SBTRKT – Surely
Maintaining his trademark minimalism, SBTRKT has released this number on soundcloud as a bonus to his last, self-titled album. Regulated in its wobbling by the infallible rhythm of an electronic drumbeat, the talented producer once again musters the might of an orchestra in a single set of hands.
Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart
Mixing the gritty, early soul-sound of his vocals amongst the gentle, piano chords of this track, Womack flaunts an air of sophistication that is too often denied of R&B. Due to be released on 11th of June in new album The Bravest Man, the track is a prelude to that which is set to be sublime.
Airhead – Wait
Fresh off the block courtesy of our Comment Editor Joni Roome. This tune bursts in and out from an uneasy mingling of disjointed, female vocals and lagging drumbeats into what can only be described as an unrelenting jam, washed over by the waves of oceanic guitar tones. Airhead’s debut single Wait b/w South Congress is released today on R&S as a prelude to the forthcoming full-length. Keep your eyes peeled and ears clean ladies and gents.
The Whendays – ‘Untru Love II (The Whendays Nu Love Mix)
As fairly new-found faces, The Whendays’ remix of their own track places them in a position of promise. Elongating samples of groaning, Barry White-esque vocals amidst an array of gleaming synths, the sound is a modern revival of the 80s and its ‘funktastic’ glory.
Hot Chip – Flutes
In an interview with Pitchfork, Hot Chip’s driving force Joe Goddard claimed the “maxi-12in extended mixes from the 80s” to be their main inspiration for their upcoming and evolutionary fifth album In Our Heads (June 12th). The teasing, sneak-peak track Flutes demonstrates this influence with looped, chant samples that emerge from the labyrinth of synths and beats in the form of Alexis Taylor’s melancholic vocals.
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (RAC remix)
With the current Del-Rey-overkill, it’s no surprise that RAC have remixed Blue Jeans before the original’s actual release. Polishing up lead to shine like silver, RAC breathes electro/house life into the pop princess’ track which may otherwise have been but born to die.
Kindness – Cyan
Working elements of indie and electro in perfect harmony, this track embodies the vibrant spirit of its video. If you haven’t checked it yet, hit play and get on down to this pseudo-dated disco. Watch this space for an upcoming review; our Editor Hana Terai-Wood is gauging the talent live this Thursday in Manchester.
Rizzle Kicks – Traveller’s Chant (Young Favourite remix)
Proving that even the unavoidable music of Rizzle Kicks can be transformed into something unexpectedly exciting, the emerging producer’s remix of Traveller’s Chant is one for the sunshine. Blending the serene feel of Four Tet with Rizzle Kick’s happy-clappy, hip-pop funk, you’ll find yourself irresistably foot-tapping.By Jonjo Lowe