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TF Picks: Fresh Music Releases You Can’t Miss (#14)

With so much new music coming out every day, 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!

Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions [Album]

The ambassador of Brit-pop, if there ever was one, ‘The Rocket Man’ a.k.a. Sir Elton John, paused his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ retirement tour during lockdown and instead of taking a brief respite, in the last 18 months worked on a stellar album with 16 collaborative songs appropriately named – ‘The Lockdown Sessions.’ The album drips with versatility, including various styles of music ranging from metal power ballads, retro-sounding disco throwbacks, and even some hip-hop. The man himself has featured with many artists on albums and singles in the past couple of years, and the featuring star power on his album is more than commendable – Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Gorillaz, Nicki Minaj and more… certainly a must-listen!

Frequency Time Space – Cloth Talk (Prod. By Zero Chill) [Single]

Embracing their real-life shenanigans and sitcom-like eccentricities, the young hip-hop crew with an extensive song-bank – Frequency Time Space – dropped the single ‘Cloth Talk’ produced by their in-house beat-making dynamo Zero Chill. The music video, initially narrated by Specter, sees their resident star-boy Tienas playing the role of an average everyday guy who discusses sales and trends with his friends on a casually boring Sunday until he realizes he’s got no ‘drip’, following which he is splashed with a bucket of water and pushed by his crew-mate Rayson4 7. The video also integrates the introduction of FTS’ new merch by Origin, promoted interestingly just before the action in the music video ensues. Again, these lads deliver great wordplay through well-written, entertaining lyrics, delivered adeptly, accompanied by a well-shot video by their resident videographer ShreyDidIt and KYABC.

Biffy Clyro – The Myth Of The Happily Ever After [Album]

Like someone (I don’t know who, maybe me!) said – “With age, comes maturity,” and Biffy Clyro back that up by releasing probably their most musically mature and cohesive album ‘The Myth Of The Happily Ever After’, named appropriately to suit this half-dystopian age we are going through. The album sees the band amalgamating a plethora of various elements of synth textures, some R&B nuances, and of course the urgent heaviness that we already know them for. Some songs to watch out for are ‘A Hunger in Your Haunt’, ‘Unknown Male 01’, ‘Denier’, ‘Errors in the History of God’, ‘Hara Urara’; although we recommend that you go through the whole album as the band has presented it to us!

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – The River Is Rising [Single]

Great to hear that the supergroup combination of Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators is up to some good yet again. They’ve dropped a single ‘The River Is Rising’ from their upcoming fourth album together called ‘4-‘. The album is being worked on by producer and Grammy-nominated songwriter of great acclaim in the country music circuit – Brent Cobb, who has written songs and collaborated with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, The Oak Ridge Boys and many more. ‘The River Is Rising’ is straight out of Slash, Myles and The Conspirators’ playbook combining melodic riffing, effect-heavy anthemic vocals, a pounding rhythm section and of course some inspired guitar noodling from the curly-haired classic rock guitar hero!

RAK – Kaalai [EP]

A debut 5-song EP from now Mumbai-based Tamil rapper RAK, is a deep-dive into the experiences of the Tamil community in Mumbai, a truthful account of the tough choices and circumstances that govern life in this land. This underrated rapper has some significant spitting skills as he runs poly-rhythmically through his self-produced beats like a knife through butter, displacing some fire lyrics like a boss! Through the EP, you can see the versatility of RAK’s listening in his beats and understand his grasp over his flow, a skill that he has honed for years. ‘Kolaru Pasanga’, ‘Tsunami’ are some slamming songs, but again, go with the flow of the EP, check out the songs in their prescribed order, RAK will leave you tapping your feet (in odd time signatures, maybe!) wanting more!

Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd – Moth To A Flame [Single]

The Weeknd tends to have an effect on the music he makes or collaborates in, making it sound like his trademark sound (Is it because of his voice? Or is it that red suit which he finally let go of!), to which Swedish House Mafia add their flavor as well bringing a throbbing rhythmic pulse to their combined piece of work – ‘Moth To A Flame’ – which hit 1 million views in about 9 hours or so, overnight. Indeed a song you will be hearing a lot more of in clubs and pubs soon, as life gradually resumes and we go out to events and gigs like moths to a flame!

Etherwood – Akasha [Single]

‘Soulful and inspiring’ has been Etherwood’s modus operandi since he started releasing music in 2012. This approach has been the reason behind Etherwood’s name being regularly cited as one of the top 10 Liquid Drum & Bass producers today. As part of his 5th studio album, the British producer has released ‘Akasha’, – a meticulously crafted song with long and melancholic piano rolls and crisp drum production with flickers of eastern elements. This will go down as one of the finest tunes Etherwood has ever produced.

Mandidextrous & Bish – ‘Techno On My Mind’ [Single]

Ever since the Drum & Bass aesthetic took birth, its biggest trait has been taking influences from genres around it and infusing them with the DNB sound. Over the years, we have seen Jungle, Techno, Jazz, and Hip-hop infused with Drum & Bass. Mandidextrous, who is the pioneer of the 190 BPM sound has now brought Jungletek into Drum & Bass with her latest release on RAM Records. Teaming up with Bristol-based producer, Bish, she has brought Jungletek, Jungle, Techno, and Drum & Bass into a single tune. Bonkers.

Arkham Sound – Nothing Left To Lose [Single]

Arkham Sound is steadily picking pace as one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in the sub frequencies world. Making his debut in 2020, Arkham Sound has released his music on labels like Sentry Records, Sub Audio, and FKOF. For his 4th EP of the year, the producer has made his debut on Bristol-based Foundation Audio for a high-tension 5-track EP called ‘Smoke’. Our pick from the EP is the wobbly repulsive mind-bender ‘Nothing Left To Lose’.

Sub:Liminal – Street Lights (feat. Bazil MC) [Single]

With releases on labels like Fokuz, Pilot, and Four Corners Music, Oradea based producer Sub:Liminal is one of the consistent Drum & Bass producers at the moment. Fresh off his vocal-led stunner on Pilot Records, the Sub:Liminal has returned with a gorgeous summertime tune with Bazil MC called ‘Street Lights’. Part of Liqüid Series ‘Endless Summer’ album, it also features tunes from Scatterbrain, Detour, SOLR and more.

Kumanope – Malmousque [Single]

Co-founder of D-Mood Records and Omakase Recordings, Kumanope is a producer and DJ based in Marseille who is dishing out his brand of soulful brand of UKG and Breakbeat music. For his latest release on Omakase Recordings, Kumanope has released the ‘Sum Sum’ to pay homage to Marseille, a city that has now become his home. ‘Malmousque’ is a summertime UKG aesthetic dyed tune that encapsulates the elusive mood of Marseille’s sunsets.

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

 

 

Featured Image Collage – Image credits –

Swedish House Mafia – Wikimedia Commons

The Weeknd – screenshot from ‘Moth To A Flame’ on YouTube

RAK – Azadi Records

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Gene Kirkland | Roadrunner Records Press

Biffy Clyro – Ash Roberts | Warner Records Press

Frequency Time Space – Anurag Sharma

Elton John – Elton John Instagram

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A touring Sound Engineer, Stage Manager, multi-genre Music Producer and Drummer with a passion for writing about music and tech and the drama surrounding it all!

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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