Playlist 19.03.17 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Monday 20th March, 2017
TOPS – Petals
The Montreal quartet TOPS are connoisseurs of simple expression. For about five years now, they’ve written swaying, modest pop-rock ditties with little more than buttery guitar, spare drums, and vocalist Jane Penny’s fluttering coo. The band’s latest single, a lovesick groover called “Petals,” finds them again crafting poignant hooks with just the bare essentials. Penny describes a night spent alone with painful memories and dashed hopes, a classic scene that would verge on cliché if not for her veiled prose (“Make it worthwhile/Inheritor of the shade”) and the way she lets out each intimate phrase like a sigh. Once Penny’s had enough, lyrical guitar wraps up her injured reminiscing with the slightest hint of sweetness, bringing “Petals” to a close just as quickly and effortlessly as it began.
Dukwa – Thoughts (feat Mar-G)
Italian house producer Dukwa will make his Numbersdebut with the Shattered In A Thousand Pieces EP later this month.
Part of a group of Italian club producers the includes his close friend and Planet Mu regular Herva, Dukwa has previously appeared on labels such as Bosconi, Wo Land and the UK’s Don’t Be Afraid, which released a track by the artist in 2016.
Dukwa appeared at some of the Glasgow label’s parties last year. In a press release, they describe him as “the musical equivalent of Pirlo, a craftsman, tirelessly creating tracks that equally combine pure class and grit.”
Shattered In A Thousand Pieces is his first full EP since 2014, and introduces his bright, bold house sound to a wider audience over four tracks.
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Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me a Reason
A master drummer once said that if you can hear a song without it making you dance, you are sick. Hearing “Give Me a Reason”, it’s easy to understand just what he meant. On the second single off of British-Nigerian band Ibibio Sound Machine’s upcoming sophomore album, Lagos meets London in an explosion of retro color and sound. They’ve moved forward a decade since we last heard them, exchanging highlife influences for funky Afrobeat. Singer Eno Williams commands attention with both her voice and her moves, while the electronics pay more than a little tribute to the Talking Heads. “Give Me a Reason” has nothing but grooves; it’s the ultimate feel-good music, and it’s almost impossible to listen to it without jumping up and getting down.
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