This week’s selection is all about hanging in there. For me, anyway. As we all tire of donning our daily game faces, a crazed patch of obligatory spending and enforced debt looms, as does the art of receiving bad gifts graciously, we must immerse ourselves in a love of music/other, because at times, it’s the only thing that keeps us (me) upright.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Kevin feat. Leon Bridges
This new collaboration, which the artists debuted live at the recent Amercian Music Awards, shows that though Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are known for their tongue in cheek hilarity, when they tackle hard subjects, they do it with aplomb – the song addresses the ravages of prescription pill addiction, and tells the story of the rapper’s friend Kevin who lost his life to an overdose. Leon Bridges is such a talent, and one of our faves for 2015. Kevin will be available on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ forthcoming album.
Wild Nothing: To Know You/TV Queen
Brooklyn-based musician Jake Tatum a.k.a. Wild Nothing, will release his third-studio album, Life of Pause, on Friday 19th February.
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums and a series of EPs, Tatum has released the first two cuts from third album. They are TV Queen and To Know You. Watch them here:
The Brinks: Hide Your Love
The Brinks is a relatively new duo which combines the talents of New York producer Matt Friedman and Australian singer Scott Mellis. After meeting in Los Angeles in early 2015, the duo started to record demos which quickly caught the attention of executive producers Pusha T and Salaam Remi who released their first EP, “Temporary Love” last Friday.
Their sound is like an effortless musical mixture of The Neighbourhood, Father John Misty and Big Data.
Oh Pep!: The Race
The Race is the first single lifted off the debut EP Living from Melbourne indie-folk extraordinaires Oh Pep!
Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs first met at the Victorian College Of The Arts where they studied Jazz and Classical music respectively. Drawn together by a shared love of traditional music, they dived into the international folk world, winning a swag of awards along the way.
ANOHNI: 4 Degrees
4 Degrees is a collaboration with Hudson Mohawk & Oneohtrix Point Never. Anohni is the lead singer from Antony and the Johnsons, but had you listened to the song before reading this, you might have already known. This is the first single from her upcoming album Hopelessness.
Pop duo Chairlift has released their second single, the inspiring, upbeat groove Romeo. Although it’s the second song to be released from Chairlift in three years, the duo – comprised of writer-producers and multi-instrumentalists Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly – has by no means been lounging. They collaborated with Beyoncé on her groundbreaking self-titled album via the track No Angel, which was written and produced by Polachek and co-produced by Wimberly. Caroline released and toured Arcadia, a self-produced solo album under the alias Ramona Lisa and collaborated with SBTRKT, Blood Orange and others, while Patrick produced and collaborated with artists such as Solange Knowles, Wet, Kelela, and Tei Shi.
The Moth album promises to be an emotionally uninhibited and markedly stronger, more pop inspired body of work than the first. It’s very New York inspired, that way.