For those of you not at Splendour in the Grass this weekend, heres a playlist of the best songs of the week so you can sit in an isolated room and contemplate your decision-making processes. For those of you who are, let this be your soundtrack to hungover breakfasts, late-night boogies and long, sun-drenched car trips.
Listen to our Soundcloud playlist over here.
SBTRKT- New Dorp. New York
“It’s a funny sort of song” says SBTRKT and he’s exactly right. Unlike the formulaic Temporary View, the first single from SBTRKT’s forthcoming album is as unconventional as they come. New York ambassador Ezra Koenig joins the producer for the most inconic tribute to NYC since Jay’s Empire State of Mind. A female vocal runs underneath Ezra’s reminding us that this is British house music after all. Meanwhile SBTRKT lays down steel drums and pulsating drums to create a weird yet groundbreaking track.
BANKS- Beggin For The Thread
It’s becoming very clear now that BANKS’ debut album is not going to be sunshine and rainbows. Begin For Thread is another angsty track from the London songstress yet it ups hate tempo from her previous outputs. It’s the most immediately likeable thing she’s done yet while she retains that brooding darkness that has captivated us from the very beginning. Basically we’d like to thank the guy who fucked over BANKS because he’s made way for one hell of a record.
Shura- Just Once
Shura’s Touch is still one of the most quietly brilliant songs of the year and her follow-up track does not let down. Shura floats through mellow synths and claps, singing we can get lost. We accept your invitation, Shura and are currently floating right there with you.
Grand Pavillion- Weightless
Brisbane steps up once again, producing budding singer/producer Grand Pavillion. Weightless is from his EP Secrets and is doing some seriously great things to our ears. Its a sparse, twinkling tune lifted by layered vocals. For a new artist its a masterfully textured and dynamic affair that should make sure his EP gets heard by more than just a few listeners.
Jessie Ware- Share It All
Share It All is the second track to be lifted off Jessie’s forthcoming album, Tough Love. It’s another Julio Bashmore production and is also co-written by Romy of the xx, so basically it’s a dream-team. The mellow number sees Ware croon through beats reminiscent of the xx. It may not be as immediate as Tough Love, but Ware’s Sade-esque vocals never fail to impressive.
Chrome Sparks- Losing You
Chrome Sparks is in Australia right now and in celebration hes dropped a new track, Losing You. Not to be mistaken for the Solange classic, Losing You is a deep brooding track with a soulful vocal sample. Given his midday Splendour set time this one may be the most appropriate for his set. It sounds as if its been injected with sunshine in preparation for a morning warm-up. Loosen those vocal chords.
Rustie- Attack (Feat. Danny Brown)
When a Rustie song plays, you know that shits about to get real. From his forthcoming album, Green Language, Attack is the very definition of shit getting real. Rustie sounds the sirens and drops the beat while Danny Brown goes completely bonkers.
Hudson Mohawke- Chimes
Talking about shit getting real, lets move onto the new track by one half of TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke. Chimes is a mongrel of a track built around huge brass-filled drops and shattering bass. It immediately demands your full attention and you should definitely not be embarrassed if when it comes on you yell oh, yeah this is my tune. Its all part of the Hudson Mohawke experience.
That Kimbra, shes a perky one isnt she. Miracle sounds like pure joy- a get-up and go anthem, the likes of which have not been seen since Break My Stride. Shes rising up on the track and sounds unstoppable. Think Prince, think Janelle Monae and think all things positive. If someones bringing you down, get right in there face and let them know through the best way possible- an 80s funk boogie.
Jungle- Time (Lxury Remix)
For those heading to Splendour this weekend you’ll be hearing the original of this aplenty but this remix by producer Lxury does a nice job of renovating the funky track. Theres a certain weightlessness to this track by way of its airy synths and subtle treatment of Jungles original vocals.