I’ve got places to be today but here’s an absolute banger from 6LACK’S new album Since I Have a Lover to roll you into the weekend.
Andrea – Lush In End (Drum Version)
Andrea’s last album Ritorno was one of my favourite releases of 2020, so it’s great to see him back on Ilian Tape for the follow up, Due In Color. Atmospheric breaks one again dominate, with perhaps just a little more ambient whimsey present than last time around. Lush In End (Drum Version) is one of the more energetic tracks, and it’s absolutely brilliant.
Yves Tumor – Parody
Yves Tumor continues their evolution from experimental electronic noodler to stadium rock icon with their new album, the insanely (and brilliantly) titled Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds). I haven’t had a proper chance to delve into its metallic depths yet, but on the first listen Parody stood out as particularly fun.
Tei Shi – FAMILIAR
I don’t think I’ve posted a big, brash pop banger on here for a while, so this might come as a bit of a shock to anyone who’s got used to my meandering ambient leanings. One of four new songs on Tei Shi’s new EP BAD PREMONITION, FAMILIAR is sparse, taut and immediately satisfying.
Holodec – paint job (jade mix)
I’m sick for what feels like the third time this year already. Even typing is taking it out of me, so here’s a quick one for you that’s soothing my weary brain.
System Olympia – Mystified
System Olympia has a new greatest hits album out, and even though everything on it has been previously released, I still think it’s worth highlighting as it’s really brilliant. Also: that album cover. Now I’m no prude, but I was genuinely startled. New Erotica Collection very much by both name and nature it seems.
The Antlers – I Was Not There
The Antlers first release of the year is perhaps their gentlest, dreamiest song to date. Unveiled this week alongside the announcement of an NYC show, there are no hints about a forthcoming album – and as this sounds like it could have easily been recorded for 2021’s Green To Gold that seems unlikely – but it’s still very nice to have new music from arguably my favourite band of the last decade.
Fever Ray – Kandy
The Glastonbury line-up poster was revealed last week, so obviously I am spending quite a lot of my time fanatically listening to everyone I’m not already familiar with. Fever Ray was vaguely on my radar before, but I just didn’t really connect with them. Their latest single is amazing though, and I also only just realised that they were one half of The Knife! Which considering I loved them, and also consider myself vaguely musically attuned is a fairly major oversight. Also: that video.
Grant Chapman – This Comfort
For an album created entirely from random samples sourced on YouTube, there’s an incredibly consistent atmosphere on Grant Chapman’s Indentations, so much so that posting one track here doesn’t really do it justice. Like most of the album, This Comfort is delicate, emotional and evocative, and lands in a very sweet spot between ‘traditional’ ambient music and spine-tingling ASMR.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Star
St. Paul & The Broken Bones pick up where they left off last year with the lead single from their recently announced second album, Angels in Science Fiction, due for release 21 April. Inspired by a story about a starfish that’s far too maddeningly twee for me to waste your time with, the song itself is, thankfully, a banger.