Berlin-based saxophonist Bendik Giske is releasing his third album in June, and has shared the teaser song 'Rush' from it. He uses physicality, vulnerability and endurance as his tools of expression, with a change of approach on his new release, produced by Beatrice Dillon. On the new self-titled album he puts greater focus on rhythm, yet the melody, judging by 'Rush', is still there.

Indie powerhouse Dead Oceans is about to release 'Rat Saw God', Wednesday’s new album, their fourth in as many years, and fifth in general. The LP was announced with a thunderous teaser-track 'Bull Believer', an eight-minute powerhouse. Friday is the day.

Avantgarde electronic producer Katie Gately released her new album 'Fawn / Brute' today, including the stand-out track 'Tame'. It builds on the fantastic and dark foundations of her sound, adding the cynical touch of the saxophone. It's big-sounding, and theatrical, yet easy to absorb.

The song count
March 30, 2023

Laurent Garnier shares his new song

Iconic French electronic music producer Laurent Garnier has shared his new song 'Tales from the Real World', featuring vocals of late Suicide co-founder Alan Vega. It will be released on his new full-length, '33 Tours Et Puis S'en Vont', his “most dancefloor-focused yet.” The album is coming out May 25. Garnier announced he will be taking a step back from the heavy touring.

Kaytranda has remixed Sam Gellaitry’s single 2021 ‘Assumptions’, adding a new flavour. Canadian producer colors the dance song with his signature groove, making for a much warmer and thicker sound. Speaking of the mix Gellaitry said - “I’ll never forget the first time I heard Kaytranada’s music 11 years ago, a true innovator and inspiration to my music ever since that point."

Pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist and synth player Shahzad Ismaily, and vocalist Arooj Aftab have related their first collaborative track - beautiful 'To Remain/To Return' from their debut 'Love In Exile', recorded live in the studio with minimal edits. The song, as well as the collaborators' feelings about their album are quite promising. “Making music with Arooj and Shahzad is nothing less than an out-of-body experience. I’m weirdly in awe of our unhurried, mysterious creations; they seem to arrive fully formed from somewhere else" - Iyer says. "This piece holds, at its core, the delicately unfolding emotion of separation anxiety induced fury (see: love, self exile) between two people who are deeply connected. One is leaving and the other is asking them to stay. The former is saying ‘I will leave but I will also return’; in better form for the both of us” - Aftab says about the song. Ismaily adds, "We all provide the best we can. In my case it's euclidean rhythms, crystals to hold the oceanic beauty of Vijay's keys and the silent raven of Arooj's voice. We grow to the company that we keep; I am both fortunate and grateful".

“I absolutely love doing covers. It’s such a joy to offer my perspective on songs I admire and spread the word about amazing artists" - California folk singer-songwriter Shannon Lay said sharing her cover of Elliott Smnith's 'Angeles'. "'Covers Vol. 1' is the first in a series of cover records celebrating my obsession with shannonizing songs” - Lay announced her new album, out April 14th.

The National have shared a new song 'New Order T-Shirt' from their forthcoming album 'First Two Pages of Frankenstein'. “To me the line ‘I keep what I can of you’ means something about everyone I’ve ever known or loved,” the National’s Aaron Dessner said in a statement, adding “there’s a simplicity to ‘New Order T-Shirt’ that reminds me of our earlier records, but with the full maturity and experience we have now. It feels like a really important song for the future of our band.” The band has partnered with New Order for a limited edition T-shirt drop. 'First Two Pages of Frankenstein' is out April 28 via 4AD, featuring contributions from Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens, and Phoebe Bridgers.

Sleaford Mods have shared 'Force 10 From Navarone,' a collaborative track with Dry Cleaning's Florence Shaw that's from their upcoming album 'UK Grim', NME reports. Shaw's deadpan delivery fits right in with post-punk-meets-dance banger of a beat. "She’s the real deal and conjures the inspiration I get from the likes of Wu-Tang in the way she uses one word to convey a whole story" - Mods frontman Jason Williamson points out. As for the song, Williams says “The track is a conversation with myself coming to terms with happiness and whether it is in fact a darker space than my negativity and depression. Coupled with that it explores the myth of activism and inaction of the majority in the UK in the presence of a corrupt government.”

The song count
February 06, 2023

Parannoul's 'Arrival' breaks through the dream

Anonymous South Korean musician Parannoul released his third album 'After the Magic' featuring the stand-out track 'Arrival'. The symphonic guitar song is emblematic of the general dream-pop meets shoegaze sonics of the whole album. It's place where indie music wholeheartedly embraces pop music.

The song count
February 03, 2023

Lankum share epic 'Go Dig My Grave'

Irish contemporary folk band Lankum has shared their new song 'Go Dig My Grave'. The 9-minute single takes a turn into drone-folk territory, bringing swaths of ambient, funeral sonics. 'Go Dig My Grave' announces the band's fourth album 'False Lankum', coming out on Rough Trade Records the 24th of March 2023.

Tunisian producer and composer Ghoula is about to release his new album 'Demi-écrémé'—which translates roughly to "semi-skimmed", and which features songs built around the sounds he captured during his travels around Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Lebanon. On that voyage he found a lot of vinyl, so he played around with chords, tunes, and instruments to make his second album. "It’s like being in conversation with another person through sound. I found myself thinking, ‘These sounds are derivatives of the original source.’ So I’ll call it 'Semi-skimmed'” - he says to Bandcamp Daily.

The song count
February 02, 2023

Wesley Joseph shares a single 'Hiatus'

"The punch-drunk beat... comes from Leon Vynehall, The Invisible’s Dave Okumu is on guitar, and the mixdown by Lexxx is perfectly weighted, evoking small-town claustrophobia without crowding Wesley out" - Gabriel Szatan recommends 'Hiatus' by the London rapper. Then there's vocals: "His elastic, ruminative flow about teenage years spent hopping buses between Walsall and Birmingham to escape the stultifying sense of 'feeling navy' is captivating enough, yet it doesn’t remotely telegraph the track’s surprise denouement, where Wesley lets ring a falsetto so far up his register, you might be hoodwinked into thinking it’s a choir".

The thrill is coming
February 01, 2023

Raye to finally release her debut album

Raye was signed to Polydor Records as a teenager, she wrote songs for Beyoncé and Little Mix, sang on top 10 hits by David Guetta and Jax Jones, but her label refused to release her debut album. After she extricated herself from Polydor and struck out as an independent artist, she had the biggest-selling single in the UK within 18 months - 'Escapism', a hard-hitting account of abusing drink, drugs and meaningless sex to get over a break-up. Her long-awaited debut album, '21st Century Blues', is out this Friday, with hard-hitting stories of sexual abuse, self-doubt, misogyny...

The song count
January 29, 2023

Slowthai shares frenetic new single 'Selfish'

UK rapper slowthai has shared his new single 'Selfish', and has announced his third studio album, UGLY (an acronym for “U Gotta Love Yourself”), set for release in March. The chaotic, propulsive 'Selfish' features strong drums and guitar. To promote the new track, Slowthai has live-streamed himself hanging out in a custom-built room fitted with floor-to-ceiling two-way mirrors. Watch the video of the track below.

"NOIA and Buscabulla aren’t concerned with simply mirroring the architecture of a grief-stricken bolero; here, they reimagine it altogether. 'Eclipse de Amor' shines thanks to its unexpected production flourishes: Over the bolero percussion, an incandescent synth line from Buscabulla’s Luis Alfredo Del Valle flickers like a loose lightbulb, and in the outro, there is the whistle of Puerto Rico’s beloved coquí frogs" - Pitchfork emphasizes the latest track by the Barcelona-born, Brooklyn-based experimental pop artist NOIA.

American-Kameroonian singer-songwriter Libianca has released the visuals to her viral hit 'People (Check on Me)'. Libianca's emotional music video shows the singer struggling through isolation, loneliness, and depressive moods. At the video's conclusion, the singer shares a heartfelt message saying, "Check in on your people. What they may be dealing with internally could be much more than American-Kameroonian sing-songwriter meets the eye. Your sense of kindness can break the wall of isolation and the feeling that no one cares."

Singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Art School Girlfriend has shared her new single 'A Place To Lie'. Clunk Magazine describes the song beautifully: "This whimsical and mysterious track feels like real soul searching piece, with a fast paced synth backing that feels as though Art School Girlfriend, aka Polly Mackey, is flicking through your mind and surfacig any stresses currently pressuring you. Her floating melodies, that have defined her previous work, flow graciously and guides the pace of the track throughout. The climax feels like the beginning of an epiphany, a complicated arrangement of electronics and strings that emerge from the background to the centre of the track, the coming together of every wandering thought, until finally at the end of the piece, everything resolves itself neatly".

Song count
January 17, 2023

Song of the day: 'The Lot' by Molly

Duo Molly from Innsbruck, Austria play an especially majestic style of dream-pop with a post-rock approach to structure and scope - Stereogum points out about their latest Album of the Week choice. It is "a chance to be overwhelmed by elegance and power and an otherworldly glow". 

Song on your way
January 12, 2023

Song of the day: 'Be on Your Way' by Daughter

The English folk trio Daughter have shared their new single 'Be on Your Way', the first from their new album 'Stereo Mind Game', out April 7. 'Be on Your Way” was inspired by a romantic connection that bandleader Elena Tonra encountered while recording in California. On the track, she reflects on fond memories while acknowledging the bad timing - “I won’t hold you back/Time throws us around/ And there is never just one future plan.” Daughter promise the new album will be more optimistic.

“At its core, this song is my way of saying ‘this too shall pass’ but in a way that feels honest” says Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brian Dunne of 'Sometime After This'. He offers a perspective to the song: “It starts with a big idea and gets smaller with each verse. The first one addresses the social and political state of things, and how sad it is that we can't even agree on what it is that we disagree about (and also has the first, and likely last use of the word ‘email’ in one of my songs). Verse two is about everything that led me here, to this particular song, and finds me asking a classic NYC vampire - a sacred character to me - what exactly to do with it. And verse three is just about a single cup of coffee and how it all just comes down to that; being grateful for a hot beverage.”

The tale of two cities
December 16, 2022

Song of the day: 'Symphony Of A Metropolis Act I' by Chui

Space rock jazz band Chui three years ago have accompanied a screening of the 1927 silent movie 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City' ('Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt') by director Walter Ruttmann, This year, Chui have released a full album 'Zagreb-Berlin' based on those compositions. This week, they have a new video out, 'Symphony Of A Metropolis Act I' from the Berlin part of the album.

Heavy metal salt
December 01, 2022

Song of the day: 'Alpendurada' by Solar Corona

Portuguese space-rockers Solar Corona released their latest new album 'Pace' last month, including the standout song 'Alpendurada'. Guardian hears "elements of metal, Krautrock and post-rock... blended into more focused, more succinct songs. For all the tight, intermeshing musicianship there’s a wildness and unpredictability there too".

The US-born, Indian-raised, London-based jazz drummer, producer, composer and bandleader Sarathy Korwar has released his new ambient and groovy new single 'Remember To Look Out For The Signs'. The song from Korwar's album 'KALAK', coming out November 11th, 2022.

Spanish guitar and handclaps carry Caroline Polachek's new song 'Sunset', a feel-good summerish hit quite indebted to flamenco. Sega Bodega co-produced the song, while the music video shows Polachek strolling through Barcelona. A great summer hit, in the southern hemisphere, right!?

'Woman Life Freedom' is a song released by the Iranian-born Netherlands-based musician Sevdaliza which she wrote for "oppressed women around the world. I stand proud as an Iranian woman and I am supporting the fight of my sisters who shed their blood, hair, hearts and brains to give us all the hope, that one day, we will be free. At a young age I became aware of the systematic means of forcing women into obedience through violence and intimidation. To persuade women that their minds, bodies, and freedom do not belong to them. Our humanity demands we stand up against the oppression of women. Now. And forever. We must continue to speak up and fight institutions that condone oppression, violence and murder. We must face the people that deny the dignity and respect for all of us women. We are so tired of being told how to be, what to be".

The song count
October 12, 2022

Meg Baird and Sault release new songs

based singer-songwriter and guitarist Meg Baird has shared a video for 'Will You Follow Me Home?'. It's from her new album 'Furling', out January 27, her first solo record since 2015’s 'Don't Weigh Down the Light'. The mysterious London collective Sault have returned with a brand new single ‘Angel’, produced by SAULT frontman Inflo, featuring vocals from Jamaican artist Chronixx.

Into the wild
September 22, 2022

Alewya releases new single 'Let Go'

London-based singer/rapper Alewya is back with a new video 'Let Go', the first new music since her debut EP, 'Panther In Mode', from November last year. Alewya shared a thought about the new track: "The feeling of being on the precipice of something new but not there yet - it’s uncomfortable". It is to be a mark of a new shift into a "wild" new phase for her: "I'm freeing myself up, getting more confident in how lost I feel. With 'Panther In Mode', I was coming from a more poised space. The next phase is more wild. I won't hold back anymore."

They still got it - that disco glam-trash garage-rock that Yeah Yeah Yeahs got famous for is right there in 'Burning'. It's short, direct, and powerful. Count on the lyric "Whatcha gonna do when you get to the water" to get stuck in your head. Watch the video below.

Belgian band Brutus go into melodic hard-rock with their latest song 'Liar', taken from the album 'Unison Life' available October 21. It goes deeper into the melodic metal they have stepped in on the previous album 'Nest'. Brutus vocalist Stefanie Mannaerts explains the idea behind the song: “When things get a bit more difficult or when relationships demand too much energy, I choose to avoid confronting things, or just lie about it for the sake of keeping the peace. At that point it just seems like the easy thing to do so that nobody gets hurt. But in the long run, those well-intentioned lies will catch up with you, and the peace you thought you'd found turns out to be an illusion.” The music video has been filmed in Morocco.

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