Editor’s Pick of The Week – May 11, 2018
Danish Chaudhary · May 14, 2018 · 3 Minute Read
While you were busy deciphering the latest Donald Glover video, this is all the good music you missed. Listen Now to our Editor’s Pick of the Week.
This week we received a bunch of great earworms, including two charismatic singles from the long-lost, visceral group, Jungle, a delicately-produced EP, Xeno, from Santino Le Saint, and a utopian single from the oh-so-sad Lykke Li. We also heard a blissful album that calls you home on a summer evening – Earthly Days by William Prince, and Phairo’s lovely new electronic EP.
We also got to listen to the rejuvenating sixth album from Arctic Monkeys, a Diplo-tastic single from the newly-formed supergroup LSD (Labrinth, Sia and Diplo), a full-length album from Marian Hill. Additionally worth mentioning: a long-awaited and awkwardly danceable single from Orbital, and a lovely album about the longing and delinquency of youth by Ssion. Lastly, we’d be amiss if we didn’t send a huge shout out to 20-year-old singer and rapper Biig Piig for the most terrific R&B album of this year, at least for now.
From time to time, we receive a song which is both forward-thinking and well-chosen. “House in LA” is one such aural treat, featuring spaced out video shots that show the posher bits of Los Angeles. Echoing the mystically glittering sound of the surreal group, Jungle, this song made us wonder, ‘What is going to be the best track of 2018?’
Another beautiful amalgamation of Electronic and R&B, London-based Eliza does a superb job of bringing the groove and emotions together. This is filled with moveable LFO developments and furious lyrics such as: “And I’m not in this life to be a wife / I make my own little religion” before ending with a happy guitar tone.
Brixton musician Santino’s self-produced three track project “XENO” is the artist’s second EP, leading up to his debut album. An ecstatic piece of work showcases the brilliant production and composition talent that is Santino Le Saint. The noir look of his artwork takes you by surprise with an intensely sensuous “Magic.”
Lykke Li’s third single from the upcoming album, So Sad So Sexy, is a ballad of sadistic yet beautiful emotions. Celebrating her late mother and her own journey into motherhood, the Swede released the melancholic sound on Mother’s Day for her fans.
The anticipation was very high around the new Arctic Monkeys’ album and the subsequent image change for lead vocalist Alex Turner. This album tells (almost ironically) the modern day tale of a band deviating from a definitive commercial path towards a more experimental approach. We were very excited from the artwork and thoroughly enjoyed the album, but like many other pieces being made in these times, it was rather hard to pin the album into one sphere.
Nonesuch Records released the first recording of John Adams’ 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic this week. It’s a stigmatic story of our world coming to the ultimate destruction of all time, right in front of us. The reviews were spectacular — “a magnificent accomplishment,” according to the Los Angeles Times, while the Guardian called it Adams’ “most visionary and ambitious stage work to date.”
Here’s the full tracklist for this week’s playlist
1. “God Break Down the Door” by Nine Inch Nails
2. “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” by Arctic Monkeys
3. “House In LA” by Jungle
4. “Alone & Unafraid” by Eliza
5. “Magic” by Santino Le Saint
6. “utopia” by Lykke Li
7. “Earthly Days” by William Prince
8. “Celadon” by Phairo
9. “Fuckin ‘N’ Rollin” by Phantastic Ferniture
10. “Audio” by Lsd featuring Sia, Labrinth, Diplo, and Labrinth
11. “All Night Long” by Marian Hill
12. “Constellate” by Fleurie
13. “Tiny Foldable Cities” by Orbital
14. “Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3: “Batter my heart”” by John Adams, BBC Symphony Orchestra
15. “Big As I Can Dream” by Ssion
16. “Lay Low” by Dominic Breen
17. “Cascade” by Joseph Ashworth featuring Run Rivers
18. “Dinners Gettin’ Cold” by Biig Piig
19. “Tell Mama (Killing Eve)” by Unloved featuring Unloved
20. “Heartbeat” by Alice Boman
21. “Colors” by Charlz
22. “You Keep Me Coming Back for More” by Artificial Pleasure
23. “Sunday Roast” by Courtney Barnett
24. “Young Melody” by Pnau featuring Vera Blue
25. “No It’s All Over” by ST.MARTiiNS
26. “Anything Goes” by Nvdes
27. “I’m in Love” by Junglepussy
28. “Murmuration” by Simian Mobile Disco
29. “Pioneers” (Yunis Remix) by Alina Amuri
30. “Currency” by Ivy Adara
31. “Horizon” (Poolside Remix) by Tycho
32. “Problems” by Weathers
33. “Good Thing” (Kideko Club Edit) by Kideko
34. “Airplane Tekno” by Spencer Brown featuring Roderick Demmings Jr.
35. “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?” by Snow Patrol