Monday, May 19, 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


The Sugazz – Whateva

Swiss R&B/soul trio ‘The Sugazz’ have recently made their eclectic debut album ‘Pick Up The Phone’ available for free via Colors Record. Known for their lush harmonious and quick vocal interplays, their seductive single ‘Desilliusion’ is a future soul piece that sees a perfect marriage between the boom bap beats of the 90’s and the spacey Rhodes of modern soul music. The trio’s vocals warp through infectious bass line grooves and slick percussive, giving a faint retro feel to the track.

Craft Spells – Komorebi

Second single from bedroom dream-poppers Craft Spells is sauntering piece that channels 70’s soft rock musings with its soft romantic flute melodies, shy piano phrasing, ethereal harp samples and jangling guitar lines. Vocalist  Justin Vallestero’s sedated vocals gently pan in and out of the mix creating a summering feel that envelopes the entire production and atmosphere of the track. Craft Spell’s Upcoming LP ‘Nausea’ is available June 10th via Captured Tracks.

Throwing Shade – Once

South Londoner producer Throwing Snow, known for her skewed pop instrumentals, has recently dropped her latest EP ’19 Jewels’. Selected cut, ‘Once’, is an eerie composition that carefully balances on a jittering backbeat of sporadic programmed claps and piercing hi hats. The dark undertones of the synths and light mallet samples compliment the disjointed beat and heavy sub bass of the track as it moves towards a rather understated climax. ’19 Jewels’ is available May 19 via No Pain In Pop.

Playlounge – Waves And Waves And Waves

Playlounge is a raucous duo whose noise rock antics channel the aggression of an early Fugazi with the dazed out and heartfelt vocal deliveries of Husker Du. The track “Waves and waves and waves” is an explosive single with its distorted vocals, larger than life guitars and spastic drum patterns that spiral into a joyous cacophony of noise.  Their debut album Pilot is now available via Dog Records

Badbadnotgood – Shame Remix

Toronto Jazz trio, ‘Badbadnotgood’, whose rise to fame is attributed to their outstanding jazz interpretations of popular hip hop tracks, have released another rendition that sits well with their current repertoire. Their latest offering, coming off ‘Madlib’ and Freddie Gibbs’s critically acclaimed ‘Pinata’, is a laidback affair that makes use of psychedelic reverberated guitars, simple percussions and palm muted bass lines that fill out the lining of the instrumental. The subdued instrumentation allows listeners to have a greater appreciation for the partnership between Freddie Gibbs with his abrasive flow and restrained delivery and B.J the kids ‘soulful cooing. Badbadnotgood’s latest LP ‘III’ is out now on Innovation Leisure.