TF Picks: Fresh Music Releases You Can’t Miss (#19)

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!

Jack White – Taking Me Back [Single]

Noisy and gritty as ever from the eccentric Jack White, his first release since 2018, ‘Taking Me Back’ is a song off his upcoming album ‘Fear of the Dawn’, which is slated for release on 8th April, 2022. He has really created his own brand of bluesy rock which combines the best of fuzzy distorted guitars and gnawing synths with hard pounding drum groove and haunting dissonance iced in a warm vintage sound. A real sonic treat indeed. The accompanying artsy music video is very science fiction, but couples extremely well with the raw sound of the song and his new suave look.

Franz Ferdinand – Billy Goodbye [Single]

Coming back with a new single ‘Billy Goodbye’, announcing their upcoming ‘best of’ collection ‘Hits To The Head’, Franz Ferdinand do what they do best – foot-tapping, hip-shaking pulse and a smooth laid back yet catchy chorus. The Scottish indie veterans have paired up with producer Stuart Price who’s worked with the likes of Dua Lipa, Madonna and Pet Shop Boys. This new single features their new drummer Audrey Tate, who has also played on their next single ‘Curious’, which is part of ‘Hits To The Head’, releasing in March 2022.

Tony Iommi & Sergio Momo – Scent of Dark [Single]

As can be expected from the Godfather of power-chords, ‘Scent of Dark’ begins with an ominously dark intro and proceeds to come in with a gloriously big cinematic entry. Known for his dark riffs in Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi keeps that sonic signature alive in depths of this song as well. Old dogs can learn new ways and Tony Iommi has adapted his dark note selection over a dramatic classical sounding heavy rhythm and riff section going on in the background. He combines forces with Sergio Momo of Xerjoff fragrances, launching a line of perfumes.

Dino James – Bin Bulaye (Prod. By Bluish Music) [Single]

Playing on the way brands have started integrating music as advertisement content, Dino James spits fire and holds nothing back in his new single ‘Bin Bulaye’, produced by Bluish Music. Through the lyrics, he brings out the apathy of how an art form is being abused by this capitalist world and how hip-hop is wrongly perceived as being all about the money and merchandise around it, completely forgetting about the main part of this style of music – the lyrics. He calls out the superficiality behind the branded content and corporately sponsored “content” which is being produced recently and being branded as hip-hop music. A must-listen!

SION – SION [Album]

BLISTERING!! That’s a one-word description of the self-titled album by SION – a collaborative effort between metal-core legend Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage) and popular metal YouTuber and music producer Jared Dines. Just like the various metal musical inclinations seen in Dines’ videos, he combines all of it into SION’s songs seamlessly well, creating a head-banging wall-breaking and in some parts anthemic, this wall of sound, layered with some jaws-to-the-floor guitar solos and slow breakdowns as well. ‘The Blade’ starts the assault and that continues all throughout the album, accompanied by the brutal growls and angelic singing from Howard Jones. ‘More Than Just Myself’, ‘Buried Alive And Wide Awake’, ‘A Constant Reminder’ and ‘Drown’ are some of the best songs. However, as always, we’d recommend that you listen to the whole album in its prescribed order as laid out by the artist.

Monty & Visages feat. Strategy & PAV4N – Hardware

1985 Music’s virtuoso Monty is all set to release in the second week of December and it wouldn’t be absurd to say that it is the album of the year before its even out. With the amount of styles and genres wrapped under the album, it is just destined to be legendary. One of the tracks from the album that’s been doing rounds this year and possibly the biggest dub of the year, has finally dropped and it’s a certified banger. Bringing Strategy & PAV4N’s vocal delivery together with Monty’s and Visages’ thumping bass line, the track is all set to take over clubs and festival circuits for a long, long time.

Bonobo – ‘Otomo (feat. O’Flynn)’

After releasing the jittery and melodic breakbeat number with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs in 2020 and Brighton Tapes in May 2021, which were the producer’s only outputs for the best part of 20 months, Bonobo has now announced his 9th studio album – ‘Fragments’ and ‘Otomo’ which a gentle mix of Breakbeat and UKG laden with deep atmospherics and organic elements.

Abhishek Roy ft. Sanjukta Sharma – Bad Habits

If you are a fan of Hip-Hop and the genre’s rich scene in the country, you need to pay attention to Abhishek Roy’s music because he is making some serious waves. For his 5th release this year, he brings his intense and complex lyricism with Sanjukta Sharma on ‘Bad Habits’. Bad Habits portrays how upon realizing the consequences of an individual’s actions, the individual tries to rectify their entrenched ‘HABITS’ and evolves into a better human being.

Audio – ‘Fools Paradise’

When we think of Audio’s brand of Drum & Bass, the first thought that comes to our mind is hard hitting and swashbuckling DnB; something that he has mastered in the last 20 years. But our pick from his 6th studio album ‘Social’ is a complete flip-side to Audio’s skull shattering style. ‘Fools Paradise’ features a delicious vocal sample that is cloaked around a pulsating yet pitched-down beat and a fluttering synth-line.

Yosh – How We Roll

UKG revivalist Yosh brings his distinguished sounds to Time Is Now Records which is Shall Not Fade Records’ close affiliate for a track EP called ‘Warning’ and our pick from the release is ‘How We Roll’ which brings Yosh’s break-heavy and dubbed-up style to a smashing UKG party.

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

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