BADBADNOTGOOD share another piece of original material from their forthcoming third album. “Can’t Leave the Night” doesn’t quite answer the questions that “CS60” left us with, but that arguably makes it all the more compelling. The sounds are still lush as all get out and the playing is fucking tight, of course. Maybe I’d like to see the trio go for some bigger, more climactic moments, but what we’ve seen so far from this new project is certainly promising.
Look out for III, dropping May 6 via Innovative Leisure. In the meantime, revisit the jazz fusion magic of BBNG2:
Son Lux comes through with a handful of songs on a new EP titled Alternate Worlds. While I’ve never been a huge fan of this guy’s past efforts, there’s just something really “big time” and ambitious about the presentation of these songs that’s catching me. I can definitely see myself loving a Son Lux album in the future if he keeps up this combination of refined subtleties and larger-than-life background vocals.
What’s even more interesting is that the 2nd track here features a vocal contribution from Lorde herself, and it’s one of the more stellar tracks on this EP, too!
UK rapper ThisisDA drops his new mixtape, Super Arkane, which you can download here. While he’s not far along enough just yet to have sculpted his own, unique style, the dude’s delivery gets more and more compelling with each new track. The smooth, grooving instrumentals courtesy of Mankub help as well! Enjoy.
Here’s a piece of wordy, nerdy, and perturbed-y piece of art punk that’s been growing on me lately: Big Ups‘ Eighteen Hours of Static. “Goes Black” is one of the couple songs the band is letting people stream from their new album, which is out now via Dead Labour Records.
The tracks on this thing really check a lot of boxes for me. It’s well-read, aggressive, emotive, and plenty of skilled guitar play with a punk edge. Enjoy!
With reverbed guitars and layer upon bright layer of synth horns, Brian Eno and Underworld co-founder Karl Hyde deliver “The Satellites,” which is the opening track from the forthcoming collaborative album Someday World. This thing is looking at a release on Warp Records on May 5th!
While basic in its elements, “The Satellites” is a very moody, pretty piece of tuneage. It’s got the smooth, steady pacing of an old new wave or krautrock track, but has the clarity and color of something more modern. Enjoy!
Check a review for Eno’s last album here.
Stream the new Black Lips album if ya know what’s good for ya! The band seems to live up to grimy and catchy expectations with this new set of tracks, which will be out officially on the 18th of this month. Enjoy!
Austere and cold and knotty. These are some words I would use to describe the second track to drop from the new White Hinterland record, Baby. This title track is dramatic, playing with multiple layers of Casey Dienel’s voice (some of which are under some sort of robotic effect), skittering beats, and synth stabs, while still retaining the lite-R&B vibe she has taken to as of late. The refrain of “Is this my weakness?” grows more and more insistent, until the glorious climax, where all of her voices come head to head in their beautiful, gruff imperfection. Ending with a short coda of completely unadorned, almost-screeching voice is a brave move on Dienel’s part, and it pays off immaculately.
Baby is out April 1, via Dead Oceans.