It feels like I’ve been waiting ten years to say this with confidence: this is a good year for music. There have been so many great releases this year and we are only four months in. How lucky are we as music fans? Very lucky. To keep the goodness going, here are six great new-ish songs to end the week with. Enjoy!
Nite Jewel‘s “Boo Hoo”
It’s been four years since Ramona Gonzalez’s Nite Jewel has released a new anything. Her last full length—the delightfully chewy One Second Of Love—added an exciting polish to her lovely lo-fi-ness and, now, we have Gonzalez’s next evolution: the song “Boo Hoo.” From her forthcoming album Liquid Cool, “Boo Hoo” is a delicious alt-nineties dark throwback that will make your nipples hard. Her voice is at its most soulful and she feels poised to truly have her alt-dance breakout moment this year. It’s the kind of song that you listen to in the dark, eyes closed, after two glasses of wine, just waving your head around. She puts you in that kind of longing mood. The new record will be out June 10.
Andy Stott‘s “Butterflies”
2014 feels like a lifetime ago but, nope, that was two years ago—and the very end of it saw Andy Stott’s faux grime dark-house Faith In Strangers. Seemingly out of nowhere, Stott dropped the new song “Butterflies” a little over a week ago. The song sees his empty house sound married with a bit of a soul edge, which makes him sound the most him: not like him. Stott has an uncanny ability to both conform to and run away from trends and this song is exactly that. Consider this song his response to the trendiness of people like FKA Twigs and Sam Smith. That sounds weird but it’s true. His new album is out on April 22.
Dan Lissvik‘s “N”
Studio is in my top ten favorite bands of the mid-aughts that have since died. The sweet alt-disco duo broke up years ago, creating their own sounds, but member Dan Lissvik has been holding down their original sound in memoriam. His releases retain the band’s glow but also have an added element of instrumentation that was missing. Is that better or worse? I don’t know. He just scratches the itch I have, that “I miss their sound!” itch. Lissvik announced a new album this week called MIDNIGHT where every song takes on a different letter of the word. The first of them is “N” which is a funky, low-key disco song that is the soundtrack to a very slow motion dance party. His new album is out June 10.
SAVE!’s “The Light”
This song is old and I know nothing about the band: I just read about it on Pitchfork and enjoyed it. The song is bizarre house that is simultaneously a fake gospel call paired with burpy, “My computer is broken!” production. It’s a complex club song that will never be played in a club. The EP “The Light” is attached to is out April 11.
Elon Katz‘s “Immovable”
Katz is an LA based musician who is part of two of my favorite “FREAKOUT!!!” bands, White Car and Streetwalker. Both bands are strange, jittery homemade electro concepts that Katz is the focus of. Well, good news: he has a new album coming out soon and we can now consume a taste of it. “Immovable” sees his characteristic whirs and heavy breaths gathering around a Tron soundscape to discuss personhood. Katz always feels like an outer dimensional eighties pop icon, something like Max Headroom—but in real life, in the present day. He’s fun and weird and the musical equivalent of Maurizio Cattelan’s Toiletpaper. Katz’s new album is out May 12.
Leon Vynehall‘s “Blush”
Vynehall is poised to have a major breakout and, ever since his ace (and queer) 2014 release Music For The Uninvited, all electronic fans have been wondering when he was going to explode something on us again. Last Friday we found out with his new album Rojus Designed To Dance, a composition of eight energetic classic house jams. The lead single is “Blush” and it is a textbook deep house song. It is simultaneously every house song you have heard while being very individual, very Vynehall. It’s spacey yet has a human element, thanks to a wail or two. Like the video and album artwork suggest, Rojus is about manufactured nature, birds and forest and flora and fauna created digitally. Doesn’t that sound fabulous? It is. He makes the most accessible deep house. His new album is out now.