From the mysterious funk/soul collective SAULT, the hypnotic “Wildfires” tells a tale of courage and perseverance in the face of police brutality. The song appears on Untitled (Black Is), a glorious and timely record that traces Blackness from rebellion to resilience, radical joy and beyond. The trio—which internet sleuths believe could be Dean “Inflo” Wynton Josiah, Cleo Sol and Melisa Young (aka Kid Sister)—released this statement with the track: “We present our first Untitled album to mark a moment in time where we as Black People, and of Black Origin are fighting for our lives. RIP George Floyd and all those who have suffered from police brutality and systemic racism. Change is happening… We are focused.” The entrancing 20-song album begins with the Black Panther chant “Revolution has come! Still won’t put down the gun!” and flows from there with poignancy and spirit—at times militant and, at others, meditative.
As Southern Shores, Jamie Townsend and Ben Dalton create sonic oases — patchworks of ephemera culled from all corners of the world. Beginning with their inaugural EP, Atlantic, for Cascine in 2011, the Toronto-based duo has developed a signature style of deeply layered electronic music evoking faraway locales, out of space and time. A collage of samples and found sound, their songs cohere around soulful melodies delivered with a soft gaze and a playful heart. Following the release of the Siena (Part I) EP earlier this year, the Shores are now sharing Parts I and II, collected together as the full-length album titled Siena. Written over the last year in Jamie and Ben’s shared residence — a hundred-year-old home in Parkdale, Toronto — the songs of Siena drift at the pace of life. Flecks of tropicalia and funk fade into the mix, as well as dreamy house, Balearic and downtempo textures. As a collection, it has the feeling of something once lost, now recovered. “The mood of the record is more of a sunset, rather than midday bliss,” says Jamie. “It’s that subtle melancholy that lies beneath the bright textural exterior.” If the first half of the record evokes the watercolor hues of the setting sun, then Siena’s second half captures the moments just after — when the world is bathed in soft blues, and dusk ushers in the slowness of the coming twilight. Compared to the vibrant rhythms of tracks like “Estrisa” and “Tropea,” these later songs soften the tempo and wind down to a more relaxed, introspective pace.
Tipped as “one to watch” by NME, Mixmag, Billboard, DJ Mag and BBC R1’s Pete Tong, TSHA is a London based producer who is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting young artists around. Her forthcoming EP “Flowers”, without doubt her most ambitious and accomplished body of work so far, will be released on Ninja Tune on Friday 13th November.
Previous single ‘Sister’—written during lockdown after TSHA found out she had an older half sister—is a vibrant piece of music packed with melody and emotion.. Elsewhere on the release, TSHA demonstrates the impressive depth and range across the EP with ‘Renegade’ and ‘Demba’. The latter, a collaboration with Malian griot music group Trio Da Kali, is another dancefloor sureshot recently previewed by Bonobo on his OUTLIER radio show on NTS.
Korean-American producer Yaeji first made a name for herself when her 2017 song “Drink I’m Sippin On” was widely shared via 88rising’s YouTube channel, a renowned collective for Asian-American and Asian musicians. Since then, the artist continued to cement herself as a promising producer through a handful of singles and EPs. After touring the world and working with big artists like Charli XCX and Robyn, Yaeji shared to her debut LP What We Drew last April.
Now returning with a bonus track, Yaeji debuted the song “When In Summer, I Forget About The Winter” Wednesday. The song calls back to the chilled-out nature of the producer’s early catalog, boasting a slow, thumping beat under her fuzzy layered lyrical delivery.
Speaking about the bonus track in a statement, Yaeji said: “‘When In Summer, I Forget About The Winter’ was a track I wrote maybe close to 3 years ago. I was probably a different person back then, but the song still resonates with me now. It was included as a bonus track in the Korean and Japanese CDs of What We Drew 우리가 그려왔던, but we’re finally sharing it with everyone.”
Kelly Moran and Prurient are releasing an album together: Chain Reaction at Dusk is out December 4 via Prurient’s Hospital Productions. The album includes three songs from Moran (recorded in 2018) and two songs from Prurient. Listen to Moran’s “Helix III” and Prurient’s “Tokyo Exorcist” from the album below.
Moran and Prurient met in 2018 and toured together later that year with Merzbow and Becka Diamond, during which Moran and Prurient began working on Chain Reaction at Dusk. Moran recorded her songs at home, while Prurient recorded in Berlin and New York, where he worked with Kris Lapke.