“And the award for the most talked about artist this week goes to Frank Ocean”.
Frank Ocean fans have been on the edge of their seat ever since news emerged that the follow up to 2012’s Channel Orange was to be released last week.
Boys Don’t Cry was rumoured to be dropping on Friday but as of yet the music has not surfaced.
That being said, there have been a series of cryptic live streams that have fuelled speculation. The first bizarrely featured Frank doing DIY, whilst the second, appearing just a few hour before Boys Don’t Cry was speculated to be released, featured NEW MUSIC.
The wait is on and it’s definitely securing publicity.
If what they say is true and the album isn’t coming til November, you may as well let these tracks whet your new music appetite.
Asylums – Second Class Sex
To coincide with the release of their first album, Killer Brain Waves, Asylums have premiered the video for their latest single 'Second Class Sex'. The indie fuzz merchants fill the track with roof raising riffs; manic drumming and relatable lyrics, before coming to an abrupt end paving the way for the song to play through again seamlessly.
Crystal Castles – Char
Crystal Castles have offered another taste of what to expect post the departure of Alice Glass. 'Char' is Crystal Castles doing what they do best - hard-hitting, distorted, gothic rave set to knock you off your feet and elevate you back up all at the same time.
Nathan Ball – Right Place
London-based Nathan Ball returns, this time accompanied by his live band on captivating new single 'Right Place'. Taking inspiration from the mountainous regions he passed through on tour, Nathan’s soft vocals recreate fresh country air whilst the track’s swooping melodies embody the ever distant sun allowing an all too familiar landscape to be painted in your mind.
Massive Attack feat. Ghost Poet – Come Near Me
Originally released on Massive Attack’s Fantom app, 'Come Near Me' has been assigned a visual as spine-tinglingly disturbing as its audio. Every inch of the downbeat production sounds like deep-set footprints stalking as a daunting electro pendulum swings, synth wobbles and Ghostpoet’s sombre delivery follows the listener into a trap.
Sloes – Young
Following on from the acclaimed Chasing Tails EP, Sloes’ make a comeback with the charming 'Young' – an ode to “adolescence, rebellion at it’s purest; lying to your parents, missing phone calls” (we can all relate). The graceful string led instrumental lays foundation for careful harmonies as Jerome’s delicate vocals are effortlessly lifted by violinist Katie, leading to a truly innovative indie-folk fusion.
Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – Hectic Danger Day
In this ever commercialised world, the small venues are losing out. On this fiery single taken from their well-received third album, Colossal Velocity, the Manchester thrash-punks rally against closures through an outlet of explosive drums and fervent guitars. Although the track lasts little over the minute and a half mark – what it loses in time it certainly makes up for in noise.
Meadowlark – Quicksand
Meadowlark turn heart-wrenching anecdotes into something beautiful. 'Quicksand' is lyrically inspired by a Humans of New York story about a family working in a brick kiln in Pakistan, Kate’s captivating vocals coupled with endearing keys and a gently rolling melody create something purely chilling that will stay with you long after you’ve listened.
Mylko – Bloom
Beginning their careers as drummers, this Mexico City duo set their sights on studio production and the result being this dreamy electronic number taken from their upcoming debut ‘Contrast’. The bands experimental polyrhythmic compositions matched by bubbly vocals should not go amiss by fans of Metronomy.
Flock of Dimes – Semaphore
Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner moves away and starts a fresh, sharing 'Semaphore', the first single from her forthcoming debut LP as Flock of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes. 'Semaphore' is Wasner finding her sound, with her confidence rising through every verse from simple acoustic to an euphoric beat infused electronic sound. The electro-acoustic track deals with the “struggle to communicate with each other, over distances literal and figurative, great and small.”, this headspace is recreated in the bubbly animated visual.