We’re off on our summer holidays in anticipation of festival season - if anything good pops up we’ll let you know, but there’s not much on the horizon so we’ll be working on our tan in the meantime. We’re leaving you with some summer sizzlers to wear out your stereo over the next few weeks. See you when we’re out of sun cream…
BC Camplight / ‘I’m Desperate’
Arriving with a painfully on-the-money video, ‘I’m Desperate’ is an industrial-disco cut of epic proportions from Bella Union signee BC Camplight. An infectious synth riff rides a stomping beat, following the track into curveball disco territory thanks to stand-up piano and a diamond groove. Win Butler-esque vocals complete the track - if only Everything Now had been this good. BC Camplight’s Deportation Blues arrives 24th August.
Animal Collective / ‘Hair Cutter’
The new single from the art-pop group heralds their forthcoming eighth album Tangerine Reef, an audio-visual LP constructed to honour the International Year of the Reef. A slow-burning odyssey, it’s a quietly ambitious journey soundtracked by synths and waterdrops. Relaxing and intriguing in equal measure, this is late-night headphone music.
Bodega / ‘Name Escape’
The Brooklyn hype band released their debut album Endless Scroll in the time since I saw you last, and it’s packed with post-punk perfection. ‘Name Escape’ is a particular stand-out, welding lyrical gymnastics to a tense bassline and smart sampling. An album of two halves, there’s hidden romance at the core of their jerky dance-punk which puts the bands on par with clear influences Parquet Courts and LCD Soundsystem.
Westerman / ‘Easy Money’
Continuing his incredible run of lo-fi pop, ‘Easy Money’ is the next single from wunderkid producer Westerman. Sharp guitar stabs puncture a blanket of synths and herald his increasingly recognisable vocals. Spinning a minimalist tapestry into a luscious, soaring pop masterpiece, the only step left for him to make is into the studio. Expect big things come a debut album sometime next year.
Inland Taipan / ‘Pornography’
Grinding guitars and a lilting voice often make for a beautiful combination. Inland Taipan don’t buck the trend with ‘Pornography’, the first of three tracks promised to complete the Trilogy of Vice. Gorgeous swells of grunge fit the curves carved out by Aisling Davis’ lofty vocals and woodwind.