Having trouble keeping up with new music? Same, same. So, we’re spending every Friday rounding up some of the sweetest new jams of the week. SPECIAL BELATED EDITION!
Angel Olsen, My Woman
We’ve featured Olsen in these roundups before; now the album she’s been releasing in pieces is out in full, and it doesn’t disappoint. My Woman is smart and sweet without being syrupy; a subtle exploration of, despite the title, the deep, sad feelings that haunt young folks set adrift. “Shut Up Kiss Me” is untouchable.
Röyksopp ft. Susanne Sundfør, “Never Ever”
Röyksopp is supposedly not releasing any more full albums, but that’s totally chill if the Norwegian duo keeps putting out fantastic electronic jams for the rest of their career. They’ve teamed up again with Sundfør, who provided the vocals to their smooth-as-silk jam “Running to the Sea” and also released her own thrilling collection of twisted love jams in Ten Love Songs. Basically, this is really good, the kind of music I wish was played at American clubs. (Or at all, but let’s not get into that.)
M.I.A. ft. Zayn, “Freedun”
M.I.A.’s “last” album A.I.M. is alright throughout, but “Freedun” is such a standout song. Zayn’s vocals go down perfectly after M.I.A.’s spiky delivery, and the overall vibe is just so soothing, unfortunate lyrics notwithstanding. Listening to this feels like going down a lazy river, letting sunlight and a cool breeze carry you someplace far from here, both in terms of time and space.
AlunaGeorge, I Remember
I can’t get over how good “Mean What I Mean” is, and the rest of AlunaGeorge’s latest is familiarly solid ground: dance music with good vibes, good intentions, and good execution. They’re another group that I wish got a little more love, and I Remember is them responding, “Yeah, we know.”
Sleigh Bells, “It’s Just Us Now”
Is it weird that I feel like this is what Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” wishes it sounded like? Sleigh Bells went full on emo genre, and the switch-ups are actually worth noticing. Anyway, I’m pumped for this band’s return; they never left the shadow of their debut behind, but it’s cool to hear how they’re evolving.
Sylvan Esso, “Radio”
Could I have imagined that the band of “Coffee” fame would put out something so effervescent and, well, digital? It was a delightful kind of surprise; can’t wait to hear what else they’ve got cooking.
Local Natives, Sunlit Youth
I wasn’t a huge Local Natives fan when their first album came out, but Sunlit Youth feels both heavier and deeper; it’s their same sunshine rock aesthetic, but filtered through darker, distorting glass. It has the feel of something that will grow on a listener, which is always a good sign.
Princess Nokia, 1992
I like Nokia’s latest (a metal-tinged track named “Anomaly”), but as this is a catch-up post, I’d be totally remiss to miss 1992. Some of the rap segments are too choppy for my taste, but damn if I don’t love this more than just about every other (male) rap offering out there. If she and Barf Troop ever linked up, I think I’d die. *puts “Tomboy” on repeat*