We’ve been more careful with previous weekend selections, but this episode is fueled by pure emotion. We’re throwing ourselves out into the world with abandon. We’re figuratively smashing glasses and climbing mountains. We’re using our tears for art. We’re maniacally dancing to all of these songs and intend to do so until Monday morning.
Read and listen on below.
London-based Kit Sebastian incorporates spoken word and European sensibilities to blend groovy jazz with peculiar psychedelia for his latest release, “Desiree”. Time to pull up your turtleneck collar and sip your sparkling beverage; this one’s a nostalgic-ridden classy soundscape.
For fans of: The Limiñanas, Eerie Wanda, Jacco Gardner
NEWMEN are Frankfurt’s fresh neo-wave indie favorite who just released the double track “ELECTRIC EEL / HUMANIN”. The single effortlessly, yet gracefully combines elements of kraut and disco for a ten+ minute sonic adventure.
For fans of: STRFKR, Cut Copy, Holy Ghost!
French act ESSS drop “Berlingot”, an electro-new wave banger with plenty of 80s synths, dark wave atmospheres and addictive rhythms. This single is the one to practice those experimental dance moves you’ve been hiding away. Break them out into the middle of street. We’re right there with you.
For fans of: Com Truise, Boards of Canada, Kavinsky
Haulm is a collaboration between vocalist/composer, JT Norton, and electronic producer, Reed Kackley. The duo create compelling and honest minimal compositions, carved out with their latest dance-able release “They Came Along”.
For fans of: the XX, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins
“Making a Fool” is the newest 80s-pop-soaked single from the Danish band Shy Shy Shy. The narrative of the song is one we can all relate to: “the aftermath of an embarrassingly unsuccessful first hand impression made on some one you have a crush on.”
For fans of: Pure Bathing Culture, Tennis, TOPS
Australian singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow shares her dramatic single, “Hunger”. Gostelow’s velvety vocals float over warm instrumental chords to produce a beautiful concoction of bluesy folk.
For fans of: Sharon Van Etten, Angus & Julia Stone, Laura Marling
Canadian singer,songwriter and filmmaker Orlon Gunner shares his 60’s-tinged “Your Love is a Gun”. This one reinvents our idea of sing-alongs around campfires and raises the bar for moody anthems.
For fans of: Phantom Planet, They Might Be Giants, Spoon
Cale Hawkins allows space for us to consume. This patient Brooklyn-based artist shares his latest, “Don’t Let My Ink Fade”, which is about the “impending feelings of impermanence, isolation, and longevity in the frenetically paced world of today.” Hawkins wrote, produced, engineered & performed this one in a small, windowless room.
For fans of: James Blake, Jamie Woon, Jai Paul
Absofacto is Michigan-born and an LA transplant who collaborated with Herizen to give us an “island-inspired swagger” called “Done With Love”. This emotionally-charged single is balanced with chill duets between the two artists, and we’re absolutely hooked.
For fans of: Trinix, Hot Chip, Passion Pit
Producer Wayfarer// hails from Melbourne and shares his final single “Love Again” from the EP Garden State.This glitchy, electro-pop collaboration features singer-songwriter and producer Shoffy and up-and-coming Australian rapper Charlie Threads.
For fans of: Reva DeVito, Jordan Rakei, Xavier Adams
Catalina are Jakob Shaw and Eric Poretsky. Their most recent single, “After All”, begins delicately, though evolves into a full-bodied alternative lullaby.
For fans of: the Radio Dept, Guster, Rhye
Brooklyn-based and folk-focused songwriter Shane Tully shares his daydream of a single, “I Would Not Be Wise”. Fluttering haze of instrumentals float over Tully’s calculated lines. “I would not be wise to improvise” makes this one memorable.
For fans of: Department of Eagles, Iron & Wine, Local Natives
Mysterious New York-Berlin trio Champyons share “Maria Luiza”, a classic rock arrangement reinvented through remote location collaboration. This fiery single inspires and is inspired by provocative visual artist and a fusion of memorable R’n’B, rock and electronic deities.
For fans of: LCD Soundsystem, alt-J, Metronomy