Good things come to those who wait! We’ve been off discovering new music at festivals and the like, and this is the first new music column in over a month. Did anyone notice? Does it matter? What does matter is we’ve got a long list of the best new music to stick in your ears.
Haiku Salut – Cold To Crack The Stones
This is the first glimpse at the wonder of the Derbyshire trio’s first record since signing to Prah recordings (their third overall) and is a genuine gem. Built from NASA recordings of lightning and featuring the traditional sounds of Glastonbury Brass it connects the band’s increased excursions into electronic sound with the traditionalism that has always made them stand out.
Maribou State – Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)
Two of the world’s finest purveyors of downbeat, sunshine vibes have connected for ‘Feel Good’ the precursor to Maribou State’s second album for Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint. The electronic duos earthy electronica collides with Khruangbin’s global psych. The single explores their collective love of vintage psych riffs, breakbeats and worldwide music cultures and is an instant summer hit.
Half Waif – Back In Brooklyn (Gigi Masin Remix)
A stand out track from Half Waif’s last album Lavender, ‘Back In Brooklyn’ has been given a reworking by Italian composer Gigi Masin swapping the piano for pulsing electronics.
Interpol – The Rover
The on-going hype for new Interpol material was met with the storming new single ‘The Rover’, a track that sees the New York legends kick into rock overdrive.
Alexandra Stréliski – Plus tôt
Eight years after her debut neoclassical artist Alexandra Stréliski is set to return with new record Inscape. ‘Plus tôt’ is another subtle, rich, cinematic composition imbued with melancholy and light, but also a sweeping optimism.
Cassels – When Completing Handshakes
Art punk meets thrash metal on duo Cassels latest tune. It’s a big dumb listen packed with crushing riffs and sarcastic lyrics.
Idles – Colossus
There’s a new Idles album coming, and it will be one of the best albums of 2018. Don’t agree? ‘Colossus’ proves you wrong with its foreboding swagger and fast-paced punk ending.
Deaf Wish – FFS
Gearing up to release their second album on Sub Pop Australian punks Deaf Wish have unleashed ‘FFS’ another ferocious, snarled punk cut.
Eyes Of Others – I See You In The Shrubs (Andrew Weatherall’s A Shrub From Outer Space)
Andrew Weatherall has taken Eyes Of Others woozy, pulsing jam into new realms on this 8-minute journey with added live drums and deep sub-bass. It adds a new ominous air to the tracks nervous energy and stoned groove.
Tony Njoku – As We Danced
The swirling synths floating on top of Tony Njoku’s distinctive vocals on ‘As We Danced’ making it a stand out from his recently released album H.P.A.C.
Juniore – Magnifique
French sisterhood Juniore sprinkle classic French cool over garage rock, psychedelia, new wave and surf jams on mesmerising new album Magnifique. They call their updating of classic Chanson and art-house French cinema ‘yéyé noir’. This is essential for fans of French sounds both contemporary and past.
Thud – Ado
Hong Kong based Thud have the classic shoegaze sound down, as illustrated on new single ‘Ado’. Dream-pop and shoegaze finds will find much to love in the band affinity with Slowdive. Produced by Hookworm’s MJ and marking the first release from new indie label Ghost Crew Records, started by Menace Beach bassist Matt Spalding, ‘Ado’ is an indie playlist must-add.
Manu Delago – Parasol Peak
Hang pioneer, and Bjork discovery, Manu Delago has announced a unique new film and accompanying album, Parasol Peak, to be released in September. Leading an ensemble of seven musicians on a mountaineering expedition in The Alps, the group perform songs in different locations at varying altitudes. The title track is one of those performances.
Noga Erez – Bad Habits
“I’m no one, but who the fuck are you”, blasts Israeli artist Noga Erez on her latest slab of sonic violence. Like and MIA tune given a digital hardcore work-over ‘Bad Habits’ is a middle finger to the world.
Ross From Friends – Project Cybersyn
2018 should be Felix Clary Weatherall aka Ross From Friends’ year, as he emerges as one of the best electronic producers round. New tune ‘Project Cybersyn’ is another warm analogue instrumental that points to his debut album for Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Family Portrait being an album of the year contender.
Gang Gang Dance – Young Boy (Marika in Amerika)
Each Gang Gang Dance album has been a genre-defying, experimental masterpiece so the prospect of their first album in seven years is an exciting one. ‘Young Boy (Marika in Amerika)’ is a sonic lament of the lives lost to police brutality told via tense synths and scattered beats. It’s the sound of paranoia.
Célia – A Hora É Essa
We live in an age of a steady flow of incredible reissues. Mr Bongo are reissuing the Latin-flavoured soul of Célia from 1972’s eponymously named album. Opener ‘A Hora É Essa’ is a perfect taster of what to expect, soul with a distinct Brazilian vibe.
Kadhja Bonet – Mother Maybe
Fat Possum Records drop the new album from Kadhja Bonet, Childqueen this month. ‘Mother Maybe’ illustrates the compelling and experimental take on soul that packs the record.
Blood Wine or Honey – Fear & Celebration
Packing post-punk, dancefloor experimentation, heavy basslines and tropical funk rhythms into a euphoric whole, the debut album from Hong Kong based electronic outfit Blood Wine Or Honey has been highly anticipated. That album is called Fear & Celebration and the title track is exactly why it is turning heads as the band combine vocals, sax, synths, bass, cello and percussion into a dark dancefloor classic.
AyOwa – alt det du ku
The new track from Danish band AyOwa bolts acoustic elements to their usual electronic approach as they explore new sides to their music ahead of new EP Goodbye.