Just in time for the home stretch to Friday evening, Four Tet has shared a blissful house remix of “Is It True” by Tame Impala. Parker’s lyrics, infused with romantic ambivalence in the face of an uncertain future, are given guidance by Kieran Hebden’s synth constellations and ever-driving drum loops. The new song comes with a VHS-styled lyric video, which you can watch above.
Four Tet released his new album Sixteen Oceans in March, while Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush arrived in February. Kieran Hebden also shared an EP under his webding alias in October.
For the follow up to his acclaimed 2018 album Shelley’s on Zenn-La, avant-cellist Oliver Coates takes his sound in a denser, headier direction.
With the use of two digital loopers, Coates transforms his playing into distorted layers of “cello slime”, the oscillations of his instrument’s strings melting into each other to form a modulated sonic poultice that permeates his new album, skins n slime.
This slime can be heard in a reified form on ‘Butoh baby’, the first single to be released from the album. Accompanied by a video from Leah Walker and Lewis Walker X , the track is described by label RVNG Intl. as “for heads, by heads”.
The album also features the five-part epic ‘Caregiver’, ‘Philomela Mutation’ from Oliver Coates’ soundtrack for Marianna Simnett’s short film The Bird Game, as well as ‘Soaring X’, which features spoken word from Malibu.
Now both based in Berlin, which functions as Ultraflex’s home turf, they debuted a few months ago with the soaring “Olympic Sweat”, but now they’re returning with something a little different with their new single “Work Out Tonight”.
In contrast to the aloof and celestial debut track, their new single brings things back down to earth with a slinky, strutting, dancefloor monster. The band’s trademarks remain in place: disco influences and big bag of athletic imagery, and “Work Out Tonight” mixes whispering verses that hum with intensity and a chorus that sparkles like sun on the water.
Of the song and its video, the band say, “It’s a song about the gym. You know, all that sweat can make you real thirsty… ‘Work Out Tonight’ is the first in a trilogy of Ultraflex videos directed by genius artist and our good friend Okay Kaya. Bathing, sunshine, pickles… We decided to give our fans a special glimpse into our everyday lifestyle.”
cookii has been cookii since high school, a nickname given to her by her friends, so when it came to naming her musical project she figured she should stick with it. Having teased her prodigious pop skills on an Animal Crossing rework, in July, after months of preparation, cookii revealed her first original material proclaiming, that one day, she’ll be “bigger than coca-cola”.
Flecked with stabbing strings, the Australia-based creator is back with more. Plugging into the capitalist system for “love yourself (spend forever), the electro-pop boundary breaker wants you to splash the cash to make yourself feel good.
“[It’s] about spending big if it makes you feel good,” she explains. “My last track “coca-cola” was all electronic whereas “love yourself” has a touch of acoustic guitar in it – which is great timing cause there’s more of this to come.” While it’s definitely just a touch of the acoustic, it’ll be interesting to see where cookii takes the project next.
“love yourself” is a track of two halves its unassuming verses sees cookii comforting a friend with her sage advice of heading on a shopping spree, the ultimate self-empowerment move? Maybe not, but whatever makes you feel better is worth exploring. The track picks up in its final minute as cookii’s vocal slows and glitches it’s like we’ve entered a wormhole and we’re whizzing past references to pop’s hyperactive past.