Monday, June 2, 2014

Take Five: The top five singles you need to know this week

A roundup of the latest new music delivered to you every week.
  by Dustin van Wyk


Singles – 2014/05/31

Lido – Money


Up and coming Norwegian producer Lido’s lead single from debut EP ‘I Love You’ is an abrasive take on ‘eletro-R&B’ with its deep bass , manipulated vocal cuts, energetic chord progressions and intricate arrangements that create a fresh sounding instrumental. Lido’s debut EP ‘I Love You’ is set for release June 6th via Pelican Sky.



Adult Jazz – Spook




Leeds based experimentalists Adult Jazz ,having emerged as one of the most exciting acts of 2013, shared another single from their much anticipated debut LP Gist Is. Aptly-titled single “Spook” is a slow building ballad that constantly shape shifts as it opens with a sinister piano line while  off-kitler vocal stylings brush over it. The instrumentation opens up with light brass melodies and clean guitars, while gentle synths chime in and out as the track builds to its disorientating yet beautiful finish.  Gist Is is available August 4th via Spare Thought.



Bahamas – All the Time



The acoustic charms of Canadian based musician Bahamas are expanded on the quirky single, “All the time”. Operating on a lethargic back beat as bluesy guitar jangles and fuzzed-out bass lines move around echoing vocals patterns that envelope the track in retro soul. Bahamas third LP Is Alfie is set for release August 18th via Bushfire Records.


Muna – The Grave



Ethereal pop trio Muna’s “The grave”’ is a warm blend of 80s synth pop and trip hop with its hypnotic keyboard phrasing, roomy percussion and loose guitar picking. The lush harmonies help elevate the simple production as the trio effortlessly lock in polished vocal hooks. Muna’s debut EP More Perfect is independently available via Bandcamp from June 1st .

Death of Pop – Whenever

Psychedelic shoegazers Death of Pop’s “Whenever” is a nostalgic daydream that taps into the best moments of 90s alternative rock with its urgent drum breaks ,driving bass lines and simplistic yet  powerful guitar progressions that are draped in reverberated vocals.  Death of Pop’s forthcoming EP Fifths is available July 28th via Art is Hard Records.