NEWISH PLAYLIST – 34

There are quite a few returning faces this week, but that’s because they keep coming out with amazing stuff and I find it too hard to leave them out. There’s also music from some new people whose back-catalogues I’m keen to explore. Enjoy.

 

1. ‘NO. 28’ – Methyl Ethel

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I’ve been in love with these guys for a while now and I made noises that could be considered unmanly when I saw they’d released a new track. ‘No. 28’ holds the same dream-pop, jangly beauty that first gripped my attention with the group, but is more upbeat and staggered than a lot of their previous output. I hate the fact it’s only the one new song, but I love it because it’s fantastic.

2. ‘SOMETHING IN THE WAY’ – Jorja Smith

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Jorja Smith is going to have an amazing career. Her output has been consistently great, and her latest EP Project 11 shows her versatile talent and range of influences. Opening track ‘Something in the Way’ is soulful, powerful, and gives Smith a chance to show off a voice that sends chills down my spine.

3. ‘LILIPUTT’ – Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny

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Beth Jeans Houghton is somebody I hadn’t come across until last week, but she’s been plugging away in the industry for a while now, and I’m looking forward to drowning in her past releases. Born in Newcastle, Houghton’s music holds psychedelic, folk and pop elements, which are masterfully blended with one another into something incredible. Houghton’s voice is perhaps the dominating feature of her music though; it penetrates the wall of sound created by the other instruments and sticks in your mind long after you’ve heard it.

4. ‘LA FEMME RESSORT’ – La Femme

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There are so many influences on show with French group La Femme that it’s hard to put them down as any one thing. Having said that, is it necessary to even try to do that? ‘La Femme Ressort’ comes from the band’s 2013 album Psycho Tropical Berlin, and is an experimental, psychedelic soundscape that’s easy to get lost in. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the group’s material.

5. ‘CORRINE’ – Black Honey

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This Brighton four-piece generated a lot of buzz last year, but I apparently missed all that. Whoops. ‘Corrine’ is a fantastic indie single; jangly, catchy and perfect for shoegazing Brighton-types, it’s one that’s been on repeat ever since I first heard it. The group have released a few more tracks since this one, but none have become as stuck in my head as much as this has.

6. ‘SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE’ – The Japanese House

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Ethereal, gorgeously produced and brooding with beauty, ‘Swim Against the Tide’ is the title track from The Japanese House’s (AKA Amber Bain’s) third EP. The EP itself is just as great as the first track, and proves that Bain has an exciting career ahead of her.

7. ‘SPOILER’ – Baloji

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Belgian hip-hop artist Baloji has been creating music since the late 90’s, but only started his solo career in 2006. ‘Spoiler’ is the opening track from his latest offering, an EP titled 64 Bits & Malachite. Whilst it’s something that would have fit in with the UK club scene back in 2010, it’s a solid track that’s infectious and contains influences from Baloji’s Congolese heritage. Great stuff.

8. ‘C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L’ – The Chemical Brothers

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Songs containing the name of the performing artist are normally found in the realm of hip-hop, but The Chemical Brothers decided to buck that trend with their latest track. It’s another great offering from the duo, but unfortunately isn’t part of an upcoming new LP. Instead, the pair announced that they’ll be releasing reissues of most of their back catalogue, just in time for Christmas. Funny that.

9. ‘SUN CITY CREEPS’ – Woods

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I came across this track, and the band Woods, for the first time last week and I’ve been trying to listen to as much of them as I possibly can. ‘Sun City Creeps’ comes from their 9th LP though, so it should be no surprise that I’ve not quite got through everything yet. This track, and indeed the album it’s taken from, is different to a lot of their older output in that it explores jazz and reggae elements; older albums tended to focus primarily on psychedelic-folk that presumably became quite stale. ‘Sun City Creeps’ is a great jumping off point to explore the rest of the group’s music, and makes me wish it was still Summer.

10. ‘SIDE TO SIDE’ – The Beat feat. Ranking Roger

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Carrying on the reggae sounds and closing out this week are Birmingham-based group The Beat, featuring original lead vocalist Ranking Roger. The group have apparently re-formed, so I’m not entirely sure why Roger’s credited as a featuring artist, but that’s not really a massive concern. The group released a new album, Bounce, back in September, and ‘Side to Side’ is taken from that LP. It’s an upbeat, classically ska track, and made me give the rest of the album a listen which was most definitely worth it. Go check it out.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 34

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 33

Another week, another load of great music. With the final album of A Tribe Called Quest being released last week, it seemed only natural to let them kick things off. Enjoy.

 

1. ‘SPACE PROGRAM’ – A Tribe Called Quest

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‘We got it from here…Thank You 4 Your service’ is the sixth, and reportedly final studio album from hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest. Recorded in the secrecy, the album was started as Phife Dawg and Q-Tip started to repair their relationship. Phife passed away in March, so the album half serves as a send-off to one of the founding fathers of modern hip-hop, and is as strong as any of the group’s earlier output.

2. ‘ME AND YOUR MAMA’ – Childish Gambino

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Donald Glover is an artist who is involved in a number of different creative areas, and his 2013 release Because the Internet proved that he was a talented musician, as well as an actor and comedian. His latest single, ‘Me and Your Mama,’ shows creative growth in that it appears to have moved away slightly from much of what was found on Because the Internet. The track starts off softly, but builds into a huge, funk and gospel-fuelled crescendo sprinkled with classic hip-hop flavours. It’s given me high hopes for future releases.

3. ‘DO IT AGAIN’ – Lady Wray

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Released on Wray’s album Queen Alone back in September, ‘Do it Again’ is soulful, R&B heavy track that shows off Wray’s gorgeous voice. Wray’s been in the industry since the late 90’s, and her latest release shows how she’s developed artistically, and how nearly two decades in the business helps you perfect your craft.

4. ‘I WILL FOLLOW YOU’ – Toulouse

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New York-based musician Toulouse shows off his skill for crafting beautifully intricate and gorgeously delicate music on ‘I Will Follow You.’ A cover of Peggy March’s 1961 ‘I Will Follow Him,’ Toulouse here sings softly, offering up a voice I could listen to forever. It just seems to glide over the backing piano, dipping in and out of a near-faultless falsetto with ease.

5. ‘KERALA’ – Bonobo

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Dropped a couple of weeks ago, ‘Kerala’ is the lead single off of Bonobo’s upcoming album, Migration, slated for release in the New Year. It’s a well-produced, infectious track that implies cultures from all around the globe have been a massive influence on the album. As a migrant to the US himself, the LP is likely to combine sounds that Bonobo has heard throughout his life and career. Great stuff.

6. ‘DEAD ALIVE’ – The Shins

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Have you ever had “a Shins moment”? If you don’t know what I mean, go watch this clip real quick. I’ve had several, and they’re always mind-blowing, but also a little terrifying. The Shins released this track a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been on the radio loads ever since. I don’t mind that though, because it’s absolutely incredible. Jaunty, a little psychedelic, and a load of fun, it promises that their upcoming album is going to be brilliant.

7. ‘WHISTLE KING’ – The Georgia Flood

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Does what it says on the tin hey? I’m so funny. ‘Whistle King’ starts out with, well, whistling. Hence that awful attempt at humour back there. Eventually though, the track evolves into a foot-thumping, riff-laden track that will become stuck in your head for days. The duo, raised in Georgia but now based in Atlanta, have created an incredible track here, and I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album when it’s released this Friday. Definitely keep an eye out.

8. ‘LYING HAS TO STOP’ – Soft Hair

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If that picture doesn’t tell you much of what you need to know about these two, I don’t know what will. Soft Hair, a musical project started by LA Priest and Connan Mockasin, released their first album a few weeks back. It reportedly took five years to make, as the two had to fit in recording around their solo careers. However, it’s good they didn’t rush it, as it’s a psychedelic slow burner, full of interesting sounds and off-kilter production qualities. I bloody love it.

9. ‘GOSSAMER THIN’ – Conor Oberst

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Ruminations was released a while ago by Bright Eyes front-man Conor Oberst, but I heard Gossamer Thin on the radio last week and have been playing it constantly ever since. It’s heavy on folk and blues influences, and contains typically upsetting lyrics from Mr Oberst. It’s a beautifully crafted and beautifully performed track and definitely deserves a spin.

10. ‘O.P.P’ – Naughty by Nature

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I Thought it would be fitting to have some hip-hop heavy-hitters to close out this week’s playlist as I’d also opened with them. So, here’s ‘O.P.P’, probably Naughty by Nature’s most well-known track. Sampling the Jackson 5’s ‘ABC,’ the track was the breakthrough hit for New Jersey-based outfit. It’s a good representation of how early hip-hop groups worked so well together, and helped put East Coast hip-hop firmly on the map.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

 

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 33

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 32

No write up this time I’m afraid; last week was really busy, and the weekend was even busier. However, there are once again 10 brilliant songs on the list for you all. There are some pretty old tracks in there, mixed with some amazing newer ones. That’s what everyone likes, right? Enjoy.

 

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 32

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 31

Last week I didn’t post anything, but I needed a breather after 30 weeks of finding some great music for all you lovely people. Also, I finally got my top deck working, so was obsessing over that.  I’m back again today though with some brilliant tracks by some amazing people. Enjoy.

 

1. ‘SLOP’ – Forth Wanderers

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As the title suggests, ‘Slop’ is a lazy, intricately worked track from New Jersey natives Forth Wanderers. Its guitar lines play carefully over each other, and Ava Trilling’s gorgeous voice penetrates the noise brilliantly. ‘Slop’ is taken from the group’s upcoming debut EP out in early November.

2. ‘KINKY LOLA’ – Francobollo

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If ‘Slop’ was lazy, then I don’t know what I’d call ‘Kinky Lola.’ This wonderfully laid back, hazy, off-beat production comes from Francobollo, who originated in Sweden but now reside in the UK. There’s a debut album slated for release at some point next year, but I wish it was sooner. I want to hear so much more of these guys straight away. Brilliant stuff.

3. ‘CORNERSTONE’ – Benjamin Clementine

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I often find myself crying at TV shows and movies, even over the smallest emotional inflection displayed on screen; I even cry at the Simpsons at times. Music’s even worse. So when I hear someone like the incredibly talented Mr Clementine pouring his heart out on record, it sets me off like a small child who has been denied pudding. I’ve been listening to Benjamin Clementine for a while now, but ‘Cornerstone’ came up on shuffle last week and had me tearing up on the train home. Beautifully produced, yet still containing a certain rawness, his music is simple but so moving it hurts.

4. ‘FOOL’ – Nadine Shah

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‘Fool’ was a rather late entry to this week’s playlist, but I’m glad I caught it when I did. Released on the 2015 LP Fast Food, ‘Fool’ is a somewhat simple track, but one that grips you tight and refuses to let go. Steady rhythms are punctuated by twangy, dissonant guitar lines and Shah’s voice. It’s a great track, and definitely made me want to check out the rest of the album.

5. ‘CERTAINTY’ – Temples

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It’s been a long time since I listened to Temples, truth be told, so what a nice surprise it was when I heard their latest single, ‘Certainty’ on the radio a couple of weeks ago. It was released at the end of September, but I obviously missed that one. Oops. ‘Certainty’ is the lead single from the four-piece’s upcoming album, which has yet to be named, but which I’m excited for already.

6. ‘NO FLAVOUR’ – Phobophobes

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This London-based five piece released ‘No Flavour’ way back in February, but I only came across it last week. It came as no surprise to see that band have previously toured with Fat White Family, as there is a clear similarity in their archaic sound and raw energy. The live shows these guys put on are meant to be brilliant, so I’m looking forward to checking them out soon.

7. ‘FANCY MAN’ – Devendra Banhart

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It’s another addition from the silky-voiced Mr Banhart this week, with ‘Fancy Man,’ a slacker-rock type, lazily bumbling tune that is annoyingly infectious; I’ve had it in my head pretty much constantly for the last two weeks. The rest of the album from which it is taken isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but it’s pleasant Sunday afternoon listening.

8. ‘CANTANTA MEMORIA: LAMENT FOR THE VALLEY’ – Karl Jenkins

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Taken from an album written by Sir Karl Jenkins as a memorial to the victims of the Aberfan disaster, ‘Lament for the Valley’ is a haunting piece that I can only imagine captures some of the emotions felt by the families of those who lost their lives. Beautifully written and performed, the entire work is incredible and definitely worth checking out.

9. ‘NORSE TRUTH’ – Against Me!

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Against Me! hail from Florida and bring with them some brilliantly heavy and catchy punk tunes with their latest album Shape Shift With Me, released in late September. Lead singer Laura Jane Grace has a way with words, and tries to fit as many of them as she can into each verse, making it a complex yet entertaining listening exercise. ‘Norse Truth’ is a great track and a great advertisement for the rest of the album which is equally brilliant.

10. ‘SPOOKY SCARY SKELETONS’ -Erock

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I couldn’t find the real original version of this track on Spotify, and thought this metal version went nicely with ‘Norse Truth’ that preceded it. Also, go check out the video that the above picture is taken from. Happy Halloween!

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 31

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 30

Bit of a strange mix this week. To be honest I’ve said that a fair bit because the combination is always somewhat odd. I think I’m trying to excuse my inability to put together a coherent playlist of music. Ah well. As always, enjoy.

1. ‘THESE WALLS’ – Nessi Gomes

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‘These Walls’ was released a little while ago as the lead single from Nessi Gomes’ debut album, Diamonds and Demons, released last Friday. Whilst it’s fair to say that Gomes is clearly very much a folk artist, it’s also important to note the progressive qualities apparent throughout her music. Whether it’s developing on standard folk tropes, or trying something completely original, it all seems to work beautifully. With a gorgeous, near-flawless vocal performance throughout the LP, Gomes has accomplished something wonderful here.

2. ‘HANDS OF TIME’ – Margo Price

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This track was a very late entry to the playlist, mainly because I only heard of Margo Price for the first time after listening to Marc Maron’s podcast with her from late last week. It’s another great podcast, in that Maron is able to extract brilliant facts about Price’s life and songwriting process. They discuss ‘Hands of Time,’ the opening track of Price’s critically acclaimed debut solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole LP yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it.

3. ‘MARCEL’ – Her’s

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A lovely bit of tropical jangle pop from Liverpool duo Her’s. The pair met as students, and immediately struck a chord with one another, debuting their first couple of tracks earlier this year. ‘Marcel’ is their latest effort, and promises that there are many more good things to come from the two.

4. ‘I WANNA PROVE TO YOU’ – The Lemon Twigs

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I included The Lemon Twigs a few weeks ago on the playlist, but thought I’d include them again after they released their debut album, Do Hollywood, last Friday. It’s had mixed reviews, with some calling it lazy due to its love of nostalgia, whilst others have praised it for the very same reason. I personally enjoyed it, mainly because of the melodic playfulness, beautiful harmonies and quality production. But that’s just me. ‘I Wanna Prove to You’ is the opening track of the album, and opens the LP in a great way.

5. ‘DOUBLETHINK’ – Douglas Dare

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One of the singles from Dare’s second album, Aforger, ‘Doublethink’ is a showcase of this London-based musician’s talent for creating infectious hooks in a more avant-garde setting that does not necessarily need catchy melodies. Having released his debut album back in 2014, Dare has been working hard at developing his songwriting and his talent has clearly been growing steadily. Aforger  is a solid LP that I would highly recommend.

6. ‘LEARNING TO FLY’ – Deep Sea Arcade

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Oh would you look at that. Yet another Australia pysch-indie band that I really fucking like. I dunno what you’re doing to me Aus, but it’s not fair. Deep Sea Arcade received worldwide attention with the release of their debut album back in 2012, and haven’t put out anything since. I suppose that’s good in a way, as it means they haven’t been pumping content out for the sake of it. But it does mean there’s not too much music for me to consume, which is always a shame. ‘Learning to Fly’ is a fun, upbeat track, laden with great vocals and interesting melodies.

7. ‘FRONTIER PSYCHIATRIST’ – The Avalanches

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The Aussies are still trying to take over aren’t they? ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ was the first single by The Avalanches to receive commercial success, and is still praised today by music critics for its use of samples and turntablist Dexter Fabay’s scratching talents. The Avalanches have created music that sounds as fresh today as it probably did 16 years ago, and any future releases are likely to hold this quality as well.

8. ‘DANGER’ – Vic Mensa

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Taken from Mensa’s EP release, There’s Alot Going On, ‘Danger’ shows Mensa at his most pop-savvy and commercially aware. That’s not to say it doesn’t hold the same weight as the other tracks on the EP, but it doesn’t have the emotional edge as others. I’ve included it because it’s one of the most appealing on the EP, and it might convince you to check the rest out. Which you should. Nice one.

9. ‘SUDDENLY’ – Billy Ocean

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A couple of strange choices to close us out this week. Firstly, a true classic from the honey-voiced Billy Ocean. I don’t know how I got this stuck in my head last week, but I was obsessed with ‘Suddenly’ a few years ago and I’m worried that obsession may have returned. But it is bloody great, right?

10. ‘DONNA’ – Richie Valens

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This track was a little different, in that I hadn’t heard it before. Last week though, on BBC 6 Music, Dr John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell performed a cover of ‘Donna’, and it was so good it forced me to look up the original. It’s a gorgeous track, performed brilliantly by a musician who died tragically at the age of 17. Hailed as a rock and roll pioneer, it’s sad that Valens died before his career, and life for that matter, had really begun.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 30

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 29

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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 29

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 28

Such a great week for new music. There were so many releases that I couldn’t quite fit them all in this week’s playlist. I personally think the choice this week is brilliant, and I hope you agree. Enjoy.

 

1. ‘PYRITE AMMONITE’ – Faith Elliot

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Oh what a beautiful playfulness Faith Elliot brings to the English Language. Whilst managing to toy with the conventions of pronunciation, Elliot exposes her gorgeous voice and song-writing skills, apparent here on ‘Pyrite Ammonite.’ Contained on her latest release, a 7-part mini album titled Insects, this track has become one that I try and sing to myself in the shower. Great stuff.

2. ‘LUCKY’ – Devendra Banhart

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There’s a mixture of influences on display in Devendra Banhart’s style, and they combine to  make ‘Lucky’ an absolutely wonderful track. With a strong vibe of some of Lou Reed’s best work, plus an addition of some slacker rock sounds, Banhart has created a gorgeous, endearing sound that is immediately gripping.

3. ‘PENN AR LANN’ – Yann Tiersen

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An absolutely gorgeous piece from French composer Yann Tiersen here. How wonderful a gift it must be to be able to transport people’s minds to completely different places through the power of music. I often tell people how much I love music, but it often feels hollow and cliché. It’s always easier to show people a piece that represents how much and why I love music, and I think I’ve found another one of those in ‘Penn Ar Lann.’

4. ‘GEMINI FEED’ – Banks

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Banks is one of those artists who I don’t have on constant repeat, but whose music I consume as soon as it’s released. Her latest album, The Altar, is a step forward from her 2014 debut Goddess, in that it explores more playful tempos and melodies. Her voice is once again though, the thing that ties everything together masterfully. ‘Gemini Feed’ is one of the catchiest, most infectious tracks on the LP, and it will likely feature heavily in my future listening sessions, despite my past listening habits.

5. ‘VALLEY OF THE SHADOWS’ – Origin Unknown

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Released back in the year of my birth, 1993, ‘Valley of the Shadows’ is an absolutely huge jungle track by Origin Unknown, a group consisting of industry veterans Andy C and Ant Miles. I hadn’t heard the track until last week as jungle isn’t usually my go-to genre. But it’s so addictive, and so well-produced that it’s not hard to see why it’s been massively influential since its release.

6. ‘TELL ME WHAT I DON’T KNOW’ – Danny Brown

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People who know me well, know that I love the TV show ‘The Wire.’ Possibly a little too much. So when ‘Tell Me What I Don’t Know’ came on during my listen through Danny Brown’s latest album, I loved his mentions of dope fiends and stash houses. Even though Brown is from Detroit and not ‘The Wire’s’ home city of Baltimore, the connection made me smile. Other than that, Brown’s delivery is subtly powerful, and the backing track here is immense.

7. ‘PICTURE ME’ – Dave

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I’ve said before that I love hip-hop, but that my favourite kind of it is the music created during its ‘Golden Era,’ and it’s no lie that I don’t give a lot of modern hip-hop a chance, especially if it’s from the UK. However, after hearing ‘Picture Me’ by Dave, I realise how idiotic I’ve been, and how much great stuff is coming out of the UK. It’s no good being stuck in the past in music; it’s important to understand it, but it should be constantly evolving and adapting to cultural changes. Dave has shown here, as in the rest of his music, that he respects older music but definitely has his own agenda. Brilliant stuff.

8. ‘WEARY’ – Solange

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Released as part of her latest album A Seat at the Table last Friday, ‘Weary’ is a brilliant track that shows off Solange Knowles’ gorgeously soulful voice. With playful inter-changing melodic lines and a wonderfully syncopated backing beat, the track takes a few listens to fully absorb everything that is going on, but it never gets boring; I’ve had it on constant repeat this weekend, and it surprises me every time.

9. ‘JESUS’ SON’ – Placebo

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Brian Molko’s voice is one of the most distinctive of the 90’s, and although it’s matured a whole lot on this track, there’s no denying who it is. That to me is one of the most appealing things about Placebo, but there’s also no denying their ability to create amazing fucking music. On show here are sounds indicative of 90’s indie, but also a knowledge of the current music landscape that makes ‘Jesus’ Son’ a track that will surely get heavy radio play; it’s brilliant.

10. ‘SORCERESS’ – Opeth

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I hadn’t heard of Swedish metallers Opeth until ‘Sorceress’ came on the radio last week. I wish I’d heard of them sooner though; these virtuosi create heavy, enigmatic pieces that are as interesting to try and dissect as they are brilliant to lose yourself to. Taken from their latest album of the same name, ‘Sorceress’ shows how fun metal gets when musician push themselves to their limits creatively.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

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