Wellington outfit Groeni released their third EP at the beginning of this month entitled Hinde, a melancholic and delicate work of beat inspired dark electronic music influenced by multiple dance genres. The project, led by Alexander Green was until earlier in the year a solo one and indeed the debut self titled EP released in 2012 was a much more downtempo affair with Hinde’s current trajectory first beginning to appear on their second EP, Hewn, released earlier this year on Berlin techno collective label Project Mooncircle. With Green being joined by Mike Isaacs and James Paul, Hinde represents the beginning of something larger for Groeni, both lyrically (delivered as always by Green’s powerful falsetto vocals) and musically. Watch the Joel Fear directed video for lead track ‘Hedre’ below.
Orlando outfit Saskatchewan take the number one position this week with their emotive dose of pop sugar, ‘Delusive’ as the second single, the sublime ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’ from Brooklyn quartet Small Black smashes the chart to settle at number 5 on debut.
Small Black is joined by a further four new entries led by two Australian acts, both of whom we featured this week. Sydney trio FERN settle in at 23 with ‘It Comes Slow’ while Oakland based Hazel English sits a spot behind with ‘Fix’.
They are accompanied by Sandviken dream pop quintet YAST, who we featured earlier this year when they dropped what turned out to be the first single from their recently released second album, My Dreams Did Finally Come True out now on Adrian Recordings. The second single to be taken from it is the propulsive and shimmering ‘Together Forever’ and that enters at 25. You can grab a copy of the album HERE
The last entry is the astrally far flung, yet measured and compact first single from Corinth duo Ocean Hope, ‘By Your Side’. It comes from their debut EP set for November 13, Chamber Dreams. That’s at 26. Pre-order your copy of the four song EP on cassette or digitally here.
You can immediately listen to the YAST and Ocean Hope tracks below. 'Together Forever' is a free download so ensure you make it yours. All chart details are HERE and all tracks are playing from the Top 30 player in order of newest entry to oldest.
25. Together Forever
From the album, 'My Dreams Did Finally Come True', Adrian Recordings.
Oakland based Australian artist Hazel English has just dropped her latest single, the gorgeous piece of heartfelt nostalgic pop that is ‘Fix’. It follows on from her previous two excellent singles from earlier in the year, ‘Never Going Home’ and ‘It’s Not Real’. For your listening pleasure, we’ve assembled all three below.
Earlier this month Sydney trio FERN released their impressive debut single, the metronomic yet atmospherically endearing, ‘It Comes Slow’. The title is a perfect way to describe how the track slowly envelops you during its four and a half minute timespan. Grab it as a free download below.
Our current album of the week comes from the intellectually and musically salient Ought in the form of the outstanding Sun Coming Down. The fact that it equals if not betters their brilliant debut from last year More Than Any Other Day speaks volumes for just how good this young band are. Angst ridden but never overwrought with anger, brutally honest without overtly offending, the Tim Beeler/Darcy led outfit wear their influences but on an unpredictable sleeve. The frenetic pace of Sun Coming Down perfectly matches the largely unconscious exhaustion of modern life. With the acerbic and witty first single, ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ spending an number of weeks at number one, the release of the record late last week gifted us the brand new video for the almost title track, 'Sun's Coming Down' and the perfect excuse to rave about one of the best young bands going around. We've included that and album opener, 'Men For Miles' below. Sun Coming Down is out now through Constellation.
Joanna Newsom’s urgent and affecting new single, ‘Leaving The City’ is our highest debut this week at 12. The track comes from her forthcoming double album, Divers, set for release on October 23. The Radio Dept. are right behind at 13 with their new single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’, which we featured on Tuesday.
Montreal quartet TOPS have released a new single, ‘Anything’, a deliberate, emotional slow burner driven by the best vocal performance Jane Penny has ever delivered. That debuts at 14.
It’s a case of first single out second single in for Deerhunter this week as the funk filled ‘Snakeskin’ is replaced by the lush jangly pop of ‘Breaker’. It’s at 21. The TOPS and Deerhunter tracks sport excellent videos too. Alongside the new Joanna newsom track, they can be viewed below.
Gold Class ascend the number one position with the insanely catchy, ‘My Life As A Gun’ while Kelela moves into the Top 5 at 4 with ‘Rewind’.
All details for every track including artist pages and album release details can be found HERE while every track is playing from newest entry down in the Top 30 player.
12. Leaving The City
Joanna Newsom (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Divers', Drag City. Out October 23.
The Radio Dept. just keep the surprises coming, following up their electronic dance laden recent EP, Occupied, by going back to their roots with their latest single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’. It’s very much in the vain of their first two records and more indeed reminiscent of the music on their first, Lesser Matters. The uncompromising title and its lyrical content come as no surprise though as the trio once again rail against the world’s biggest issues alongside the degradation of the environment (although both go hand in hand) - social, economic, political and gender inequality. An issue recently illustrated by the disgusting treatment of the Greek people by the European elite - the lyrics were posted on their FB page recently. Read and listen below.
This Repeated Sodomy
The Radio Dept. (SWE)
From the single, 'This Repeated Sodomy', Labrador.
Toronto artist and producer Maya Postepski is set to deliver her second full length record, Progress, under her Princess Century moniker. It follows hot on the heels of her Lossy EP from earlier this year, which featured the 20 plus minute monster track, ‘Discoset’. Progress is a synth driven work of contrast from start to finish and is packed with multifarious elements that take the listener to subterranean depths and celestial heights almost simultaneously. Postepski is clearly fascinated with repetitive rhythms and motorik driven psychedelia and seems determined to gift the listener the opportunity to accompany her on a trip of musical simultaneity. It almost seems misleading to post the track most unlike the rest of the record but ‘Sunscreen’ is as much an example of Princess Century’s electronic experimentation as it is her pop accessibility. It's accompanied by its video below. Progress is out October 15 on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order it on vinyl here.
1. Bros vs UFOs
3. Tokyo Hands
5. Sunrise 101/Last Disco
8. Fata Morgana
Princess Century (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Progress', Paper Bag. Out on Oct 15.
This week sees the addition of five new tracks led off by Brooklyn art pop/rock outfit SOFTSPOT with their new single, the gorgeously crafted ’Abalone’. It builds nicely on their last record, the 2014 album of the week listed Mass. It enters at 24 and is actually the first of three Brooklyn based entries - more below. Day Wave joins the party one spot back at 25 with ‘Come Home Now' while Swedish electronic trio DNKL return after dropping two amazing tracks in the same aforementioned year with their new single ‘Otherside’. It’s in at 27.
Returning to Brooklyn, the unassuming pop project of John Jagos, Brothertiger has just released a new single, the pop infused ‘Out Of Touch’ and it enters at 28 while DIIV are set to return with a new full length record, Is The Is Are and the first single doesn’t drift far from their staple sound and approach. ‘Dopamine’ debuts at 29.
All track details can be found here while all tracks as always are streaming in the Top 30 player.
The urgent yet dreamy ’Back At Belles’ is the third single to drop from Brooklyn quartet Small Black’s new record, Best Blues, set for release October 16. Put together with the eminently danceable retro funk of first single, ‘Boys Life’ which is still in our Top 30 and the ethereal bass driven second single, ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’, on the whole the three tracks suggest the record is probably the most varied affair the Josh Kolenik led band have released. Listen to the second and third single below and catch them on tour in North America throughout October and November. Pre-order Best Blues here.
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle's
7. Between Leos
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century
No One Wants It To Happen To You
Small Black (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Best Blues', Jagjaguwar. Out October 16.
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