Crispy New Cuts is an on-going series spotlighting 7 fresh new songs that have recently crossed our path and deserve a bit more shine.
DJ Lilocox "Vozes Ricas"
I’m consistently amazed with the sounds emerging from Portuguese label Príncipe Discos and the first taste of their next release – ‘Paz & Amor’ from DJ Lilocox – is another red-hot display of their intoxicating global club output.
Earthboogie "Silken Moon (feat. Nina Miranda)"
UK duo Earthboogie (aka Izaak Gray & Nicole Robinson) craft house grooves of the finest order and they just dropped a stunner of a debut album in the form of ‘Human Call’ on Leng Records. Lead single “Silken Moon” gets a boost with some exuberant guest vocals from Brazilian-born English singer Nina Miranda.
Happy Rhodes "When The Rain Came Down"
Numero Group once again spotlighting a largely-forgotten artist that deserves some more shine with the upcoming release ‘Ectotrophia,’ a collection of songs by American dream-pop artist Happy Rhodes that garnered a small but devoted cult following in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Fun fact, this song originally appeared on Napster in 1999 mislabeled as a duet between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, two artists who’ve never worked together.
Ivy Lab "Jet Lag"
Heroes in the bass community, UK production outfit Ivy Lab have been perfecting their sleek halftime sound over the past 5 years, and their evolution is on full display with their brand new album ‘Death Don’t Always Taste Good’ that came out last week on 20/20 LDN. Early single “Jet Lag” is a prime example of their crisp beats that should appeal to fans of future bass music as well as instrumental hip-hop.
Kamaal Williams "Salaam"
Is Kamaal Williams’ upcoming album ‘The Return’ (out in full on May 25th) going to be heralded as jazz album of the year? My bet is it’s going to be up there. The jazz-focused alias of UK musician Henry Wu and former member of the revered duo Yussef Kamaal, Kamaal Williams is here to keep jazz cool in the 21st century.
No Mono "Future"
I wasn’t originally sold on this Australian duo based on their initial singles, but their brand new debut album ‘Islands Part 1’ that was released last week on the ever-reliable Pieater label is quickly growing on me. It’s a wonderful gathering of moody pop tunes that harkens back to the glory days of college radio. “Future” is hidden towards the end of the setlist, but it’s an early favorite.
Yondo "Candy Beat"
Little is known about Yondo, but this fresh edit that borrows sonically and visually from Mary Jane Girls’ classic 1983 jam “Candy Man” has been on-repeat in the car stereo the past couple weeks.