There is a lot, a lot, a lot of good new music out now so, if you haven’t been exploring, you’re absolutely missing out. Here are six songs that I’ve been digging to help you get through your Friday, all from recent releases.
Lindstrøm’s new album It’s Alright Between Us As It Is is quite excellent, a nice interaction between moody vocal collaborations with his trademark expansive space disco. The best example of the latter is “Drift” which is a very effective slow burn from glowing bongos and echoey guitars to cascading synthscapes that feel like ambient echoes from 1977 enmeshed with late night dance floor tunes in 2017. It’s a fairly perfect song.
Honey Dijon & Tim K. featuring Nomi Ruiz’s “Why”
Dijon’s debut album has been a long time coming and it’s an amazing collection of queerness in dance. She has some great collaborations, most notably with Cakes Da Killa and Nomi Ruiz, the latter appearing on several songs. The standout on this great album is Dijon’s take on Carly Simon’s “Why,” one of my all time favorite songs that I’ve written about before. Dijon’s version of the song is less of a cover and more of a stellar recreation.
Fatima Al Quiridi‘s “Shaneera”
Al Quiridi’s new EP brings the artist’s heavy thumps to Hyperdub and the title song “Shaneera” is a great taste of what to expect. It very much seems like her crossover moment, her stamp of bass production with Gulf influence carried out in an accessible manner. You can also find Al Quiridi serving up an incredible drag look on the cover too which, if you’re familiar with her, is very much not her everyday aesthetic but is queer in its own regard.
NHK yx Koyxen‘s “Notice”
NHK is an often dense artist who creates very abstract works but “Notice” off his new album Exit Entrance is a bubbling, twinkling focusing in on a specific sonic moment. It kind of comes out of nowhere in the context of the album but stands out as emblematic of the dance idiosyncrasies that make him so special. I kind of wish this song could be expanded from it’s 2:22 to 20:22. It’s that delicious.
Palmbomen II‘s “Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy”
The album Memories Of Cindy is one of those 2017 fabled releases that has been released in installments and costs almost a hundred dollars on vinyl. Few, save for the vinyl buyers, have yet to interact with the work. As the year comes to a close, Palmbomen is prepping for its digital release and finally peppering out singles. The first is “Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy,” an example of his delicious eighties and nineties programming aesthetic designed as a sex cave in sound. For lovers of Legowelt, you will be obsessed with this.
Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra‘s “Condo”
Peter Gordon is an old, old, old school experimental composer whose work leans toward jazz by way of alt-disco. The recent rerelease of his 1980s EP Condo has been a revelation for me, a means to define a specific New York City experience in music. You can feel the power suits butting up against each other here, rubbing up against each other in dinner parties and on the subway. It’s so lovely. The song “Condo” is the finest work on the release and is seeming stretched into two other songs, “Neighbors” and “Condominium.”