26 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…
CARIBOU - "NEVER COME BACK" (MORGAN GEIST REMIX)
Dan Snaith has handed over "Never Come Back" -- one of the standout bangers on Caribou's new album, Suddenly -- to Morgan Geist for a diced up remix “Morgan's been a close friend and a musical inspiration for a long time now and I've tried to get him to do a remix before without success - he seldom does them - so when he got in touch and asked to remix a track from Suddenly I jumped at the chance,” Snaith says. “I'm glad I did because the remix is a thing of pure joy. I would much rather that the first place you got to hear this in a club, but for now I hope it has you all dancing at home.”
RMR - "DEALER"
RMR went viral after releasing the Rascal Flatts-interpolating "Rascal," and he not surprisingly now has a major label deal (Warner), who will release his debut EP Drug Dealing Is a Lost Art at some point. It'll feature this new single "Dealer," which is more of a straightup R&B song and not as country or as absurd as "Rascal," but like its predecessor, it proves RMR has genuinely powerful pipes.
BUDDY & KENT JAMZ - "SHE THINK"
LA rappers Buddy and Kent Jamz (the latter of OverDoz) will release a collaborative project, Jank Tape Vol. 1, next week (April 17 via RCA). First single "She Think" is a nice dose of melodic, modern-day West Coast rap.
IDK - "IN MY WHITE TEE"
IDK kicked off the year with a new freestyle and now he's got a new single, "In My White Tee." It's more of a booming, in-your-face song than a lot of last year's Is He Real? was, and it seems at first like it's gonna be a more lighthearted song, but it gets dark real fast.
VILLAGE OF THE SUN (BASEMENT JAXX, MOSES BOYD, BINKER GOLDING) - "VILLAGE OF THE SUN" & "TED"
Village of the Sun is a new project of Basement Jaxx's Simon Ratcliffe and UK jazz musicians Moses Boyd and Binker Golding, and their debut two-song single offers up two thrilling doses of modern, forward-thinking jazz/electronic music.
MEG BAIRD - "CROSS BAY"
"The mix dates for my upcoming solo record were among the many, too many cancellations of this unimaginable spring we’re sharing," folk singer Meg Baird writes. "But I wanted to go ahead and release one of the songs in progress-just case it could help to raise some funds for meals, shelter and support for some of my most vulnerable neighbors. This song is a mash of abstractions. But one verse was written back in 2016 to thank a friend who checked in on me when I was stuck alone at home, staying up all night watching Lifeboat and freaking out about the Brexit leave vote. I was afraid that it was a terrible sign that the old agreements and already inadequate standards about how we take care of each other each were up for grabs. It really helped to talk about it." You can purchase "Cross Bay" on Bandcamp, and proceeds go to Glide, Homeless Prenatal Program, St. Anthony Foundation, and La Casa de las Madres.
XIU XIU & KID FOURTEEN - "FRANKIE TEARDROP" (SUICIDE COVER) & "BENDY BENDY"
Xiu Xiu has a new collaborative single with Kid Fourteen featuring a cover of Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" and a new original, "Bendy Bendy." The recordings also feature Jherek Bischoff on double bass.
STRFKR - FUTURE PAST LIFE (ALBUM STREAM)
Portland's STRFKR surprise-released a new studio album today, Future Past Life, which finds them a little more low-fi than they've been in a while, with acoustic guitar at the forefront, not synths. It's nicely understated, while still bringing hooks and catchy melodies.
LEON BRIDGES & JOHN MAYER - "INSIDE FRIEND"
"The concept for 'Inside Friend' came about from Mayer and I joking around in the studio about what an ideal date for an introvert or homebody like myself would be," says Leon Bridges of this single he made with John Mayer. "I tour most of the year, so I’d rather invite a gal over to lounge comfortably in the crib as opposed to go out somewhere crowded. “Inside Friend” stayed on the back burner for a while because it didn’t fit within the context of my third project, but the current state we’re in globally compelled us to dig this back up and finish it. I hope people find it soothing and uplifting while we hole up indoors and get through this."
THE AQUABATS - "PAJAMAZON!" & "SKELETON INSIDE!"
Ska-punk goofballs The Aquabats have a new quarantine anthem for you, "Pajamazon!", which includes the lyric "Put my pajamas on / I turn on Amazon / Never gonna go outside again." Sounds about right! That and "Skeleton Inside!" will appear on their new album Kooky Spooky... in Stereo! (due June 20 via Glooper Records).
TRAVIS BARKER - "DOGSHIT" (ft. JASIAH & NASCAR ALOE)
Last year, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker launched his new Elektra imprint DTA Records as an outlet for his collaborations with rappers, and the label's first single was "Gimme Brain" ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross. Now Travis has a second new single, featuring two up and coming rappers who sound as influenced by punk as he is by rap, Jasiah and Nascar Aloe (the latter of which is actually signed to veteran punk label Epitaph).
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - "DEPRESSIVE DANNY'S WITCHES BORSCHT VOL. 1: DEMENTED ASS MUSIC FROM OUTER SPACE"
The Safdie Brothers, makers of such intense white-knuckle films as Uncut Gems and Good Time, have their own online radio station called Elara Radio and they got their frequent collaborator Oneohtrix Point Never to put together a mix for them. Titled Depressive Danny’s Witches Borscht Vol. 1: Demented Ass Music From Outer Space, the mix features The The, Chris Bell, Rodd Keith, Shadowfax, Oscar the Grouch (yes, the Muppet), Planet Ha Ha's E.T.-inspired "Home," and more.
GIRL SKIN - "DARLING"
Brooklyn folk rockers Girl Skin are releasing their debut album, Shade is on the other side, next week (April 17 via Jullian Records), and they've shared this tender, George Harrison-esque single from it.
TROUBLE - "LEND YOUR HEART"
Trouble is gearing up to release Thug Luv this year via Def Jam, and here's a heartfelt, sentimental new single from it.
POLO G - "DND"
Chicago rapper Polo G has a new album on the way, and it'll feature this melodic new jam, "DND" (which stands for "Do Not Disturb").
COUSIN STIZZ - "VENDETTA"
Boston rapper Cousin Stizz returns with the chill, laid-back single "Vendetta."
KODIE SHANE - QUARANTINE
Kodie Shane has dropped a new four-song project, Quarantine, which she recorded at home (obviously). The whole thing is cool, but "Don Dada" is sounding like an early standout.
CHUCKY73 & FETTI031 - "DILI" & "COLOMBIANA"
Though Latin trap's most famous artists hail from Puerto Rico (Bad Bunny) or Colombia (J Balvin), there's also a Latin trap movement happening right here in the Bronx led by the label/crew Sie7etr3 (who were recently profiled by Pitchfork). Two of the members, Chucky73 and Fetti031, will release the Sie7etr3 EP on April 17 via their label (of the same name), and it includes these two very promising new songs.
USHER, LIL JON & LUDACRIS - "SEXBEAT"
After fighting with The Weeknd over social media about the similarity between The Weeknd’s music and Usher‘s 2012 hit “Climax,” Usher has released a new song featuring his “Yeah!” and “Lovers and Friends” collaborators Lil Jon and Ludacris. Read more here.
FOOLS (GRIZZLY BEAR'S CHRIS BEAR) - "DEEFYFE"
Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear has announced his first solo release under the name Fools, and the first single is "Deefyfe." You can also hear snippets of the whole album at Music From Memory's website and read more about the album here.
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER - "HELL" & "THE RIVER" (DESTROYER COVERS)
When Destroyer played Brooklyn Steel in March, just before all shows got canceled because of the coronavirus, Dan Bejar brought out Eleanor Friedberger (who had been the opener earlier on the tour) to sing lead on Destroyer's "Hell" and "The River," both of which are from Poison Season. It turns out Eleanor had actually planned to release an EP of Destroyer covers before the tour, but then didn't. But she did make demos for these two songs.
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