- Anna Calvi – ‘Wish’ (feat. IDLES) (Hunted Version)
Anna Calvi has released ‘Hunted‘ this past week, a reworked version of seven tracks off her 2018 album ‘Hunted‘ (same name & everything). Calvi collaborates with artists such as Courtney Barnett and Charlotte Gainsbourg for the reworking. ‘Wish‘ is one of the highlights.
Featuring Joe Talbot of Bristol’s immensely popular IDLES, the track is taken to new heights with his ‘visceral urgent energy’, as Calvi herself puts it. Anna Calvi is no stranger to intensity, though; prior to Talbot’s contributions ‘Wish‘ sounded as terrifying as a Diamanda Galás track, and now it’s absolutely vehemence has been notched up a level.
- Onyx Collective – ‘Where or When’
‘Where Or When‘ is the latest single from NYC jazz group Onyx Collective, featuring the talented vocalist/cellist Kelsey Lu. You’ll be able to find it soon off of ‘Manhattan Special: Onyx Collective Plays Rodgers & Hart/Rodgers & Hammerstein‘.
The track bends the art pop mold, containing two major parts; the first being soft, lovely, something from the soundtrack of a ’60’s French film, and the second being an operatic swoon. While it sounds from a ’60’s French flick, the song is originally featured in the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms“, and has been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys to even George Michael. Highly recommended!
- GusGus – ‘Out Of Place’
Icelandic darlings GusGus have returned with their latest single ‘Out Of Place‘ offering us striking “synth-lines and sharp, pop-driven vocals” and an addictive chorus that will make you feel out of place, out of time…Out of everything!
A “geyser” of immense, underlying energy….
- Perfect Tenant – ‘D.Y.C.A.I’
Perfect Tenant is a post punk/bedroom pop project from South London, led by Leon Piers. Listening to ‘D.Y.C.A.I‘ the first band that sprang in my mind was The Fall, without their ‘cacophony’; Built upon an addictive melodic pattern, that’s growing bigger & bigger as the song proceeds, the listener gets trapped in the seductive, dystopic post punk soundscapes, like the innocent prey in the spider web. No easy way out… But who cares?
- Wizard Death – ‘shimmering spirals (hiding your true face)’
‘shimmering spirals (hiding your true face)‘ by Wizard Death, is the first single from the artist’s upcoming full length beat tape, and it’s among his best tunes so far, bridging ambient chill with instrumental/lofi hip-hop for an eternal vibe…. Surrender!
Compiled by Sarah Medeiros & Christos Doukakis