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.
The first playlist is our favorite picks from August. The second playlist is all of our picks from March-June (since the inception of our Spotify playlist). Be sure to subscribe to our playlists on Spotify as they will be continuously updated each month!
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: