Friday, 28 April 2017

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 28/04/2017: Gorillaz, Sufjan Stevens, Danzig and more...


More music for hardcore audiophiles, casual listeners and mugwumps alike.

THE BEST:

‘The Apprentice’ - Gorillaz ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray Blk


After a slew of massively mediocre singles from their new album Humanz (which is out today), the cartoon collective have finally come through with a gem titled ‘The Apprentice’. The track contains three guest vocalists (including UK soul hitmaker Rag ‘n’ Bone Man) and a smooth electrofunk beat that’s as feelgood as a warm bath whilst eating Haagen Dazs. But wait – there’s a catch. It turns out this is only a bonus track on Humanz. Why you gotta leave the best single off the album?

 ‘Mercury’ – Sufjan Stevens ft. Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister


Singer-songwriter sensei Sufjan Stevens and his newly acquired gang of musical ninjas are releasing an album themed around the solar system. After experimenting with T-Pain vocals and synthesizers on ‘Saturn’ much to my displeasure, Sufjan seems to now be cutting out the electronics and embracing the emotive frailty of his voice on this new single ‘Mercury’. He then hands the track over to the instrumentation at the end, consisting of some dazzling strings and pianos. And to all you devout Sufjan followers, yes I agree the live version from five years ago has more grandeur, but oh well this version is still pretty.

‘GOD’ – Amique


This maximalist mindfuck doesn’t give you much of a chance to warm up. As soon as you hit play, you’re assaulted with layers of loopy vocals, frenetic funk and stuttering noise grooves. The song deserves a straightjacket, but then so do I. All in all, I’m curious to hear more from this mysterious Amique character.

 ‘Silent Witness’ – S.O.S


EPILEPSY WARNING! To be honest, I doubt most you guys even read these descriptions before hitting the play button. Anyhow, now you’ve recovered from your seizure, let me introduce you to Bedford-based electropop artist S.O.S. Her new single ‘Silent Witness’ sees her singing bouncily over a glitzy shuffling dance beat, even throwing down a surprise rap verse at the end. Creepy strobed art-dance music video aside, it’s very fun and bubbly stuff.

THE WORST:

 ‘Devil on Hwy 9’ – Danzig


Things have clearly gone so downhill for the heavy metal veterans that they couldn’t even afford a producer to do the mixing. Why do the instruments sound like they were recorded in a studio, whilst the vocals sound like they were recorded on a plastic cup and string?

‘All the time’ - Young Thug


At this point I don’t expect Young Thug to ever learn how to ride a beat, but come on, this is sloppy even by his standards.

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