These are the tracks we were digging this week at New Moons HQ. Check out our New Moons Weekly Mixtape playlist on Spotify, updated every week with our favourite new music.
JAPANESE BREAKFAST ‘BOYISH’
It’s election day, and as soon as I have finished writing this blog post, I am going straight to the polling station to vote – which is why I am going to keep it brief. I just want to urge all of you to use your vote, even if you remain unconvinced by any party – spoiling your ballot paper after all, is a statement in itself. However, you shouldn’t have to do this, because today we have a choice to end the suffering of austerity, to stop the privatisation of the NHS, and to stop people working in the public sector from having to use food banks to feed their families. Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions last year revealed that between 2011 and 2014, 2380 people died within weeks of being declared ‘fit for work’. The Tory government has blood on its hands, and a vote for them today is a vote for five more years of hardship, cuts, and deaths. A vote for Labour however, is a vote for more taxes for the very rich and more help for those who are struggling, and increased spending on public services, including the NHS, education, the arts, and the emergency services. It’s a bit of a no brainer really. Anyway, on my way to the polling station today I will be listening ‘Boyish‘, the latest release from experimental pop songwriter Japanese Breakfast, AKA Michelle Zauner of Little Big League fame. Swathed in soaring string flourishes and dreamy reverb, the track is reminiscent of sixties ballads, with dramatic instrumentation and backing vocals providing a moving cushion for Zauner’s stirring vocal. Rousing and cinematic, the only possible response to this track is to surrender yourself completely and ride on the wave of sixties drama – perfect for easing those election day nerves. Enjoy (and go vote).
BEST FRIEND ‘FULL COLOUR’
I don’t know about the rest of you lot, wherever you may be, but last night in Beaconsfield we had the mother of all rain storms. It was just relentless; hours of driving rain, big fat droplets that soon flooded the street, occasionally morphing into little rock hard pellets of hail that assaulted my windows (and the poor people walking below). It’s just so much colder than it was last week – but I am fully pretending that we are still basking in summer weather today, which is not too difficult considering the sunshine that’s streaming through my blinds. I’ve decided to take the plunge (lol) and finally get myself down to the lido for a very refreshing swim in the great outdoors. On my way there I’ll be listening to ‘Full Colour‘, the latest offering from cosmic hip-hop production trio Best Friend, who are famed for sampling old vinyls and Youtube videos to make their collage-style creations. With summery string flourishes and masterfully sampled vocals, ethereal harp samples add a sense of playfulness to the piece, whilst delicate percussion provides movement and textural interest. Dreamy and scenic, you can’t help but feel summery when listening to this incredibly soothing track. Enjoy.
BOK BOK ‘ISLAND HOPPING’
I slept in very late today – by grown up standards anyway. It wasn’t quite the 4pm vampiric awakening of my student days, but still, something about sleeping in till 11 is so shameful nowadays – perhaps it’s a sign that I am maturing into a fully fledged human being. Our society is facing somewhat of sleep epidemic, with nearly half of us getting six hours or less per night, a far cry from the recommended eight. Not to mention the politics surrounding sleep, as we humblebrag to our friend and colleagues about how little we need to sleep (and therefore our efficiency) – no wonder when we read reports of successful CEO’s getting by on 4 hours or less per night and workplaces are increasingly requiring their staff to stay ‘switched on’ out of hours. It’s almost as if we measure our self worth by how late we stay up working and how early we get into office the next morning, which I absolutely don’t buy. I love sleeping. I love it so much. I’m actually tearing up thinking about my bed right now. Before I dive head first into my duvet I need to go on a cleaning rampage around my flat, and while I do I will be listening to the latest offering, ‘Island Hopping‘ ,from Bok Bok, AKA producer Alex Sushon and founder of record label Night Slugs. With stop-start rhythms, glitchy video-game inspired synths, and ‘raw 12-bit samples’, this repetitive track is textural enough to keep you on your toes, and rhythmic enough to get you moving. Summery and energizing, it’s the perfect music to get you through a cleaning sesh. Enjoy.
ANNIE HART ‘HARD TO BE STILL’
It’s bloody cold today. And windy. It seems like only yesterday I was jumping into golf course ponds to cool off from the sun’s warming rays (which is apparently frowned upon – fuck you Tory golfers, bask in my lily-white limbs as I besmirch your carefully manicured views). I tried to go swimming in an actual pool this weekend, to find that the local lido closes at 12pm – considering I am usually still rubbing crusty little gobbets of sleep dust out of my eyes at this time, this was hardly ideal, and I missed the slot. I went shopping instead, soothing my defeat with racks upon racks of Zara goodies. It’s taken me a while to work up the courage to go swimming alone, and there’s nothing more irritating than committing to exercise only to be told you can’t do it. It took a great deal of bravery to consign to baring my sun starved legs to the world, cellulite, veins, and all, but my love of swimming helped me to overcome my fear of other people (gag) seeing my body in public. My brand new sporty swimsuit is still lying unused in my sock drawer, tags still on in grim defiance. Next weekend perhaps. I’m going to stop moaning about my thwarted weekend plans now, as it’s time to deliver you today’s Track Of The Day, which comes from Annie Hart, of synthpop trio Au Revoir Simone. Having just announced her upcoming debut solo album ‘Impossible Accomplice‘ Hart has shared a first glimpse of the release with her latest single ‘Hard To Be Still’. With grating lo-fi synths, driving drum machine beats, and sugary pop vocals, ‘Hard To Be Still’ is a love song with all the trappings of synthpop danceability. Enjoy.
Stay tuned for next week’s picks!