Somehow, inbetween Love Island and getting excited about the World Cup, I have found time to also listen to this week’s best new music. Check out what’s been on repeat:
RXC – Higher
Spacey, sparse and downbeat, RXC’s newest track is a lesson in glitching pop that’s full of depth. The distorted production is the sound of a city at night – subtle, yet mechanical – but it’s during the last chorus that the song truly takes flight, with a bouncing, dub-infused bassline lifting it to the heavens.
Chaouche – Pictures of Trees
Our cover star for this month has shared a hypnotic, powerful new track off her upcoming debut album. The song’s meditative piano filters into the songs cavernous silences, whilst subtle electronic drums give it another dimension. A perfect blend of organic and electronic.
Sun June – Records
A tender, sun dappled number from Sun June. A walk through past memories, the soft vocals are given their space to wistfully ponder by the shimmering guitar and subtle bassline. Youthful summer yearnings bottled up in song form.
Treeboy & Arc – Midnight Mass
The first few seconds of this new single from Bradford post-punks Treeboy & Arc sound like the band have gone in a very different direction – specifically the direction of Kim Wilde’s ‘Kids in America’. However the bright synth intro is simply a red herring. Instead, the band are back as blisteringly visceral as before. But where their debut EP sometimes got muddy and overwhelming, ‘Midnight Mass’ is brilliantly subtle, clear and shows another side to the band.
Silverbacks – Dunkirk
A brilliantly weird, springy new track from Ireland’s Silverbacks that mashes together 50’s guitar licks, punks broodiness, and math-rock intricacies. Just when you think ‘Dunkirk’ is heading in one direction it switches, swapping razor sharp riffs for dreamy shimmering guitar lines in a split second, before the whole track climaxes in Foals-like noodling. Brilliantly eclectic.
IDLES – Danny Nedelko
Boy oh boy are IDLES coming in at full throttle. ‘Danny Nedelko’ sings the praises of immigrants everywhere, yet again cementing IDLES’ position as one of the most important bands around. The switch up into a major-key in the chorus is one of the band’s more surprising moves, and drives home the song’s positive message perfectly.
Serpantwithfeet – Seedless
Serpantwithfeet’s dark, experimental warping of soul and R&B is like nothing else, but ‘Seedless’ may be one of the project’s most left-field songs yet. The wonderfully layered vocals, act as a lightness against the clanking percussion and dark murmurs that swirl around.
Death Grips – Ha ha ha
Death Grips have been revealing a new track from their upcoming album pretty much every week, and ‘Ha ha ha’ finds them at their head-fucking best, if not their loudest. The sampled beat skips in and out of time, whilst MC Ride’s subdued vocal contributes to the almost psychedelic leanings of parts of the song. However, like all Death Grips songs, there’s a lot more going on than you can ever write down in a few lines, so it’s probably best you go listen yourself.
Cbeebies – World Cup Kick Song
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Check back next week for more great new music.