22 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five 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…
YNW MELLY - "MIXED PERSONALITIES" (ft. KANYE WEST)
Rising Florida rapper YNW Melly just dropped his new We All Shine project, and it includes this song featuring Kanye West (who was also rumored to be featuring Melly on YANDHI). It finds the pair in lighthearted-sounding sing-songy mode, and it comes with a video directed by Cole Bennett.
JAMES BLAKE - "WHERE'S THE CATCH?" (ft. ANDRE 3000)
James Blake's anticipated, guest-filled new album Assume Form came out today (read our review), and one of the major highlights is "Where's The Catch?," where the elusive Andre 3000 delivers one of his best verses in recent memory of a house-inflected beat that recalls James Blake's days of making dance music.
DREEZY - "RIP ARETHA"
Chicago rapper Dreezy is releasing her new 10-song Big Dreez project next week (1/25), featuring previous singles "Chanel Slides" (ft. Kash Doll) and "Where The $ @," plus the just-released "RIP Aretha." The song's got eerie, trap-ish production, and Dreezy sounds absolutely menacing over it. Big Dreez also features Offset, Jeremih, Jacquees, and more.
DIVA SWEETLY - "COMFORT FOOD"
North Carolina indie punks Diva Sweetly (who are touring with Oso Oso in February) just dropped their debut LP In The Living Room on Seal Mountain Records and one of the highlights is "Comfort Food," a catchy, driving song that fans of The Anniversary's first album will probably dig.
JONNY GREENWOOD - "PROVEN LANDS" & "DE-TUNED QUARTET"
Jonny Greenwood's score to Paul Thomas Anderson's great 2007 film There Will Be Blood has just been reissued, including its first-ever vinyl pressing, and contains a couple of previously unheard bits of music. "Proven Lands" has an adventurous frontier tone with pizzicato plucking, while "De-Tuned Quartet" is more of the queasy strings you may associate with the soundtrack.
KATE NASH - "TRASH"
Having released Yesterday Was Forever last year, Kate Nash is back with new eco-minded single, "Trash," and a new video. "'Trash' was written after I was asked to take part in an exhibition curated by Athena Pagington who asked artists to collect their single use plastic for a certain number of days and then make something out of it," Kate says. "Ideally I thought I could make music from my ‘trash’ from music. I went on a bit of a plastic trail, I experimented with actually creating records from epoxy resin with my single use plastic cut up and put into the records. I wrote the song specifically for the record. The whole thing really inspired and now I want to work on more music with an ethical/environmental agenda."
J-E-T-S (JIMMY EDGAR & MACHINEDRUM - "PLAY" (ft. MYKKI BLANCO)
J-E-T-S, the collaborative project of Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum, are back with a new single featuring Mykki Blanco. It's a trip through wacky, maximalist electronics, and Mykki's delivery takes it to a whole 'nother level.
HEALTH - "STRANGE DAYS (1999)"
HEALTH have shared a second single off their anticipated new album VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR (due 2/8 via Loma Vista). "STRANGE DAYS (1999)" is part ethereal ballad, part industrial abrasion, and HEALTH pull this tug-of-war off expertly.
THE FLESH EATERS - I USED TO BE PRETTY (LP STREAM)
The reunited L.A. supergroup The Flesh Eaters — featuring John Doe & DJ Bonebrake of X, Dave Alvin & Bill Bateman of The Blasters, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and punk poet Chris D — just released their first record in 30 years. "“A few weeks after we completed the album, I was saying to the guys that what was so special is that we were no longer just the sum of our parts — we were more than the sum of our parts," says Chris D. "We were like a single, symbiotic organism, and we each unconsciously, intuitively knew what the rest of the band was going to play split seconds before we played it. Sometimes I’ll listen to one of the songs now, and it really raises the hair on the back of my neck."
G HERBO - "UP IT"
Following last year's Swervo with Southside, Chicago rapper G Herbo is back with a new single, the booming, trunk-rattling "Up It."
NAKHANE - "NEW BRIGHTON" (FEAT ANOHNI)
South African artist Nakhane is re-releasing his 2018 debut album, You Will Not Die, worldwide on February 22. The deluxe edition of the album will include a few new tracks, including this one, which features ANOHNI, an admirer of Nakhane's. About "New Brighton," Nakhane told The FADER, "for the December holidays I was in New Brighton, a township in Port Elizabeth on the East coast of South Africa. For the first time ever I decided to look at my city from the eyes of a tourist. I couldn’t ignore the many colonial names and monuments that were triggers and oppressive reminders everywhere one went. Even the township New Brighton is named after Brighton in England. I was alone that New Year’s Eve so I went to the nearest tavern to get a couple of beers, and settled down to write the song. I knew I was railing against colonialism, but I'd been surrounded by my mother and my aunts that entire December, and all I could think was how much black women had done for me, for my family and how it was them who held the black household together for so many people. Instead of these dead, thieving, white guys who claimed land as their own, our mothers were the ones who should have been celebrated. While all this was going on, when people were being brutalised: where was god and their angels?"
J.S. ONDARA - "TORCH SONG"
Blues artist J.S. Ondara has shared another single from his debut album Tales of America (due 2/15 via Verve Forecast). The video was inspired by Bob Dylan's first television performance, and the song is pretty Dylanesque too. It's another promising offering from this talented newcomer.
STEVE GUNN - "LIGHTNING FIELD"
One of the standout cuts from Steve Gunn's terrific new album, The Unseen In Between, the song takes inspiration from Walter De Maria’s famous work in New Mexico but the real electricity on "Lightning Field" comes from the guitarwork over the last couple minutes of the song.
OVERKILL - "HEAD OF A PIN"
NJ thrash vets Overkill are back with another taste of their upcoming 19th album The Wings of War. New drummer Jason Bittner (of Shadows Fall) really takes the opportunity to go nuts on this one, putting a machine-gun-like twist of Overkill's classic sound.
NIGHT BEATS - MYTH OF A MAN
Pacific Northwest psych-garage group Night Beats released their fourth album, Myth of a Man, today. The band worked with Dan Auerbach, who brought out the band's melodic, hooky side even further, making for their most immediate record to date.
TEEN DAZE - "SPRING"
Jamison Isaac has shared details of his new Teen Daze album, which is titled Bioluminescence and is out April 26 via FLORA. His style of ambient electronic pop is in fine form on the LP's new single, "Spring," led by a lightly martial beat and a guitar figure sample.
ARIANA GRANDE - "7 RINGS"
Coachella (and reportedly Lollapalooza) headliner and the most critically adored pop star of 2018, Ariana Grande is back with her third post-Sweetener single "7 Rings." It interpolates The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things" for its hook, which feels like a played-out move at this point, but your mileage may vary.
G FLIP - "DRINK TOO MUCH" & "BRING ME HOME"
Australia's Georgia Flipo released her first song as G Flip last year, the very catchy "About You." She's kicking off 2019 with two new singles, the upbeat "Drink Too Much," which she says is about her "party animal" days, and "Bring Me Home," which veers away from the catchy pop of her other singles into balladry.
BIS - "SOUND OF A HEARTBREAK"
Scottish dance-punk vets Bis announced their first album in five years and shared the super catchy "Sound of a Heartbreak," which we wrote more about here.
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET - "I WANNA BE A DOG"
"I Wanna Be A Dog" is the first single off Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket's just-announced Stay Rad!, which we wrote more about here.
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