We have all our favourite picks in this weeks New Music Wednesday, from Daniel Donskoy’s great new track ‘Robbed Me’ to
1. Daniel Donskoy shares new single ‘Robbed Me’
2020 continues to be a year of new beginnings for Daniel Donskoy. The cosmopolitan actor and musician with roots in Moscow, Berlin, Tel Aviv and London shows no signs of stopping after the release of his single “24’’. The video was viewed more than 60k times in the first 4 days after the release, and today he shares his soulful new single “Robbed Me’’. Listen HERE.
“Robbed Me” continues his way through a world of electronic infused R&B with retro pads and vintage drum samples. Daniel takes us into the sound world of the late ‘90s, urging us to reminisce about that carefree time and feeling bereft after a very intense relationship ended.
Daniel commented: ‘’When certain people enter your life everything seems to light up – the shittiest of places looks like a palace with that person. The dodgiest chip shop is suddenly ‘haute cuisine’ and you are NEVER, really never bored. When someone like that left my life, I lost the connection to my mind and soul and started questioning my whole belief in human nature. How can love and trust turn into anger and depression so quickly?’’
2. KAYTRANADA shares new short ‘Look Easy’
KAYTRANADA shares a new short film to accompany “Look Easy” featuring Lucky Daye. “Look Easy,” a stand-alone single, was released in July of this year and its new visual, “Look Easy (The Short),” more a homage to classic Japanese Yakuza films than a traditional music video, is enigmatic and visually arresting. The new video arrives on the heels of KAYTRANADA’s three Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Dance Recording for “10%” and Best Dance/Electronic Album for BUBBA.
BUBBA is the highly-anticipated follow up to KAYTRANADA’s breakout debut album 99.9%, and features Pharrell Williams, Tinashe, Kali Uchis, GoldLink, Charlotte Day Wilson, Estelle, VanJess, Masego, Mick Jenkins, SiR, and more. The album landed at #1 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart upon it’s release.
Watch “Look Easy (The Short)” featuring Lucky Daye, and stay tuned for more from KAYTRANADA coming soon.
3. CABBAGE reveal finished video for GET OUTTA MY BRAIN
It’s taken four months, but literary performance punks, CABBAGE launch a late missive from the hills surrounding Manchester with a typically vivid promo for their Black Grape-inspired single, GET OUTTA MY BRAIN. A wiry tribute to the nerve-jarring electricity of their home city, the single rushed out during the steamy days of summer, whilst the video has waited to warm the damp days that followed.
A statement from the band reads: “As convoluted as this may seem, our video release is a perfect reflection of the topsy-turvy, wham-bam schedules we’ve all faced in 2020. It is with great pleasure though that we can finally reveal our visual backdrop to Get Outta My Brain. Once again crafted by GULP films, the team that brought you the whole art style to Amanita Pantherina.
“A special thank you goes to the builder we found wandering about town on a session, who helped fill the gaps and played that Dyson Hoover like no one ever has. Jordan Flanagan, we are forever in your debt. Album copies are still available to purchase. Onwards.”
4. Oya Paya releases new track ‘Focus’
Oya Paya skids into 2020’s lane just before the finishing line with the release of their infectious new single, Focus. Self-described as a ‘a smelly group of twenty-somethings making spicy music’, the metronomic, DIY-scented single is the first from their upcoming six-track mini-album, Connect, planned for release in 2021 via Tri-Tone Music.
Evoking the same dropped-shoulder slackerism of Beck, Pavement or 13-era Blur, Focus is filled with angsty vocals, infectious grooves and deceptively intricate instrumental interplay, setting a thematic precedent for their new body of work. As sore thumbs amongst their peers in the north of England, Oya Paya blend sounds drawing on their combined Singaporean, French, Iranian and English heritage, cutting the freewheeling, heavy-fringed optimism of the classic, nineties 4AD/Sub Pop era into diverse percussive and melodic influences.
5. SG Lewis shares new track ‘Time’ ft. Rhye
Following a string of stellar singles drawn from his forthcoming debut album times, London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer SG Lewis today reveals the album’s opening track ‘Time’ – a soaring disco groove featuring Canadian singer Rhye.
“Time is a song that is central to the album thematically and sonically.” says SG Lewis; “Rhye has one of the most unique and distinctive voices out there, and I’ve been a fan for so long. We wrote the song at Rhye’s studio after watching the sun set in Topanga canyon, a memory which makes this song even more special to me. The beat initially started from a piano loop and a Dennis Edwards sample TEED had started working on with Julian, which I then turned into the instrumental late one night in Nashville.”
“Sam and I first met when he came over to my studio to work on the track.” says Rhye; “He has such great personal energy and a zest for life that it felt natural to work off of that and imbue it into what we were making. I think you can hear the fun in this one.”
‘Time’ is the fourth track to emerge from times, SG Lewis’ upcoming debut album.
6. AJ Wander releases “way We Walk’
Following the success of his debut single, “Time Out,” London-based pop singer-songwriter AJ Wander has now shared his second track, “Way We Walk,” out today. The song, produced by Brad Mair (Dean Lewis, Jamie Cullum), is an emotive pop number, demonstrating Wander’s dynamic voice and masterful melodies. Lyrically, “Way We Walk” centers around the end of a relationship, as Wander states, “I wrote ‘Way We Walk’ after an ex and I discovered the lie we’d been living together. We finally saw the truth that we weren’t made for each other and that ignorance isn’t always bliss.” “Way We Walk” is out now and available to stream here.
7. The Heavy Hours release new single ‘Desperate Days’
“Desperate Days” is the third song released by the Cincinnati quartet The Heavy Hours. The new song was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Matt Maeson) and produced and mixed by David Baron in the Catskill Mountains and follows the release of past two singles “Don’t Walk Away” co-written with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and “Ache.”
The band said of the song: ‘“Desperate Days” is the light of the sun after a storm; the reward that comes after hope during hard times. It’s a song we wrote during our quarantine experience; it’s all about the silver linings of this strange year. We sent ideas and melodies over the phone to each other, wrote the lyrics to it on a rainy day in Ohio, and then recorded the track on a rainy day in Woodstock NY.”