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The Soft Pink Truth – We

The Soft Pink Truth is an experimental electronic alias of Drew Daniel, who apparently started the project after Matthew Herbert bet him he couldn’t produce a proper house record. This is the first time I’ve come across his music, but I think it’s fair to say he won that particular bet. We is glorious deep house music that sounds like something from Laurent Garnier’s seminal Unreasonably Behaviour LP. Definitely check out his new album as well, Shall We All Go On Sinning… which is an absolute delight from start to finish.

https://thesoftpinktruth.bandcamp.com/

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Austra – All I Wanted

All I Wanted is taken from Katie Stelmanis’s fourth album as Austra, HiRUDiN, which is about as positive, uplifting a way to start the week as you could hope for. Her voice is absolutely incredible, and shines especially bright on this and the next track on the album How Did You Know?, both of which are utterly brilliant.

https://austra.fyi

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Vladislav Delay – Rasite

Rasite is the final track on Vladislav Delay’s album Rakka which came out in February this year. A few brief digressions into fairly gentle ambient aside, it’s a incredibly intense LP packed full of white noise, industrial screeches and thunderous low-end. Rasite is probably the most full-on track on here: a punishing and cathartic end to a visceral listening experience. Happy Friday!

https://vladislavdelay.bandcamp.com

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serpentwithfeet – A Comma

I’ve always liked serpentwithfeet a lot more in theory than in practice, and have found a lot of his previous stuff a little impenetrable, even after multiple listens. A Comma is the first record of his I’ve liked immediately: it’s definitely way more accessible than anything on his last album, and his voice really shines when accompanied by this more stripped-back, less hectic production.

https://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com

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altopalo – longlife

altopalo are an experimental quartet who met in New York and have been putting out strange, sometimes unsettling and often very beautiful music for the last few years. This is taken from their second album farawayfromeveryoneyouknow, and is delicate, sparse and very lovely indeed.

https://altopalo.bandcamp.com

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Zeroh – Hydro

This is taken from Zeroh’s new album BLQLYTE, which is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve heard this year. I guess ‘experimental hip hop’ would be a vaguely appropriate description, but it doesn’t really come close to doing it justice. It’s an almost overwhelming experience, and you really need to listen to the album in full to properly appreciate its depth.

https://horez.bandcamp.com

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Lorenzo Senni – Move In Silence (Only Speak When It’s Time to Say Checkmate)

How’s that for a title? This record from Lorenzo Senni sits somewhere between hyper-modern pop, analogue electro and the soundtrack to the original Lemming’s video game, the last of which I have a particular soft spot for. I recently spent an entire evening playing it online and feeling nostalgic: it was brilliant. Move In Silence is taken from Sinni’s album Scacco Matto which is out now on Warp, and is definitely worth a listen.

https://lorenzosenni.com

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Harkin – Decade

I have to admit to a shameful lack of prior knowledge of Katie Harkin, which considering she toured with two of my favourite acts – Wild Beasts and Kurt Vile – is fairly unforgivable. Decade is completely wonderful, and her self-titled debut album which came out last week is also well worth checking out.

https://www.facebook.com/Harkathon

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Cremation Lily – Evenings Cast Astray

As distinctly un-Friday as the new album by Cremation Lily is, I’m really, really enjoying it. Static-drenched and ultimately pretty moody, it also has flashes of radiant joy breaking through the grey. Case in point: the last few moments of Evenings Cast Astray, which starts life with a simple, acoustic guitar strumming away, moving through an eruption of white noise before everything else fades, leaving a single, beautiful synth line and a few chirruping birds for good measure.

https://cremationlily.bandcamp.com

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Corrina Repp – Afloat

Afloat came out in 2006 on Corrina Repp’s album The Absent and the Distant, and is a record I come back to all the time. It’s one of the most heartbreaking, delicate, beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. The piano line that trickles in halfway through is completely inspired, and the whole thing is drenched in a kind of washed out melancholia that is just perfect. Two and a half minutes of sheer, choking bliss.

https://corrinarepp.bandcamp.com/