I interviewed The Wytches ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Annabelle Dream Reader’
Reid – ‘Singapore’
Reid resurfaced a few weeks ago with ‘Fractures’ (feat. Slow Skies). Now the Dublin producer has thrown ‘Singapore’ into the mix, a whirlwind of carefully placed electronics and although instrumental, it’s full of mystery. The track is taken from his new EP ‘Fractures’ due 11th August, which also includes a track featuring Woman’s Hour, who he recently remixed.
J M R – ‘One Time’
‘One Time’ is the beautiful new track from Florida musician by J M R (that’s Joshua Michael Robinson). The soulful vocal holds itself tall against the shifting beat. Fellow capital letter fans EXROYALE and Ryne Estwing of ON AN ON teamed up with J M R to write and record the track, but it’s under his moniker that it’s released. His previous track ‘Closer’ is another swooning offering.
GRMLN – ‘Jaded’
Scuzzy and fast-paced, ‘Jaded’ pushes through with a roaring skater sound from GRMLN – the alias of Yoodoo Park, who resides in Southern California. The track is a hearty road trip anthem that has been unshackled to bask freely in the sunshine. ‘Jaded’ is taken from his second album ‘Soon Away’ out 16th September.
SBTRKT – ‘New Dorp New York’
SBTRKT has linked up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig for new track ‘New Dorp New York’. Ezra’s distinctive twang fronts the abstract composition from London producer Aaron Jerome. Metallic beats, spoken words and surprise loops filter in, giving it even more character. With acts like Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Raury and A$AP Ferg all set to feature on his new album, ‘Wonder Where We Land’, it seems there’s a whole lot more where this came from.
Anto Dust – ‘Traitor’s Gate’
Anto Dust make spiralling dream pop that floats along with shoegaze tendencies and wistful vocals. There’s also a loop in the first half that could be mistaken for a Samsung alarm tone. But, the London five piece, fronted by vocalist and guitarist Anto Cossu, have devised a euphoric and charming formula to awaken the ears, reminiscent of early St. Vincent.
Here are my favourite picks of the week in music…
Leon T. Pearl – ‘Came Here For You’ (Fyfe Remix)
Fyfe has reworked Leon T. Pearl’s ‘Came Here For You’, swapping out the original house inspired electronics for his intricate loops and scattered beats – adding a new soundscape to the emotional equation. This week, it was announced London producer Fyfe has signed to Believe Recordings. On this track, you can tell it’s Fyfe’s work – a marker of how just how much originality he is conjuring up for himself.
Becky Hill – ‘Caution To The Wind’
One time contestant on The Voice, Becky Hill is starting to make a name for herself through lending her soulful tones to some big chart players like Wilkinson, Oliver Heldens and Rudimental. Following these massive tracks, she’s releasing her own material, following the well-concreted path of Sam Smith, Ella Eyre and Jess Glynn. ‘Caution To The Wind’ has a hell of a lot of potential and with Two Inch Punch heading up the production, who can really fault it?
Pale Seas – ‘Wicked Dreams’
Pale Seas have shared a cut from their forthcoming EP ‘Places To Haunt’. ‘Wicked Dreams’ presents their woozy pop flourished with the somewhat saddening words – “Underwater trying to break on through, you’re still alone but that’s nothing new”. Though some ‘oohs’ and the summer roadtrip vibes from the Southampton outfit lend it some unexpected punch. Pale Seas are playing their EP launch on a boat next month at Tamesis Dock, how apt.
Jamie T – ‘Don’t You Find?’
So Jamie T has put out his first track in four years and it’s a sure grower. Sultry and laden with strums, ‘Don’t You Find’ isn’t your average massive comeback track. But, it has a similar feel to ‘Emily’s Heart’ and in a similar way to La Roux’s slower comeback ‘Lay Me Down Gently’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ it draws you in good. I wanna hear more from you Jamie T.
Eagulls – ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ (The Stone Roses cover)
Is covering one of the hits of a band that have been described as ‘defining an era’ a good idea? Yes, yes it is. Leeds outfit Eagulls has stamped their garage-y mark on The Stone Roses classic for the AV Club and it sounds pretty good.
Aside from George Ezra’s and Jungle’s albums being on heavy rotation this week, here’s a few other picks I’ve been enjoying…
Bloody Knees – ‘Daydream’
Gritty riffs from gruesome foursome Bloody Knees hit a psychedelic path on new track ‘Daydream’. Featured on their upcoming EP ‘Stitches’ (geddit?), it carries the boisterous, garage-punk energy of past tracks ‘Ears, Eyes, Ohs and Yous’ and ‘Dead’. Easily capable of making you slip into a trance this one, glorious.
Lonely Child – ‘Thursday (These Eyes)’
With a swooning R&B-tinged loop, ‘Thursday (These Eyes)’ is the newest cut from Austin producer Lonely Child. Paired up with a silky vocal, the track carries a late night groove, which sounds like Jamie Woon crossed with an even more downtempo version of ‘Together’ by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, Nile Rogers and Disclosure. (Speaking of the Lawrence brothers, their recent remix of Usher’s ‘Good Kisser’ is also worth a listen.) All round goodness.
Autobahn – ‘Pale Skin’
Leeds outfit Autobahn’s new track ‘Pale Skin’ sounds like it’s bombing down the autobahn with fast-paced, rugged textures and raw vocal. Ballsy and dark, the track nails the band’s confident sound as heard on previous track ‘Unhinged’. It’s taken from their new EP ‘2.’ out now. Autobahn head out on tour with Protomartyr and their buddies Eagulls later this year.
Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Cyril Hahn remix)
If Jessie Ware’s comeback track ‘Tough Love’ wasn’t good enough, Cyril Hahn has stamped his laid back bass-driven house production all over it, elevating her soulful vocal. Hahn previously remixed Ware’s delectable ‘Sweet Talk’, as well as tracks by Haim, Alpines and Solange.
A few words on Disclosure’s Record Store Day release ‘Apollo’.
Here’s what I made of Icelandic artist Asgeir’s debut album ‘In The Silence’.
Following the release of their ‘Sound of Ravens’ EP back in the Summer, Leeds outfit Ravens return with psychedelic, yet contemporary visual for ‘Brothers’. Directed by Howard Ashley Storey and producer Lee Isserow, the video takes on a retro theme within a deserted fantasy town manipulated by unusual colours and ideas.
Ending with a Beatles inspired kaleidoscope of the familiar buildings and the band members’ faces lit under a swirling facade of projected colour, it lodges the track’s nostalgic olde worlde personality ushered along by the modern presence carved out along the way. A particular highlight is the seemingly unwelcome raven quietly sloping around the streets, adding an additional element of darkness. A perfect use of their namesake.