16 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…
DENZEL CURRY - "13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT MIXX" (FT. GHOSTEMANE, ZILLAKAMI, XAVIER WULF, & AK)
The great, very prolific Florida rapper Denzel Curry is back with 13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD, which is eight tracks presented as one 13-minute piece, featuring new music from him and some of his talented friends. It's a dark, murky collage that sounds somewhere between a DJ mix and a rap mixtape (Denzel calls it a "Mixx"), and he credits it to his alter-ego ZXLTRXN, writing, "The entity known as ZXLTRXN is here to give you an invitation to the active mind of a man with multiple personalities. Darkness, Happiness, Past, Present, and Future make there way into this Mixx."
MOSES SUMNEY - "ME IN 20 YEARS"
Moses Sumney has a new double-album, græ, due out digitally in February, and he's shared a third single from it, the gorgeous "Me in 20 Years." Co-produced by Daniel Lopatin, Matt Otto, and Moses himself, the atmospheric, hypnotic track shows off the dizzying range of Moses' vocals to stirring effect.
SLOW MASS - "MAL"
Post-hardcore/emo up and comers Slow Mass are releasing their Music For Ears 2 7" ttis Friday (1/10) via Landland, and like the first Music For Ears, it'll include one cover and one original. The cover is of Pygmy Lush's "I'll Wait With You," and the original is the driving, clamoring "Mal" which you can hear now.
FIELD MUSIC - "DO YOU READ ME"
Field Music's new concept album about WWI and its aftermath is out this week and here's the final pre-release single. The lush and danceable "Do You Read Me" is about the first transmission of a human voice from an inflight plane to a ground controller in 1917 over the battlefields of the First World War. “I imagined these moments of freedom a pilot flying above the fighting must have felt but at the same time, in order to make it safe, to make it work, he had to be tied down by these radio transmissions from the ground," says David Brewis. "It’s a bit of wishful thinking.” You don't need to be a history major to dig this very catchy song, though.
THE ORIELLES - “SPACE SAMBA (DISCO VOLADOR THEME)”
Liverpool band The Orielles will release their second album, Disco Volador, in February and they've just shared the percussive and funky title title track. "'Space Samba' is a song about corporeal experience, something which we feel we are collectively losing sight of in an age of mental existentialism," say the band. "It is the Disco Volador theme because it relates to the phenomenological thread of the whole album, which tackles the many interpretations of the title throughout. In this instance, it refers to Disco Volador’s literal translation of ‘flying disc’ or ‘frisbee’, using this symbol to reflect both feelings of flight and motion and the notion of human connectivity."
KIWI JR - "GIMME MORE"
Love slacker indie pop a la Pavement? Toronto's Kiwi Jr are flying that flag proudly on their new album, Football Money, which came out last year but is getting reissued January 17 via Mint. They've just shared the video for new single "Gimme More," which hits with equal parts hooks and attitude.
HAMERKOP (EX-BACHELORETTE) - "THE SPLENDOUR THAT WAS ROME"
Hamerkop is the new duo featuring Annabel Ampers of Bachelorette and producer/drummer Adam Cook. They'll release their debut album, Remote, on February 7 via Drag City and you can check out the first single now. Like what Annabel did as Bachelorette, "The Splendour That Was Rome" is chilled out, icy synthpop with her breathy vocals here punctuated by occasional industrial clangs.
BLUE HAWAII - "REMEMBER WHEN" & "THE TEST I PASSED"
Montreal electro-pop duo Blue Hawaii released a new LP, Open Reduction Internal Fixation, back in October, and now they've shared two more tracks that didn't make the album: 2017 track "Remember When" and "The Test I Passed," which they write "is something we've been jamming live recently."
THA GOD FAHIM - "IRON FIST"
Atlanta rapper Tha God Fahim is releasing his new album Lost Kingz on January 31 via Nature Sounds, and lead single/opening track "Iron Fist" is the kind of trippy, abstract boom bap that you can really lose yourself in.
JEFF PARKER (TORTOISE) - "GO AWAY"
Jeff Parker has been in Tortoise since the '90s, and he's also an acclaimed jazz musician and just announced a new solo album, Suite for Max Brown, due January 24 via International Anthem/Nonesuch. You can hear the groovy, kinetic lead single "Go Away" and read more about the album here.
GAY MEAT (MUSEUM MOUTH) - "ONE WORD AK"
Museum Mouth singer and Say Anything collaborator Karl Kuehn has a new solo project called Gay Meat, and the project's first song is the jangly acoustic indie/emo/folk of "One Word AK." It's a lovely song, and, between this and the upcoming Museum Mouth album, it looks like there'll be no shortage of worthy music from Karl this year.
KASSA OVERALL - "SHOW ME A PRISON"
Kassa Overall blurs the lines between hip hop and jazz, and on the new single off his upcoming album I THINK I’M GOOD (due February 28 via Brownswood), "Show Me A Prison," he goes off into heady, psychedelic territory without losing sight of strong pop hooks.
STORMZY - "DISAPPOINTED" & WILEY - "EEDIYAT SKENGMAN"
Grime greats Stormzy and Wiley are beefing at the moment, and Wiley dropped the Stormzy diss track "Eediyat Skengman" yesterday, which Stormzy responded to today with a diss track of his own, "Disappointed." If you haven't been keeping up, here they both are:
KVELERTAK - "CRACK OF DOOM" (ft. MASTODON's TROY SANDERS)
As mentioned, Kvelertak‘s upcoming album Splid — their first with new vocalist Ivar Nioklaisen — includes a song featuring Mastodon’s Troy Sanders called “Crack of Doom,” and that song is out now. You can read more about it here.
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