Everything that surrounds Superorganism is expectation and mystery. They came out of nowhere at the beginning of the year to rock the blogosphere with their intoxicating pop hit Something for your M.I.N.D., introducing themselves as a collective formed by Orono, the 17 year old Maine-resident Japanese girl and her seven London friends. The track quickly disappeared from the net for copyright issues, but not before seducing Frank Ocean, who played it on his radio show. In the past few months they have come back with two more happy-go-lucky tracks that confirm that they are the craziest most refreshing bands of the year.
King Krule is Archy Marshall, who beat-sings poetry that tumbles up and down like a diary written in M.C. Escher-space, through a voice like a languorous boxing glove.
“Czech One,” Marshall’s first new song since 2013, is an appropriately named, tentative step back up to the mic and early morning toe-dip in the lake of his avant-lounge (or fauxotica-jazz, or absinthe-core).
Crawling with musicians and performers, it’s not surprising that Daniel Benjamin, aka proto-house synth-pop outfit Moon King, decided to set up shop there.
Born in chilly Toronto, he grew obsessed with the Motor City’s vibrant underground dance scene and moved there last year to collaborate with local artists. Out of this creative environment came ‘Hamtramck ’16’, his new disco-flecked EP that fuses The Bee Gees’ catchy melodies with Prince’s jazz-pop rhythms.
‘In & Out’, the first single from the record isa far cry from Moon King’s past output as a shoegaze dream-pop duo – instead morphing into a thumping nu-soul jam à la Sister Sledge and Chic.
East Londoners, Bad Nerves have served up a hefty slab of grimy and frenzied lo-fi punk that seem like the love child of the Ramones and the New York Dolls. “Radio Punk” has all the hallmarks of a power pop jam but with a distinctive garage-rock feel. It is a very decisive track for a band in their formative stages, combining brash vocals with jagged guitar and a simplistic but incredibly effective backbeat.
Dark Days + Canapés’ is Ghostpoet‘s most defining album to date. A stunning and stimulating return, ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is a record that captures the sense of unease felt by so many in recent times.
After receiving recognition for the beat-driven arrangements of his first two albums, third album ‘Shedding Skin’ initiated a more alt-rock sound that saw Ghostpoet Mercury nominated for a second time. New album ‘Dark Days + Canapés’, produced by Leo Abrahams, best known for his work with Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, delves even further into a fuller, guitar driven sound.
British artist Ahmed Gallab of Sudanese origins knows very well that in the beginning there was rhythm, something to which he applies with great dedication in his double life as Sinkane, a vibrant project of electronic music mixed with delectable funk, jazz, krautrock and Sudanese pop that caught the attention of DFA, the influential New York label captained by James Murphy that released his latest two records. Conceived as a true dialogue between cultures and traditions and with a sound that is furiously contemporary, “Life & Livin’ It”, is their new album.
The break that he took to embark on the project Invisible Foxx has come to an end and a more evocative Jeremy Jay with his ongoing fascination for cinema is now back. About to release a new album, the first in four years, that will mark his debut on El Segell, the American artist goes back to his passion for sythnpop and atmospheres of the 50s to continue a career which started in 2008 with “A Place Where We Could Go” and went on to make Jay a sort of retrofuturistic crooner with records like “Slow Dance” and “Dream Day”.