New Music

FROTH OF THE DAY: WIKI – ICARUS

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

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.

FROTH OF THE DAY: WATER FROM YOUR EYES – COLD STARE

Posted on: March 26th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

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.

FROTH OF THE DAY: PERFUME GENIUS – SLIP AWAY

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

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. 

 

FROTH OF THE DAY: BADBADNOTGOOD – LAVENDER (NIGHTFALL REMIX)

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

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.

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Get the Nightfall Remix from your usual streaming service etc.

FROTH OF THE DAY: GOLDLINK- PRAY EVERYDAY (SURVIVOR’S GUILT)

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Pat Trotter

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) 

FROTH OF THE DAY: HARRY JAY-STEELE – PEAKS OF MEILI

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

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. 

FROTH OF THE DAY – HIGH SUNN – POLAROIDS

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

“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)

FROTH OF THE DAY: PANSY – GIVE IT AWAY

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

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.

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Expect Pansy’s record sometime in 2017.

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FROTH OF THE DAY: FORTUNES – FOCUS

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Fortunes have graced us with another track called Focus and yea, it’s not bad…. OK I lied it’s sick! Considering these two lads have only been working together since 2015, it’s pretty amazing to hear what they have come up with so far.

Their latest track proves that the Melbourne based duo have been putting in some serious work. Focus feels cleaner and more refined than what we have seen from Fortunes in the past. The combination of synth and piano melodies intertwining with a soft, heartfelt electronic drumbeat enables Conor (the vocalist), to really pour his heart out and show off his remarkable vocal range. Focus is a nice change of pace from their last single, 501’s (give it a listen!), which came out at the tale end of 2016 which similarly addresses the relatable topics of lovesick adoration. Whilst we will have to wait until April 28 for Fortunes forthcoming EP Undress, we have two bona fide bangers to focus on for the time being.

FROTH OF THE DAY: CHASTITY BELT – DIFFERENT NOW

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Chastity Belt. Need I say more? Perhaps I should as the context with which this term is used is rather important. If you’re already a fan of these Seattle post- punkers, than it would come as no surprise if I told you their latest single, Different Now is dope! Since they burst onto the scene back in 2013, Chastity Belt have maintained their reputation as a band that exhibits scrupulous musicianship through the cohesive sound they have developed over the last 4 years.

The second time I listened to Different Now (which was less than 5 minutes after I heard it for the first time), I thought, “this would make for a really nice instrumental” due to the fluid groove that CB set in motion in the intro. But the lyrics lend some really raw emotion to the song, helping build momentum for a climactic finish which will have you screaming “yea its different now!” The video is pretty cool too as the band lug their gear to a pretty miserable beach (that I assume is somewhere in Washington) to rock out on the shore and dance around a campfire.

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone will mark Chastity Belt’s 3rd full length album and is set for release on the 2nd of June.