Download Parcels’ new song ‘Somethinggreater’

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This week’s download comes from the Australian band Parcels and their new album “Day/Night.” You have seven days to download the song “Somethinggreater.”

Parcels | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

Parcels have today released their ambitious second album ‘Day/Night’. The highly-anticipated album comprises two whole, standalone records: Day and Night. It is a vast leap forwards in scope and sound from the Australian 5-piece’s 2018 debut album and is out now via Because Music, available to stream and download digitally and also on double vinyl.

In their recent cover feature on Parcels, NME dubbed ‘Day/Night’ “a marvellous, fascinating collection of songs […] a record of epic proportions, spritely and serious at the same time; the sound of a collective pouring out their heart and soul into a record of real beauty”. The shoot for the cover feature saw Parcels styled exclusively in Gucci’s newest line. See here for the interview and shoot with NME.

Parcels are celebrating the release of ‘Day/Night’ with a string of sold-out shows, which included a joyous performance at London’s Islington Assembly Hall earlier this week.

Additional tracks unveiled from Day/Night ahead of album release include ’Theworstthing’, ‘Somethinggreater’, ‘Comingback’ and ‘Free’. Vast and cinematic in sound and layered lyrical themes, Day/Night channels western folk and classic pop, resulting in a new sound the band describes as their new-fangled cowboy disco sound. The record tackles opposing topics of identity vs anonymity, family vs independence, belonging vs isolation and nostalgia vs projection; the self and the shadow self. The album is cyclical – a perfect loop from end to its start – echoing the albums’ theme of inner and outer self and the constant turning of the natural world.

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Download ‘Find A Way’ from AprilFoolChild and Trigo Fare

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This week’s download comes from AprilFoolChild and Trigo Fare. You have seven days to download the song “Find A Way.”

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William Harper AprilFoolChild | photo credit: William Harper

From press release:

APRILFOOLCHILD and Trigo Fare first planted a seed in the soulful dance scene with “Hear Me”, a sparkling chune that teases you, then takes off with your heart. Now they are back at it again with a spirited collaboration on the deep house track “FIND A WAY”, an uplifting release reminiscent of NYC’s golden house era fused with Disclosure’s confident, hook-happy framework. This timely release, transmits the message that no matter what life gives you, you can find a way to overcome.

AprilFoolChild is a singer, songwriter and flautist from Philadelphia known for her feel-good melodies and playful nature as heard on her fan favorites “Mangos”, “Easy” and “Butterflies” produced by fellow Philadelphian, Cloud Atrium which included the bonus single produced by G-Sharp “Funny Thing” feat. Grammy awarded bassist MonoNeon.

Trigo (trig-o) Fare is a multi-instrumentalist production duo based in Los Angeles of Loslito and grammy-winning composer Caleb Speir from Estelle’s “American Boy”

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Download Common Saints’ psychedelic soul cut ‘Fastlane’

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This week’s download comes from the UK producer Common Saints and his new EP “Starchild.” You have seven days to download the song “Fastlane.”

Common Saints is the solo project of UK producer Charlie J Perry – inspired by 70s production and natural grooves, Common Saints fuses psychedelic soul & funk in a way that sounds like a lost hip hop sample.

From the press release:

Pairing Dreamy Falsetto Vocals On A Smooth, Languid Groove That Sounds Like An Undiscovered Hip Hop Sample, ‘Starchild’ Is The New EP By Common Saints.

This Will Fly Out The Door, Don’t Be The One To Miss It Once It’s Gone!

It Follow’s Last Year’s Underground Hit EP ‘Idol Eyes’, Which Saw Strong Support From DJs Across BBC 6 Music – Including Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Nemone, Stuart Maconie And Tom Ravenscroft – As Well As Amazing Radio, Bandcamp Weekly, KCRW, Radio X, Soho Radio And Worldwide FM. The Original 500 Vinyl Copies Of The EP Have Changed Hands For £75 On Discogs, While The Title Track Has Upwards Of Two Million Streams.

Having Produced For The Likes Of BTS, Jorja Smith And Maverick Sabre In His South London Studio; Common Saints Is Charlie J Perry’s Personal Project, Inspired By Warm ’70s Production, Crafted Arrangements And Natural Grooves. ‘Starchild’ Further Explores These Areas Through Fusions Of Psychedelic Soul & Funk And Balearic Tendencies, All Tended By Memorable Songwriting And Production Nous.

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Download the futuristic R&B song ‘Nerve’ from Rush Davis and Kingdom

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This week’s download comes from Rush Davis and Kingdom’s new album “Transmission.” You have seven days to download the song “Nerve.”

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From the press release:

American producer Kingdom and songwriter/producer Rush Davis are thrilled to announce Transmission, their new collaborative album out November 12th on TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records. Built around Kingdom’s ethereal architecture melding UK bass beats with 90s and 2000s R&B, Transmission embodies the heartfelt messages of community, commitment, and self-sovereignty through an emotional spectrum of personal and collective relationship stories from Davis. By bridging technical wisdom and experimental freedom, the duo birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry and amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound. This is championed in today’s new single, “Element.” The sound of “Element” points to the classic Kenny Dope house anthems often sampled in ballroom culture, Janet Jackson-inspired production, mixed with Kingdom’s complex syncopated rhythms, and a bit of melancholy and sex sprinkled in. This bedroom club anthem beckons an old hook-up back into the sheets to explore the curiosity of a never-ending sexual spark.

Davis and Kingdom have paved their respective lanes working behind the scenes for more than a decade. Kingdom is co-founder of the Fade to Mind label, an internationally touring DJ, and producer for Kelela, Syd, and SZA, to name a few. Davis has worked with a long list of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic heavyweights such as Duke Dumont, Dawn Richard, and Scarface. Yet the spirit of this album is rooted in something purely grassroots: Mustache Mondays, a legendary queer party in Los Angeles, co-founded by the late Nacho Nava. There, Kingdom and Davis’ worlds collided for the first time in 2013. At this party, Kingdom played his first DJ sets in Los Angeles, and Davis found a home that called queer performers, primarily people of color, to the center, developed, praised, and celebrated them.

Transmission is dedicated to Mustache Mondays, as the energy from those nights seeps into the records. Revelers found love and missed connections on the dancefloor and bonded with their chosen family. A creative expression ran free from voguing performances by the House of Xtravaganza, live performances from artists like Kelela, and a plethora of avant-garde DJ sets. This project chronicles the genuine devotion that keeps a community like this going through the ups, downs, and messiness of it all. It is no wonder Transmission found the
perfect launching pad for the album in Young Art Records, a label by electronic dance mainstay TOKiMONSTA, who is building a home for fresh recordings lightyears ahead of the present moment.

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Download Sundur’s trippy ‘To The Top’ (Remix feat. Keith Lawrence & Kicker Dixon)’

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This week’s download comes from duo Sundur. You have seven days to download “To The Top (Remix feat. Keith Lawrence & Kicker Dixon).”

Sundur | Courtesy photo

From the press release:

Picture a Portishead universe where Beth Gibbons stumbles from a dimly lit cave into a desolate post-future, aware yet meandering, where songs of closure and triumph resonate, where unclad vocals are anchored by textured samples, at times sullen but always effectual. Somewhere There’s Music is a record both from and for fraught times, the result of quarantine-induced reassessment and reawakening. In Icelandic, SUNDUR means “apart.”

This was a “Covid project” made with almost zero contact between two artists who were unaware of each other’s previous work, completed in a few months through scant communication after meeting (where else) online. Limited contact was deliberate, an experiment defined by a pandemic if not bolstered by it. Says DJ Platurn, on how the process unfolded: “SUNDUR didn’t necessarily start as one linear vision. The aim was to make mellow mood music but not necessarily of a specific genre. From the beginning, we had a mutual understanding of the importance of letting these songs come to life organically. By giving the music that space and time, and working on each song one layer at a time, it ended up morphing into something of its own entirely.” With decades in the field, this is a noticeable departure from his previous work.

Savannah Lancaster, whose emotive vocals have an underlying complexity, also has a penchant for illustrative lyrics that guide the music along. The singer/songwriter began taking voice lessons at age 7 and writing shortly thereafter. “I usually write lyrics first, then work through melodies and chords on the guitar to form the structure and backbone of the song,” says Savannah, who recorded her half of the album in the walk in closet of her home. “However, since Platurn was sending me his beats, the approach was the total opposite; this time, I was tasked with trying to figure out melodies and lyrics to fit within the music that was already laid out in front of me.”

Savannah (Filipina out of LA) and Platurn (The Bay, by way of Iceland) present Somewhere There’s Music, 12 tracks of woven melodies and scenic backdrops, not unlike the pantheon of greats who precede them—Thievery Corporation and Sault, nods to early Massive Attack, even touches of Air. Lots of layers both aesthetically and conceptually. You could easily see SUNDUR opening for the likes of Khruangbin or Phantogram.

An unlikely union during unlikely times, the two sum up their collaboration thusly: “Somewhere There’s Music is an ode to resilience. With hints of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and lounge throughout, the album is largely experimental. The lyrics are on themes of isolation, anger, grief, regret, and heartbreak; there’s a toughness with a sense of hope and upliftment. Ultimately, a reflective record that hits many of the emotions that humanity went through during the whole of 2020 and beyond.”

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Download Logic1000’s ‘What You Like’ featuring yunè pinku

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This week’s download comes from Logic1000 and her upcoming EP “In The Sweetness Of You.” You have seven days to download the song “What You Like” featuring yunè pinku.

Logic1000. | photo credit: Xiafou Wang

From the press release:

Logic1000, the alias of Berlin-based producer Samantha Poulter, today announces her new EP In The Sweetness Of You, out 12th November.

In The Sweetness Of You follows on from Poulter’s last EP, You’ve Got The Whole Night To Go, and the recent digital-only singles ‘Safe In My Arms’ and ‘YourLove’. 2021 has seen her on a rapid rise, with a cover feature from Mixmag, a Resident Advisor Podcast, a Radio 1 Essential Mix, a spot on NME 100 as well as rave reviews, widespread radio play across the board and being appointed Radio 1’s ‘Future Artist’ in May and featuring as part of their Big Weekend Festival.

Previously describing those two tracks as “house music for the morning,” In The Sweetness Of You continues Poulter’s genre-spanning journey of creating dance music that’s packed with warmth and nostalgia. But this time, she provides five tracks that can be consumed at any time of day or night.

‘What You Like’ glows with the voice of yunè pinku, an 18-year-old Malaysian/Irish producer who brings a mournful introspection to the track. Echoing classic dancefloor vocals, it’s the perfect showcase for Poulter’s knack of melodic song structures.

Speaking of ‘What You Like’, Poulter says: “Asha is such a talented artist with an incredible ear, I’m so proud of this tune and so glad to have worked with her.”

Speaking of the EP as a whole, Poulter says: “The last EP I made, You’ve Got The Whole Night To Go, was very much a club and festival EP that would have been – if not for lockdown – perfect for playing out. But while making this EP, there was the potential that the songs could actually be played out in clubs and festivals – and there are definitely moments on this release that could be played out. However, most of the tracks are more for listening in a quieter setting. This wasn’t a conscious decision by any means, it was simply the product of experimentation and growth.”

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Download Machinedrum’s ‘Only One,’ featuring Angelica Bess

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This week’s download comes from producer Machinedrum and his new EP “Psyconia.” You have seven days to download the song “Only One” featuring Angelica Bess.

Machinedrum | photo credit: Bethany Vargas

From the press release:

Machinedrum announces new six-track EP “Psyconia” on Ninja Tune and shares lead single ‘Only One’ featuring Angelica Bess

Machinedrum aka Travis Stewart reasserts his GOAT status with a brilliantly innovative EP effortlessly traversing tempos and musical styles as only he can. The follow-up to his universally acclaimed 2020 album “A View of U” and collaborations with A$AP Ferg and Shelley FKA DRAM, the six tracks that form “Psyconia” explore the spaces between broken beats, hip-hop, techno and drum & bass, and the results are smart, banging and branded with Stewart’s utterly inimitable sonic signature.

Lead single ‘Only One’ is a wonderful marriage of Machinedrum’s intricate breakbeat science and the innately soulful vocals of Angelica Bess. Upbeat, jazzy brilliance and a total earworm. Bess is a regular collaborator with Travis, she is based in New York and is also a member of the group Body Language.

The EP also features North Carolina rapper Deniro Farrar (Leader of CultureRap) whose confessional lyrics and gruff, rasping delivery have resulted in comparisons to legendary figures like 2Pac and Bun B (UGK), electronic ace Chrome Sparks and acclaimed producer/songwriter/visual artist from the contemporary indie rock space: Jorge Elbrecht (Japanese Breakfast, No Joy).

The title – “Psyconia” – is a play on words, combining “psychic” and “syconia” (which is the plural form of syconium). In botany, syconium is a fleshy hollow receptacle, containing numerous flowers which develop together into a multiple fruit, as in the fig. Fig trees historically represent creation and abundance in various religions and cultures. It is the fruit from the tree of enlightenment. It represents a new understanding and a new beginning.

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Download Valida’s futuristic, slow-burn cut ‘On Fire’

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This week’s download comes from DJ and producer Valida and her EP Mixed Signals. You have seven days to download the track “On Fire.”

Valida | photo credit: zoë sher 

From the press release:

There is a Bosnian saying, “Whatever and whomever you do on New Year’s Eve sets the stage for the following year.” On December 31st, 2019 BC (Before Covid) Bosnian born, LA-based Valida decided to stay in and play with her new music software sequencer Ableton. When she turned in at 4am, it was 2020, and the bones and beat structure to Do It Again, the first single off her Mixed Signals EP (Sept 21 via HRMNX/Create Music Group) were completed.

A freeform DJ who has helmed some of LA’s most beloved parties, a remixer, a KCRW radio host, and a live music event producer, it took a global pandemic for Valida to finally carve out some time for her creative project. For most of 2020 Valida was cocooned in her Venice home studio completing Mixed Signals, a genre-hopping EP with a resonant and universal throughline: the desire to connect, via cosmic gateways, steady grooves and filtered synth tapestries. Do It Again is a spacewave dream – complete with sci-fi soundbytes and visuals from a childhood nostalgia trip; On Fire is a daytime disco mood future classic; and title track Mixed Signals is an homage to Valida’s dusty house music roots.

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Download Jordan Rakei’s ‘Send My Love’

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This week’s download comes from Jordan Rakei and his fourth studio album “What We Call Life.” You have seven days to download the song “Send My Love.”

Jordan Rakei | photo credit: Joseph Bishop

From the press release:

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jordan Rakei is back with his fourth studio album, ‘What We Call Life’, released via Ninja Tune on 17th September.

‘What We Call Life’ is Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. Its lyrics concern the lessons that the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, and London-based artist learned about himself during therapy, a journey that began two years ago when he started reading about the ‘positive psychology’ movement. These themes manifest on songs like lead single “Family”, which Rakei says is “the most personal” he’s ever been with his lyrics. “I wanted to hit my vulnerability barrier and be really honest. It’s about my parents’ divorce in my mid-teens but still having love for them no matter what,” he explains.

With so many artists being influenced by his style, it would be very easy for Jordan to stay in the same musical lane; but, as in life, he is determined to move his music forward. Such introspective subjects are a departure from Rakei’s last album, 2019’s ‘Origin’. Raising big questions about the way that technology and social media interferes with our sense of humanity, ‘Origin’ received praise from The Observer, Mixmag, Complex, and GQ, earned an unexpected shout-out from Elton John, led to a collaboration with rap legend Common, and saw Rakei give a show-stopping performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

On ‘What We Call Life’ Rakei dives deeper into his sound world, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before. Rakei, already a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, was curious about the potential of using therapy for further self-discovery. During the process, he began to learn more about his behaviour patterns and anxieties, and addressed his long-standing irrational phobia of birds – a fear often associated with the unpredictable and the unknown, and something explored in the album’s creative direction and visuals. “As we worked through it, it made me realise I would love to talk about the different lessons I learned from therapy in my music: about my early childhood, my relationship with my parents and siblings, becoming independent in London, being in a new marriage, understanding how my marriage compares to the relationship my parents had”, Rakei says.

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Download Theon Cross’ jazz-banger ‘The Spiral’

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This week’s download comes from London jazz musician Theon Cross and his forthcoming solo album “Intra-I.” You have seven days to download the song “The Spiral” featuring Afronaut Zu & Ahnanse.

Theon Cross | photo credit: Ian Hippolyte

From the press release:

Theon Cross is at the forefront of the thriving London jazz scene, with the gifted musician and composer expanding the sonic possibilities of tuba playing. Today, Cross — a core member of Mercury Prize-nominated outfit Sons Of Kemet — announces his new solo album, Intra-I (meaning “Within Self”), due October 29th on New Soil / Marathon. Cross also shares his bass-heavy latest single “The Spiral” featuring Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, and the accompanying video. It follows his previous single, “We Go Again,” and both tracks are included on his forthcoming album.

“The Spiral” is inspired by the winding journey toward self-realisation, and the video visually depicts the journey into self through the movement of dance. Directed by creative duo Roisin O and Eden Tarn, the video stars Cross, vocalists Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, and also includes cameos from Moses Boyd, dancer Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, Nathaniel Cross, Neoma Cross and Laurie Fitzgerald–the artist who painted the artwork for the campaign. “It was important for me to feature a nod to the culture of the sound system,” notes Cross. “For me, this song and the album is all about showcasing a sound system powered by breath through the passageways of the tuba.”

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