Olivia Vedder

Marisa Anderson & William Tyler released their new album with the haunting ‘Haunted By Water’ closing the LP; house producer Ross From Friends shares 'The Daisy', accompanied by a funny and amazing Rubic-cube-themed video; Eddie Vedder’s daughter Olivia Vedder shares a song ‘My Father’s Daughter', written by her dad and Irish songwriter Glen Hansard for the new Sean Penn movie ‘Flag Day’; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are back in collaborative action with ‘Can’t Let Go’; Esperanza Spalding shares ‘Formwela 10’, song created “for grieving the consequences of, becoming more alert to, and dissolving one’s own romantic-entitlement tendencies”; Berlin-based saxophonist Bendik Giske shares a minimalist and atmospheric 'Flutter'.

The song count
August 14, 2021

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Eera

Norwegian Eera became a musician although her grandfather, a conductor, told her not to, luckily she did - she shared a mighty guitar-pop song 'Ladder' from her debut album; Denzel Curry hits a bull-eye with “You don’t need to brag or dress up when all your shit flame” on ‘The Game’; EarthGang flip Erykah Baud’s ‘Window Seat’ on ‘Erykah’; Bouquet share atmospheric hardcore song ‘Southpaw’; IDHAZ goes into pop’s leftfield on ‘If I Am Afraid’; Boldy James delivers some great raps on The Alchemist produced ‘Turpentine’; just a lovely guitar-and-strings song ‘Lake Superior’ by Tasha; Carcass mix death-metal and hard-rock (death-rock?!?) on their first new song in eight years 'Dance of Ixtab'; Brooklyn rapper Ka shares a moody song 'I Notice'.

Phoebe Bridgers has shared her cover of Metallica’s 'Nothing Else Matters', about to be released on the covers album 'The Metallica Blacklist'. Bridgers said - "I feel like my version almost sounds baroque. Literally, James [Hetfield] does all sorts of weird octave jumps and stuff that I can’t do, and I almost have a Billie Eilish approach of right by the microphone, performing it the opposite of them, which was really fun to lean into”.

Blaq Bandana

Ugandan rapper Blaq Bandana and Italian producer Still mix trap, drill, cut kuduro, and electro on ‘Nkwaata’; Lowertown rolls a delicate acoustic guitar on the verge of exploding on ‘The Gaping Mouth’; we have heard it all from the post-rock front, but still, the way Shy, Low mix energy and beauty on ‘Helioentropy’ deserves a recommendation; Moritz Von Oswald Trio slide between minimal techno, jazz, and avant-ambient electronics on ‘Chapter 4’; Courtney Barnett shares some delicate guitar work on ‘Before You Gotta Go’; Big Thief share a feather-light love song 'Little Things'.

Oavette

Japanese band Oavette shares a jazzy/post-rock gem 'Neus'; Lingua Ignota takes a turn into Appalachian Gothic with ‘Repent Now Confess Now’; Deafheaven are keeping their stylistic U-turn with their latest, melancholic single ‘In Blur’; Martina Topley Bird shares ‘Topic’, produced by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja; one of the highlights on Nas' new album is ‘Nobody’, which sees him reuniting with Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Alewya

After that awesome detour into jazzy club music with Moses Boyd, Alewya goes into the dark clubbing mode with ‘Spirit_X’; avant/hip-hop artist Moor Mother goes psychedelic on ‘Shekere’ featuring Lojii; ‘Superstate’ is a new graphic novel with 15 new songs from Graham Coxon, ‘Yoga Town’ is the first taste from it; Jamaican dancehall artist Skillibeng goes aggressive and dark on ‘Pull Up’, a collaboration with UK rapper Dutchavelli; Japanese post-metallers Mono rip it up on (khm!) ‘Riptide’; Homeboy Sandman shares an intense and jazzy ‘Lice Team, Baby’, featuring Aesop Rock.

Facing each other in a garage over a small plastic table, rappers Uriya & SAZ hurl ethnic insults and clichés at each other, tearing away the veneer of civility overlaying the seething resentments between the Jewish state and its Palestinian minority in a rap video that has gone viral in Israel. Sincere, passionate, touching! The New York Times reports, via Washington Mail.

Shannon Lay

Mega Bog describes her new video 'Maybe You Died' as “dark, leathered, supernatural, horny, evil" - that pretty much applies to the song as well; Britsh folk icon Shirley Collins shares the haunting 'Sailor Boy'; Iron Maiden are back in the saddle - 'The Writing on the Wall' is their first new song in six years and a return to form, accompanied by a mini-film; folk singer-songwriter Shannon Lay starts with a cappella 'Geist' to expand into a waltz called 'Awaken and Allow'.

Moor Mother

Little Simz shares just some James Bond hip-hop with ‘I Love You, I Hate You’; UK jazz tuba player Theon Cross (member of Sons of Kemet) releases 'We Go Again', played almost exclusively on tuba; Moor Mother shares a bit of psychedelic rap with ‘Obsidian', featuring Pink Siifu; Black Dice offer some groovy chaos on ‘White Sugar’; Siiickbrain combines emo, rap, and industrial on ‘Silence’.

Year of no Light

Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman - with a new name Mr Jukes - is joined by the relatively unknown East London rapper Barney Artist on the laid-back hip-hop groove 'Check the Pulse'; Manzanita combines surf guitar, garage rock and Latin American cumbia and guaracha on the uplifting 'Shambar'; 'The Angel of 8th Ave' by Gang of Youths is just some straight rock'n'roll; 'Alètheia' is just some straight - post-metal, by the French collective Year of no Light.

St. Vincent has redone Metallica's 'Sad But True', adding a ton of sexy and cool, making for a surprisingly good cover. Jason Isbell goes a step further with the same song - himself and the 400 Unit reimagined 'The Black Album' classic as a thrilling country rock barn stomper. Both songs appear on Metallica’s upcoming collection, 'The Metallica Blacklist', a companion album celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'The Black Album'. Set for release digitally on September 10th and physically on October 1st, 'The Metallica Blacklist' also boasts contributions from Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Mac DeMarco, Cage the Elephant, Kamasi Washington, Portugal. the Man, IDLES, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Moses Sumney.

Vince Staples

UK post-rock/post-metal band Bossk released their first full-length album, including the hypnotizing closer 'Unberth'; Angel Du$t make a turn from punk to indie pop with 'Love Is The Greatest'; Damon Albarn shares a lovely meditative piece 'The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows'; Afflecks Palace share a Blur-y 'This City Is Burning Alive'; Vince Staples is in top form on 'Law Of Averages'; She Drew The Gun share a banging indie-pop song 'Cut Me Down'.

Sally Shapiro

Indigo De Souza share an energy-driven indie rock song 'Kill Me' and an impressive video to go with; Kamasi Washington released 'Sun Kissed Child' from 'Liberated / Music For The Movement Vol. 3'; La Luz shares some light-weight blues on 'In The Country'; Sally Shapiro want to go dancing on 'Fading Away'; Dean Blunt is very moody on 'The Rot'; Jeffrey Lewis' title of his new song 'Now We've Beat That Stupid Virus We Can Get Back to Our Stupid Lives' says it all.

The London rapper starts her new song as a furious rap, only to turn to psychedelia at the second half. Little Simz is releasing a new album, called 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert', via her own Age 101 label this September.

Madi Diaz

Deafheaven take an interesting and sharp turn with their new, melodic, non-metal song 'Great Mass of Color'; José González shares his new bassy single 'Head On'; Madi Diaz finds a sweet spot between Americana and indie rock on 'Woman in my Heart'; 'Dropout Boogie' is the first collaboration between Your Old Droog and MF DOOM, produced after YOD renewed his interest in hip-hop - after hearing DOOM; Slow Fire Pistol go from ambient rock to hardcore to ambient... in the span of two minutes on 'Who Decides'.

Mereba

Mexican folk singer-songwriter Ed Maverick shared a piece of latino nostalgia called 'Contenta'; Berlin post-black metallers Praise The Plague released their intense single 'Blackening Swarm II'; American r'n'b'/soul singer Mereba shared some powerful R'n'B with ‘News Come’; Julia Jacklin and fellow Australians RVG cover beautifully Björk's 'Army Of Me'; Dusted shares some seaside rock with 'They Don't Know You'.

Sa-Roc

Navy Blue shares smooth jazzy psychedelic hip-hop 'Ritual' from his surprise-released new album; Curtis Harding shares a warm, conscious soul single with a pretty video for 'Hopeful'; Sa-Roc released s deluxe version of her last year's album, featuring new song 'Re-Birth' with MF Doom on the mic; Jade Bird's 'Different Kinds of Light' is just a nice love song; 'Like I Used To' is slightly 1980s-big-ballad song by Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen; Yoo Doo Right go enjoyably post-rocky on 'Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose'.

Sarah Neufeld

Sarah Neufeld released an intense and dancy 'Tumble Down the Undecided' on her latest album; Florence + The Machine releases a silly little song 'Call Me Cruella' from the Disney live-action film 'Cruella'; black midi share jazz/rock 'Chondromalacia Patella'; Dark Lo & Harry Fraud go lo-fi psychedelic hip-hop on 'Missing Summers'; Wristmeetrazor join together melody and metalcore on 'This Summer's Sorrow Ⅱ: Growing Old In The Waiting Place'; David Bazan is deeply melancholic on 'Your Bearings'.

Jorja Smith

Amaro Freitas shares a Brazilian bossa-nova jazz smoothie 'Baquaqua'; cabaret-punk is pretty much an accurate description for Callum Easter's 'What You Think?'; Jorja Smith's 'Time's shortness is made up for with her great voice; dubby dream-pop meets electronica on 'Lost and Found' by Corbu and Doves' Jimi Goodwin; John Grant continues his streak of great songs which announce his new album, the latest one is a dramatic take on masculinity called 'Billy'; Anthetic start at ambient, end up at dark electro with 'Scope'.

AKAI Solo

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 'Soon It Will Be Fire' features Moses Sumney, a nearly sacral piece; UK rapper Berwyn offers a lovely hip-hop ballad 'Rubber Bands'; The Mountain Goats share superbly titled 'The Slow Parts On Death Metal Albums'; Hazel English fulfilled her dream - she moved to California and covered 'California Dreamin'', a way too pretty song and a way to nice a cover not to pick it out; AKAI SOLO and Navy Blue share psychedelic rap 'Ocean Hue Hours'; Resynator is a documentary about "a daughter connecting with her late father through the resurrection of a synthesizer from the 1970s that he invented", featuring The National's Matt Berninger and Ronboy doing 'Only a Broken Heart'; The Pleasure Dome share noisy punk 'Pretty Picture'; Wolf Alice keep on promising - 'No Hard Feelings' comes ahead of their new album, out in June; Shannon Lay goes in the best classic singer-songwriter direction with 'Rare To Wake'.

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