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.
Hooray! It’s a new song from TENDER: one of my favourite musical discoveries of the last few years, and a band that I have somehow still managed not to see play live. Currently have tickets to a show in November… how’s that looking lads? Lads?? Ah well, one day we shall be together. And until then, please keep delivering the goods. Namely, big, anthemic, synthy, emotional tunes like this. Cool? Coooool.
Brooklyn-based synth enthusiasts Nation of Language have just released their latest album Introduction, Presence, which sounds exactly like the soundtrack of your favourite offbeat 80s drama where the protagonists embark on nihilistic but ultimately seductive adventures until someone dies of a drug overdose and they have to question their behaviour but ultimately just end up lighting yet another cigarette and saying “fuck it… where’s the party?”. If that sounds like the kind of film you’d enjoy, then you’ll probably really like lead single September Again.
This is a few years old now, but I stumbled across it the other day and had forgotten how much I love it. You may well have heard the Africa (playing in an empty shopping mall) edit he made as everyone went bonkers for it, but I think this is equally as good, if not better. Here, he’s made an already heartbreaking song almost unbearable poignant. Headphones required, and his YouTube channel really is worth checking out if you’re not familiar with it.
This is massively reminiscent of Toro Y Moi’s album Boo Boo from a few years ago, both vocally and in the production. Really love it. Very stripped down and minimal but the few elements there are all work together beautifully.