Choosing the best new tracks heard in a month, I am taking this to heart. And this month of March was all about that: heart. And heart is essential like the 10 downtempo tracks, in the player below or directly from pleer, here. I will put aside “Let It Happen”, Tame Impala’s first new single in years for another playlist!
1- A bit of Jungle (same funky choruses and high pitch vocals than in Jungle slow- burner “Son of a Gun” ) a bit of Massive Attack, Bomb The Bass, Alpha trip-hop/swaying electronica of the mid 90’s, make HÆLOS trio sonic identity, appearing last October with the single “Dust”.London trio dropped another one this month “Earth Not Above”, slowly building something for an EP. Referring to the art cover, it’s a “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”!
2- British rapper and actor Riz Ahmed, already made one album in 2011 and for a second forthcoming one, he is pairing with the dubstep producer Distance on a duo called Halflife.“Rip Me feat.Aruba Red ” is the second single: heart sick Gonjasufi voice like.
3- “Suddenly” is an exception among the rather dance driven tracks of 20 year old London singer- songwriter- producer, Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike aka MNEK on his first EP “Small Talk” out this March, and it’s his personal favourite song. Love hurts!
4- Another rapper getting sentimental on his debut solo album “Eat, Pray, Thug” out this month: Heems (real name: Himanshu Suri) once representing one third of the now defunct American hip hop group Das Racist. “Home” with Devonté Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange adding his smooth chorus. Even the snakelike guitars are there to recall Heems’ Indian origin. Home is where the heart is!
5- London electronic duo, zERo7’s EP1 was issued in 1999. An EP2, 12s” and 4 full lengths in between, 2015 is time for the EP3 to be released in April, on which they enrolled long-time collaborator José Gonzalez since "The Garden" album in 2006 on the track and first single “Last Light”. “Sound of love leaving”leeds to lonely hearts!
6- Anyone who wants to think out loud “I Gotta Get Out” should listen to “Drifting” (2:50 timecode), the new single from Minneapolis trio, On An On, already featured here. Last January, they announced the title of their second release “And The Wave Has Two Sides”, performed brand new material at SXSW, but the only new song on line for the moment is this heartrending track.
7- Rory Graham aka Rag'n'Bone Man, also singer in the hip-hop UK collective Rum Committee, has the word “soul” tattooed on his right fist, and a soulful voice, he definitely has. On “Perfume” (inspired by the movie), the different variations of his sublime voice are just phenomenal. Since he is planning to get as many tattoos he can on his next tour passing by Glastonbury, he might end up like the title of his last EP out in March : “Disfigured” worth listening as a whole on his soundcloud.Heart and soul!
8- “A Forest Of Arms”, sixth album from Toronto/Canada folk-rock band, Great Lake Swimmers out in April, has the peculiarity of having the 12th and last ballad track “Expecting You” echoing the Mexican tempo of the first one “Something Like a Storm” with the same lyrics, warming the cockles of our heart.
9- Athens/Georgia indie rock quartet, Son & Thief, can be proud of being in the March "Top EPs & Singles" section for the Alternative genre on iTunes with their debut EP,“Cardinal”. “High & Low” was the first single out of the 6 tracks, also available on soundcloud, and still a favourite for the fluidity and nonchalant voice.
10- Chicago street artist and musician, James Cicero, aka Jimmy Whispers, finally released this month 10 tracks under the title “Summer in Pain”. On “Heart Don't Know”, his fragile, Daniel Johnston-esque voice over speedy organ notes recorded with an iPhone, makes one feels he is singing his heart out. Check this Chicago Reader article.