Another jam-packed week of releases as we really start to get in the mood for summer. Get your shorts on, get out in this sunshine and let these brand spanking new releases be your soundtrack.
Harvey Causon and Gabriel Gifford – Branches
The two heroes of our latest live session, Harvey Causon and Gabriel Gifford deliver another masterclass in off-kilter pop. Softer and bouncier than previous cut ‘Worn You’, the new track’s dub-infused bassline holds together the shimmering keys and Harvey’s rich, acrobatic voice. An absorbing listen.
Jungle – Happy Man
You wait four years for a new Jungle song and two come along at once. Typical. ‘Happy Man’ is the band back at their smooth best. All the bits are there. The understated bass. The glitchy production. The falsetto vocals. It’s all there. And let me tell you, you’ll find yourself losing your mind to it at some point this summer.
Kero Kero Bonito – Time Today
A dreamy new song from Kero Kero Bonito. With cascading muzak-like synths and hypnotic vocals, the track pulls you in instantly, as does the beautifully hazy video directed by Bristol’s James Hankins.
Young Scum – Wasting Time
Some brilliantly breezy jangling guitar-pop from Richmond, Virginia’s Young Scum. Off their self-titled debut LP, witch will be released July 6th via Citrus City, the song’s wonderful, chiming guitars shimmer with the same radiance as bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whilst the sweet vocals relay endless hours wasted doing nothing.
Lice – Little John Waynes
Another absolute earful from deranged Bristol cowboys Lice. A staple of their live set for a while, the track’s menacing bass line is the only constant, with out of control guitar constantly tussling with vocalist Alistair’s unhinged delivery. Also check out the video, filmed whilst on their recent tour with IDLES, which shows not only how fantastic the band are live, but also how wholesome they are off stage.
Zelah – Closer
Blisteringly good dark pop from Zelah. The verse’s sparse instrumentation gives the smooth, powerful vocals centre-stage, but the track slowly expands, gritty layers of guitars and splashing cymbals adding to the twinkling keys and rumbling bass.
Ty Segall & White Fence – Good Boy
Back in 2012, Ty Segall and Tim Presley of White Fence joined together to release Hair, a wonderfully idiosyncratic and noisy record that stands as a high point in both of their catalogues. Six years later and another collaborative effort is on the way, headed up by this vibrant, odd-kilter number that packs a real punch in production.
Mitski – Geyser
Following up the fantastic Puberty 2, Mitski Miyawaki delivers a short and striking introduction in ‘Geyser’. Exploring an intrinsic space between poetic narrative and diaristic expression, ‘Geyser’ hums with an electric force, as Miyawaki coos with a natural grace and exasperated emotion, the track suddenly erupting like a spring.
The Golden Dregs – What A Life, What A Waste
Another taste of the London group’s forthcoming first album out on Art Is Hard Records this month. Ben Woods’ slowly evoking drawl builds into the most compelling of choruses as the group sway together in unison, Woods’ intelligent wordplay never quite revealing whether it’s in euphoria or sardonicism.
Eyesore & The Jinx – Gated Community
A searing garage rock introduction to Liverpool trio Eyesore & The Jinx. Rolling off the edge of a slinky western riff, the track is bright, heavy and rasping all in equal measure. It also packs a politicised punch, the group defining the track as a diatribe against those wishing to make particular western countries more unwelcoming with each passing law.
Lil Baby & Drake – Yes Indeed
First unveiled as many of Drake’s tracks are – whether features or his own – on OVO sound radio, this collaboration between Champagne Papi himself and Atlanta rapper Lil Baby is a simple yet imposing cut. Lil Baby stands tallest here, delivering his breathy, lethargic sprawl over minimal trap.
Check back next week for more of our favourite tracks