like a resounding cry for help. -Tom

 

Hugo Massien – 0011

 

 

I’ve really appreciated our boy Hugo’s consistency as a producer recently – two solid EP’s in 2017 and another one in early 2018 is a great pace to be working at, especially when the calibre of his work is at such a good level. ‘0011’ is the track with the most boring name on the Almost Becoming Lucid’ EP, but boy the actual track is a bouncing boomer. The deep arpeggiated synth melody and fast paced hi-hats make so much of an impression that the almost 6-minute run-time feels like 30 seconds. If I were to re-name the track I’d call it ‘The Waltzer’, because it spins me around and makes me friggin’ giddy. –Rhys

 

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

 

 

Nothing quite conjures the same excitement as the announcement of a new Janelle Monáe album, especially when ‘The Electric Lady’ came out nearly 5 years ago. Cue ‘Make Me Feel’, the first single proper from upcoming album ‘Dirty Computer’, an absolutely infectious Prince indebted jam that only Monáe could pull off so well. A potential step away from the Metropolis saga in terms of content but not necessarily aesthetics, ‘Make Me Feel’ is a goddamn delight that plays with ideas of sexuality and intimacy in a purely celebratory manner. Janelle Monáe season be aproachin’, and ‘Dirty Computer’ is sitting firmly at the top of my ‘most anticipated’ list. -Tom

 

Janelle Monáe – Django Jane

 

 

Janelle Monáe has some powerful shit to say, and we’d all do well to listen. An early contender for song of the year, ‘Django Jane’ makes me want to stand up and clap. -Tom

 

Lion Babe – Honey Dew

 

 

Any neo-soul revamp is worthy of attention. New York duo Lion Babe – composed of Jillian Hervey and J-Dilla aficionado producer Lucas Goodman – are one such brilliant example and have luckily dropped a sumptuous pre-spring chill fest: ‘Honey Dew’. Layering on the sex appeal with a bloody spade, these accomplished soulful kids channel their inner Erykah Badu to send you into a cotton-wool-covered stupor. Comfy as fuck. -Elliot

 

Lone – Hyper Seconds

 

 

‘Hyper Seconds is the second half of the Ambivert Tools Vol. 3 EP, and if you remember correctly we let you know about the first single ‘Temples’ last month when it was released. So yeah, we’re back at it again because Lone is a don. ‘Hyper Seconds’ has a faster pace than ‘Temples’ and features a similar set of elements that help tie the two together. Holding that signature ethereal vibe with another strange addition of synth leads sounding like a distant cousin of the panpipes heard in ‘Temples’, ‘Hyper Seconds’ boosts your mood like nothing else. –Rhys

 

Nubya Garcia – When We Are

 

 

Jazz saxophonist extraordinaire Nubya Garcia primes upcoming EP ‘When We Are’ with the hypnotic and entrancing title track from the project. A near 7-minute odyssey, ‘When We Are’ sounds heavenly in every department: the drums roll, the sax is enchanting and the keys are impeccable. One to sit back and lose yourself in. -Tom

 

Underøath – On My Teeth

 

 

Aaron Gillespie’s departure from Florida’s post-hardcore pioneers Underøath was a turning point which divided all of their well-deserved underground fanbase. That’s not to say that 2010’s ‘Ø (Disambiguation)’ was a failure, mind you – I was a bit of a fan – but their subsequent reinvention and re-hiring of Gillespie has, gladly, come to this. 8 years later, a new album is dropping, and ‘On My Teeth’ featured all their dischordant, ferocious energy (with ridiculously clean drumming) and the wonderfully schizophrenic vocal trade-offs that made them kings of the game. I expect more from upcoming effort ‘Erase Me’, but this starter is kicking off the speculation in the best possible way. -Elliot

 

 

Image: Janelle Monae/ Wondaland Arts Society/ Epic Records / Sony Records

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