With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for new music to drop online and go unnoticed. To help prevent this, we’ve picked 5 new releases you don’t want to miss. Stream music from Jam City, Tobias Jesso Jr, Fantasma, Songhoy Blues and Future Brown.
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Jam City – Dream A Garden
A record about love and resistance, Jam City returns with an urgent, fearless and strikingly sensitive album of modern pop songs, both crushingly heavy and glitteringly light. Inspired largely by the power of his own dreams and imaginations, Dream A Garden is a self-assured and optimistic-sounding collection of subdued lullabies. Melding the sounds of sultry RnB classics with the off-kilter production tropes of his Night Slugs peers, a new and refreshing sound is established on Dream A Garden. It’s one of euphoria and hopefulness brought to life through world-class songwriting.
Fantasma – Free Love
Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk to form a unique, original and fresh hybrid.
Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
‘Goon’ is the debut slow-motion break up album by Tobias Jesso Jr via True Panther Sounds and features production from Chet ‘JR’ White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira). The youthful piano man delivers a stunning album that is lavishly influenced by both Lennon and Mccartney. One to watch in 2015.
Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
Songhoy Blues are four talented, hungry, sharp and outward-looking young men from a part of the world that has had more than it’s share and pain and conflict in recent years. But it has given far more than its share of music and joy to the world in return over the past four decades. That place may seem strange, alien and ‘exotic’ to some but deep down, Songhoy Blues are a familiar proposition: four young men, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a story to tell.
Future Brown – Future Brown
Future Brown are a crew comprised of producers / artists Daniel Pineda, Asma Maroof, Fatima Al Qadiri and J-Cush. The supergroup construct their sonic corridors by fitting together intangible obelisks collected through artistic community, collaboration and global travel. From US regional rap mutations to UK grime, dancehall to reggaeton, Future Brown weave a deep, hallucinatory electronic aesthetic to reveal the innate connections between global street sounds.