Monday, August 18, 2014

Take Five: The top five singles you need to know this week - 18 Aug '14

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

Fabiana Palladino – For You

Debut single from R&B newcomer Fabiana Palladino is an elegant slow burner that sees the production wizardry from fellow Londoner Sampha coming into full force. Her rich vocals lay gently above the kaleidoscopic production as her expressive phrases are made vivid with the help of violin stabs, light synths, rumbling bass lines and meticulously layered percussions that provide a lovely backbone for the keys to bounce off of.

Andras & Oscar – Everytime I Go

This collaborative effort from Australian house duo is music made for Saturday evenings with an abundance of vocal hooks and production that focuses more on vibes than deep instrumentation as vocalist Oscar Key Sung is supported by a simple four to floor drum machine pattern and Yamaha wave station keyboard presets. The product is simple yet effective in getting one in the mood for the weekend. Andras & Oscar’s debut release Café Romantica will be made available in October via Chapter Music.

Sea Oleena – If I’m

Montréal based musician Sea Oleena, known for use of classical instrumentation with intimate folk song structures has returned with a lead single for her upcoming debut LP. With even more intricate arrangements that engage the listener, "If I’m" represents a change in mentally for Sea Oleena as she experiments with an array of textures both vocally and instrumentally. Sea Oleena’s debut LP Shallow is set for release September 30th  via Lefse Records.

Alex G – After Ur Gone

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Alex G’s debut single "After Ur Gone" thrives somewhere between hazy garage rock and 90s emo as its muffled guitar textures, laid back kick snare drum patterns and simplistic bass lines envelope Alex’s lonesome vocals. Alex G’s debut LP DSU will be released November 10th via Lucky Number Music

Shannon Saunders – Sheets

Currently signed to Warner Records, Shannon Saunder’s debut single sees her explore the already familiar sounds of modern house similar to acts such as Disclosure and AlunaGeorge. With glacial like marimbas, warping bass lines and deep grooves that allow Saunders' alluring vocals to take centre stage and showcase her vocal abilities as a singer.