Songs We Like - 23/6/18

Songs We Like - 23/6/18

Another week has been and gone, I’ve lost all my money on the football and I feel personally victimised by the pollen in the UK. But hey, fuck it, summer is here. Here’s this week’s best new music to help kick off the summer in all the right ways.

 

Andrea Taeggi aka Gondwana – Dinergy

 

Is this music? For all you edgy teens out there, god no. But for some Berlin-basement-studio-dwelling-analogue-hardware-fiends this might just be something to savour and enjoy. To me, pieces of music that are flaunted for their almost elitist style production are a big no-no, however in this instance there is something that lurks between the bleeps and bloops that seems to communicate a hidden message or something. It’s sparse and baffling but apparently I still like it. –Rhys

 

Chaka Khan – Like Sugar (Extended Mix)

 

 

Chaka’s back, baby. So here’s the deal: this Record Store Day, I was perusing the wares of Banquet Records when I came across a hand numbered (/100) 12” on Diary Records, a label unknown to me, by Chaka Khan. Having extensively researched upcoming RSD releases, this was one that I was completely unaware of and instantly bought. The track, ‘Like Sugar (Extended Mix)’, was a gorgeous medley of funk, crunchy slap-bass guitar lines and that signature Chaka chic. Fast forward to today and Chaka’s David Taylor assisted groover is available for the world to hear. Lose yourself to those bongos and builds because Chaka Khan is back with a banger. -Tom

 

Florence + The Machine – Big God

 

 

You’d be forgiven if you were surprised to see ‘Big God’ in this week’s Songs We Like, but it certainly earns a place (and not just because of the Jamie XX writing credits or Kamasi Washington instrumentation I’m so partial to). ‘Big God’ sounds, well, big. Opening amongst hugely ominous chords, Florence takes on the modern phenomenon of ‘ghosting’ and turns it into a cavernous welling of religious despair. Huge, brooding sounds of gloomy emptiness are my cup of tea, and Florence (and her machine) deliver a grandiose and crushing track that harks back to the style that initially catapulted her to fame. -Tom

 

Knife Knights – Give You Game (ft. Marquetta Miller & Stas THEE Boss)

 

 

The pairing of Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood is enough to get the blood pumping, but ‘Give You Game’ shatters all lofty preconceptions to deliver a phenomenal abstraction of aesthetics. Winding down a sonic road that never ends where you quite expect it, ‘Give You Game’ delivers a Shabazz sound with a distinct twist: Stas THEE Boss (of THEESatisfaction) and Marquetta Miller flavour the acid-funk with a melancholy soul, creating a truly otherworldly sonic journey. If that doesn’t sell it to you, there’s always the vaguely-NSFW music video that hints at more than a few aesthetics from Hereditary. A truly unique and captivating track, Knife Knights are firmly on my radar. -Tom

 

Lotic – Solace

 

 

Following on from the confrontational and abrasive exploration of power in ‘Hunted’, Lotic returns with ‘Solace’, a thematically similar but equally as experimental single. Centering around a more vocally prevalent melody, Lotic’s exploration of sonic structure is an enticing portrayal of an emotional state that deserves both understanding and attention. -Tom

 

Sinistarr – 55555 (Philip D Kick Remix)

 

 

Do not try and keep up. Do not attempt to keep up. You will not succeed. Welcome to the musical hybrid you never knew you wanted: footwork and jungle (also known as ‘Junglefoot’, a term coined by yours truly). I’m not kidding when I say you won’t be able to keep up – this is fast and furious and very fast. Don’t forget to take a breath when the breakdowns roll around, they are few and far between all of that hard and fast Junglefoot. Really, where are the boundaries anymore? Junglefoot? What’s next, Funky-Trance? Electronic music truly is special. –Rhys

 

Image: Sub Pop/Knife Knights

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