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

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NEWISH PLAYLIST – 29

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An absolutely incredible mixture of music this week. At least I think so. If you don’t agree then you’re wrong and can leave. But don’t really. Enjoy.

 

 

1. ‘THE POOL’ – Slow Hollow

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I know it says ‘The’ Hollows on the song up there, but after searching for these guys for a while, I found them to be called ‘Slow Hollows.’ At least on social media, anyway. Spotify’s recommendation tools are pretty great, and this LA group were associated with Franky Flowers who have previously featured on the playlist. ‘The Pool’ is a gritty, upbeat track taken from their debut LP, I’m Just as Bad as You Are, which was released in 2014.

2. ‘COMING OF AGE’ – Julia Jacklin

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The word “obsessed” is thrown around incredibly loosely these days, and I’m not one to use a word inappropriately. But what I will do inappropriately is profess my obsession for Miss Jacklin here. This is the third single from the Aussie’s upcoming debut album, and it’s made me just as excited as the previous two tracks released. It’s much more up-tempo than ‘Pool Party’ or ‘Leadlight,’ showing what Jacklin can achieve with a fuller sound. It’s great. I’m seeing her next Wednesday night and I’m ridiculously excited. Some might say obsessively so.

3. ‘WALRUS’ – D.D Dumbo

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Another brilliant artist with a track from an upcoming debut LP, D.D Dumbo use sminimalist sounds to back his amazing voice, creating dreamy, poppy soundscapes. Oh, and would you look that, he’s Australian. I can’t keep up with all this incredible music coming out of that place at the moment. It’s not fair. D.D Dumbo’s album Utopia Defeated is set for release on the 17th of October, so keep an eye out.

4. ‘DON’T SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE’ – Eric B. & Rakim

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Taken from the duo’s fourth studio album of the same name, ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ is a masterful representation of a jazz and hip-hop combination. With Eric B.’s top-quality production skills on full show and Rakim’s aggressive delivery, ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’ epitomises the art created during hip-hop’s Golden Age. The song was used in a rollerblading video game called ‘Aggressive Inline’ that my brother and I used play constantly when we were younger. When it came on the radio in the office last week, the nostalgia hit me like a freight train.

5. ‘SEVEN WORDS’ – Weyes Blood

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Weyes Blood featured on a track last week by Drugdealer, and I was so entranced by her voice that I became lost in her work. It can be calming, cutting, and at times incredibly moving. I made the comparison between Blood and Karen Carpenter last week, and it’s more apparent here. It’s mainly because they share the same vocal range, so I think it’s slightly unfair to compare every contralto singer (yes, I looked it up, I’m not that clever) to Carpenter. Whatever the case, ‘Seven Words’ is a beautifully mesmerising track that will make you want to explore Blood’s previous releases.

6. ‘IMMORAL’ – Ed Harcourt

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Ed Harcourt is somebody whose work I have not come across before. That’s good, in a way, as it means I can plunge into his rich back catalogue and dig around. Harcourt’s debut album was nominated for a Mercury Prize back in 2001, and since then he’s been releasing steadily and writing for a number of other artists. His seventh full-length album, Furnaces, was released last week, and it’s big, powerful and fully engrossing. The songs aren’t necessarily anthems, but they’re so multi-layered, you’ll find yourself fully engaged at all times.

7. ‘THESE WORDS’ – The Lemon Twigs

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When I first heard ‘These Words’ on the radio last week, I assumed that The Lemon Twigs were a 70’s psychedelia/funk outfit. Instead, I find out they’re two brothers (aged 17 and 19 respectively) who are really fucking talented. There’s no denying that the duo (who have expanded to a four-piece for their live shows) have drawn influence from the likes of The Beatles, and even the Beach Boys in places, but it’s their interpretation of those sounds that make them unique. Combining musical ideas from all over the place, the brothers have created rich, beautiful music. They’re debut album, Do Hollywood, is set for release on the 14th of October.

8. ‘TEDDY I’M READY’ – Ezra Furman

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This song has been doing the rounds on the office radio for the last couple of weeks, and it always gets itself stuck deep into my psyche whenever I hear it. The opening track to Furman’s latest EP, ‘Teddy I’m Ready’ conjures up images of Teddy-Boys, which is something implied by the track’s title, as well as its 50’s rock ‘n’ roll sound. There are a number of modern artists who try to imitate early rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop styles, but few pull it off. Furman is an exception to that.

9. ‘SOUVENIR SHOP ROCK’ – Savoy Motel

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Remember Savoy Motel? They were that group I featured ages ago, because they’d just released a new track but that track wasn’t available on Spotify at the time, so I added a different track, ‘Hot One,’ to the list that week. It seems like they added ‘Souvenir Shop Rock’ to Spotify not long after, but I missed it back then. So here it is now. It’s bloody great. Old-school, laid-back, and oozing with cool, it’s a track that has been on heavy repeat over the last week.

10. ‘SPIT IT OUT’ – Slaves

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These lovely lads from Kent exploded onto the scene in 2014, and I’ve been a fan ever since. They’ve brought hard-hitting punk to a wider audience, making it more accessible for those, like me, who might not have gotten into the kind of music they play without actively seeking it out. I guess their marketing team should be commended for that as well, hey? ‘Spit it Out’ is the first single from Slaves’ upcoming release Take Control, due for release on the 30th of September.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 23

NEWISH PLAYLIST – 18

A ridiculously indie week this week. Couldn’t tell you why. Also, a load of songs about love, some of which even have the word “love” in the title. Disgusting. What’s wrong with me? Enjoy.

 

1. ‘RUSSIAN DOLLS’ – Jealous of the Birds

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Jealous of the Birds (who occasionally goes by the name Naomi Hamilton) released her debut album Parma Violets back in May. I’ve only just come across it, but it’s a astounding to think that this is Hamilton’s first full length release. Each song seems to have been crafted uniquely, yet there’s no sense of this process being frustrating; everything flows brilliantly, and Hamilton’s vocals are mesmerizing. The album combines folk, indie-rock, grunge and punk elements, which leaves you guessing constantly. ‘Russian Dolls’ speaks for this combination of genres better than most other tracks. It’s truly humbling to sit and listen to work this incredible by someone who’s the same as you are. At least I’ve got my collection of rocks.

2. ‘LOVE IS NOT LOVE’ – Cate le Bon

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Cate le Bon is responsible for me realising I have no idea what the Welsh language sounds like. However, she’s also responsible for bringing some of the best music I’ve heard in a while to the airwaves, so I’ll forgive her there. ‘Love is Not Love’ is taken from le Bon’s fourth album Crab Day, and I love it for its simplicity and that it exposes the vocals wonderfully. The track is also a good example of le Bon’s songwriting, which may feel muddled when first examined, but becomes a beautifully layered mixture of textures on closer inspection.

3. ‘POOL PARTY’ – Julia Jacklin

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Strange how some people can smash completely different genres of music together, and birth an astonishingly beautiful sounds. Julia Jacklin’s ‘Pool Party’ has doo-woop, country and indie characteristics; in my mind, doo-woop and country shouldn’t go hand-hand, but Jacklin makes it work. By taking harmonious elements often found in country and setting them to a doo-wop backing, the Australian singer-songwriter has succeeded in creating something that seems unique, yet oddly familiar. Great stuff.

4. ‘WE USED TO BE IN LOVE’ – Clean Cut Kid

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I’ve included this lovely Liverpudlian lot on the list a couple of times in the past, and that’s because I love them. This time, they bring us a new single ahead of their debut EP. ‘We Used to be in Love’ contains many elements I’ve come to expect from the group; soaring harmonies from Mike and Evelyn Halls, great riffs, and infectious melodies. I’m hankering to hear Clean Cut Kid’s EP more than ever.

5. ‘MIND MISCHIEF’ – Tame Impala

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Another Australian act here (I said they were taking over!) who most will be familiar with. ‘Mind Mischief’ is taken from the group’s acclaimed album Lonerism. One of my favourites I’d have to say, Lonerism introduced to me to a world of music I had never experienced, and opened me up to finding some of my favourite current artists. Those bloody Aussies ey?

6. ‘SUGAR IS SWEETER’ – CJ Bolland

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That shady looking bloke you see above you (God I’m hilarious) is CJ Bolland, a British-born Belgian-raised producer who was one of the most consistent DJs through the 90s and well into the Millennium. A musician who utilises techno and European electro in his music, Bolland has worked with some of the world’s biggest electronic musicians, as well as having his worked remixed by a number of them. ‘Sugar is Sweeter’ is a track that juxtaposes the rough and the smooth, creating something that’s hard to keep still to.

7. ‘DANS LA RADIO’ – Jaques

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It was difficult trying to find information on Jaques that I didn’t have to get a rough Google translation for. From what I could gather though, the French electronic musician recorded various sounds in “Maison de la Radio,” a building which houses numerous radio stations. Using these sounds, he’s created a crazy bit of techno-house that is stupidly infectious.

8. ‘OPEN UP THE SKY’ – Shock Machine

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Shock Machine is the solo project from Klaxons’ James Righton, and the debut EP, shockingly named Shock Machine, is his first release. ‘Open Up the Sky’ is an addictive, if not slightly repetitive track that will grip your psychedelic subconscious and pull it out through your ears. Wonderful.

9. ‘I’M IN LOVE’ – Teenage Fanclub

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Teenage Fanclub released their first bit of new music in six years with the single ‘I’m in Love,’ which will be included on their upcoming album, Here. It’s mad to think the the group have been going for twenty-six years. That’s older than I am. ‘I’m In Love’ is vintage indie-rock, bouncing along pleasantly. Pleasant, until you take another look at the lyrics which turn out to be somewhat bittersweet. If Here sticks to the core of what makes ‘I’m In Love’ so good, the album promises to be a hit.

10. ‘COO COO’ – Weaves

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Weaves released their debut album of the same name a couple of weeks ago, and whilst it’s not hugely innovating, it’s a solid indie-rock album that deserves recognition. Instead of moving towards a more indie-pop approach, Weaves have taken a heavier path with their effort. ‘Coo Coo’ is an interesting track, with polyrhythms that tumble over each other, and a terrific vocal performance from Jasmyn Burke.

Ryan Ottley-Booth

@R_Ottley_B

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