Posted in Things We Froth | Posted on: March 29th, 2017 | Posted by: Tom Hutchins
Here is some beautifully warped R&B from a relatively newcomer by the name of WWWater. She’s been making some waves across Europe recently (including some colab work with Soulwax), but with this, her first fully formed single, WWWater seems ready to move her truly smooth sound well further than her native Belgium. The single in question, of the same name, initally builds around haunting choral samples, vocal chants (that are whispered), heavy beats (makes me think of some of Kelela, FKA Twigs’ darker work tbh) and a really textured vocal line. It moves around juxtaposing tones and pitches, without making a mess of it. Slowly but surely, the track reveals its fully formed pop body, with powerfully, yet airy vocals – whirling around with warm synths. Its the kind of sound Blood Orange and Solange would get around. Will it make a mark somewhere like Aus? I reckon it could.
Expect a debut EP from WWWater midway through 2017.
Tuesday is the undisputed shittest day of the week. I don’t want to hear any Monday blues dribble, a Tuesday is a bleak reminder that you haven’t yet surpassed the hump and the weekend is but a distant, seemingly unattainable fantasy. That’s why the Tuesday froth is an important one as it aims to boost your moral with some dope new music; encouraging you to keep the gas on. On that note, today’s froth marks the return of New York rapper Wiki. Having been busy lending his genius to other artists, his latest track, Icarus, sees Wiki returning to his self titled solo project for the first time since his debut LP, Lil Me which dropped back in 2015.
Still packing that grimy, ‘I’ll sock you in the mouth’ kind of attitude from the Ratking days, Icarus is a reflection of raw emotion. Verbalising his inner conflict and resilience, Wiki shows off his lyrical prowess in the chorus with bars like “What you want from me/tired of the fuckery/ conspiring you don’t hear the violin, try again”. Recorded on top of a wobbly bass, light percussion and sound effects that sound like a jet piercing the sound barrier, the backtrack places the New York MC’s rhymes exactly where they belong: at the centre of the listeners attention. Not sure if there is an album in tow but cheers to Wiki for making Tuesday a little more bearable.
Posted in Things We Froth | Posted on: March 27th, 2017 | Posted by: Tom Hutchins
Talk about an uplifting lo-fi jam, this newie from Indiana’s Hoops is the kinda track that is designed to lift you up – it’s in the damn name even. These guys have been trucking along for a little bit now, with some really promising EP’s, and amazing side-projects – which has all come to a head with their debut LP dropping early may via Fat Possum. Their 2016 signing to the label can be taken as a sign Hoops have massive promise, and this latest single ‘On Top’ is probably their best cut to date. Wrapped within hazy as fuck layering, the track moves along with subtle choral lines and warped guitar lines. It runs like a melancholic drawl at times, but there’s an undeniable brightness to it all – which is helped along with super encouraging lyrics. No wonder the clip rips on ‘wellness videos’, with a touch of Tim & Eric styles videography and strange dry wit. Look, I didn’t want it to come to this, but if you give Hoops a crack, I’ll guarantee you’ll come out on top…
Hoops’ forthcoming debut LP ‘Routines’ is out May 5th via Fat Possum.
Here’s a tasty piece of electro-pop for you this week, and I’m not talking electro-pop circa Miami Horror in 2007, I’m talking something a little darker and somehow a little dreamier. Welcome Water From Your Eyes into your lives. This US duo haven’t been around for very long, and ‘Cold Stare’ would probably be considered as their debut single. It’s a melancholic pop jam, with an irresistible dream-pop guitar line and some juxtaposing chunky synths thrown in for good measure. It actually reminds me of this Parisian band I heard a while back called Appaloosa, and it’s not since I heard them on a Kitsune compilation in like 2010 that I’ve come across this kind of really airy and blissful soundscape that is also kind of moody and dancy. So, yeah, today’s been good.
Water From Your Eyes’ debut LP, Long Days No Dreams, is out 14 April via Sooper Records.
For some, Perfume Genius is no stranger, but for those of you who haven’t heard the Seattle based glam rocker’s unique and powerful music, you’re in for a real treat. Admittedly, until earlier in the week I was among the latter cohort as Perfume Genius’ latest song Slip Away, was my first introduction to what Genius aka Mike Hadreas has to offer. Without delving into a long-winded account of Hadreas’ past life experiences (which you should definitely have a read of), it is important I provide a little context of the chosen artist as it gives todays froth that post book discovery feel. * Keep reading for the last sentence to make sense.*
Listening to Hadreas’ music is similar to the feeling you get after reading a book that has a profound affect on your emotions; then latter discovering the story you have just read was based on true events. Before unleashing his talent, Hadreas fell victim to a number of violent homophobic attacks in his hometown and struggled against both domestic and substance abuse. With help from artists like Low and PJ Harvey, Hadreas found the strength to express his emotions through his music as many of his songs detail the tribulations he has struggled through and overcome.
Slip Away is a loud track. No matter the volume you have it turned to, the crash of drums will burst through the speakers and have you hooked for the remainder of the piece. Hadreas’ quivering voice is a strange but perfect match for the orchestral features of Slip Away and also shows Genius experimenting with new sounds. The video clip is really cool as well, as it matches the intensity of the track- visually shaping the soundscape, whilst also delivering a message that is pretty relevant to an Aussie audience right now. Have a crack below and notice how the nasty little gremlins embody the laws -and those upholding them- currently in place preventing gay marriage.
Slip Away, will feature on Perfume Genius’ fourth LP No Shape, which comes out 5th of May.
I’m not planning on keeping you long here. Because a) this has been floating around for a week; b) is huge news because of the vid’s Trump reference and most importantly; c) because this is too good for you to be wasting time reading my BS. BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada’s amazing 2016 colab instrumental, Lavender, was a complete piece of genius, not to mention a complete earworm. Come 2017, Snoop Dogg has gone and created the ‘Nightfall’ remix of it – and it’s one the finest things he’s done in a long time. Not so much a remix, as it is Snoop putting together some sinister verses over the top of this already sinister piece of music. Regardless, this is a must listen, must watch absolute jam. So go. Listen.
Get the Nightfall Remix from your usual streaming service etc.
GoldLink truly does posses the Midas touch. Since we first heard the D.C based rapper’s high pitched vocals spray at uzi speed on his debut LP The God Complex, it was pretty clear that the then 20-year-old rapper had a lot more to say. Which brings me to todays froth: Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt).
Pray Everyday sees GoldLink verbalise his internal struggle of fighting off his “demons” with prayer, solitude and booze as he raps “drinkin drinkin drinkin all my problems, I don’t need nobody I just need my bottle that’s for certain”. Link’s introspective confession weaves through Sevn Thomas’ trap/bass heavy production until the track fades into a murky haze which perhaps audibly represents some of the feelings Link expresses in the song. GoldLink’s growth as an artist has been a pleasure to witness and his third album, which drops later in the week, will undoubtedly validate Link’s reputation as one of the most creative talents in contemporary hip-hop.
Today’s froth marks the third offering from GoldLink’s forthcoming album, At What Cost which comes out THIS FRIDAY! (24-3)
As I’m sure all you frothers have noticed, March has been jam packed with dope new music. In the past fortnight a plethora of new and existing artists have bullied their brand spanker’s into my playlists, making the day-to-day froths rather difficult. With that said, London based guitarist/producer Harry-Jay Steele has forced my hand with a track off his debut EP, called Peaks of Meili.
The froth in discussion posses both the name and musical traits suitable for a spot on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit soundtrack (you can almost picture Thorin and his squad of dwarves harmonising with Steele in Bilbo’s house by the fire). Steele’s style is very hard to categorise although Peaks of Meili has an electro-folk feel to it. With his meticulous attention to detail, Steele gradually layers his canvas with a diverse selection of electronic percussion and string-like samples that complement the hypnotic groove he creates with his guitar. Peaks of Meili shows us Steele’s versatility as an artist and has revealed a quirkier side to his music that we didn’t see in his debut single Reach You. Can’t wait to hear what a full length album will sound like.
Harry Jay-Steele’s EP dropped today and is available on all streaming services.
“Oh look Hutcho (that’s me) is back with another one of his fucking lo-fi finds for I OH YOU” – look I hear you loud and clear, but also shut up here’s what I’m into today. I bring you one hell of a catchy jam from San Fran DIY solo project turned full fledged garage band, High Sunn. After a tonne of demos and DIY releases, High Sunn have dropped ‘Polaroids’, their first single from a new EP and the first after signing to London via Stockholm label PNKSLM (I hope that means PinkSlam or PunkSlum or something) who are releasing some a really diverse range of stuff right now. ‘Polaroids’ is reminiscent of all that was actually good from the garage-pop movement of the early-mid-late 2000’s, with its unpolished yelled vocals and sharp chorus – but mixed in between a melancholic dream-poppy song structure. It’s rough, but slick and any track with THAT kind of guitar line is a bonifide winner in my mind. Oh shit, did I mention the leading man is 17… wait, fuck was he born in 2000? Oh my god, I am too old for this shit.
High Sunn’s EP, Hopeless Romantic, is due May 19 via PNKSLM Recordings. (Ha, I was close, it’s Punk Slime Recordings)
Almost six months ago now, the Australian and greater worldwide music communities lost an incredibly talented artist, Fergus Miller. Under the guises of Bored Nothing, Wedding Ring Bells et al, he moulded some of the country’s most poetic lo-fi and garage pop songs, mirroring the ferocious skill of Elliott Smith, Car Seat Headrest, Conor Oberst and the like. Pansy is the project he and wife Anna Davidson (of Major Leagues) formed, a stunning collaborative act where some of their most emotive creations were gifted to us in the form of gorgeously wordy singles that would make Alex G swoon. Anna, alongside close friends of Ferg’s have been working over the past few months on finishing Pansy’s debut release – ‘Give It Away’ is the latest cut to be released from it. A beautifully layered and raw exchange between the two songwriters, a whirling tale spun by Ferg and Anna in partnership. The track is a painful reminder of a beautiful and unique human gone far too soon, but with a full length Pansy record to come, alongside Anna’s insane work of her own – Fergus Miller will always be with us.
Expect Pansy’s record sometime in 2017.
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