Songs We Like - 22/9/2018

Songs We Like - 22/9/2018

Who could’ve predicted that the Mercury Prize would still manage to be disappointing to almost everyone, despite having one of the worst shortlists in recent memory? It’s certainly the only prize I know to constantly and consistently disappoint, and we live in a world where Arcade Fire’s abysmal Everything Now won the Juno award for Album of The Year. Well, regardless of your opinions on either award, we’re back with the best new music from the last week (or so). It can only be Songs We Like.  

 

Architects – Hereafter

 

 

Due to a long-ish holiday of mine, this unfortunately comes a week late after its drop, and in that time Architects have managed to exceed even their own expectations to sell out stadiums nationwide for early next year. And how can we not be surprised? Tom Searle’s legacy is gushing through the second track released since his untimely death, with guitarists Josh Middleton and Adam Christianson maintaining the brutal beauty that Architects are known for. A chorus to level Wembley, and an eager wait for November when Holy Hell gets released – no British band deserves it more. Mercury Music Prize my arse. -Elliot

 

Bruce – Æon

 

It’s Bruce on Hessle Audio, what more could I possibly say to entice you? The first single from upcoming release Sonder Somatic is brimming with ethereal energy, providing beautiful breakdowns and an electronic intricacy seemingly patented for the Hessle label. Deeply futuristic and undoubtedly ahead of the game, ‘Æon’ is an absolute stunner of a headphones moment. -Tom

 

Death Valley Girls – More Dead

 

 

With ‘More Dead’, Death Valley Girls bring a scuzzy, infectious energy that’s packed full of grungey guitars, blistering solos and chanted vocals. Providing a rambunctious occult-like anthem to accompany a message of self-importance and care, Death Valley Girls impeccably toe the line between thunderous musicality and social importance on ‘More Dead’. Darkness Rains is out October 5th via Suicide Squeeze, and it’s definitely one you’ll want to check out. -Tom

 

Drug Church – Strong References

 

 

What are these references you ask? Well, it’s Patrick Kindlon reflecting on his time as an unintentional nude model in his early 20s over the top of some hardcore Pixies-throwback grunge, obviously. Not what I was expecting either, but it all contributes to another killer track before Cheer arrives in only a couple-a-months time. -Elliot

 

Kurt Vile – Backasswards

 

 

Kurt Vile is exceptional and making meandering, pensive folk music. ‘Bassackwards’ is a serene display of warming songwriting, one that lends itself to long drives to lose yourself in thought. Engineered to perfection, ‘Backasswards’ rewards with 9 minutes of blissed out guitar work and meditative lyricism that Vile has long-since championed. -Tom

 

Open Mike Eagle – Relatable (peak OME)

 

 

Open Mike Eagle functions almost as an outlier to the rap world, releasing sublime solo and collaborative albums in quick succession, never quite claiming the recognition he deserves. With ‘Relatable (peak OME)’, Open Mike Eagle lays his fears and anxieties bare for the world to see. It’s by no means new territory for the rapper – anxiety, politics and community are all long-serving OME themes – but with ‘Relatable’ comes a frenetic necessity to try and explain a confounding world. Bolstered by production from Nedarb Nagrom that utilises ghostly synths and trumpet duties from Jordan Katz, ‘Relatable (peak OME)’ boasts sublime production and lyricism that highlight the complexities and witticisms only OME can provide. -Tom

 

Terror Danjah – Overproof

 

 

Truth be told, it’s been a while since we’ve had any Grime featured on Songs We Like. That’s where crew cut and ungodly anthem ‘Overproof’ comes in: 3 minutes of hard as shit, pay attention and listen bars from Terror Danjah, Jammz, Gods Gift, Capo Lee, Trigga, Hitman Hyper and Irah. Make no mistake, ‘Overproof’ provides the vital energy and exceptional bars currently lacking from the scene, and with so much talent packed into such a short time the cut demands instant replay. ‘Too many hype men, not enough spitters’ certainly doesn’t apply here. -Tom

 

Vessel – Argo (For Maggie)

 

Chamber music and breakneck rhythms marry for one hell of a ride on ‘Argo (For Maggie)’, the first single from upcoming Vessel release Queen Of Golden Dogs. I’m not sure any words can quite convey the level of intensity that ‘Argo (For Maggie)’achieves, hitting manic tribal rhythms that almost buckle under the sheer pace before blooming into a chamber-inspired electronic epiphany. Equal parts regal and raw, Vessel has created a truly intoxicating composition that defies expectations at every possible turn. -Tom

 

Image: Architects/ Epitaph Records

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