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Be Here Now: Smiths weekly music picks

November 9, 2018
The best new songs picks brought to you by the music editors – from the most innovating and interesting artists currently out there...

Honourable Mentions:

1. Gus Dapperton- ‘World Class Cinema’

An intriguing crossbreed of 90s new jack swing and 80s indie, Dapperton is looking for his ‘Rose Mcgowan’ in this fun throwback track.

Gus Dapperton – World Class Cinema

World Class Cinema by Gus Dapperton https://gusdapperton.lnk.to/worldclasscinemaYD Music video by Gus Dapperton performing World Class Cinema. Gus Dapperton …

2. Loyle Carner feat. Jordan Rakei-  ‘Ottolenghi’

One of the best British artists currently out there, and one of the nicest (see Chill Con Carner- his cooking school for children with ADHD), Loyle Carner returns with a laidback, meditative outlook reflecting on religion, redemption and the ability to move on with the help of voice-like-velvet jazz singer Jordan Rakei that beams with positivity and sincerity.

Loyle Carner – Ottolenghi (Official Video) Ft. Jordan Rakei

Directed by Oscar Hudson Produced by Jordan Rakei Listen to my new album Not Waving, But Drowning – https://LoyleCarner.lnk.to/NotWavingButDrowningID Listen …

3. Robyn- ‘Honey’

Dropping what may become the greatest pop album of 2018 this week, her first proper studio recording in eight years,  Robyn has eschewed the robotics and favoured a more subtle, emotional approach this time round. Honey is full of spacious, hypnotic grooves that reflect the quiet inbetween space between the music which fill dancefloors and comfort for the comedown. The centrepiece is the title track which brims with Prince-like lust and liberated sexuality where Robyn is in control- “No you’re not going to get what you need,/but you will get what you want”.

Robyn – Honey (Lyric Video)

‘Honey’ the new single available now : https://rbn.lnk.to/HONEYSINGLEYD Robyn’s album Honey is out now: https://rbn.lnk.to/HONEYALBUMYD Follow Robyn : https:…

4. Denzel Himself- ‘HIGHER’

As abrasive as it is soulful, Denzel Himself’s self produced ‘HIGHER’ is yet another example of why he is one of UK rap biggest rising stars. Pairing DIY visuals and punk attitude with a classic hip hop vibe, Denzel is creating thrilling experimental and exciting music with a genderfluid image that is giving a different face (those that do not necessarily confirm to masculine gender conformity) to the genre.

Denzel Himself – HIGHER [Official Video]

subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp67hca_PFp6pyHHMY49AlQ?sub_confirmation=1 stream/buy: https://denzelhimself.lnk.to/bethere-higher Dir: Denzel Hi…

5. Mariah Carey- ‘A No No’

Thank the lord, she’s back! Mariah, an artist whose influence can be felt from artists such as Ariana to Grimes, has ditched the reality shows and has come back to save us all. Her new track, produced by the ever busy Pharrell Williams, is a delightful kiss off to an ex that is as sassy and irreverent as we could expect from Mariah at this point. Who else could deliver lines like “Snakes in the grass/time to cut the lawn” and the result being a visceral anger towards whoever hurt our Mariah.

Mariah Carey – A No No (Audio)

“A No No” single available at Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ANoNo_spotify iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CautionMC/itunes Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CautionMC/az A…

6. Octavian-‘Lightning’

Bridging the gap between grime and the rave scene (reminiscent of some of grimes earliest beats such as ‘Pulse X) , this standout track from Octavian’s Spaceman- a record which blended murky menace with pure, uplifting optimism and tender emotion- is brilliant in it’s way of capturing that youthful my-friends-against-the-world mentality, a tribute to his ‘Essie Gang’.

Lightning

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Lightning · Octavian SPACEMAN ℗ 2018 Octavian under exclusive license to Black Butter Limited Released on: 20…

7. IDLES- ‘Great’

Powerful, glorious, righteous, humorous. Firing full amunication at Brexit and the far right nationalism that helped fuel the fire, IDLES deliver an intelligent and satirical three minutes blast of punk that brims with frustration, yet remains hopeful. John Lyndon was right- anger is an energy.

IDLES – GREAT (Official Video)

‘Great’ from ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ out now on Partisan Records. Listen/Purchase – https://IDLES.lnk.to/joy Stream/Purchase ‘Great’ – https://idles.l…

8. JMY, RMZ- ‘Nightcrawler Nirvana’

JMY, one of our very own, brings opaque, dark longing to this intimate tune with help from producer RMZ.

Nightcrawler Nirvana

Provided to YouTube by TuneCore Nightcrawler Nirvana · jmy · RMZ Would’ve Died for You, Pt. I ℗ 2018 jmy Released on: 2018-07-14 Auto-generated by YouTube.

9. Kali Uchis feat. Steve Lacy- ‘Just a Stranger’

Kali Uchis, who has also produced one of the best albums of the year with Isolation, subverts the gold digger archetype into something more empowering all together. A funky fuck-you to those “sitting in the bleachers” commenting on strong women taking control of their lives, with help from Steve Lacy and production from BROCKHAMPTON’s Romil.

Kali Uchis – Just A Stranger ft. Steve Lacy

Isolation out now: http://smarturl.it/IsolationKaliUchis Directed by BRTHR Creative Director Kali Uchis Produced by Strangelove Productions [LYRICS] Dollar b…

10. Vinyl Williams- ‘Millennial Ballroom’

Spaced out blissful psychedelic shoegazing indie funk, perfect for a day at the beach or any acid trip. Perfect for millennials.

Millennial Ballroom

Provided to YouTube by TuneCore Millennial Ballroom · Vinyl Williams Opal ℗ 2018 Requiem Pour Un Twister Released on: 2018-07-20 Auto-generated by YouTube.

11. Yaeji- ‘One More’

Things to be hopeful about in 2018: that music really is more diverse than ever. Take the success of Yaeji; a Korean-American artist who creates bilingual ambient house. Try and imagine a description like that in 2002. You can’t. And it’s brilliant, with ‘One More’ being a enjoyable collection of bleeps that would fill well amongst the roster of Warp records.

Yaeji – One More [Official Audio]

Yaeji – One More http://onemore.yaeji.nyc Subscribe to Yaeji’s YouTube channel for more – https://www.youtube.com/yaejiofficial Website: https://www.yaeji.ny…

12. Poppy Ajudha- ‘White Water’

Poppy Ajudha is a vital voice right now providing commentary on femininity, gender identity and now with ‘White Water’, race and the homogenisation of diverse culture in Western society, backed with light jazzy breakbeats that allows Ajudha voice to sink into the groove of the track.

White Water

Provided to YouTube by Awal Digital Ltd White Water · Poppy Ajudha · Poppy Ajudha White Water ℗ Poppy Ajudha Released on: 2018-10-19 Auto-generated by YouTube.

13. UGLY- ‘Redemption, On the Road to Damascus’

The up and coming Cambridge quartet, newly signed to indie darlings Sports Team label Homefront, return with an intriguing six minute track that conjures up images of a desolate wasteland of England, or what The Smiths would have sounded like if they had tried jazz, with an exhilarating coda that indicates 2019 might be a big year for the group.

Redemption, on the Road to Damascus [Audio]

Uploaded by Ugly Official on 2018-10-31.

Ah, that was a tune!

1. I.A- ‘Galang’

To celebrate the release of her brilliant new documentary- ‘Maya, M.I.A, Matangi’,  we look back to one of the greatest debuts singles of the 21st century, from an artist who has become whose innovative and daring has changed the way Western music perceives the so called “other”, presenting a more accurate depiction of Eastern culture, from the use of technology to breaking the limits of what an a female artist can say and do. The track, originally made for Elastica Justine Frischmann on Roland MC-505 and named after the titular slang, perfectly conveys time and place and feels , like a snapshot of London circa 2003, with the thick threat of terrorism and emerging islamophobia hanging over the capital.  So completely alien in sound yet so real in action.

M.I.A. – Galang

Subscribe: https://MIA.lnk.to/Subscribe Watch more: https://MIA.lnk.to/WatchMore Connect with M.I.A. Online: Follow M.I.A. on Instagram: https://MIA.lnk.to/I…

2. Sophie Ellis Bextor- ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’.

You haven’t experience nirvana until you see queer DJ’s Horse Meat Disco segue from Cher’s ‘Take Me Home’ to this amazing pop gem. Wasn’t it great being a noughties kid?

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Murder On The Dancefloor

Music video by Sophie Ellis-Bextor performing Murder On The Dancefloor. (C) 2001 Polydor Ltd. (UK) http://vevo.ly/SKuwqW

Never heard of it! 

1. Jamiroquai feat M-Beat- ‘Do You Know Where You Are Coming From?’

An unlikely collaboration between funkmasters Jamiroquai and jungle pioneer M-Beat, this track was largely ignored at the time of released and relegated to ‘bonus track’ position on Jamiroquai’s third album ‘Travelling Whilst Moving’ which is a shame as the pairing works very well; playing to both their strengths. A slice of sunny, Stevie Wonderesque D & B that features Jay Kay at his more existential.

M-Beat – Do You Know Where You’re Coming From? (Video) ft. Jamiroquai

Music video by M-Beat featuring Jamiroquai performing Do You Know Where You’re Coming From?. (c) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2. Destiny Child- ‘Free’

A very unknown album track from their last album, which received very mixed reviews at the time for being too MOR. ‘Free’ escapes the tag by being an uplifting, rosy ode to freedom with powerful gospel influenced harmonies. The equivalent of waking up happy on a bright Summer’s day.

Destiny’s Child – Free

Destiny’s Child – Free, Album: Destiny Fulfilled(2004), Columbia Records (SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT) Oh, oh, oh, oh Wait a minute, wait a minute I think I…

See Smiths Weekly Music Pics Spotify playlist to hear more of the songs we can’t stop listening to this week.

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Words, Will Craigie – @blondedboiiii