New Music Daily
With only one debut EP their name, Hoeksema have established themselves, as a master of hushed ambience, conjuring up the fractured dark vibes of Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring. “Palais” is the inventive lead-off single from the stunning new EP, Life After, which mines personal depths of lead singer Samuel’s recent tribulations with loss. It’s a striking interplay of syncopated pads, subtle vocal melodies and lush keys that makes for one of the most hypnotizing listens of the summer and the perfect accompaniment for shedding our skin into the new season.
There’s nothing better than stumbling across a surprise, off-album single from one of your favorite artists. In this particular instance, I heard the smooth sound of SZA‘s Quicksand ring through my TV speakers during the season 2 Finale of Insecure (GREAT show, in case you’re in need of a new one)- and I raced to my phone to Shazam it. SZA’s lyrics are so clearly rooted in personal experience that it’s impossible to not feel a connection to them, and to play them out alongside the heartbreaking love story of Issa and Lawrence!! You can consider me completely hooked.
Check out SZA’s new single below, and if you dig it be sure to check out her debut album, Ctrl, and the Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack.
In the seventh installment of his Beats 1 Radio Show, Blonded, Frank Ocean released new track Provider. The song offers the familiar, dulcet sound we’ve grown to know from his recent releases. Throughout the summer in earlier episodes of blonded we’ve seen the release of Lens, Raf, Biking and a remix of Slide On Me featuring Young Thug. With all the madness in the world, a steady stream of music from Frank gives us one thing to smile about. We can only hope this means an album is in the works.
Check out Provider below.
You know the music is good when it sounds fresh five years after it was created. That’s what you’ll find when you hit play on this brief retrospective from Austin singer-songwriter Bryan Ray, who took a break from his solo work as Lonely Child in 2013 to focus on producing for other artists. After a successful streak producing for the likes of Mobley and Marian Call, Ray has decided to dive back into the world of Lonely Child, and with this six-track EP, he is inviting old fans and new fans alike to enjoy the magic of his past work.
It’s sweetly ironic how an artist named Lonely Child can make you feel less alone. He lets the listener know that he or she is not the only one dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression, isolation, and, yes, loneliness. On these six songs, the human condition is expressed purely, concisely, and without judgement. You will dance, laugh, cry, and sing, and you will probably be damn glad you were alive to experience all of it.
LCD Soundsystem is back with another new single, tonite, from their forthcoming album American Dream. This makes the third single from the LP, dropping September 1st. If it sounds familiar that’s because the song was first released live during a five-night string of shows at Brooklyn Steel back in April. If you like what you’ve heard from American Dream so far don’t miss your chance to catch them live this fall, the band will be hitting the road for a world tour following the release of the album in September.
The track was dropped alongside an 80s inspired video, check it out below:
Rising Appalachia’s superb sibling sonics have made them a household name amongst festivalgoers as they’ve traversed the globe, playing alongside Michael Franti, Nahko, the Avett Brothers and Trevor Hall. Their new single “Occupy”, which features an elegant and potent spoken word bridge, uses 2011′s ‘Occupy’ movement as a frame of reference for the importance of taking responsibility for both our interior and exterior worlds. One of many standouts in their back catalog of radical social/enviro musical activism.
Everyone’s favorite trio of sisters, Haim took to their Beats1 radio show, Haim Time today to release a BloodPop remix of Little Of Your Love. It seemed like we hadn’t seen them in forever before they hit the festival circuit last year, but Haim is back in full swing. July saw the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Something To Tell You along with a string of tour dates. BloodPop breathes a new, more energetic life into the song with an EDM vibe.
Their classic synth-pop sound shines through alongside emblematic lyrics in Purity Ring‘s new track “Asido”. The Canadian duo released the song on the fifth anniversary of their debut album Shrines. Megan James and Corin Roddick have been relatively quiet since the 2015 release of their sophomore album Another Eternity, only releasing a few remixes until now.
Though the single is expected to be the first from their third album we may not be seeing it any time too soon. Megan and Corin took to Instagram to tell fans, “As we work at our own pace on the third Purity Ring album, we wanted to celebrate with all of you this monument in time. And so, we share with you asido, a parable that holds nothing before and nothing after.”
Check it out below.
Wisconsin-based duo Brightviolet gets the summer started off right with the sparkling, bright “Blush”. This tune is the latest release by Ryan Cray and Sam Molinaro, who have spent the past year refining their ethereal electronic sound, along with the occasional Migos re-work (Soundcloud here).
This track builds up from a bed of warm textures – like those first rays of morning sunlight, it shifts slowly and gently, adding layers of percussion and lighthearted synth leads. The chorus brings a more full-bodied sound, bobbing and weaving in a way that will have Flume fans smiling.
This tune builds on an already nuanced catalog of Brightviolet releases, and an upcoming EP this summer will surely bring this fresh new sound to more listeners. Keep an eye out for these two young producers, and check out “Blush” below.
Emmit Fenn is back with “Oceans” featuring Nylo, which will be the last featured single before his debut Prologue EP drops in two weeks. This is a slightly different vibe than what we’re used to from Emmit because it features vocals other than himself, and is a little more upbeat. All that does is show the range that he’s capable of as an artist.
Singer-songwriter Ashe released her debut single “Used To It” this week and it is electric. The single tells a story of a relationship that’s gone stale, and the constant fight to make it feel right again despite knowing the end is inevitable. She embodies this perfectly when she sings, “We ain’t really fighting about the f**ckin’ dishes and all the broken pieces that we’re never fixing”- damn right, it’s not about the dishes. Ashe delivers all of the elements of a summer hit on this debut and I’m eager to see what’s next for her.
Check the single below and add it into your summer rotation!
High Rule returns since the release of their debut EP with their new single, “Someone Else.” Sticking to their fusion of hip hop, electronic, and pop sound, they mysteriously return and touch on the culture that dating has become in 2017. The duo, Seis and Buoy, are something to look out for the rest of the year.