Songs We Like - 1/9/2018

Songs We Like - 1/9/2018

After taking a week’s break due to festival duties (be sure to catch up on our coverage of the whole season and upcoming Lost Village review), we’re back with a bumper edition of Songs We Like to make up for lost time. It’s another eclectic mix of divine electro, thumping breaks and plenty of luscious indie, so let’s get to it: these are the best new tracks that we’ve had on repeat. Oh, and be sure to give our Spotify playlist a follow to make sure you get all our picks in one handy place.

 

Boygenius – Me & My Dog

 

 

If I were to pick three musicians to be in a ‘supergroup’ of sorts, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker would probably be my top picks (Bridgers’ Stranger In The Alps and Dacus’ Historian made my best of 2017 and best of 2018 so far lists respectively). Luckily for me, the trio have united under the boygenius moniker after announcing a joint tour and an accompanying EP. Each of the three songs released so far have been impeccable, but the Bridgers led ‘Me & My Dog’ remains my personal standout. A brutishly energetic closer at her recent Scala gig, Phoebe Bridgers combines the melancholy heartbreak of Alps with bruising guitars and angelic harmonies from the rest of the boygenius collective. Emotional turmoil that combines astral imagery with dogs? Count me in. -Tom

 

Kin Klavé – Eshu’s Casette

 

 

Embellished with a rich human detail, ‘Eshu’s Casette’ is a sheer delight. An ambient-leaning production that shimmers with an ecstatic charm, Kin Klavé combines West African guitars with elements of downtempo to create a truly uplifting track. The real beauty of ‘Eshu’s Casette’ rests in tiny flourishes of instrumentation, all perfectly layered to create one of the most joyous tracks of the year that finds ingenuity in less-traditional influences. Be sure to keep an eye on Kin Klavé – with production as intricate as this, it’s hard not to crave more. -Tom  

 

The Maghreban – Monster VIP

 

The Maghreban provides some weighty power in the form of ‘Monster VIP’, a rattling monster of a track that thrives on nasty breaks and an ominous, detuning lead. A reworking of a hip-hop track from The Maghreban’s Strange U project, this VIP ups the ante with dark, jungle heavy influence not yet explored under the Maghreban moniker. First heard on Ben UFOs Rinse FM show, ‘Monster VIP’ is an arresting weapon that demands attention, ripe for even the hardest of dancefloors. -Tom

 

Ólafur Arnalds – undir

 

 

re:member, the latest album from Icelandic mastermind Ólafur Arnalds, is an exceptional LP in many respects. ‘undir’ is an undeniable highlight in an album of many, combining ambient keys with intricate strings and a shuffling beat. The amalgamation is a gorgeously crafted composition of interplay that coaxes you into a state of bliss; a triumphant display of restraint, dynamics and musicality. re:member is out now, and I would strongly recommend listening to the album in all of its grandiose entirety. -Tom

 

Will Saul – Directors Suite (Evil Acid Mix)

 

 

With Will Saul’s Bugs’ already cemented as one of my favourite club tunes of the year, the AUS label boss returns with By Your Side, a phenomenally polished EP that flirts with house, techno, and, yes, acid. ‘Directors Suite (Evil Acid Mix)’ is pretty much what you’d expect from a track titled as such: a gritty, progressive acid lead weaves around pounding mechanical percussion designed to make you sweat. One for the warehouses. -Tom

 

Yves Tumor – Licking an Orchid (ft. James K)

 

 

There’s a mesmerising appeal to the often-surreal experiments of Yves Tumor. Combining thick boom-bap beats with wistful strings, the seemingly straightforward nature of ‘Licking an Orchid’ dissipates into a cacophony of noise; a desperate scream against the ordinary as if the true emotional content can’t be expressed with words. It’s a song about loss, confusion and complexity, of not understanding the world around or how to protect loved ones from the toxicity of it. Visceral, haunting and beautiful. -Tom

 

 

Image: Warp / Yves Tumor

 

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