There’s nothing quite like the joy of exploring for and discovering new artists and new tracks – here’s what I’ve been listening to lately!
1. Artist – Pale Honey
Two Swedish girls, guitars that flit between lush to driven and gritty, and a moody, nonchalant vibe; listen to “Youth” and “Bandolier”, from their self-titled debut album, which brings the band Warpaint to mind.
2. Song – “L$D” by A$AP Rocky
“But I ain’t into makin’ love songs, baby, I’m just rappin’ to this LSD.” – I love how this is sung rather than rapped – a surprising, woozy, psychedelic love song with The xx-style guitars (and / or, he’s probably on about what he got up to on acid at SXSW this year).
3. Album – “In Colour” by Jamie xx
“In Colour” was released only the other day, after much anticipation. The LP has such a good variety of songs – from the surprising dancehall-inflected “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” (often, attempts at fusion genres seem to exist because they can, rather than should) to the more classic Jamie glimmery ambience of tracks such as “Sleep Sound” and “Girl” (my favourite off the album).
4. Song – “Aftergold” by Big Wild
3:49 minutes of pure delightfulness.
5. Artist – Låpsley
Sparse instrumentals and soft, haunting echoing vocals; Låpsley is totally unassuming, reminding me a little of Rhye. Listen to her Understudy EP.
6. Song – “Waterfalls” by Vök
I only had to listen to this song to guess that the band we Icelandic – I mean those vocals are quite Björk-esque. Vök’s sound mixes ice cool, wistful electronics with melodic vocals – think Björk’s abstract lyrics and swooping vocals, The Knife’s sexual tension and The xx’s hypnotism.
7. And finally – “All Day” by Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney
Totally obnoxious, hedonistic and vicious, but absolutely another brilliant example of Kanye’s irrevocable prowess and completely obvious sense of self-belief. This is also a song that, despite award show-organisers’ insistence, is perhaps not the best choice for West to perform on a live-televised award show when half the words have to be bleeped out, leaving merely a fragment of song.
What have you been listening to lately?