Having a bad week?
You’re not alone. Right now, a 400m-long, 59m wide cargo ship called ‘Ever Given’ is stuck sideways in the Seuz Canal, blocking one of the busiest trade routes in the world. Not only is the ensuing traffic jam costing an estimated $9.6 billion a day, but the poor bugger who steered it seems to have unintentionally drawn a penis along his route. So, you know, it could always be worse. For you, I mean. Not for the poor bugger on that ship. Anyway, here’s the best new music of this week. If only we would blast these songs into the Suez, we’d get tanker moving in no time.
Baker Boy – Ride ft. Yirrmal
Today Arnhem Land rapper Baker Boy has blessed us with what he describes as ‘a new and improved version’ of 2017’s ‘Murryuna’, which also features his cousin, Yirrmal. Both the song and its accompanying video are a huge vibe, so prep yourself for a positive case of Friday fever.
Brockhampton Feat. Danny Brown – Buzzcut
Unsurprisingly, it turns out RZA and Rick Rubin have really good taste. In the past week, the Texas born hip hop collective, Brockhampton, posted cryptic videos of both RZA and Rubin seemingly praising Brockhampton’s new songs. Now we know exactly what they’re talking about. Cross all your appendages that a new album announcement comes soon.
Gareth Thomas – Cyber Star
According to NZ based artist Gareth Thomas, this track was written ‘essentially, as a tongue in cheek observation of selfie-culture.’ Whatever its intention, it’s catchy and fun as hell—and if enough of you listen, it may even ironically make him a Cyber Star. His upcoming album, BITS, is due out later this year.
Madi Diaz – New Person, Old Place
Hindsight’s a powerful thing—and Nashville singer songwriter Madi Diaz has harnessed the strength and clarity it brings in her flawless second single since signing to ANTI, ‘New Person, Old Place.’ Diaz says the song is ‘is a mantra, a line that I’m casting into the future so that I have something to guide me forward.’
Sons of Raphael – Revolution
Brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael have been making music as Sons of Raphael for the past seven years—and you’ll finally get to hear the fruits of their labour with the release of their debut record, Full-Throated Messianic Homage, on May 21. In the meantime, here’s the first single from the album, with a sick accompanying video directed by W.I.Z, whose accolades include videos for Smashing Pumpkins, Chemical Brothers, and Massive Attack.
Iceage – Shelter Song
There’s something so raw and haunting about Iceage vocalist Elias Rønnenfelt’s voice. On their newest single, ‘Shelter Song’, they’ve traded their moody punk sound for brit-pop, and the result sounds way better than you’d expect. The Danish band release their highly anticipated new record, Seek Shelter, on May 7th via Mexican Summer.
Austyn Gillette – Nine
Austyn’s latest musical offering comes in the shape of a score. Backing filmmaker Dominic Haydn Rawle’s new film, dubbed ‘a music video landscape’, ‘Nine’ is a broody dreamscape that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Lynch soundtrack. Always a pleasure.
Shamir – Dsharpg
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sharon Van Etten’s album, Epic, the legendary artist is releasing an album of covers. Taking on her song ‘Dsharpg’ is Las Vegas native, Shamir, and what a job he’s done. Van Etten say’s she was ‘drawn to Shamir’s music by the immediate authenticity and originality of his voice and instrumentation choices. It felt simultaneously throwback and very here and now.’ epic Ten drops April 16 and features covers by Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, IDLES, Shamir, and more.