‘No More Cake’ by CHAI
The bubbly Japanese quartet, known for its raucous live shows, dives deeper into what has become a signature sound: one that mixes playful sparkly melodies with grimy punk fury.
‘Din Raat’ by Lifafa
The New Delhi-based producer has been responsible for putting out some stellar work. ‘Din Raat’, the certifiable banger from his latest release Jaago, has dreamy synths swimming over pulsating bass and percussion, turning anyone into a believer.
‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’ by Caroline Polachek
In all the songs about distance between lovers, specifically during these times, Caroline Polachek’s delivery gives this tune from her latest album Pang an added weight of yearning.
‘Career Boy’ by Dorian Electra
The genre-hopping artist throws up a tune that is catchy and morose, critiquing office culture and the 9-to-5, something that seems especially far away from us now.
‘You and I’ by Caribou
This track from the producer’s latest release is a breezy, driving piece of electronica that soothes as much as engages.
The Adults Are Talking by The Strokes
The long-awaited release from the celebrated New York quintet did not disappoint. The band retain their tell-tale aesthetic, The opening track is a familiar blend of catchy guitar lines, melodic call-and-response, and Julian Casablancas’ classic vocal delivery. The Strokes are well and truly back!
‘Can’t Cool Me Down’ by Car Seat Headrest
Will Toledo laces his brand of indie urgency with synths from the 1980s in his latest release.
‘House of Yesterday’ by Ariel Pink
One of the pioneers of hypnagogic pop, Ariel delivers yet another lo-fi gem, transporting listeners to an era they never belonged to.
‘Kiss My Super Bowl Ring’ by The Garden
The duo build more on their fresh punk and noise leanings, pairing frenetic DnB rhythms with atonal guitar melodies for a song that’s akin to a high-speed chase.
‘A Little God In My Hands’ by Swans
Iconic noise rockers Swans are known for their absurd meditations on the macabre. What better introduction than this , a grotesque march of marinations on morality, mortality and the comedic nature of the divine?
‘Violence’ by Parquet Courts
Borrowing from Afrobeat acts to furnish a wholly original political anthem, Parquet Courts are at their angriest, most jaded, grooviest. Frontman Andrew Savage spits pure venom as he proves verse after verse that violence is daily life.
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‘Overlord’ by Dirty Projectors
David Longstreth has been busy over the years. While consistently putting out music as Dirty Projectors, the songwriter has collaborated with artistes like Solange, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Continuing his wizardry at writing melodies for the female voice, ‘Overlord’ is a soothing ditty about moving forward.
‘Pretend Friends’ by BOWLS
Dhruv Bhola adds another feather in his cap, releasing more solo material alongside his work with acts like Prateek Kuhad and Run, It’s the Kid. ‘Pretend Friends’ is an ode to friendship, rather the skin we shed and repurpose in the hopes of connecting with someone new.
‘Death with Dignity’ by Sufjan Stevens
Some classic sombre musings by acoustic indie’s reluctant messiah. You may want to call your mother after this.
Nobody by Mac Demarco
Everyone’s favourite slacker waxes on the trappings of fame, an artist’s resignation to his fate. Dehumanised by numbers and figures.
‘Pretty Pimpin’ by Kurt Vile
Things are pretty weird by now for everyone. Kurt Vile’s acoustic stomp about occasionally being unable to recognise who you are mirrors the days passing by, meshing into each other, all previous notions of daily living rendered false.
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