11 songs, 47 min, 8 min read time.
First deadline missed. Nevermind. It seems I’m coming back round to enjoying more music compared to previous months (just four tracks made it in the playlist last month!).
1) “Sudden Death” – Quelle Chris, Chris Keys
Masterpiece. A song better on each listen. I’m late to discovering Quelle Chris as he’s already had 15 albums, and one titled “Guns” from last year highlighted gun violence in the US which I will be checking out.
Single: “Sudden Death”
Label: Mello Music Group
2) “Show Me What You Got (feat. Jordan Rakei)” – Richard Spaven
One of the best drummers coming out of London according to various drum blogs on the internet. I hadn’t heard of Richard Spaven but interesting to see a drummer putting together an album with an impressive cast.
Album: “Real Time” (2018)
Label: Fine Line Records
3) “On The Lookout (feat. Raffaella)” – NEIL FRANCES
NEIL FRANCES must be working on something releasing a slew of good tracks throughout 2020, most recently this one. As mentioned in my Monday Music Discoveries 2, they have very cool Spotify canvas music videos and this one is no exception. Teaming up with New Yorker Raffaella, they bust some great moves in that little video.
4) “AUHEJA (Sudan Archives Recurrent)” – Martin Kohlstedt, Sudan Archives
When Sudan Archives is on form she’s very very good. This is Sudan Archives first remix; she chose the German composer’s piece and he was so happy that he threw himself a party and sprained his ankle. It is completely different from the original piano piece and is a song leaving you wanting more with its short length. I hope many more Sudan Archives remixes are on the way.
5) “Turn – Mythologen Remix” – I Break Horses
Using the original brilliant lyrics and keeping similar vibes but changing the sounds this remix is great. I Break Horses are a Swedish band made up of Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck, named after a Bill Callahan song. There seems to be not too much online about Mythologen except that they have an interesting looking 2019 album titled “Antisocial Background Music 2017-2019” and appears to know Maria from I Break Horses.
Single: “Turn (Mythologen Remix)” (2020)
Label: Bella Union
6) “No Tomorrow” – Camo & Krooked, Mefjus, Sophie Lindinger
This does have James Bond vibes, for a particularly intense scene or when the day comes that the franchise enters space. The James Bond reference has been confirmed by Camo & Krooked’s comment on the music video on YouTube. The orchestral music influence is great as well, off the back of their Red Bull Symphonic Orchestra album released earlier in the year; basically all of their standout tracks were performed by an orchestra in Vienna and it was a great concept. All artists from this track are from Austria and they all teamed up on the big track “Kallisto” previously.
Single: “No Tomorrow” (2020)
Label: Hospital Records
7) “Deleters – Palms Trax Remix” – Holy Fuck, Angus Andrew
A perfect example of where a remix can elevate an otherwise okay song into something very good. Palms Trax has gone from the English Riviera to working in a London record store to being an established producer and DJ based in Berlin with multiple residencies under his belt. A pretty good career trajectory.
Single: “Deleter Remixed” (2020)
Label: Holy EF Music
8) “Last of the Loving” – Coco
Anonymous band Coco are back again with another lovely hit. This is a delight and a beautiful follow up to their previous two tracks “One Time Villain” and “Empty Beach“. Rumours are swirling around on the internet that it could be Weyes Blood and someone else. What do you think?
Single: “Last of the Loving” (2020)
Label: Coco Time Music
9) “Human” – Turtle, Mariam The Believer
This is stellar. A few Friday’s back, I declared I had let this album pass me by. However, it is tracks like this that make me so happy to finally have found it. A driving beat, pumping bass and great lyrics make this a fantastic track.
Album: “Human” (2017)
Label: Beatnik Creative
10) “I Have a Love” – For Those I Love
I love the Irish accent on this track as well as the production. It feels rough around the edges in a good way and has some banter threaded in there. However, from research, I learnt that this song is a tribute to David Balfe’s best friend and former bandmate Paul Curran who passed away in 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for the debut album.
Single: “Have a Love” (2020)
Label: September Recordings Limited
11) “Debtors Skyline” – Pan Amsterdam, Mr. Shn
Terrific composition. The use of jazz instruments and electronic beats is brilliantly done. Pan Amsterdam providing his lyrical storytelling also adds another good element. Those keeping up to date will know I liked the album “HA Chu” a lot, which you can read about here, and also was a big fan of the track “Hannibal Lecture”, mentioned here.
Album: “HA Chu” (2020)
Label: Def Pressé