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TF Picks: Fresh Music Releases You Can’t Miss (#5)

With so much new music coming out everyday, we thought we’d help you pick up a few fresh music releases from the last week that you shouldn’t miss. We have compiled a list of music from various styles, genre no bar. Keep watching this space for your weekly dose of fresh music!

Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power [Album]

Produced by legendary band Nine Inch Nails’ vital members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Halsey’s latest release ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is a concept album that focuses on the positives and negatives of childbirth. This album has a very diverse sonic spectrum, and can be broadly classified as alternative rock, grunge-pop and pop-punk with industrial rock influences. Feminism is the comprehensive theme of the subject matter of the album, specifically highlighting institutionalised misogyny and patriarchy. With no featuring vocalists for the first time since her 2015 debut album ‘Badlands’, this one has Dave Grohl (Nirvana / Foo Fighters) banging the drums in ‘Honey’ and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) strumming guitars in ‘Darling’.

Hanumankind – DAMNSON (Prod. by Parimal Shais) [Single]

Kicking off an ominously sustained synth and some phat bass, producer Parimal Shais teaming up with Hanumankind always ensures a banger of a song. ‘DAMNSON’, with a music video directed by Bijoy Shetty and some great action-movie camera work by Rohan Johnson, has Hanumankind strobing out and driving around bouncing to the song, very reminiscent of some old school rap videos from the 90’s and early 2000’s. Well written lines like – “Everyone act like they’re okay, everyone know that they’re in sorrow. Everyone act composed today, everyone lose their minds tomorrow” – reflect some deep thinking. Behind the cool, partying exterior, which is the nature of most of his songs and videos, some inspection of his lyrics do reveal that Hanumankind is has some socially conscious as a writer.

YUNGBLUD – fleabag [Single]

A self-contemplative song about loneliness and trying to live up the expectations of people around him, YUNGBLUD speaks out in his latest single ‘fleabag’. Through the personal lyrics, he reminds everyone that even though the world may have an impression of what you should do or be, stick to your core beliefs and your own right to self-expression, because that’s what defines you as a person. A very early-2000’s pop-punk or pop-rock sound with a guitar solo slammed in the middle, this song is loud and anthemic, a sort of spiritual rebellion.

SOS x Ahmer – Srinagar Anthem (prod. By NDS) [Single]

Straight Outta Srinagar and Ahmer, along with Delhi producer NDS, through Azadi Records, bring a powerful and tongue-biting single – ‘Srinagar Anthem’. Through their fire verses and punchline-filled bars, they give us a picture of the struggles of the people of Kashmir and how they persist, survive and flourish under the darkest and toughest circumstances. Rappers Tufail, Aatanki and Ahmer deliver this honest and no-holds-barred song which captures the pride of artists in representing a city that personifies the heart of personal, political and cultural resistance.

complicated – Yashraj, Ramya Pothuri & Dropped Out [Single]

Young rapper Yashraj teams up producer Dropped Out to release ‘complicated’, along with the calm and soothing voice of singer-songwriter Ramya Pothuri. The core message of the song is that one doesn’t need to overthink and complicate problems that one deals with. Distancing oneself might not always be the solution for everyone, even if one feels like they are difficult to love. This lo-fi sounding beat with wise words from both Yashraj and Ramya Pothuri is the perfect soundtrack for positive contemplation and accepting that everything in life has a solution, as long as one can avoid overthinking and creating complications as a result.

Leprous – Aphelion [Album]

Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous releases their latest album ‘Aphelion’, which topically dabbles upon mental health, anxiety and depression, a continuation from their previous 2019 album ‘Pitfalls’. Elevating their song writing and still maintaining the trademark sound that they have grown into, their vocally harmonised “aahs” and great vocal performance from vocalist Einar Solberg just adds a new beautiful dynamic to every song. The detailed drum parts and heavy yet symphonic music make this album a great introduction for first-time listeners of the band. Technical and emotional, really the true definition of progressive music.

Fiesta Soundsystem – Acid Tool [Single]

With 4 EPs and a full-length album along with together with releases on Scuffed Records, Time Is Now Records and Mask Music, London-based producer Fiesta Soundsystem has been on a sensational run. For his latest exploits, the eclectic producer has brought his rhythmic and intricate Jungle and Drum & Bass to Of Paradise Records for a 4-track EP. Our pick from the ‘Not To Be ‘EP is percussion-heavy bass workout of ‘Acid Tool’ which is a culmination intricate sound structures and acid elements.

Skrillex, Justin Bieber & Don Toliver – Don’t Go [Single]

After delivering hits like ‘Where Are Ü Now’ and ‘Sorry’, Skrillex and Justin Bieber is a formula that has worked wonders in the past; and with their latest single with Don Toliver, their association has gotten sweeter. Fresh off their collaborations with Noisia and The Kid LAROI, ‘Don’t Go’ which is easily the biggest tune of this week is a vocal driven downtempo bubbler featuring Justin Beiber’s passionate vocals and Don Toliver’s feather-weight strains.

Bop – 2gether [Single]

 

When Bop makes music, we’re always certain that it will be beautiful. The Russian producer’s shapeshifting sounds have made him one of the finest producers in Drum & Bass, and the musical wizard has surprised us once again with his new single ‘2gether’. Part of his ‘Plexus’ EP he tune is a fluttery UK Garage number with a deep bassline in the background and sonically rich melodies in the foreground.

Aleksandir – I Used To Dream (Ikonika Remix) [Single]

Ikonika is a queen. Throughout her career, the London-based artist has had the extra-terrestrial ability to fuse Electro, Freestyle, House, Dubstep And Juke together and get it right every single time. This time on remix duties for Alexandir’s ‘I Used To Dream’ has blown us away once again with a remix featuring a combination of battering drums, crisp percussion accents, and bleep-streaks while keeping the aesthetics of the original intact.

Kush Jones – Rugrats [Single]

Kush Jones is a New York based Juke & Footwork producer who has been seamlessly blending Soul, Funk, Drum & Bass, and Jungle into his own brand of 160 BPM music. Taken from his latest 2-track EP, Kush Jones has combined Break and Jungle elements into a progressive sub-heavy tune with perfectly times distortions and slippery drums.

We’ll be back next week with more interesting recommendations for you to listen and / or groove to!

 

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