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Be Here Now: Smiths weekly music picks

22 January 2019
This year has already seen an abundance of fabulous new music. Only last Friday, seven albums were released! It's one thing to check out the new tunes, its another to recommend the best ones, but we've done our best...

Honourable Mentions:

1. Horse Meat Disco – ‘Let’s Go Dancing’

Starting off our list of bangers in 2019 is disco party-starter ‘Let’s Go Dancing’. This tune has qualities of a timeless classic such as Nile Rodgers-esque electric guitar riffs. The single even features epic vocalist Amy Douglas showing off her 5 octave range with ease. The Horse Meat Disco boys have really struck gold with their attention to detail; using an all original and live-recorded instrumentation which gives the track a feeling of a live band in the middle of the club. I can confirm this track will be at the top of my playlist for the foreseeable future.

Horse Meat Disco feat. Amy Douglas – ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ (7″ Version)

Download & Stream here: https://glitbx.lnk.to/GLITS027D2 The musical manifestation of the warm glow that can only come from hitting the town with your friend…

2. Noname – ‘Song 31’

The legendary independent rapper Noname has begun 2019 like a pro with this smooth, jazzy number. This tune isn’t just good because of the melody, the Chicago artist’s lyrics bring some much needed foresight to the beginning of the year. She poetically makes comment on our need to make money and it’s negative effects on our lives. “I sell pain for profit, not propaganda/ I know cancer’s origin linked to Santa/ I know Santa’s origins linked to money/ Mass production of cattle/ Slaughtering for the yummy” proceeds her description of the adverse effects this desperate ideal has on our emotions.

Song 31

Provided to YouTube by Stem Disintermedia Inc. Song 31 · Noname · Phoelix Song 31 ℗ 2019 Noname Released on: 2019-01-02 Auto-generated by YouTube.

3. Loyle Carner – ‘You Don’t Know’

Loyle Carner just releases hit after hit and this track is no exception. ‘You Don’t Know’ features Rebel Kleff’s boom-bap production and Kiko Bun’s afrobeat, carribean colours to the talented table. This track may be a winter release but as with all of Carner’s music it has that summer evening warmth, which brings some much needed optimism to these January blues. To top it all of, all three artists feature in the music video with a guest feature from dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

You Don’t Know

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group You Don’t Know · Loyle Carner · Rebel Kleff · Kiko Bun You Don’t Know ℗ An AMF / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗…

4. Karen O and Danger Mouse – ‘WOMAN’

WOMAN is the second collaborative single by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O and prolific producer Danger Mouse.  Shades of Phil Spector’s wall of sound are heard throughout in this nostalgic track. With a beat reminiscent of a pounding 1960’s rock track, Karen O’s signature screeching vocals provide a perfectly angsty tone to frame the empowering, feministic lyrics.  Turn this tune up loud and let the beat send you into a fever pitch swing.

Karen O and Danger Mouse – WOMAN

From the album Lux Prima – Out Now https://karenodangermouse.lnk.to/LuxPrima Co-directed by Warren Fu + Julian Gross Abstract textures designed and shot by D…

5. Alice Merton – ‘Learn To Live’

Our up and coming artist of the week is Alice Merton. The Florence and the Machine inspired singer/songwriter first found her success growing exponentially with the release of her instantly catchy debut single ‘No Roots’. ‘Learn To Live’ is the latest single from her debut album MINT which shows everyone she’s not a one-hit wonder. This track is the perfect pull for the album, giving us a little taster of enchanting, hook fuelled album. ‘Learn To Live’ focuses on the challenge of facing up to your fears, with the added bonus of a driving beat and thick concert hall backing vocals. This track is an undeniable hook to the rest of the album, a chart topper if ever there was one.

Alice Merton – Learn To Live (Official Video)

Subscribe ►► http://ytb.li/AliceMerton Stream/Download my album MINT+4 ►► http://smarturl.it/mint-plus-4 Follow Alice Merton ►► http://alicemerton.fty.li/soc…

6. James Blake – ‘Assume Form’

James Blake just released his fourth album Assume Form and I’ve got to say that the song of the same title is my favourite.  According to recent reports the swooning, glitchy track is really just a love letter from a hipster music boy to his much adored girl. It’s the first track on the album and the most similar to his third album The Colour in Anything. It’s a stunning, chilled out tune that strangely reminds me of Nick Cave & The Bad Seed’s ‘O Children’. The piano’s relationship with the sprinkling electronica brings a neo-romanticism element to the producer’s repertoire not seen before. It’s a must listen, no debate.

Assume Form

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Assume Form · James Blake Assume Form ℗ A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited Released on: 2019-01…

7. The Cranberries – ‘All Over Now’

‘All Over Now’ is a preview to The Cranberries forthcoming final album In The End. The single was released as a tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, one year after her unexpected death, aged 46. The track is one of many that had been demoed before the tragic event. The song opens with the haunting line: “Do you remember that night at a hotel in London?”. It’s a beautiful tribute to their much missed bandmate and friend, that equally stands on its own as a top track of the year so far. There is no doubt that the album will be of an equally high quality so keep an ear out for its release.

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8. Snarky Puppy – ‘Xavi’

Ahead of the release of their forthcoming album Immigrance, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy have shared the first single ‘Xavi’.  Opening with an undeniably groovy Latin inspired beat you can’t help but begin to move.  As the track rolls on it shapeshifts into a sprawling jazz-fusion masterclass, treating us to the awe-inspiring musicianship of the near 40 strong ensemble. Another tune to keep on hand as the sun begins to appear later in the year, we can’t help but feel warmer already with this track in our ears.

Snarky Puppy – Xavi (Official Audio)

The first single “Xavi” from Snarky Puppy’s new album, “Immigrance.” “Immigrance” is available now! Buy “Immigrance” here: http://radi.al/Immigrance Buy Digi…

9. Toro y Moi – ‘Fading’

‘Fading’ is my favourite new song from Toro y Moi’s latest album Outer Peace. It’s the perfect balance of deep baselines and bright synths. Furthermore, it’s not the only epic track on the album. If I could put it all on this list, I would. Despite being the band’s sixth studio album, it’s new and original and yet still totally Toro y Moi.

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9. Grandaddy – ‘Bison on the Plains’

Cult indie-rockers Grandaddy return with their first new material since their 2017 album Last Place.This track was published in November 2018 but I feel it was seriously under-appreciated so here is a reminder. Welcomed by spacey synths and ambivalent guitaring, this track is classic Grandaddy.  Frontman and main writer Jason Lytle’s soothing vocals create a lush tone you can’t help but get lost in.  While it won’t be the tune that starts the party, it will certainly be waiting with open arms for when you need to tune out the rest of the noise.  

Bison on the Plains

Provided to YouTube by Awal Digital Ltd Bison on the Plains · Grandaddy · Grandaddy Bison on the Plains ℗ 30th Century Records Released on: 2018-11-19 Auto-g…

10. The Chemical Brothers – ‘MAH’

Finally, on a rather different plane, we’ve got some high dose rave energy to prep you for the weekend. Check out electronic heroes second track from their ninth studio album No Geography. It definitely belongs in a club but the “I ain’t gonna take it no more” mantra of the tune could also just be an epic motivational alarm. Either way, it sets the bar high for the rest of the highly anticipated album.

The Chemical Brothers – MAH (Audio)

A Virgin EMI Records release; ℗ 2019 The Chemical Brothers, under exclusive license to Universal Music Operations Limited. MAH – Single by The Chemical Broth…

See Smiths Weekly Music Pics Spotify playlist to hear more of the songs we can’t stop listening to this week, hand picked by The Music Editors.


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Words, Briony Pickford – @brionyjemima