In a new Friday feature, the Festicket team round up some of our favourite new releases from the week. We’ll be updating our playlist weekly, so make sure to follow us to keep updated. You can find this week’s playlist below, along with some picks that particularly stood out.
Bryte – Too Good For Your Liking
This is the debut album from the Ghanaian MC, who initially came to the attention of the UK underground when his track ‘I Like Your Girlfriend’ became something of a word-of-mouth sensation, going from dance videos on YouTube to a full release last year on Ransom Note Records.
Now he’s teamed up with More Time Records and a bunch of great producers making the kind of percussive/hard drum/UK funky/azonto/kuduru influenced stuff that no one can really decide on a name for. The result is a collection of joyous and infectiously energetic tunes ready-made for the dance floor, with the occasional mellow offering thrown in for good measure.
Christine and the Queens - Chris
Back in May the release of the heavily Prince-inspired ‘Girlfriend’ marked not only one of the catchiest pop tracks of the year, but announced the return of Christine and the Queens’ Héloïse Letissier, revealing her new persona and namesake of her self-produced second album: the brooding, muscular and masculine Chris.
Today sees the follow-up’s awaited release, which of course features the first single that aptly sets the synth-heavy, 80s tone of the record, but the production of the whole record carries a discernible punch, particularly ‘Goya Soda’, one that hits Letissier’s musings on the multifarious nature of sexuality home.
James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia - Three Live Takes
The unlikely pairing of a British electronic music artist and a Moroccan Gnawa music maestro are back with another psychedelic blending of futuristic and traditional sounds. This live 3 track single is a whirlwind sonic experience that shows just how much music really is a universal language.
Connan Mockasin - 'Charlotte's Thong'
Dedicating his creative efforts towards collaborations with Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes and LA Priest (EP Myths 001, and album Soft Hair respectively), enigmatic neo-psych multi-instrumentalist Connan Mockasin has kept himself busy since the release of his last album Caramel back in 2013. Busy, yes, but it was new solo material that we craved. Luckily, new album Jassbusters is slated for a late 2018 release, and second single 'Charlotte’s Thong' has us highly anticipating its arrival.
The sprawling soul odyssey is nearly 9 minutes long, and indicates that Mockasin has merged the stylistic distinctions of his wildly different previous two albums.