Another week, another wonderful playlist. They’re always wonderful to me, so if you disagree you can see yourself out. I’ve not come across most of the artists on the list this week, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in terms of listening, but I’m always excited to do so. Enjoy.
1. ‘NEW SKIN’ – JONES
I’m not sure if I believe in the concept of a soul per se, but I believe people can have soul, and by God does JONES have a lot of it. Bringing an elegant voice to a combination of a soulful, R&B backing, JONES has created something remarkable in this track that comes from her latest album of the same name, released last Friday. Great stuff.
2. ‘HALLUCINATING – MARIACHI VERSION’ – Elohim
‘Hallucinating’ was released last month and received widespread attention, due to its mashing together of genres and catchy nature. Last week, Elohim released a Mariachi version of the track, which sees the electronic elements of the original song stripped away and replaced with more South American rhythms and sounds. It’s great fun to listen to, and is likely to make you smile.
3. ‘LONELY WORLD’ Moses Sumney
What an absolutely incredible voice Mr Sumney has; his range is astounding, and his falsetto seems effortless. Taken from his latest EP Lamentations, ‘Lonely World’ shows off Sumney’s voice to its extremes and will ensnare you immediately with its broodiness, before building up slowly to a more up-tempo ending. Not only does this track show how good Moses Sumney’s voice is, but also his knowledge of soul, electro and folk music, and how great he is at combining all of those elements near-perfectly.
4. ‘EUROPE IS LOST’ – Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest’s ‘Picture a Vacuum’ was featured on the list a couple of weeks ago, and it was in anticipation of the latest release from this incredibly talented musician. Let Them Eat Chaos was released last Friday, and it’s one of those rare second albums from an artist, in that it’s bloody excellent. Tempest uses the world we live in as a bleak backdrop for individual narratives that highlight different members within our society, and how they interact with and are affected by that bleak backdrop. ‘Europe is Lost’ is a biting indictment of current society and our disregard for others, and for planet earth.
5. ‘I DON’T KNOW’ – Ulrika Spacek
Ulrika Spacek’s debut album The Album Paranoia was the product of two school friends, Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams, experiencing a few late nights in Berlin, and only three weeks of writing together. That product though, is undeniably brilliant. Released back in February, the LP sways with beautiful psychedelia, punching riffs and a shoe-gaze element that’s hypnotic. ‘I Don’t Know’ is one of many amazing tracks from The Album Paranoia, so I suggest checking it out.
6. ‘THIS IS IT’ – The Bulletproof Bomb
I’ve known about The Bulletproof Bomb for a few years now, but only saw them live for the first time last week. I’m annoyed in myself that it’s taken so long. The group have the ability to call upon a plethora of inspirations and combine them to make their own sound which is exciting and unpredictable; at times, this unpredictability can be frustrating, as it can feel like there is no consistency, but that’s not the overarching feeling I had. The Bulletproof Bomb also have a great energy on stage, which was unfortunately hindered slightly last week by the small stage size. I’m looking forward to seeing how the group progress.
7. ‘JULIA JACKLIN’ – LA Dream
Yes, it’s ANOTHER Julia Jacklin song, and yes, I am obsessed. But her debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win was released last Friday, and it’s amazing. So I’m a little bit excited.
8. ‘DAMAGED GOODS’ – Gang of Four
Classic post-punk from Leeds group Gang of Four, and their debut single ‘Damaged Goods’ which encapsulates all that was great about the post-punk movement, and indeed Gang of Four themselves. Infused with funk and a load of angst, ‘Damaged Goods’ is a classic that will live on much longer than I will.
9. ‘KEY TO LIFE’ – Kauf
Kauf, known to his parents as Ronald Kaufman, is a producer based in LA whose music will wash over you and send you to another realm. Gorgeous production and sounds emanate from Kauf, who’s latest track ‘Key to Life’ has been gaining a large amount of attention on blogs and music sites. Rightly so; it’s beautiful.
10. ‘SWIMMING’ – Marsicans
Leeds-based outfit Marsicans have had an exciting year, and after the release of their second EP last month, it looks like things are only going to improve. Their harmonies are incredible, and their melodies are infectious. The only thing I worry about is the fact that they sound like a lot of indie-pop bands around at the moment, so it’s going to take a little something extra to make them stand out. Apparently their live shows are amazing, so I’ll have to go and see for myself, I guess. ‘Swimming’ is a gorgeous track, though, and it’s been stuck in my head all week.