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 five records you don’t want to sleep on. Stream music from Daval Timothy, Paper Tiger, Darkhouse Family, Andy Compton and Graveola. If you like what you hear, support the artist.
Duval Timothy – Brown Loop
Brown Loop is Duval’s second album that following on from “Dukobanti” sees him push his music further sonically, conceptually and in the simplicity of the solo piano. The 10 track album consists of compositions that build up from simple lines of colourful melody or baselines that repeat themselves gradually building up towards a collection of more and more layered ‘brown’ chords. A must listen.
Paper Tiger – Blast Off
Leeds-based 6-piece band Paper Tiger is without a doubt one of the most eclectic acts on Wah Wah 45s’ roster. This creative collective’s audible aesthetics feature a wide-range of sounds: from futuristic hip hop beats to funky and danceable electronic breaks, infused with grime and post-dubstep vibes, and topped up with witty wordplay.
Darkhouse Family – Solid Gold EP
The new Darkhouse Family EP shows a maturity and depth that can only come with time. The late night groove of “Disco Duck” serves as a perfect example of where they’re at musically: smooth keys counterpointed by angular synths and underpinned by some seriously tough Darkhouse Family drums. On “Thai Fly” they fuse together the brighter sounds of Asia with the icy depths of UK bass, whilst “Moda” blends an addictive piano riff with synth bass and understated drums.
Andy Compton – Sowetan Onesteps
Deeply prolific Devon-based house/soul connoisseur Andy Compton has released over 20 albums and close to 150 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The Rurals) on his essential Peng label and other fine record labels.
Graveola – Camaleão Borboleta
Graveola’s unique brand of alt-pop sees tropicalia, samba, ‘rock Brasileira’ and Brazilian folk rhythms cannibalise international genres to create strange new hybrids they have labelled “psychedelic maracatu”, “shamanic funaná”, “weird salsa”, “schizo-rock-fake-reggae” and “melancholic internet love ballad” – all examples of Graveola’s ‘carnival cannabalism’ approach to making music.