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Lasse Tapio Junnila – Recall

Finnish artist Lasse Tapio Junnila released his debut album Childhood Amnesia last week, and Recall comes from that collection. The album tenderly and poignantly explores memory and nostalgia: specifically those half-forgotten early experiences of childhood that can lie dormant for years before coming back in a rush, triggering strong – if not entirely fully understood – emotions. Recall is gleaming, surging ambient electronica, and is just lovely.

https://lassetapiojunnila.bandcamp.com

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Smino & Saba – Plead the .45th

Smino & Saba’s soulful new collab is their contribution to the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack, a new film based on the life of Black Panther head Fred Hampton and his death as a result of FBI informant William O’ Neal. The accompanying album Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album includes 22 tracks from artists like H.E.R., Nas, Hit-Boy, Black Thought, Nipsey Hussle, JAY-Z, JID, BJ The Chicago Kid, A$AP Rocky etc, etc, and – perhaps unsurprisingly given the calibre of that list – is well worth a listen.

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One Track Mind: Burd Hauz

The California-based artist finds inspiration in the raw emotion of Walking Volcanoes’ Expire Together

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Today we welcome California-based artist Burd Hauz, whose debut album In My Sky landed last month and is already one of my favourite LPs of the year. Bringing together sultry R&B cuts, tough, trappy beats, lo-fi indie rock and even grungy guitars, it’s 30 minutes of pure, heartfelt, and seemingly boundless creativity, packing in an outrageous amount of different tones and styles in its short running time. It’s really brilliant: you should go and listen to it.

For her track, Burd Hauz has picked a fiercely emotional record that informed several of the tracks on her album.

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JPEGMAFIA – FIX URSELF!

This. Is. Absolutely. Ridiculous. Best, most creative rapper currently working. I said it! Cos it’s true!

https://www.jpegmafia.net

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Emerson Snowe – Frankenstein

Frankenstein is the first taste of Townsville-born, Berlin-based artist Emerson Snowe’s forthcoming debut EP, which is set to land later this year. There’s something about the lofi, DIY aesthetic of this that strongly reminds me of some of Molly Nilsson’s work, not least the brittle, brisk drums and woozy pads. There’s a lot going on here: loads of fun melodies and weird little instrumental flourishes, but it all comes together brilliantly.

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Mint Julep – A Rising Sun

Dreamy pop from Portland duo Mint Julep for you today, taken from their new LP In a Deep and Dreamless Sleep which comes out next month. Really I feel like I should be listening to this at sunrise looking at something quietly spectacular: an endless desert, a hazy cityscape, etc. Instead, obviously, I’m looking at the same view I’ve been looking at pretty much non-stop for about the last year: a window, a road, a little bit of sky. The fact that it’s still making me feel overwhelmingly nostalgic and really quite happy categorically proves its greatness.

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Sunshine Lombre – Just Verbs

Southside Chicago native Sunshine Lombre is a dancer, poet and musician set to release her debut EP in a couple of months, from which Just Verbs is taken. On the surface at least this a super sultry, warm, minimalistic piece with little more than Lombre’s closed-mic’d vocal and some gentle Rhodes-y chords playing softly in the background. So far, so relaxing: but there’s something about the ominous pad and sketchy vinyl crackles that run throughout that makes suspect a more sinister atmosphere, like this entire ballad is being whispered to a bound ex-lover as she runs a kitchen knife playfully down their chest. But maybe that’s just me.

https://www.instagram.com/ladylombre

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Browni – Ready To Surrender

Browni is producer Kovey Coles and singer/songwriter Hawa Sako, and Ready To Surrender is about as slick and sultry as R&B gets: the kind of record you listen to half a dozen times on repeat on your way back from a Big Night Out, half drifting off as you gaze out of the cab window at the yellow-white street lights and slowly brightening sky. Remember nights out? No, me neither actually.

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Patrica Taxxon – Crocus 3

Patricia Taxxon released two entire albums this weekend, but I watched four entire games of rugby and cooked a roast, so, you know, who’s to really say what’s of more benefit to the world? This is my pick from the first of those albums, Crocus, which in some ways throws back to her 2019 masterpiece Beauty, minus the samples and frenetic drums: a gorgeous, synthy instrumental that once agains manages to remind me of Lemmings.

https://patriciataxxon.bandcamp.com

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One Track Mind: A Winged Victory for the Sullen

The ambient duo’s Adam Wiltzie talks about Talk Talk’s genre-defining masterpiece Spirit of Eden

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Today we welcome A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s Adam Wiltzie. An ambient music duo composed of Wiltzie alongside Dustin O’Halloran, A Winged Victory for the Sullen are set to release their fourth studio album Invisible Cities later this month. Before forming the group, Wiltzie was involved with various ambient projects including The Dead Texan (with Christina Vantzou) and Stars of the Lid (with Brian McBride), and has been responsible for what I would confidently say are some of the most beautiful, powerful and important albums ever made, in any genre. So to say I’m very happy to have him on TPW is a bit of an understatement.

Here, Adam talks about the first time he heard Talk Talk’s post-rock masterpiece Spirit of Eden, and the lasting impact it had on him, and how it influenced his own work.