Wednesday 15 July 2015

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 15/07/2015: The Chemical Brothers, IshDARR, Diet Cig and more...

As per usual, I round up my favourite and least favourite tracks from the last seven days. Enjoy!


‘Sugar’ – IshDARR

This bouncy hip hop single from Wisconsin newcomer IshDARR certainly lives up to it’s name – it’s adorably sugary. Sweet lyrics ride an uptempo beat made up of bright synths and squeaky pitch-shifted vocals. 

‘EML Ritual’ – Chemical Brothers

Built around a sinister synth riff, this new track from EDM legends The Chemical Brothers is a masterpiece in suspense. I was convinced there would be a drop around the two minute mark, but the Manchester duo keep up the teasing for another minute until finally giving in.

‘Sleep Talk’ – Diet Cig

Few songs capture love with such realistic and idiosyncratic detail as this new indie rock single: ‘I can’t play instruments very well and I eat all your cereal/ but I’ll never be a smoker cos the second cigarette makes me feel like shit’. The New Paltz duo might not be all that instrumentally, but their lyrical wit and charm certainly makes up for it. ‘Diet Cig’ is also one of the best band names I’ve heard all year.

 ‘Raindrops’ – CONFZ ft. Jamilah Barry

East London rapper CONFZ offers some impressive wordplay, although it's not quite enough to distract from phenomenally spacey beat in the background. All that's missing from this track is a hook.

'Impression of You' - Giraffage & Viceroy ft. Patrick Baker

If you're looking for a babymaking anthem this summer, look no further than this sexy electropop tune. Trap 808s, synth-harp arpeggios and woozy chords create the perfect backdrop for Patrick Baker's breathy vocals. I hate the word 'eargasm', but I think I just had one.


‘Stay Up’ – Problem

'Good money, good weed/ that's the way you stay up'. These lyrics are absolute gibberish. It's like listening to a trap rap parody.