Machinedrum returns with “Do It 4 U”, a brilliantly confounding track that is as warm as it is energetic and esoteric. Featuring Danity Kane alumna D∆WN, aka Dawn Richard, this is your first taste of new album Human Energy. Radio and club-ready, “Do It 4 U” marks the start of a new era for Machinedrum.
Listen up. Here’s our guide to the week’s best new music.
Machinedrum – “Do It 4 U” (ft. D∆WN)
Tee Mango – “Break of Dawn”
Tee Mango, aka Millionhands’ founder Tom Mangan, has shared “Break of Dawn” which is taken from his from his debut LP IMPERFECTIONS Vol 1. A thrilling jaunt across multiple genres, this sample heavy work is instantly catchy. IMPERFECTIONS Vol 1 is the first in a series of planned releases which are described as a “celebration of pleasantly discordant musical mistakes.”
Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance”
Jenny Hval has dropped the visuals for latest single “Conceptual Romance”. Directed by longtime collaborator Zia Anger, the video more than lives up to the stunning music. Anger describes the video as: “a conceptual ménage a trois between Jenny, myself, and cheap tricks. It is a literal burial of the effigies we have created in our video and performance collaborations over the past three years.” “Conceptual Romance” is lifted from Hval’s new Blood Bitch LP which is released on 30 September via Sacred Bones.
The Radio Dept. – “Swedish Guns”
Clearly in no rush but with plenty of important things to say, The Radio Dept. is set to release their first new album since 2010’s Clinging To A Scheme. Lifted from Running Out Of Love, “Swedish Guns” is a potent polemic against the global arms trade. In an apathetic age, it’s an important reminder that a powerful message can still be delivered by musicians. Running Out Of Love is released on 21 November.
Molly Burch – “Downhearted”
A recent signee to Captured Tracks and more charming than we thought possible, Austin’s Molly Burch has shared debut single “Downhearted”. Citing the likes of Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline and The Shirelles as influences, Burch makes heartbreak sound so dreamy. The video for the track was directed by Jordan Moser.
Lulu James – “It’s The Time”
Singer Lulu James is back with two brand new singles via a double A-side EP, the first of which is the dazzling “It’s Time”. Thematically and sonically, this is a soul for the 21st Century. It’s The Time is released on 16 September.
Kilian & Jo feat Erik Rapp – “Suburbia”
Like all the best things, Kilian & Jo are based in Berlin. Kilian rather perfectly sums up their sound as if “emotions and groove have a date at Berghain”. For new single “Suburbia” they’ve called in Erik Rapp. It’s a track that sounds just as good in your earphones as it does from a speaker – hitting that electronica sweet spot. Already familiar to connoisseurs of great remixes, it’s time to start paying attention to these two as producers in their own right.
M.I.A. – “Freedun” ft. ZAYN
Appearing on M.I.A’s forthcoming AIM LP, ” Freedun” sees M.I.A. collaborating with Zayn “ZAYN” Malik. Never given the credit she deserves as a pop producer, “Freedun” comes as close to a conventional pop song as M.I.A wants to. A voice that we’ll never grow tired of, AIM drops on 9 September.
Les Gordon – “Paradise (feat. ADI)”
French producer Les Gordon has unveiled “Paradise”, a new cut from his forthcoming Abyss EP. Featuring the slinky pipes of ADI, this is an impossibly sexy slice of late night disco. More freewheeling than his earlier work, Abyss is released on 30 September via Kitsuné.
Cambio Sun – “This Is Beginning”
The Cambio Sun boys return with the triumphant ‘This Is Beginning’, a dominant, off-kilter burner that follows on from last single ‘Maiden Voyage’. Cambio Sun are one of Australia’s most revered exciting young duos, set to release their debut album ‘Animal Sense’ this year. They will also headline London’s Servan Jazz Quarters on September 27th.