Editor’s Pick of the Week – May 25, 2018
Danish Chaudhary · May 29, 2018 · 2 Minute Read
Every Friday, hundreds of new songs reach the world’s ears for the first time. Our editors hand-pick the very best and update this playlist weekly.
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This week, we received full-length albums from Sweatson Klank, Little Boys Blue, Lycoriscoris, Joshua Redman, Lunatic Soul, Numb.er, Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra, Gregory Ackerman and Ruler.
Some notable singles were released by Three Drives on a Vinyl, Elderbrook, Vicktor Taiwò, Jamie Isaac and The Trp, while we also received crisp EPs by Sudan Archives, Leon Vynehall, Hatchie, Kyan, Terrence Spectacle and Snny.
Below, we dive into a track-by-track review of the tunes that stood out.
Jamie Isaac is a young producer and songwriter from Southeast London known for his collabs with King Krule, Denzel Curry, and Rejjie Snow. He operates in the space between jazz, soul, R&B, electronica and hip-hop. This is the title track from his second album (a collection of songs that combine bossa nova with ’70s analog synths and the polymorphous vibrations of London’s jazz scene). It’s the point at which the record veers into disorienting new-wave delirium.
Kyan is set to release his first new music in two years with ‘Nothing Beyond,’ a 10-track visual album. Characterized by raw vocals and cinematic production, Kyan blends alt-soul, indie electronic beats, and classic lyric-driven compositions to create a soundscape that he describes as Dark Soul.
Producer Darren Cunningham, aka Actress, is joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra once again to premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark, brooding electronica. In this collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra brings a new dimension to Cunningham’s choice of sounds.
The producer in effect uses the musicians as a new instrument, creating a kind of heightened chamber music that matches his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments. This is probably one of the most forward-thinking electronic music projects of our time.
The rising modern indie artist continues to impress with this new EP. Matching the creative genius of her last release, Sink is a floating wave of R&B and Electronica.
Los Angeles producer Sweatson Klank builds his productions as if they were films, developing a story from start to finish, and sending listeners on a sonic adventure of ferocity and unique texture. ‘Fine Lines’ sits in a space occupied by hip-hop, future R&B, and house, but transcends any single genre, managing to walk a tightrope between heartache and swagger.