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Lowly – Keep Up The Good Work

Lowly are back! The wonderful Danish quintet have announced a new album Keep Up The Good Work will be landing 17 February, with the title track out today. Their last album Hifalutin was massively under appreciated so hopefully this new one will see them finally getting their dues.

https://ffm.to/keepupthegoodwork

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Nilüfer Yanya – Rid Of Me

This summer I saw Nilüfer Yanya play to a more than half empty tent at Glastonbury, which is a shame because she was great. The previous day they had to close to entire field this tent was in as half a billion people turned up to hear Mel C play bangers from her eight (eight!) solo albums, and maybe Wannabe. And that’s how music works people! Yanya’s album PAINLESS is one of the best of the year, and this is her second single since, covering PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me to enjoyably nihilistic effect.

https://niluferyanya.com

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Beth Orton – Unwritten

I still strongly associate Beth Orton with the 90s. She’s released at least half a dozen albums since Central Reservation, but for me she will always be the soundtrack to hanging out in my friend’s kitchen, having dinner with his parents, waiting until we could go out and take drugs and listen to trance. I’ve not listened to a single album of hers since, but her latest Weather Alive was getting such amazing reviews, here we are. And it’s incredible from start to finish, culminating in the exquisitely devastating Unwritten, and arrives just in time to perfectly soundtrack the bleakness of winter ahead.

https://bethortonofficial.com

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Rex Kalibur – Benign Abyss

Get lost in the digital waves…

https://soundcloud.com/rex-kalibur

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Cate Le Bon – Typical Love

Cate Le Bon’s Pompeii is one of the finest albums of 2022 so far, and Typical Love is the first new material the Welsh artist has put out since its release. Following in a similarly idiosyncratic vein as her previous work, it’s another low-key, art-pop gem, and is the product of “a rare jam session with dearest genius friend, Stella Mozgawa”. Sparse and restrained with haunting brass, it’s reminiscent of Talking Heads in some of their odder moments.

https://catelebon.ffm.to/typicallove.OYD

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Quiraing – SU1-269MU 

Incredibly chill and glassy ambient from Quiraing, written on an island in Northern Michigan and created mainly from field recordings made on the artist’s journey to reach it. Simple and very effective.

https://soundcloud.com/quiraingmusic

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Blood Orange – Relax and Run feat. Erika de Casier, Eva Tolkin

If anything it’s surprising it’s taken Devote Hynes and Erika de Casier this long to collaborate, so perfectly do they compliment one another. Taken from the new Blood Orange EP Four Songs, Relax and Run is so ruthlessly up my street I was worried about its potential to underwhelm, but thankfully it’s everything I need it to be.

https://bloodorange.lnk.to/FourSongs

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Mads Kinnerup – Morph

Apologies for my recent absence (you noticed, right?) I was enjoying some post-birthday seaside celebrations and was way too busy pretending I’m rich to waste my time with music! Anyway, here’s some glorious Aphex-adjacent weirdness from Mads Kinnerup – the first single from his forthcoming album Interpolation – by way of an apology.

https://www.instagram.com/madskinnerup

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Pr0files – Van Gogh

As has already been established, I’m a sucker for an 80s synth alongside lyrics with even the merest hint of unrequited yearning. And if it could conceivably soundtrack a film where someone tears a beaten up old car across an impressive vista, tears streaming down their cheeks, then all the better. Oh, and: the band name should preferably be something enigmatic, possibly with a number replacing one of the letters. Tick, tick, tick.

https://pr0files.bandcamp.com

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Micah Frank & Chet Doxa – Ave Maria (feat. Mary Lattimore)

This is the lead single from Micah Frank and Chet Doxas’s forthcoming LP The Music of Hildegard von Bingen Part 1, which lands in November. Ave Maria combines a masterful harp performance from Mary Lattimore with Doxas’s meandering woodwind, gently billowing electronics and the late addition of a softly pulsing kick drum. Deep chill.

https://micahfrank.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-of-hildegard-von-bingen-part-one