Unless we're speaking too soon it feels like summer's finally arrived, and with another bank holiday here we've got just the playlist for such an occasion. In today's New Music Fridays playlist we've got new offerings from Cate le Bon, J-E-T-S, Steve Lacy, Flying Lotus as well as some more up-and-comers that are not to be missed.
Find the playlist below along with some words on our favourites, and have a lovely bank holiday weekend.
Cate le Bon – Reward
Though Le Bon’s oeuvre is undeniably steeped in the mysticism and quirkiness of her Welsh roots, there is a more relaxed, tropical veneer on Reward, perhaps lifted from her time residing in Los Angeles. Sonically there is a West Coast sheen, but the loneliness and isolation often felt in the ‘The City of Angels’ Le Bon took further by deciding to hole herself in for a lengthy recording process in the Lake District.
It’s a document of self-examination, navigating the amazement and mundanity of motherhood, embracing solitude, and questioning the contemporary folly of romanticism. The cross-pollination with her long entourage of previous collaborators seeps through; Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox (Le Bon produced their latest release), Devendra Banhart, and White Fence’s Tim Presley (who infrequently serves as her touring guitarist) are heard and felt, but it’s clear that Le Bon orchestrates the merging textures with her controlled, sweet vocal and ability to mould guitar-pop into an altogether different prospect.
Reward is discordant but melodic, hopeful yet heartbreaking, insular but worldly. It’s also her most accomplished and complete composition to date. TC
J-E-T-S – ZOOSPA
“If you heard Timbaland and The Neptunes in 1999, this is what you’d expect pop music to sound like 20 year later”; that’s how J-E-T-S describe themselves. The collaborative project between esteemed producers Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum (real name Travis Stewart, hence the initials) sees them put their distinctive glitchy spin on glossy pop, R&B, trap, and hip hop production, complete with a host of guest vocalists – Mykki Blanco, Tkay Maidza, Dawn Richard, Rochelle Jordan.
“A more danceable Autechre” and “OutKast raised on the Belleville Three and first wave IDM” are other self-descriptors. Both aren’t far off, ultimately it sounds a lot like you’d expect an R&B inspired project created by producers with a history of releases on Warp, Ninja Tune and Planet Mu to sound: weird and wonderful. JK
Goldensuns – 'Shook'
Los Angeles' Goldensuns are still yet to break properly this side of the pond, though their 2016 EP Give It Up meant that they should have done, with its big, blissed-out atmosphere and tightly-locked grooves.
Today the three brothers return with 'Shook', an understated but brilliant resurfacing with glimmering, chorusy guitars, emotive bass lines and intricate rhythms reminiscent of bands from the Manchester alternative scene at the turn of the decade such as Egyptian Hip Hop, Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles.