James Blake Releases New Single ‘Modern Soul’

Yet another win for the English producer.


 

It seems almost fitting that James Blake would quietly release new music on the same night that Kanye West went for yet another exercise in extravagance for The Life Of Pablo. Even though he’s yet to really gain a lot of traction, over his last two albums he’s proven himself to be a truly unique voice amongst the crowd. While the song itself is nothing really all that new for Blake, but it’s nonetheless a soulful, reflective, and haunting piece of music.

Listen to ‘Modern Soul’ before.


Mac DeMarco Shares Unreleased Demo

And it’s pretty great.


Mac DeMarco has released a previously-unheard demo. The song, titled ‘Missing The Old Me’ reportedly dates back to 2012, around when DeMarco released his sophomore record, 2, and it displays just how much the Canadian’s music has evolved in such a short time. For the fans unimpressed by the cleaner production of his newer projects, this is sure to be a treat.

Listen to ‘Missing The Old Me’ below.


Photo by sleep tålk (mac demarco) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Common

Wild Nothing Shares ‘Life of Pause’

Energetic, and more than a little contemplative.


Wild Nothing has released the title track of his upcoming album Life of Pause. If not the best song he’s revealed from the album so far – ‘Reichpop’ has that locked down – it’s probably the most energetic. By now we’ve probably got a pretty good indication of what the record might sound like, and suffice to say we’re pretty stoked.

Life of Pause is out February 19th via Captured Tracks.

Listen to ‘Life of Pause’ below.


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Kanye West Drops Kendrick Lamar Collab

It’s unknown if the six-minute track will be included on Swish.


After teasing it last week, Kanye has finally delivered. ‘No More Parties In L.A.’ featuring Kendrick Lamar is now out in full. Mediative, and a little sardonic, the song has more in common with the melancholia of 808s & Heartbreak than the unabashed grandeur with which the rapper has become synonymous. Both lyrically and vocally, Kanye is on the top of his game here, and more than holds his own against Kendrick, who has yet to make a false step since 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Hopefully the track makes it on to Swish, as it’s one of the best things he’s put out in years.

Listen to ‘No More Parties In L.A.’ below.


Koi Child Share New Single

The Aussie hip-hop outfit tease their forthcoming debut.


Koi Child have given us a taste of their upcoming self-titled debut with ‘1-5-9’, a new track presumably set to be included on the record. The jazz-infused cut is chilled and reflective, but still groovy as hell. Rapper Shannon Patterson’s vocals blend nicely with the big band-esque instrumentation, but it’s when the sax kicks in that ‘1-5-9’ truly finds its voice. Produced by Kevin Parker, the record is set to released on March 18th and it’ll no doubt be one to watch out for.

Listen to ‘1-5-9’ below.


Mac DeMarco Releases Cover Of ‘White Christmas’

A bit late…


Mac DeMarco has uploaded a new rendition of Bing Crosby’s holiday classic ‘White Christmas’ …on Boxing Day. Pretty much exactly what you would expect out of a DeMarco Christmas cover, his droll vocals actually contrast pretty nicely with the jovial message of the original, giving it an edge of sarcasm. Listen to Mac DeMarco’s ‘White Christmas’ below.

DIIV Share ‘Under the Sun’

The cut is lifted from the group’s forthcoming album.


Diiv have released another taste of their (badly titled) upcoming album, Is The Is Are. ‘Under the Sun’ is the most straightforward track released yet off of the record, and arguably the strongest. Given the name, it should be no surprise that it’s the most upbeat cut released so far. Is The Is Are isn’t out until Feb. 5th, but it’s looking like it’ll be worth the wait.

Listen to ‘Under the Sun’ below.


Cover photo by swimfinfan [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Homeshake Shares New Track

The Canadian surprise-released the track onto Soundcloud.


Homeshake has casually released a new song, entitled ‘;(‘. Docking in at only 1:54, the despondent track is laid-back even by his standards and is quite a departure from his recent album Midnight Snack. It remains to be seen whether ‘;(‘ is a taster of a new project, or simply a one-off, but more Homeshake is always a good thing.

Listen to the smooth song below.


Hinds Share New Single

The track is lifted from their upcoming album, Leave Me Alone.


Madrid four-piece Hinds have shared a new track, titled ‘San Diego’. Explaining the song, the band wrote:

“We all have bad days. We mean bad nights. One day a friend told us, ‘I don’t wanna fall asleep because I know what’s the dream about.’ This song is about staying awake. Just staying awake.”

The track is a snappy little piece of lo-fi, with a darker edge hidden under the playfulness of its surface.

Listen to ‘San Diego’ below.