NZCA Lines shares “Prisoner of Love” from new LP, tells us what he’s listening to in lockdown
When Michael Lovett isn't busy as a touring member of Metronomy, he's making his own slinky dance music as NZCA Lines and his latest album, Pure Luxury, is out July 10 via Memphis Industries (preorder). His new single is "Prisoner of Love," which bounces on a fat synth bassline, sweeping disco strings and Lovett's soulful vocals. "This song is about the cycle of heartbreak and dependency within a relationship that isn’t working, a constant motion of being pushed away and sucked back in," says Lovett. "Both people could be doing this, each at the mercy of the other’s emotions - unable to move forward yet unable to step away, the cycle repeats itself." You can watch the video below.
Lovett, who is British, has been camped out for much of COVID-19 quarantine in NYC, where his wife lives. We've been asking artists what music they've been listening to during lockdown and he's shared a list that includes LA Priest, Ozuna, Baxter Dury, Chavela Vargas, Dungen and more. Check out his list, complete with commentary, below.
NZCA LINES - WHAT I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO DURING LOCKDOWN
LA Priest - "Rubber Sky"
LA Priest is back! If further proof were ever needed that I should move to rural Wales and get weird in my shed, this is it. He's one of these people who's just a singular genius, and extremely tech oriented whilst still being interesting and funky. He clearly built his own synths and stuff for his last album, and this time he designed and built a drum machine which is the title of the record - 'Gene'.
KNOWER - "The Govt. Knows"
I discovered KNOWER via YouTube's helpful algorithm and I fucking love them. I actually realised I already knew a track of theirs ('F--- the Makeup, Skip the Shower) but I had no idea about this insane amped up stuff. This track is incredible - "size don't matter to the CIA, they can see your dick from outer space". Also their live shows / streams on the tube are insane.
Louis Cole - "Weird Part of The Night"
Louis Cole is disgustingly talented, I hate him. This song is amazing. And the video is too - and he directed it. Damn.
LISS - "Talk To Me"
At some point this lockdown I was like 'what happened to LISS'? They were super promising when they started releasing stuff in 2016, but then they kind of vanished (for me). It seems the lead singer had a breakdown of sorts, which really sucks, but he seems to be doing better now which is great. They are still so young. This track is from last year, it's great. So pop.
El Alfa x Dorell x Noriel - "4k"
I've been spending a lot of this lockdown period in Brooklyn, NYC with my wife, who is Dominican/American. She played me this song a bunch, but she didn't need to - I can hear it blasting out of the cars that pass on our street. It's a very Dominican neighbourhood, and El Alfa is a big Dominican dembow artist. The song is about wanting to see your girl in 4k - not 1080p or 2k.
Chavela Vargas - "La Llorona"
I was going to put the Rosalia version in here, but I had to go with the OG. Chavela Vargas has an incredible voice.. just pure anguish really.
Dungen - "Alberto Balsam" (Aphex Twin cover)
My friend introduced me to Dungen's livestreams - this cover of Alberto Balsam is pretty amazing and faithful to the original.
Baxter Dury - "Miami"
I saw Baxter Dury playing a livestream for Rough Trade, and it reminded me of this track. So good - "I don't think you realise how successful I am."
Ozuna - "Siguelo Bailando"
Another massive Latin tune, this one more reggaeton - Ozuna is from Puerto Rico.
Paradis - "Toi et Moi"
I returned to this one recently. Paradis were so good, they only made this one record but it's just great French pop dance music. Pierre Rousseau ended up doing more production, he worked on some of the last Metronomy album with Joe, and also Nicholas Godin's solo record.
1. Pure Luxury
2. Real Good Time
3. Prisoner of Love
4. For Your Love
5. Take This Apart
6. Opening Night
8. Pimp & Shine
9. Tonight Is All That Really Matters