What a week for new music! Seriously I almost can’t believe the embarrassment of riches contained within my inbox right now. I could have shared new tracks from Matthew Dear, Moses Sumney, Robyn… the list is nearly endless. That said, I am so enamored with each of the songs that I did pick so I’m going to stop talking now and let you dive right in!
Neneh Cherry – “Kong”
Finding out that Neneh Cherry had released her first new song since 2014 was pretty great, finding out that she’d teamed up with Four Tet, and 3D (Massive Attack) to produce said song was sublime. The fact that these three make an incredible team is apparent before you’ve even heard Cherry sing a note. The slinky dub of it all draws you in immediately. Then the vocals come in, and you’re reminded the Neneh Cherry is an absolute treasure and we don’t talk about that fact nearly enough. Her voice sounds as cool as it always has, and perfectly compliments the down tempo vibe of the music. But “Kong” is also a protest song and the combo of humanity, and soulful outrage she manages to convey is masterful.
Auntie Flo – “Cape Town Jam”
The music that London-based producer Brian D’Souza makes is always so deep, interesting, and infinitely listenable, that every time he releases a new track I forgive him all over again for recording under that cringe worthy Auntie Flo moniker. “Cape Town Jam” – as its name might suggest – is the product of a trip D’Souza took to South Africa. Built around a snippet from a field recording that he took of a marimba band he happened upon during his travels, this is thoughtfully-crafted dance music that will stimulate your brain as much as it stimulates your feet.
Aphex Twin – “T69 Collapse”
Few things excite me more than the words “new music from Aphex Twin.” That’s in large part because I know once I press play I’m in store for a challenge. “T69 Collapse,” the first single from the forthcoming Collapse E.P. is no exception. It begins as a frenetically-paced juxtaposition of the glitchy and the pretty, descends into chaotic darkness about halfway through, and then calms it all down (somewhat) for a nice smooth finish. In other words, it’s one hell of a sonic journey. Then there’s the video which was created by Weirdcore, a London based designer/animator who almost seems to have been designed in a lab to collaborate with Aphex Twin. Enjoy, if you dare…
Aphex Twin feature image: Octavio Ruiz Cervera, Neneh Cherry carousel image: Manfred Werner Tsui