Laura Marlin’s Once I Was An Eagle shows the British singer-songwriter moving even further away from her folk pop roots, and embracing a moodier sound. Not only that, but Laura’s battles with love seem to take center stage as this album’s prime subject matter.
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On Settle, the fresh electronic music duo known as Disclosure brings a series of house and garage-inspired dance numbers that groove excitingly. Some of the vocal guests are pretty spectacular as well. Even if you’re not nutty about dance music, give it a try.
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CAS is a UK rapper related to the grime scene, and the MC supposedly has a full-length release in the works titled Commerical, but it has yet to receive a release date. In the mean time, check out the videos for “Walkin’” and “All Hallows’” above and below.
CAS adopts a decidedly dark aesthetic, spitting subversive lyrics and appearing as a masked figure in videos filled with disorienting images. These ingredients add up to a gimmick in many rappers, but CAS’s words seem to reflect genuine struggles. “Walkin’” in particular depicts a broken down, aimless youth who turns to alcohol to cope with listlessness, and the production fits the MC’s grim tone like a loose-fitting, rain-soaked hoodie.
With frequent Danny Brown collaborator Skywlkr providing the beat on “All Hallows’,” the song achieves a sinister boom bap status. “Walkin’” offers the true instrumental highlight, however, with a minimalistic pairing of breezy synthesizer chords and warm, easygoing bass; it takes a risk by forgoing percussion entirely, but the bass line carries enough momentum to lay a strong rhythmic foundation. While it is admirable for being so unconventional, what truly sets it apart is the way it represents the lyrical themes so well. It doesn’t force any emotion upon the listener, and rather accurately represents the acceptance CAS portrays in his lyrics: he understands that his life isn’t what he wants it to be, and now he’s just trying to figure out where to go next.
A new track drops from the brotherly, British electronic music duo Disclosure. They’ve had some incredibly hot singles this year that have some clear influences coming from the worlds of R&B and 90s dance-pop.
However, as Stereogum points out, this new cut functions on a much funkier premise, which I like quite a bit. It’s actually got me looking forward to the duo’s new full-length album a bit more, Settle. Tracks like “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” will undoubtedly add some great variety to the poppier tracks on this forthcoming album. Look for it at the beginning of June via PMR.
A session performance from UK post-punk outfit Savages, which comes courtesy of KEXP. The band performs a number of cuts from their new, debut full-length, Silence Yourself. Catch a review for the album below:
Via the widget above, stream the title track from the latest Jaw Jam EP, The Truth, which takes a pretty scattered, experimental approach to a lot of recent sounds coming out of future garage and UK bass music. The vocal edits on this 4-minute monster are incredibly infectious, and let’s not neglect to mention the interjecting synths that have a pretty playful bounce to them I find really appealing. Finally, the beat itself is a lesson in detail, dynamics, and layers. I just wish it went on longer! Enjoy!
A video of the Portico Quartet performing their track “Ruins” live for Boiler Room. The track comes from the experimental jazz outfit’s latest, self-titled album, which you can catch a review for below. This video is actually a part of a series of recently performed tracks by the quartet. Watch s’more of ‘em here.
Honestly, True Romance didn’t offer me much that felt romantic or true. Aside from a few well-written and produced singles, this album mostly dishes out cookie cutter electropop with very little flare.