Assembled for your enjoyment, here are the week’s ten finest new tracks.
Cadenza – Hacienda Feat. SYV
Cadenza returns with the juggernaut that is “Hacienda”. Heavy rolling beats and glitch vocals collide to form one of the year’s most intriguing and powerful anthems. It’s a masterful manipulation of sounds. Keep an ear out for new music this spring.
Pet Shop Boys – Burn
“Burn” is a standout track from a standout album. Pet Shop Boys throw everything at this Italo disco monster and the results are predictably brilliant. It’s comforting to know that Pet Shop Boys will always be amazing. In an ever changing world you need some musical stability.
Danny Swain – Constellations
Danny Swain is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, rapper and producer. There’s very little Swain can’t do. New track “Constellations” is an ambitious and masterful fusion of genres – an artful blend of jazz, soul and hip-hop. You can also never go wrong with Outkast and Erykah Badu samples. “Constellations” is taken from forthcoming album The Book of Daniel which is out later this year.
Half Japanese Half Muscle – Loose Fitting Girls
“Loose Fitting Girls” is an earworm courtesy of Half Japanese Half Muscle. This is a refreshingly joyous take on pop music – embracing all its sheen. The video is directed by Sally Sibbet who previously directed WSTRN’s “In2”video.
Pavan – It’s A Secret Life
“It’s A Secret Life” is the first offering from London-based electronic duo Pavan. Comprised of friends Joe Robbins and Will Lowes, they’ve been honing their sound for years and the result is this brilliant and confident debut track – laid back, superbly produced pop.
Snoh Aalegra – In Your River
Snoh Aalegra has quite rightly dubbed her music “cinematic soul” – she produces music that is expansive, rich sonically and lyrically. Aalegra gives you so much to get lost in. “In Your River” is taken from forthcoming mini-album Don’t Explain which was produced by No I.D. Snoh says, “There is no explanation needed for my music, my fans just press play and get me.” The track was produced by Christian Rich.
Moses Sumney – Everlasting Sigh
Moses Sumney is hard at work on a full-length LP but until then you should savour new track “Everlasting Sigh”. It’s a bare bones track that is stunning in its simplicity. A song so finely balanced that you quickly realise you’re listening to a remarkable and raw talent.
Bodhi – Time Warp
Cardiff’s Bodhi has dropped their new double-sided Step It Back EP. Two songs that refuse to let up. “Time Warp” artfully channels the spirt of late ‘80s rave, distilling its atmosphere and energy but remaining unapologetically contemporary. Step It Back is released via the always excellent Black Butter Records.
18+ – Drama
“Drama” is your first taste of the new album from 18+. The duo has always shifted sounds, often exploring new territories mid-song. The tracks on COLLECT were recorded collaboratively in the duo’s respective Berlin and Honolulu residencies. A disorienting and delicious listen.
SAVE! – The Light
American vocalist Craig Louis Higgins Jr. and French composer Marc Nguyen Tan have joined forces for a new collaboration called SAVE!. “The Light” is a very welcome return to the scene from Marc, best known for recorder under the name Colder, after ten years away from the scene. A potent slice of house that sounds as refreshing as ever.