With a three day weekend stretching out before us – and of course the no small matter of the Forbidden Fruit festival kicking off tomorrow – the time is right for another fifteen new tunes. Led by one of our own, this week’s mixtape takes in Egyptian hip-hop, heavy heavy dub, electronica, classic Americana and more. You know what to expect by now – the unexpected and the unknown. Enjoy.
Daithí – ‘Dream State’ (feat Raye)
A week today sees the release of Daithí’s debut InFlight album. Here’s another taster, further suggestion that the Galway boy’s career is set to take off. See him at Forbidden Fruit on Sunday.
Hayley Reardon – ‘Numb And Blue’
“It’s the way you drive and all the Bob Dylan you pretend to like….” Seventeen year old Reardon is already a name to drop on the Boston music scene, largely due to the impact she made with her debut album a couple of years back. New EP Wayfindings – complete with the withering put down above – will only move her further up the ladder.
Nightmares On Wax – ‘Now Is The Time’ (Ashley Beedle Warbox Dubplate Special)
Twenty five years in the business (and signed to Warp Records right from the start of the label’s lifetime), George ‘E.A.S.E’ Evelyn, AKA Nightmares On Wax, has released a range of records that have been integral to cultural movements and electronic music – from rave to hip-hop, jazz and soul. New compilation N.O.W IS THE TIME celebrates his career. As the name of this suggests, find a way of cranking up the bass.
WMC – ‘Araby’
Mysterious electronica from Dublin label. Sorry we can’t tell you more.
Samuel L Cool J – ‘Slip and Slide’
A collective made up of from a bunch of groups we admit to not being familar with (Gospel Claws, Through and Through Gospel Review, Ladylike, Wooden Indian, Programming Hiro and Mergence), this is still a fantastic tune right in the classic soul mode.
Little Dragon – ‘Paris’ (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit)
Two Forbidden Fruit acts for the price of one, with the Swedes’ lush sound given a far harder, dance floor ready workout from Orlando Higginbottom. Expect to hear it during his Sunday DJ set.
Challenger – ‘Back To Bellevue’
The one man band alias of New Yorker John Ross, Challenger’s second album Back To Bellevue features a set of upbeat, cinematic pop songs that reference his other life as a film composer. With the odd hint of Peter Gabriel, which is always nice.
Raseth – ‘Lost In The World’
Tired of rappers bemoaning the fact that their personal assistant ordered them the wrong bottle of champagne? Egyptian MC Raseth has had more real world problems to write about, having left his war torn home for a new life in Australia. 99 problems? Get real.
Mano’s Daughter – ‘What’s A Girl Supposed To Do’
Only onto their second EP, London trio Mano’s Daughter are already setting tongues wagging in the UK capital. Shiver isn’t actually with us till August but this lead track tees it up nicely.
Tacks, The Boy Disaster – ‘Treasure Hunters’
Although predominantly a home for domestic talent, Rubyworks Records does sometimes cast its net a little wider, one of the results being these oddly named Texans. Gloriously rooted in their own culture, the first single from debut album Twelve Lion Paws is a luxurious, lazy pop song.
Jet Setter – ‘Not Yet’
Attracting international interest right off the bat (helped no doubt by having Other City Records as their home), Dubliners Jet Setter’s new single was premiered on Stereogum, no less, and the NME is already getting excited about them. We can find out for ourselves when they play Irish dates in July but this is a solid start.
VN – ‘Dreamer’
Kansas MC follows up the XX sampling ‘Angels’ with a more upbeat, anger driven track on trials of the modern consumer lifestyle.
Strand Of Oaks – ‘Shut In’
Written and recorded against a backdrop of severely testing circumstances (relationship breakdown, near fatal car crashes, that sort of thing), Tim Showalter’s HEAL album could easily be overshadowed by its backstory – plus the fact that J Mascis makes a predictably languid guitar appearance. It isn’t, simply because it’s so good. See it live at Whelan’s on Oct 3rd.
Johanna Samuels – ‘For You To Do’
A New Yorker who grew up in LA, Johanna Samuels is now back on the east coast and finding her musical feet. Moving from solo shows to fronting a four piece band, upcoming debut album Double Bind is a classic sounding pop record with one eye on the present.
Tei Shi – ‘Nevermind The End’ (Lil Sad Mix)
An elegant fusion of indie pop, electronica, and airy ’90s R&B, New Yorker Tei Shi describes her sound as “mermaid music” and who are we to argue? It certainly sounds enticing to us. Just watch out for those rocks. See you next week.