Each week the Music Feeds team picks a favourite song from the week that was, wraps it in a bunch of words, and presents it you. It’s Music Feeds Faves.
Shura – White Light
A disco marathon? Yes please. British newcomer Shura has done some great stuff in the past year or so but this has to be her greatest effort to date. It’s a melancholic yet funk-driven that just continues to keep going with plenty of instrumental twists and turns along the way. You’ll lose yourself in the disco-vibes throughout the seven minutes and basically come out the other-side as Nile Rodgers.
A gutsy move by a young artist but it’s no doubt going to pay off – even if the length of it is basically commercial suicide if we’re talking about the chance of it getting played on radio. / Sam Murphy, Staff Writer
Cyril Hahn – Last ft. Joel Ford
Sex music. That’s how Cyril Hahn’s mates pigeonhole his sound apparently – and who can contest? His sensually hypnotic RnB infused beats definitely inspire a lip-lock and grind between friends. But the reason I fell hard for this Bern-born mix maestro a few years back was his seductive rendition of Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name – it did things to me. I will forever refuse to remove Hahn from my Friday night playlist. You can’t make me.
But I digress, Hahn’s recent offering Last featuring Joel Ford’s whispery vocals is a sexy little appetiser from his upcoming EP Begin. This track is an arousing equilibrium of club and ambient. Crank it to Ibiza levels or let it simmer – either way, I’m hooked. / Elise Cullen, Contributer
Alfred – You and I
Wavy synths, crisp beats and delicate vocals. What more could you want? Seriously. Brisbane artist Alfred literally popped up about a month ago and it already looks like he’s going to be going some places. The best of places! You & I is filled with technicality and rhythmic goodness sliced in with some wobbly bass, glitchy samples and moody chords AND above it all Alfred delivers some damn fine lyrics. Not to mention the 80’s undertone! You can definitely put this song in a cyberpunk sex scene, fitting perfectly in the “Android Love-Making Pop” genre.*
Let this melt in your ears and get on this guy so you can say to your friends “I liked Alfred before he was big.” / Harry Fuller, Presenter
Le Pie – Josephine
Grunge isn’t particularly known as a genre with soothing characteristics, but there’s something undeniably comforting about the garage rock turned lullaby music from Newtown’s Le Pie. New track Josephine pares back a smidge on the wailing reverb of her previous songs and goes straight for the heart with a dreamy, leisurely hook and Sez’s divinely ethereal intonation practically rubbing your shoulders and making you feel like all is well in the world.
Pining about a love affair with a guy who’s “French, he’s all so Frenchy, but he’s never been to France”, resonates with me in some super weird way as well. We’ve all had that romantic interest whose projected self is merely a pretension built from faux-experince, but whose allure maintains nonetheless. Right? Just me then. *waves at ex-boyfriend*. / Mitch Feltscheer, Creative Content Director
Chelsea Wolfe – Carrion Flowers
Because Music Feeds Faves falls on Friday each week, there have been a lot of dance floor-friendly vibes on these here pages. And that’s fine! — I mean, Fridays are loose. But this week, in light of all the crazy shit going on in the world, I’m presenting something dark and sludgy — just in the name of balance, really.
LA-based Chelsea Wolfe blends drone, metal, art folk, noise, goth and electronic tones into bundles of pure anti-joy, and this week she gifted us all with another taste of her forthcoming album Abyss, sharing the all-pummelling new track Carrion Flowers.
I’m not sure what bubbling instrument is playing the song’s thudding riff, so your guess is as good as mine. Nonetheless, Wolfe’s howling vocals cut through all that gooey goodness, and the song’s clever use of silence just adds to the exhilaration.
Happy Friday, y’all. Let’s hit the dance floor. / Tom Williams, Staff Writer
Edward R. – Wolves And The Water
Wolves And The Water is the debut single from Aussie artist Edward R. (minus the Murrow, you American history buffs, or the Tufte, you data geeks) and what a way to make a first impression. It’s uplifting and warm, dynamic and euphoric, and upon each listen – I stopped counting at 9 – it fires up a part of me that just wants to go out and climb a mountain or something. Only metaphorically though. Have you seen the weather forecast? Frost risk: Severe! Nope.
Anyway, that feeling is inspired partly because of Edward R.’s rich tone, the song’s layered and climactic production and the ever-inspiring, bluesy-gospel breakdown towards the end. I’ve pretty much had it on repeat all week. I suggest you do the same. Good night, and good luck. / Nastassia Baroni, Editor
Belu – In All This
In All This is a subtle song. It has moments of space and moments of density. Think the melodious pop and slide of the guitar, droning synths, a rich syncopated beat and thick bundles of lush, atmospheric sounds. Every now and then Belu charms you with the fractured echo of Sade’s sultry voice. The point: this song is a beautifully and subtly indented soundwave.
In fact, the 23 year-old producer’s debut EP How It Is is a great listen. Belu’s soundscapes have texture, eclecticism and organicity. Sometimes they feel and sound like the downtempo trip hop of Bonobo and, at other points, the ambient electrogaze of Tycho or Boards of Canada. Musiceaters, I, the musicfeeder, approve these sound-feasts as worthy of your lovely ears.
Also, before I pop off make sure that you bow down to the smooth operator herself, Sade (Ikr…she looks mint as fuck in this photo). / Luke Bodley, Presenter