So, it’s practically snowing everywhere in Australia right now, the UK is packing it’s bags and to give the EU an Irish goodbye, and Donald Trump has just declared war on something we all care deeply about- probably.
It’s crazy times like these we need new music. Obviously.
Turns out there hasn’t been a lot of new music delivered today. Maybe it’s the cold weather. But I’ve sifted through on my ownsome and found some top tracks for your weekend listening pleasure.
HUNNY- VOWELS (AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME)
Remember Faker? Remember his crazy dance moves and silly little voice? Remember how much you enjoyed that? We all did. Woah-oahs, synths and catchy choruses, that was all you needed a few years ago. The good old days of indie-pop. Well, Hunny have brought those memories flooding back, and I for one welcome them like an old friend. Vowels (and the importance of adding parenthesis to song titles) is the new track from the California based band and it’s a big old bundle of fun. It’s got all the hallmarks of your favourite NME wunderkind, such as Hot Hot Heat, Two Door Cinema Club or The Wombats– big pop choruses, edgy vocals, and furious hi-hat work. Nothing more, nothing less, just good fun!
JUAN DE SOL- CUBA
A bit of an electronic thumper for you guys today- I must be proud of who I am and how much I love a good minimal house banger. Juan Du Sol has delivered just that, a banger. Juan Du Sol is part of Rufus Du Sol, which is of course the DJ incarnation of Rufus, otherwise known as the more cost effective method of getting Rufus to your prom after party so girls can scream and guys can pull their best moves to Innerbloom without paying for the overheads. Juan’s new EP Cuba is out now and the title track is certified red hot. There’s not really any point in trying to describe what he’s done here-just put it on and warm up those hips cuz they’re gonna get a workout.
DJ SHADOW FEAT RUN THE JEWELS- NOBODY SPEAK
Run the Jewels are certainly prolific. Two albums in two years, a third on the way, a cat sounds album and more features than you can poke a stick at. Nobody Speak is one of their more entertaining/catchy efforts in a while. Alongside the famous DJ Shadow, El-P opens with the classic pickup line “Picture this, I’m a bag of dicks, put me to your lips”. Ahh that old chestnut, gets the ladies everytime. Shadow brings the old school with the beat, underlined by a driving instrumental and ‘jump-around’ chorus full of horns and ‘boombaps’. Hella fun, and some of RTJ’s best work since RTJ2.
SIGUR ROS- OVEOUR
Sigur Ros continue to bring the surreal on their first track in three years, Oveour. The song, as expected, is ethereal, dark, and a little bit weird. It’s everything Sigur Ros fans love. This track however takes a bit more of a electronic, glitchy vibe to previous material and when combined with their terrifying new video clip makes me feel a little bit weird inside. The clip follows a woman drinking her way through the countryside of Iceland, before stumbling upon a small bar. She seems to be having a pretty rough time, but then all of a sudden the bar’s patrons start doing really strange stuff like scribbling on an old man’s belly, spitting cream on each other and bleeding from their peepers. Yikes. The track however is quite beautiful, in a really disturbing, strange way. Give it a watch, but don’t come crying to me when you have nightmares/give up drinking forever.