Friday 6 March 2020

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 06/03/2020: Luna Li, Empress Of, Lil Uzi Vert and more…

There are all kinds of crazy concoctions taking place this week.


‘Trying’ – Luna Li

Luna Li is an indie rock singer and classically trained violinist/pianist from Toronto - although she may well actually be an angel that’s came to Earth from the clouds above. ‘Trying’ commences with dreamy music box twinkles and seraphic vocal harmonies and then explodes with some soaring strings. It’s heavenly stuff and not your usual dream pop affair.

‘Give Me Another Chance’ – Empress Of

Alright Lorely, I’m going to give you another chance. Your last album back in 2018 was pretty weak, but this new glitzy vogue-worthy house banger seems like a return to the off-kilter dance-pop you were giving us back in 2015 (I doubt you’re even reading this so I’m going to stop writing in the second person now…). Empress Of will be releasing a new album next month titled I’m Your Empress Of. I’m hoping for more bubbly and creative tunes like this.

‘Overdrive’ – Ferdous

I usually turn my nose up at any track with auto-tuned vocals, but this is auto-tune done right. Combined with those deep synths in the background, it results in a futuristic woozy aesthetic that I’d love to hear more of. It helps that dude can also clearly sing and isn’t just using auto-tune as a crutch like half of today’s mumble rappers (wow, I sound like a right old boomer). ‘Overdrive’ is part of a new two track EP – you can check out the other equally hypnotic single ‘Eventually’ here.

‘I Ain’t Going (Nowhere Fast)’ – The Goodbye Man

I am the Goodbye Man, I make music that falls out of thin air into my lap or that I beat out of me, holding it at knifepoint until it does what it’s told’. That’s one of the craziest openings to a music pitch that I’ve ever received. Fortunately, the song itself is just as berserk. The yelled singing sounds pained as if he’s shredding his vocal chords in the process and growling tone of the guitars is equally raw and visceral. It’s emotionally-intense heavy soul.

 ‘Rascal’ – RMR

The thumbnail had me bracing myself for some hyperviolent trap rap. A sweet country piano ballad was the last thing I expected. Now I’m not sure how to feel. For the very fact that it’s such a hilarious juxtaposition, I’m featuring it here.  


‘That Way’ – Lil Uzi Vert

These 90s interpolations are getting out of hand. Lil Uzi Vert is literally singing along to the Backstreet Boys. What will rappers be reinventing next? Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go’? The Teletubbies theme song?