Songs We Like - 13/7/2018

Songs We Like - 13/7/2018

This week on SWL: big beats, boyband blues, bombastic blasts and a shitload of summer fun. You know the drill by now – we find some of the best new tunes around and collate them all in one place for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget to give our Spotify playlist a follow to keep updated with our top picks in one handy playlist.  

 

Brockhampton – 1999 WILDFIRE

 

 

Kevin Abstract and boyband chums channel their inner Outkast on a distinctly pop-rap bop. Could Brockhampton sound any more Andre 3000 if they tried? Probably not, but that’s by no means a bad thing. The real beauty of ‘1999 Wildfire’ hits around the 3 minute mark when Bearface steps into the ring to deliver silky-smooth apathetic vocals over an intensifying beat. The boyband tag seems ever the more apt, but what do we care about labels? ‘1999 Wildfire’ is an enigmatic pop hit and I can practically sense Bearface’s impending emergence as an unstoppable force. -Tom

 

Childish Gambino – Summertime Magic

 

 

Remember back in the Camp-era of Childish Gambino when Donald Glover used to make unashamedly summery sing-song rap whilst complaining about how no-one took him seriously as a rapper? Well, I loved that era of Gambino, and now that he’s asserted himself as a ‘rapper’ through the possibly plagiarised but still important ‘This Is America’, Gambino seems content to set his sights back on the summer nostalgia Camp excelled in. Boasting beautiful production that melds afro-centric steel drum instrumentation with dancehall inspired rhythms, ‘Summertime Magic’ is an understated jam for the unfathomable heatwave the U.K. is going through right now, and it’s great to see Glover feel comfortable enough to return to singalongs after the now-infamous Pitchfork scalping of Camp. -Tom

 

Daniel Avery – Quick Eternity (Four Tet Remix)

 

 

Papa Four conjures something dirty from synth mastermind Daniel Avery’s ‘Quick Eternity’. It’s me, it’s you, it’s a Four Tet remix. You know the score. -Tom

 

Djrum – Sex

 

 

Hoooooly shit. Djrum reveals an absolute behemoth of a single from upcoming album Portrait With Firewood, the inimitable ‘Sex’. There’s so much to unpack from this single that it’s borderline absurd. Marrying deep sounds with jittering techno, soulful samples and even the odd breakbeat, ‘Sex’ is a rave odyssey that incorporates practically every genre from dance culture and serves it with glee. One for the ages. -Tom

 

Paul Woolford – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (ft. Kim English)

 

 

Stonking anthem from master of the deep, Paul Woolford.  A short, sharp masterpiece that practically refines deep house anthems into an art, ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups’ instils vocal refrains in the brain (courtesy of Kim English) before mercilessly drilling fat basslines at you. Sure to get some big festival love, Paul Woolford has one again demonstrated that making perfectly polished music is a task that he excels in. -Tom

 

 

Image:  Childish Gambino

 

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