Midweek Music Discovery 7

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1) “Let It Go” – Peter Broderick

This is a truly beautiful track. Perfect for the lockdown and everything moving online. It was released on Peter Broderick’s “Blackberry” album on Erased Tapes Records Ltd. “Blackberry” is Peter Broderick’s first vocal album in five years, since 2015’s “Colours of the Night”. The entire album was recorded in Peter’s bedroom in London during the summer of 2019, hence Peter’s description of it as “Experimental-Bedroom-Folk-Pop”. Further fitting the theme of lockdown. How was he to know?

Album: “Blackberry” (2020)
Label: Erased Tapes Records

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2) “Miles” – Christelle Bofale

Christelle Bofale is an Austin, Texas-based songwriter with Congolese heritage. Looking out the window during English class, she observed how each car was using up the same miles, driving the same roads, yet the destination and lives of the drivers were all completely different. Bofale related to the aimless commuters as she was also on a journey, feeling pressured to map out her post-high school life at 17. Now that’s a smart way to write a song. Her 2019 EP was supposed to be one of the best of the year and this is a delight not too dissimilar to Lianne La Havas.

Single: “Miles” (2020)
Label: Father/Daughter Records

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3) “Highway” – St. Panther

St. Panther said of the song: “Highway is a song I wrote over a year ago about embodying the energy that comes with being an artist, how at times the most exciting part about it is operating from a place beyond your usual self… We’re operating beyond our means as artists – and sometimes we unearth an extremely exciting and new version of what we do. I see the road to that much like a highway.” A terrific tune.

Single: “Highway” (2020)
Label: Nice Life Recording Company and How So Records

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Mount Kimbie artist profile

For those that remember, I gushed over “Marilyn” by Mount Kimbie on my 2018 best of list as well as “Before I Move Off” on my 2019 one. I was late to the party on both occassions. Regardless, they are two of my favourite songs of recent memory. I am still adamant that I think I lived opposite them at uni but only realised when I got into their music after uni. This would have been while they were producing their brilliant “Love What Survives” album as it was 2015-17 while I lived there. Staring through my window pretending to do work, I would see two guys, one blonde, one darker haired working on something in their flat while standing and shuffling. If only I had known at the time…

Mount Kimbie are an English electronic music duo consisting of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, formed in 2008. At the end of 2010, their first album “Crooks & Lovers” was included in over thirty ‘Best of 2010’ lists, including NME, Mixmag, Resident Advisor and Pitchfork.

From here they went from strength to strength releasing a second great follow up album in 2013 “Cold Spring Fault Less Youth” where they begun a fruitful partnership with King Krule among others. Their masterpiece “Love What Survives” came in 2017. An amazing album with lots of replay value. Super production, great sounds and a fantastic cast of musicians joins them.

They are truly one of the bands that excites me the most, making me happy to hear their output. Despite now being based in LA and London and helping multiple artists produce their tracks while having a relatively popular NTS Radio stint they are still under the radar and I love that. They do it for themselves and no one else. They don’t care about a massive fandom or pleasing anyone and they are doing it just fine.

Recently they released a new track with Slowthai and, although it’s not one of their best, it shows their ability to team up and that they can try new things. The future will be better with more Mount Kimbie music.

Standout tracks: “Before I Move Off” (2010), “Made To Stray” (2013), “Marilyn” (2017)

Albums: “Crooks & Lovers” (2010), “Cold Spring Fault Less Youth” (2013), “Love What Survives” (2017), “DJ-Kicks (Mount Kimbie)” (2018)

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