The Best New Music of May


It’s been 10 days since Childish Gambino dropped “This Is America”, so you’re probably only just emerging from your Donald den in search of new music.

There have been some stellar releases in the last week or so, covering just about every genre in the game. Here are some of the best of them. Caution: very mixed bag ahead.

Jungle – House in LA

Soul-funk-R&B-whatever-you-wanna-call-them group Jungle just dropped their first new music since their debut self-titled record came out in 2014. Recorded in London, founding members Tom and Josh describe the upcoming release as a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” Fingers crossed we’ll be hearing an album announcement soon.

Ric Wilson – Sinner

This is the first I’m hearing of Ric Wilson. He’s a 22-year-old community activist and artist based on the South Side of Chicago, and this Friday he’s releasing his new EP, BANBA, so now you’ve finally got something to look forward to this weekend. This absolute vibe of a song is a taster from the EP, featuring Kweku Collins, Rane Raps and Nick Kosma.

Yizzy – S.O.S

I know my limited knowledge of grime really shows in this next sentence, but I saw Dizzee Rascal in London 12 years ago and it really blew my mind. I know that’s like referencing 2Pac in a write up for a new hip-hop track, but it’s all I’ve got and I’m sticking with it. Listening to this new release from 18-year-old UK grime MC Yizzy made me love this kind of sound all over again.

Phantastic Ferniture – Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin

So yeah, about that mixed bag. Let’s just seamlessly jump from a hyped up grime track to a real rock ‘n’ roll pearler by Sydney-based band, Phantastic Ferniture. The three-piece is the side project of Julia Jacklin, the Australian singer-songwriter who is incapable of writing a bad song. This is the first single off their self-titled debut album, out July 27.

The Buttertones – You and Your Knife

Nick Cave is alive and well in the voice box of the Buttertones singer Richard Araiza. The LA-based five-piece make moody melodies that sound like they were conceived in a cemetery, which could explain why last year’s debut LP was called Gravedigging. This here is the first single off their newly released follow up album, Midnight in a Moonless Dream, another aptly titled record.

Protomartyr – Wheel of Fortune (feat. Kelley Deal)

Felt like going out with a bang, and what better way to do it than with this firecracker of a song by Detroit thrashers, Protomartyr. It’s been a decade since Protomartyr started making music together, and they’ve been doing it their way since the beginning. This track is the first single off their upcoming Consolation EPfeaturing The Breeders’ Kelley Deal. Boom.

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