The days are long and the weather is sunny (at least some of the time) so you need some good tunes this August. Why not check out this mix of the newest sounds and classic tracks dominating our speakers this month to help soundtrack your summer.
Nica Libres at Dusk – Ben Howard
Opening his newest album Noonday Dream, Ben Howard’s Nica Libres at Dusk is a complex, beautiful and completely refreshing new sound from an artist who found his name as a guitar-based singer-songwriter. With elements reminiscent of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool and Alt-J’s This is All Yours the resulting sound is soul soothing. Listen to this track to have your perception of Ben Howard completely blown away and fall back in love with new music.
Abusey Junction – Kokoroko
Found on the We out Here compilation of London’s new Jazz scene this song, featuring previous Sounds of the Future star Oscar Jerome on guitar, is an inescapably cool tune. Seven minutes of this eight-piece ensemble exploring the sounds of Jazz in a style that feels confident yet relaxed. The unwavering talent of the musicians of this new scene is evident throughout this track and the long legacy of jazz is honoured in their sound.
Don’t let me down – Marcia Griffiths
Legendary Jamaican singer found her name among some of the most iconic names in music, performing alongside Bob Marley & The Wailers and being signed to the renowned Studio One label. In this track, found on her fantastic album Play Me Sweet and Nice, she uses her talent to rework the Beatles’ classic into a song of her own. This song captures the feeling of the summer, nostalgic in style but perfect for modern sunny days.
Dum Surfer – King Krule
From King Krule’s Mercury Nominated 2017 album The OOZ, this track is murky, woven with dark humour and strangely catchy. Building up from shadowy noise, the guitar and trumpet on this track compliment Marshall’s distinctly raw vocals to create a sound that is completely fascinating and new. Its no wonder the album is creating such a buzz.
Do you really – Oscar Jerome
Our enthusiasm about Oscar Jerome as a new star has not been hidden throughout this blog, and so a new single coming out in early July was more than welcomed. Despite having only released singles and EPs up to this point Jerome’s consistency is unparalleled, and his newest tune captures the funky, jazzy elements of his sound that make him such an exciting new artist.
The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arm) – Joni Mitchell & Herbie Hancock
A new discovery for us at REELculture this summer, this song sees the genius of both Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock meet. Mitchell’s profound and observant lyrics capture the human spirit in a way that has launched her into the title as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. This song is no exception, with her unique storytelling style being complimented by Hancock’s legendary sound to create an emotional and engaging track.
Taxi To Your Head – Boy Azooga
Boy Azooga are one of the most exciting new acts of 2018 and their album 1, 2, Kung Fu! which was released earlier this year has been dominating our speakers in its own right. This song, however, finds itself as one of the standout tracks with its combination of so many musical genres. The sound is woven with funky, electronic and indie melodies in a way that captures the excitement this band is capable of creating with their music.
Summer – Mogwai
Having been lucky enough to be blown away by Mogwai’s extremely loud and intense set at Latitude Festival earlier this summer the past few weeks have seen an obsession develop for Mogwai’s unique sound. This track, off their debut, perfectly displays their control of the balance between noise and silence and their talent in creating the perfect musical sound. For anyone who somehow managed to overlook this band in the past, check out this song for a taster of their pure musical talent. If you already hold Mogwai close to heart, listen to remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place.
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