Being busy with this music festival for the past 3 months doesn’t mean that I turned a deaf ear on new music.No need to go back to where I left, even if there were a lot of releases that you can find here.
Let’s keep only a few songs, really worth listening, issued this summer and samples of September and October releases to build a disillusioned playlist, about love (loss, wait) and space (finding a way out from love, origins): “Essential Tracks Beyond Summer 2014”. To hear also directly from pleer here (for iPad users!).
1- Only a renowned producer could put together Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonte Hynes ( Blood Orange) & Sampha on a track. Emile Haynie did it at the end of August with a first personal material, a single only “A Kiss Goodbye” on his soundcloud. Sampha’s fragile voice manages to render a simple track about love into a superb one.
2- Guy Baron, a Londoner behind Semi Precious says that he is using “his (delicate) voice and two shifted-wrapped-chopped samples”. He can add that is also writing the lyrics! Here on “Man without a Head” out of the 6 tracks of his eponym EP out now on bandcamp, he is using "Orpheus" from David Sylvian and "I Love You My Hope" from Hird. Radiohead in the ears and speaking about Thom Yorke, now you can get a new album.
3- The Drums have lost 2 members but not that surf-pop feeling. The Brooklyn-based duo made of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham is releasing this month of September its third album “Encyclopedia”. The slowest tempo track “I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him” works is an old catch-tune and speaks about homosexual love.
4- It’s rather “No lo sé” than “lo sé” regarding the real name of the Dutch producer lo sé. All we know about him are the singles on his soundcloud. The delicate track “Quick Crawl”, made of creaking guitar and spoons percussion, is taken from the “Fantasma”EP out now.
5- I already wrote about the Australian brother–sister 4 years ago, here. I still have the same comment about Angus & Julia Stone: the nicest tracks within the 15 ones of their third eponym album out in August are when they are singing as a body, like in “A Heartbreak”. Individually their voices are quite unpleasant: too sweetie for Julia and too nasal for Angus.
6- Manitoba, Caribou, Daphni are all band names carried out by Canadian artist alone, Daniel Snaith, and it is under Caribou’s moniker that his 7th album, “Our Love”, will be issued in a few days.The unstoppable voice of Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza, with whom Caribou is making an international tour, is featured over wavy, slightly dissonant synths on “Second Chance”.
7- For his eclectic second album “Wonder Where We Land” out now, English producer Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT called on several singers, apart from long-time collaborator Sampha (again)with whom he released the first single “Temporary View”:Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, Caroline Polachek from Chairlift and Ramona Lisa, Jessie Ware ( again),… and promising teenage rapper/songwriter Raury.
8- Now a duo, New Zealand’s Electric Wire Hustle enriched its “If These Are The Last Days” 2 tracks EP, including the featured one ”Bottom Line”, out last June with 8 more tracks for the second album “Love Can Prevail”. After their hip-hop soul sound of “They Don’t Want”, with this new dense album, they are now into more experimental sound manipulations.
9- First single “Go Back”, from Tony Allen upcoming album, aptly named “Film of Life”, out in October, is another collaboration between the mythical Nigerian drummer and Brit genius, Damon Albarn, expressing their concerns about African immigrants. Unlike them, Tony Allen safely escaped from Nigeria and says here that he wouldn't go back there …to play music.
10- Newcomer 21 year-old Nick Klein, along with hissoundcloud. A minimalist and catchy R&B flow.Hope he will “take back control”.