James Blake, Bloc Party, Disclosure, Ella Mai and more

So many artists, so little time. Every week we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music we’d call “indie” and talk about what metal comes out. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We are updating a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.

BITTER BRANCHES (DEADGUY, LIFETIME) – “PLASTIC TONGUES”

Tim Singer isn’t just busy with the ongoing Deadguy reunion, he’s also getting ready for the first album by his new band Bitter Branches, which also includes Dan Yemin (Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black), and members of Calvary, Lighten Up!, Go! For throat, curse and walleye. Third single “Plastic Tongues” is a loud post-hardcore rager and it’s no surprise that a band with this line-up do so well. Get the album in a limited edition of 100 copies red vinyl on white.

ELLA MAI – “DFMU”

It’s been almost four years since British R&B singer Ella Mai released her self-titled debut album (where her single “Boo’d Up” was released), and now she’s finally starting to prepare for her second album. According to NYLONit’s “still untitled and undated, but definitely done and behind the scenes,” but in the meantime, here’s new single “DFMU,” an instantly satisfying, neon-lit R&B song.

CARPENTER RAW – “IMAGINARY FIRE” (ft. GREG PUCIATO)

Synthwaver Carpenter Brut announced a new album, leather terrordue out April 1 via Universal, and lead single “Imaginary Fire” is a hard rock/heavy metal song that features guest lead vocals by former Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato.

SABA – “THE GUILT OF THE SURVIVOR” (ft. G HERBO)

Saba shared another song from her upcoming album few good thingsand this one features another Chicago rapper, G Herbo, and it’s one of the most impactful songs released from the album to date.

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY – FLIGHT. YELLOW. 1

British jazz/psych/electronic musician Emma-Jean Thackray has released one of the best jazz records of 2021 with Yellowand today she followed him with Flight more yellow. 1, a three-song single featuring live versions of three of the album’s songs. Like the studio versions, these are excellent.

THE MOORE FAMILY BAND – “TIRED OF BEING TIRED” (ft. DAN ANDRIANO)

The Moore Family Band, fronted by siblings Alyssa, Randy and Dylan Moore (the latter two of whom are also in Get Married), have released a new song, and this one features bass and backing vocals from Dan Andriano of the Alkaline Trio, whose new band The Bygones Dylan and Randy also play. It’s a super catchy indie pop punk ripper.

CAROLINE KINGSBURY – “STRAWBERRY LEAVES”

Caroline Kingsbury is back with this terrific new single that takes 80s pop into dreamier, fuzzier territory. “The song is a beautiful sonic world that I created to retreat to in these difficult times,” says Caroline. “I needed something repetitive and beautiful to get lost in.”

MESHUGGAH – “THE ABYSMAL EYE”

Swedish metal veterans (and reluctant djent pioneers) Meshuggah have announced their ninth album, Immutablewhich you can pre-order at limited orange and red opaque vinyl. Here is the first single “The Abysmal Eye”. Learn more here.

BLOC PARTY – “THE GIRLS FIGHT”

“There was no specific incident that inspired this song,” Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke says of their new single. “It was more of a mix of a lot of things I’ve seen over the years when I was in clubs and violence erupted with love rivals. I’ve always had a slight obsession with those kinds of moments. like a blown fuse, when actions turn from words to violence. You can learn a lot about who people really are in those moments. I think “The Girls Are Fight” is pretty self-explanatory – someone has sold dreams to someone they shouldn’t have and it’s caught up with them I just wanted to capture that moment of going from zero to ten in one night, in a sweaty nightclub I’m really satisfied of the arrangement of this track as it has that 1970s glam rock feel that meets Adam Ant feel I love what Louise is doing on the toms The video, directed by Cameron Ward, takes a very literal approach from the title of Bloc Party’s new album, Alpha Gamesout April 29.

QUAVO – “SHOOTERS INSIDE MY CRADLE”

Migos’ Quavo returns with a new solo single and it’s a piano-fueled song that finds the Atlanta trap star embracing R&B.

KEZNAMDI – “32 BARZ”

As the song title suggests, modern reggae great Keznamdi channels the spirit of hip hop freestyles with this tough, short new track.

DISCLOSURE x ZEDD – “YOU MUST LET GO IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE”

As they gear up for a tour, Disclosure have teamed up with EDM giant Zedd for a new song, and it’s the kind of hard-hitting house-pop they’ve been churning out for years.

JAMES BLAKE – “TAKE ME” (ft. LABRINTH)

Like Lana Del Rey and Tove LoJames Blake has a new song on the soundtrack of Euphoria season 2. It features Labrinth and it’s the kind of minimal, atmospheric R&B that James Blake helped pioneer a decade ago.

HUMAN PROBLEM – “CIRCLES”, “FIRST PLACE” & “THOUGHTS”

Human Issue is a hardcore group consisting of CrowJane, Hunter Martinez (Decent Criminal, Dwarves, Slaughterboys), Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, Teenagers) and other members of Decent Criminal, Western Settings, Corrupted Youth, and more, and their new EP Without a face. Nameless. is out February 28 via Rad Girlfriend Records. Three tracks are streaming now, and they’re all 80s-style hardcore rippers with just the right amount of melody.

NIGO – “ARYA” (ft. A$AP ROCKY)

Bape founder, producer/DJ and Teriyaki Boyz member Nigo releases his first solo album in about two decades, I know Nigo, on March 25 via Victor Victor/Republic. It will include this new song featuring A$AP Rocky, which sounds like a classic Rocky song from the early 2010s, and the album also features Tyler, The Creator, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Fam-Lay , Teriyaki Boyz, and more.

ARNY MARGRET – “AKUREYRI”

Icelandic singer-songwriter Arny Margret released his debut single in December and has just announced his debut EP, intertwined, which will be released on February 25 via One Little Independent Records. She also shared the second single, “akureyri,” another intimate and heartfelt track.

INVSN – “SLOW DISCO”

INVSN, the gothic synthpop project from Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén, is back with the haunting new single “Slow Disco”.

RIP ROOM – “TO REPEAT”

San Francisco’s Rip Room releases debut album Light up and ring May 27 via Spartan Records. It was recorded with Tim Green, who has worked with Nation of Ulysses, Melvins, Bikini Kill and Sebadoh, and if you like those bands, you might like the 90s post-hardcore of “Worth Repeating”.

COUSIN STIZZ – “LBS”

As mentioned, Cousin Stizz is releasing a new album titled Just for you This year. He now has a February 11 release date, and he just dropped new single “LBS,” a big left-of-the-dial rap song that finds Stizz spitting over shimmering synths.

HAJINO x DUNCECAP – “UNDER THE HOOD” (ft. FIELDED)

Hajino and Duncecap will release a collaborative album, Go climb a tree, on February 25 via Backwoodz Studios. Guests include Quelle Chris, Akai SOlo, ​​and more, and lead single “Under the Hood” harkens back to the early 2000s era of backpack rap with a hook from Fielded.

SSGKOBE – “NOT TO MISS”

Rising Louisiana rapper SSBKobe has released a new single, “Don’t Miss,” and it’s a syrupy, paranoid, self-tuning melodic rap song.

DENNIS BOVELL & THE DUB BAND – “CHIEF INSPECTOR”

Dennis Bovell is a legend, both with his own music (Blackbeard, Matumbi) and as a producer for everyone from Errol Campbell, Janet Kay, Delroy Wilson, to The Slits, The Pop Group and Orange Juice. The DuBMASTER: the essential anthology features some of his greatest songs/productions. “Chief Inspector” is a rare single from 1981 that has never been released on streaming services before.

ALICE GLASS – “LOVE IS VIOLENCE”

Alice Glass’ long-awaited new solo album PREY//IV had its release date pushed back; it is now due out in February. In the meantime, she’s shared another new single, “Love is Violence,” which you can read more about here.

WALTER MARTIN – “THE BEAR”

Former Walkmen/Jonathan Fire*Eater member Walter Martin will release a new solo album, the bear, which will be released on March 25 via Ile Flottante Music. “I don’t think I’ve had the nerve to be this honest, this autobiographical before,” Martin says. Here is the title song.

THE COOL KIDS – “IT’S YOURS, PT. 2”

The Cool Kids will release three albums this year, first a group album and then solo albums by each member. Learn more about the project and the first single “It’s Yours, Pt. 2” here.

RAVEENA – “SECRET” (ft. VINCE STAPLES)

R&B singer Raveena has announced a new album, Asha’s awakeningand you can read more about the first single “Secret” (ft. Vince Staples) here.

KILO KISH – “NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS AND MONEY” (ft. VINCE STAPLES)

It’s not the only song Vince has invited today. He’s also on Kilo Kish’s latest, which you can read here.

BENNY THE BUTCHER – “JOHNNY P’S CADDY” (ft. J. COLE, prod. THE ALCHEMIST)

Benny the butcher announced Tana talk 4, and the first single is produced by Alchemist, J. Cole with “Johnny P’s Caddy”. Learn more here.

CONFESSIONAL DASHBOARD – “BURNING HEART”

Dashboard Confessional’s eighth album, All the truth I can telldue out next month, and the latest single is another stripped down, deeply felt acoustic song reminiscent of the band’s early days.

GREYHAVEN – “AGENDA ANCHOR”

Greyhaven shows its heavy side on this chaotic/melodic metalcore rager, which you can read more about here. Their new LP is out in April via Equal Vision, and you can pre-order it on limited yellow vinyl.

STRANGE HANDS – “MEMORY OF SEPARATION”

More good metalcore: Foreign Hands (whose vocalist Tyler Norris is also current Wristmeetrazor guitarist) has announced a new EP for DAZE which was recorded by former Weekend Nachos member Andy Nelson and includes songwriting contributions from ‘Isaac Hale from Knocked Loose. Read more about the killer lead single here.

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Joseph K. Bennett