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JUNKHEART – Queen of the Nile

A welcome to return to JUNKHEART whose new single Queen of the Nile landed today. He cites Tears for Fears, Blood Orange and The Japanese House as key influences – all of whom I love, obviously – and while inviting comparisons to other artists can be a risky business, Queen of the Nile is just so good he completely gets away with it. Without doubt one of the most vital, exciting new artists of the year so far.

https://soundcloud.com/thejunkheart

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Grøte – Prognosis I

Sometimes all your want to do is sit back in a comfy chair and be made to feel increasingly anxious for 12 or so minutes. And while, sure, you could just drink several strong coffees and watch the news, there are better ways of achieving this sometimes weirdly pleasurable state of disquiet, so here come Grøte – a drone collective based in Croatia – with Prognosis 1 – which slowly overwhelms you to the point that all you can think about is the vastness of everything and the futility of your own existence in comparison. But, you know, in quite an enjoyable way.

https://grote.bandcamp.com

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One Track Mind: Anna B Savage

The singer-songwriter discusses her abiding love for a Nat King Cole staple

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!

Released last month, Anna B Savage’s debut album A Common Turn was three years in the making and the result is remarkable, sounding at once defiant and deeply vulnerable and exploring themes both lightweight and profound. Throughout, her voice is never short of extraordinary, with tracks frequently starting life as exposed, skeletal frames before building to triumphant, roaring crescendos.

For her track, Anna has selected an artist and record that will doubtless be familiar to most, and speaks about it with such passion that we should probably all take a moment to truly appreciate its magnificence.

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Shura – obsession

Shura released a new song today, obsession, which comes accompanied by a beautiful video and includes a verse from Rosie Lowe, and everything about this is making me really happy. It’s got a real 80s slow-jam vibe about it, with super-crisp production and both Shu and Lowe on incredible sultry form. Happy fucking Wednesday!

https://www.weareshura.com

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Cam Be – Summer In September

Aside from being an accomplished musician, Cam Be is also an Emmy award-winning produced for TV, director, artist and photographer, and Summer In September taken from his 2020 album of the same name. Now accompanied by a dream-like video from director Briana Clearly, there’s more than a hint of Frank Ocean in its tender, drifting melodies and hazy vocals: a pure, innocent snapshot of a burgeoning love frozen in time, looping for eternity.

https://3arts.org/artist/cam-be

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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.

https://JATBM.lnk.to/TheInspiredAlbumID

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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.

https://twitter.com/EmersonSnowe