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TF Picks: Fresh Music Releases You Can’t Miss (#7)

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!

Cory Wong & Dirty Loops – Turbo [Album]

From Vulfpeck fame, the Minnesota-based Grammy-nominated guitarist, bassist, songwriter and producer Cory Wong teamed up with Swedish band Dirty Loops to release a collaborative mini album called ‘Turbo’. Wong, just like most of us, saw Dirty Loops’ viral videos of their intelligently arranged covers of hit pop songs like Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’. The album is true representation of what Cory Wong and Dirty Loops are capable of – funky, jazzy, intricate yet enjoyable instrumentation that’ll keep your foot tapping and at times even your head banging.

Cryosis – Broken [Single]

Unconventional Indian electro-pop / alternative act Cryosis released a new single ‘Broken’, with some serious introspective lyrics. With her soothing vocal timbre, vocalist Aakanksha Hejmadi speaks about how one presents a façade of everything being okay and portray a look that doesn’t really reflect how broken they are. Swelling synths, chunky bass and a break-y drum beat really suit the vibe of the lyrics and theme of the songwriting, maintaining their own unique sound. The band has got more than a million views from their previous singles – ‘Breathe’, ‘Stay’, ‘Poison’, ‘You Make Me’, and have garnered a good number of fans through airplay on VH1 India. Again, this single ‘Broken’ is accompanied by a very well-directed and edited vintage-looking music video by the band’s producer-songwriter Siddhant Mishra (The Oz Studios).

Little Simz – Point And Kill ft. Obongjayar [From the album – ‘Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert’]

Nigerian-Bitish rapper, singer and actress Little Simz released her fourth studio album ‘Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert’ earlier this month. A real standout groovy slow-funk song with a classic 70’s-like music video, ‘Point and Kill’ features Obongjayar, known for his unique voice and versatility in the Brit music scene. The video is shot in Nigeria in a rural countryside setting which moves into a local disco pub, themed like movie from the yesteryears. In passing, some unique characters appear like the oiled weight-lifting macho men and the church-going aunties. Towards the end, it progresses into a dark and heavy percussive section, which is actually the initial part of the next song ‘Fear No Man’ on the album, which shows Little Simz holding up a machete at some police officers who are pointing guns at Obongjayar and herself. A must-watch!

Seedhe Maut – न [Mixtape]

Groundbreaking Delhi hip-hop / rap duo Seedhe Maut dropped a mixtape ‘न’ with Azadi Records, which includes some previously released singles like ‘Namastute’, ‘Naamcheen’, ‘No Enema’ (with Foreign Beggars and Sez On The Beat), ‘Nanchaku’ (with MC STAN), and a bunch of newer material as well. They’ve always been incorporating pop culture and politics in their lyrics. Working on a full length with Sez On The Beat and Ritwiz at the moment, ‘न’ is a more relaxed and casual look at the creative and personal relationship that Calm and Encore ABJ enjoy. Some of the notable new songs on the mixtape are ‘Natkhat’ – which really displays the variable rhythmic flow that both MC’s are capable of individually (special mention to Anurag Sharma for a well-directed and shot music video), and ‘Nadaan’ – which is completely a new sound for the duo, slightly laid back and more mellow than what their standard sonic signature.

Papa Roach – Kill The Noise [Single]

Following their previous release ‘Swerve’ (with Jason Aalon of FEVER 333 and Sueco), American metal band Papa Roach dropped the single ‘Kill The Noise’. More sonically relative to the band’s more familiar riff-heavy sound combined with emotional lyrics, the song’s anthem-like catchy hook progresses into an intense breakdown, with vocalist Jacoby Shaddix screaming “SHUT UP!!” With a focus on writing songs that target helping people overcome mental struggles and anxieties, the music video, directed by the vocalist’s brother Brsyon Roatch, signifies escaping the bounds of one’s own mind and letting go of all the static for a moment of peace, which is symbolised by Shaddix just exhaling deeply at the very end. ‘Kill The Noise’ is produced by WZRD BLD (A Day To Remember, Bullet For My Valentine, Lil Wayne) and Andrew Goldstein (All Time Low, Blackbear, Linkin Park, Maroon 5) and is expected to be on the track list of the band’s upcoming 11th studio album, expected in 2022.

Biffy Clyro – Unknown Male 01 [Single]

Scottish 3-piece powerhouse Biffy Clyro released ‘Unknown Male 01’ as a single, announcing the release of their upcoming album ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ on October 22nd, 2021. This 9th studio album is a reaction to the band’s 2020 album ‘A Celebration of Endings’. Front-man Simon Neil said to NME, “This album is a real journey, a collision of every thought and emotion we’ve had over the past eighteen months.” This single is themed around the feeling of questioning everything about one’s own life after losing loved ones unexpectedly in these tough times for humanity. It’s impossible not to have dark thoughts. He adds, “It’s still a fairly positive outlook with a shit ton of bone marrow nihilism going down inside of it.”

Dark Circle Factory – Lunar ft. Neumann Pinto & Krishna Pradhan [Single]

Predominantly having a D&B rooted sound in most previous music releases, Dark Circle Factory, the moniker of high-profile session drummer Lindsay D’mello released ‘Lunar’, which combines a rock/pop ballad-oriented sound with some cameo D&B parts and tasteful drum syncopations in breaks every now and then. The song features singer Neuman Pinto laying down smooth harmonised vocal melodies reminiscent of classic bands the like of Toto, for example. Also, featuring is guitarist Krishna Pradhan who has played for major Indian artists such as Pritam, Richa Sharma and Farhan Akhtar’s live acts.

Disector – Crossroads [Single]

Whether it is the Acid-fused lands of Fr4ctal or the modular pastures of Disector, Chinmay Parashar is at a point in his career where he cannot go wrong. With 3 flawless albums, and 2 EPs in 2021, he is one of the finest talents emerging out of India. His latest tune on his Rusted Sound imprint is a full-blast package of intricate sound design and avant-garde melodies that “Crosses Roads” with the fluttering synths that are welded with a water-tight bass-line and crisp drum work.

Alix Perez – Trinity (Skeptical Remix)

Drum & Bass extraordinaire Alix Perez started ‘1985 Music’ with a plan and he has executed it to perfection. Starting in 2016, the Belgian extraordinaire has promoted artists in and between the Bass music space and successfully carved his sound which is a mix of gloomy Liquid Drum & Bass and low-end tech-y numbers. Skeptical, the phenomenon who was a part of the label’s debut release is back with a thumping remix for Alix Perez’s bass roller, ‘Trinity’. Keeping the compact bass grooves of the original intact, Skeptical has flipped it into a perfect mid-set banger.

Lake Haze – Dog Walking In The Park (Mr. Sosa Remix)

Hailing from Lisbon, Gonçalo Salgado aka Lake Haze is one of the hottest producers emerging out of mainland Europe’s plethora of up-and-coming talent for his unique take on UK Garage. ‘Dog Walking In The Park’ which is the producer’s better known tunes has received a sensational Breakbeat flip courtesy British producer Mr. Sosa who has rekindled the original with crispy rhythms and charming chords that flicker over a gorgeous bass-line.

Ayesha – Dark Matter [Single]

Brooklyn-based DJ and producer, Ayesha is slowly becoming synonymous with the mechanical side of Breaks and Bass music and her latest EP on Scuffed Recordings is the perfect example of the producer bringing her signature ruff-neck production techniques to full force. Our pick from the ‘Potential Energy’ EP is ‘Dark Matter’, a hypnotic bass workout which first made an appearance in Yung Singh’s legendary Boiler Room set.

Stray Beast & MANT – RVR [Single]

Emerging in the UK Underground scene in late 2017, Stray Beast is steadily taking his brand of House and Techno to the world. After a series of releases on Subsoul Records, Stray Beast has marked his first release on Higher Ground Recordings with a scintillating 3-track EP. ‘RVR’ featuring London based House duo, MANT is a vintage peak-time roller with acid heavy stabs and percussions that are tucked underneath an old-school breakbeat bass-line.

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

 

Seedhe Maut - Collage image - Photo Credit – Mayank Mudaname

Dark Circle Factory - Collage Image - Photo Credit - Aparna Dauria
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Drum & Bass head with a tinge of hip shake for Disco. A DJ when I am not glued to my screen!

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