Category Archives: Off the Beaten Tracks

Off the Beaten Tracks

The soundtrack to my life this week, old, new, new-ish or new to me…

Fantasma – Sefty Belt feat Josiahwiseistheserpentwithfeet

This is from this South African collective’s joyous debut album, Free Love. Its intricate, lacy playing and affectingly tremulous vocals deserve more listeners.

Daniel Johns – Aerial Love

A google search reveals this guy was once the lead singer of a rock band, Silverchair. I don’t know their music, but I do know that this single and the EP of the same name feature some serious Jamie Woon-style slink that has shimmied its way to the top of what I want to listen to right now.

Elliphant – One More feat MO

Why do Scandinavians make such great electro-pop? I don’t know but here’s more evidence of it with a London-based, dubstep-influenced Swede making this righteous banger with a Danish partner in crime.

The Do – Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

Sticking with the Scandi theme, here’s a track from a duo of which half is Finnish (singer Olivia Merilahti). Their album Shook, Shake, Shaken, is dangerously addictive.

Flume & Chet Faker – Drop the Game

Back to Oz for this masterful melancholy from these artists’ collaborative EP, Lockjaw.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Taken from the American/Kiwi collaboration’s upcoming third album, of the same name, available on 26th May.

Tame Impala – Let it Happen

This is the first song from the Aussie purveyors of classy psychedelia after their mammoth 2012 album, Lonerism. The 7-minute evolving track features Kevin Parker’s pearlescent vocals and rangy sound, but arguments have already erupted in YouTube’s comment section on whether it is psychedelic enough. Hint: it is.

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Off the Beaten Tracks

The tunes – old and new – making our ears prick up this week…

Major Lazer – Lean On (feat. DJ Snake and MO)

This is a side project from American uber-producer Diplo. He’s a bit commercial for me but the presence of MO’s vocals means I’m there. This song is nowhere near as good as anything on her debut album but it’s good to hear her vocals reaching a bigger audience.

Therapy? – Still Hurts

New single from the long-lasting Northern Irish alternative metallers.

Dio – Stand up and Shout

Vintage heavy metal with guitar solo that sounds like it was hewn from Satan’s own frets.

Nadine Shah – Fool

The Pakistani-Norwegian singer/songwriter from South Tyneside has an Anna Calvi vibe about her.

Dan Deacon – Feel the Lightning

Beguiling electronica from the American composer’s latest album, Gliss Riffer. The sweet female vocals are actually him.

Romare – Motherless Child

Spooky little addictive tune. The London beatmaker’s debut album, Projections, released on Ninja Tune, uses musical collaging of samples of African-American music to great effect.

Brodinski – Need for Speed (feat. Louisahhh!!! & Bloody Jay)

His album Brava is way too hard for me and the lyrics too generic and annoying, but this is quite cool.

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Off the Beaten Tracks

Hot Chip – Huarache Lights

I first listened to this and thought “meh” but by the second listen it started to give me that fizzy, happy feeling that Hot Chip is so good at creating.

Emile Haynie – Come Find Me feat. Lykke Li and Romy

The producer’s album is a bit of a non-entity, despite the huge roster of talent used. However, this track features the sherbet vocals of Lykke Li, instantly marking it out as worth a listen.

Blur – Go Out

Blur’s back! New album The Magic Whip is out on 27th April.

The Staves – Black and White

The folk trio of three sisters from Watford have a new album out, If I Was.

Sylas – Shore

James Blake-style ambience.

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