Single & Lovin' It Vol. 46
By Mixtape Mandi
WAYDE - "EASY"
Having only released one previous single (“Eleanor”), which earned them plaudits from the likes of DIY, The 405, BBC 6 Music and more, Essex four-piece Wayde are now ready to unleash their new Lucky Aide EP. Recorded in guitarist-vocalist Tyrone Foster’s flat in Stoke Newington, in between the banging on ceilings and floors from disgruntled neighbors, Wayde’s sound is an amalgamation of sardonic indie, enveloping shoegaze and psych-infused grunge. Channeling influences from the likes of The Rentals, Hüsker Dü, Teenage Fanclub and Pavement, there is a nostalgic comfort amongst Wayde’s combination of warm guitars, mid-tempo grooves and vocals, which are lyrically sharp, saccharine and melodically contagious. The new EP draws on a beguiling familiarity throughout but despite its evocative nature it remains atypical and unbridled. This is exemplified in tracks such as “Easy,” which oscillate between laid-back yet acidulous vocally driven sections and crushing, overdriven grunge-infused choruses. It’s this charming yet almost serendipitous honesty that resonates the loudest throughout every track on the EP. The themes come naturally and candidly, whilst Wayde place their focus entirely on infectious hooks, reverb and fuzz, only abating to take rapid turns into hazy garage-punk and feedback-laden grunge. Having dipped their toes in water with their first single, Wayde are now ready to take the plunge with a consummated EP, which will appeal to many both on and beneath the surface.
GROUNDISLAVA - "UNTIL TOMORROW"
Enigmatic Los Angeles based producer and musician Jasper Patterson, who goes by the moniker Groundislava, has released his latest single "Until Tomorrow," which is a highlighted track already on Pharell Williams' Beats1 Radio show. The song features angelic vocals from singer and actor Jake Weary (It Follows, Animal Kingdom) that are set against an ambient, down-tempo, and euphoric electronic beat. After having a series of vivid dreams in 2016, Patterson was inspired to make music again, which led him to effortlessly record "Until Tomorrow," and create the foundation for Endless Voyage, his new album to be released on February 24th on WEDIDIT. Patterson's modern production tends to overlap with his forward thinking ideas. His love of gaming, culture and arts always somehow intertwines with his music projects. This time, Patterson called upon ground-breaking LA-based artist Devin Troy Strother to create the Endless Voyage's album artwork: a vivid painting Strother constructed by using acrylic paint, tape, wood and paper so the piece would expose multi-textures to represent the many layers of the vivid dreams Patterson was having while recording Endless Voyage.
SIR WAS - "REVOKE"
Emerging Gothenburg artist sir Was shared a new music video directed by Fredrik Egerstrand for "Revoke" from his debut album, Digging A Tunnel, out March 10th via City Slang. The video stars Joel Wästberg as a dishwasher in a journey through the trials of everyday life and is the fourth in a series of collaborations between sir Was and Egerstrand. Comprised of ten original songs, Digging A Tunnel is an album that constantly bucks trends and confounds expectations. Traveling as widely as Wästberg has, the album is as unrestrained and spirited as the music that inspired it. sir Was played almost all the instruments on his debut, including drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion, clarinets, and saxophone. Much of Digging A Tunnel was recorded between autumn 2014 and spring 2015 in Wästberg's favored Gothenburg studio space, Stampen, but the record is lent its especially singular atmosphere by the strange background noises the producer employs, many from field recordings he compiled during his travels, whether maracas in Mexico or flutes from another distant land. It boasts, too, an effortless flow, reflected in Wästberg's vocal delivery, which shifts from the aforementioned falsetto to a lazy spoken word delivery that circles round the beat rather than landing on it. Digging A Tunnel is the follow-up to sir Was' debut EP Says Hi.
NIGHTLANDS - "LOST MOON"
Nightlands, the project of Philadelphia-based Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs), will release his third album, I Can Feel the Night Around Me, on May 5th via Western Vinyl. Immediately following, he and his band will head out on a North American tour. Continuing the tradition of previous Nightlands releases Forget the Mantra (2010) and Oak Island (2013), I Can Feel the Night Around Me showcases Hartley's ability to layer his voice and conjure some of the most beautiful virtual choirs in modern music. Take album opener and lead single "Lost Moon:” the synths and vocal stacks echo through a canyon illuminated by the light of a billion stars. Gaze up long enough and you can make out the shapes of All Things Must Pass, The Beach Boys' Friends and Hiroshi Satoh's That Boy. More literally, the song was written and recorded in an unheated warehouse basement during a record-setting blizzard. "The dissonance between the sound of the album and the atmosphere in which it was recorded is actually pretty striking," Hartley admits. Indeed, the music seems more geographically inspired by the microclimates of the Lost Coast than the post-industrial cityscape of North Philadelphia. I Can Feel the Night Around Me uses meticulous choral arrangements and wistful major-seventh chords to evoke a longing for a future that once lay ahead, but has drifted out of reach.
YUMI ZOUMA - "SHE'S ELECTRIC"
New Zealand electropop outfit Yumi Zouma released their cover of Oasis' "She's Electric.” The track is the first taste of Yumi Zouma's full album cover of the seminal (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, which will be available on April 6th exclusively through Turntable Kitchen's SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription series. Yumi Zouma's (What's The Story) Morning Glory? is the first release in the SOUNDS DELICIOUS series. It is a vinyl-only release limited to 1000 copies worldwide. SOUNDS DELICIOUS is a first-of-its-kind monthly vinyl subscription service that offers full-length cover albums - exclusively featuring music not available anywhere else - on limited edition vinyl. Participating artists were asked to choose any full-length album they love and reimagine it from front to back. SOUNDS DELICIOUS will produce the recordings on limited edition vinyl packaged in beautifully designed jackets and exclusively release them to members of its subscription service every month.
JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE - "GREENER GRASS"
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge are set to release their second full-length album, Mount Royal, on February 24th via Free Dirt Records. After presenting debut single, “Bone Collector,” the virtuosic guitar duo now share “Greener Grass.” “The Seed for ‘Greener Grass’ came from a memory I had of listening to a scratchy old time fiddle recording,” explains Eldridge. “I don’t remember the name of the fiddler or the tune, but I can picture the harsh and unpleasant cacophony of sounds, which was somehow still really catchy and hypnotic. ‘Greener Grass’ was my attempt to write a melodic fiddle tune that also paid homage to the delightful screech of that old-time fiddle.” Lage is a renowned jazz guitarist who, according to the New Yorker, belongs “in the highest category of improvising musicians, those who can enact thoughts and impulses as they receive them.” Eldridge is a veteran of the bluegrass world, cutting his teeth in the legendary outfits the Seldom Scene and the Infamous Stringdusters before anchoring Punch Brothers, an acoustic supergroup that combines folk instrumentation with pop and experimental songcraft.
LOS CAMPESINO! - "THE FALL OF HOME"
Los Campesinos! premiered their new song "The Fall Of Home", which works perfectly as a feel-bad anthem that nonetheless captures that satisfying sense of uplift that comes from acknowledging a bad situation. Singer Gareth says of the song, "This is an elegy to the home towns left behind. It's about the villages too stifling to ever allow you or itself to flourish. About those who left to protect their mental health or to be the best version of themselves. To those who moved to the city and return 'home' for Christmas and funerals, feeling like a tourist. For the lonely people in rented house shares with no idea what they're doing. And it's for those who didn't want to or couldn't leave, and are still hanging in there. The lyrics for this song were written at 4am on the 24th June, 2016." "The Fall Of Home" is the third song released from the band's forthcoming new album Sick Scenes, which will be out February 24th via Wichita Recordings. Sick Scenes, the band's sixth album, arrives after a recording hiatus of some three years and is testament to their longevity and canny perception - coming into view amidst a backdrop of personal and social malaise, prescribed medication, the disintegration of local communities, non-league soccer and the minutiae of every-day life.
WHY? - "ONE MISSISSIPPI"
WHY?'s third single "One Mississippi” follows the band's two prior singles "This Ole King" and "Proactive Evolution." WHY? will release its sixth album, Moh Lhean, on March 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings. A follow-up to 2012's Mumps, Etc., it's the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project's 2003 debut, made mostly in Yoni Wolf's studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah. While WHY? fans will certainly encounter familiar sounds on Moh Lhean: Wolf's sour-sweet croon, deadpan poet's drawl, and ear for stunningly fluid arrangements with obsessive attention to detail the album that also reveal that a transformation has taken place. The singer's self-deprecating swagger and cynical squint is replaced by a sense of peace in the unknowing; his wry smirk traded in for a holy shrug. This cosmic sense of calm and acceptance woven throughout the album is due in part to Wolf's circumstances during the writing process: he suffered a severe health scare far from home, but rather than let it drive him to depression, he gained a stronger connection to the living.
TENNYSON & CARMACK - "TUESDAY"
Teenage brother-sister duo Tennyson and Los Angeles-based producer Mr. Carmack are teaming up to release three new singles consecutively this week. Their first joint single, called "Tuesday," is an instrumental track that infuses its R&B foundation with electronic depth and jazz-inspired melodies to create a one-of-a-kind soundscape. In many ways, Tennyson and Mr. Carmack come from two completely different worlds. Tennyson specializes in contemplative instrumental music, embodying experimentation and pop sensibilities akin to Aphex Twin. Conversely, Mr. Carmack brings an air of raucous intensity that hinges between dance music and hip-hop to his productions, eschewing contemplation for sheer id. But despite their wildly different approaches, Tennyson and Mr. Carmack bring out the best in each other, tempering their most dramatic impulses while highlighting the boundless creativity that makes both artists great. Luke and Tess have been playing music together since, basically, forever. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta with a drummer for a father, there wasn't much else to do. They speak their own language on stage; while soloing on his keyboard Luke triggers a sound effect with the tip of his nose, Tess's electronic drums shape-shift with each song. It's as mesmerizing to watch as it is to turn around and look at the audience taking it all in. And this is probably why anyone who hears or sees Tennyson becomes a fan: from Skrillex to M83 to Questlove. Their melodies are infectious and their ideas are unpredictable. Anything can be a source of inspiration for Tennyson and it's fascinating to see what they come up with in every new song or show.
CHAZ BUNDICK MEETS THE MATTSON 2 - "JBS"
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 shared the latest taste of their forthcoming collaborative album Star Stuff with the freewheeling new track "JBS." Star Stuff is due out March 31st on Company Records. Given the state of modern music and its fabricated pop icons, what Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 achieves is a collective music victory in a new era of progressive soundscapes. World-renowned composer-producer extraordinaire Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) has teamed up with the psychedelic-jazz grooves of The Mattson 2 for an album that unifies a trio's creativity into a refreshing project of unhinged sonic originality. Oddly enough, this collaboration may not have happened if The Mattson 2 hadn't forgotten a drum throne at an Oakland performance in 2014. The twin's longtime friend and photographer, Andrew Paynter, came to the rescue and called his friend Bundick to ask about borrowing the throne. Jonathan, the Mattson drummer, accompanied Paynter to Bundick's home in Berkeley where they were greeted by Bundick with a warm smile, a drum stool in hand, and Michael, his dog. The next day Paynter and the twins met Bundick at a cafe in Berkeley to return the gear. Over coffee they waxed about music, design, furniture, and skateboarding. After a series of hangs with Bundick in the Bay Area, the crew decided to join forces and schedule studio time for their newfound trio. And the rest, as they say, is intergalactic, mega-creative history. The group and the album, Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2, explores psychedelic, jazz, and improvisatory influences ranging from Afrofuturistic Sun Ra to electric Miles Davis to groove-fueled Serge Gainsbourg and The Zombies. Grounding the album are break-beats, synthesizers, acoustic strums, and guitar fuzz reminiscent of David Axelrod and Arthur Verocai. With cosmic structures, timeless influences, rich harmonies, and melodic interplays, the trio brings an intergalactic edge to both their live shows and an album worthy of repeated visits.