This week’s bevy of singles is a cornucopia of cool; here are five new songs from Tijuana Cartel, Hen Ogeldd, Action Bronson, Jorja Smith, and Ex-Olympian featuring the awesome vocals of ex-Saskwatch frontlady Nkechi Anele.
Tijuana Cartel, Minimal Stuffing
QLD electronic dance quartet Tijuana Cartel have this week delivered a mesmerising clip to go with Minimal Stuffing, which came out a couple of weeks ago as the first single to the band’s upcoming album Acid Pony (out November 13). It’s serene, it’s secretive, it’s sparkling, it’s a jam.
Hen Ogledd, Trouble
You like eclectic? Well… do ya, punk? Try this on for size:
“Inspired as much by ABBA as the work of 12th century mystic-composer-naturalist-
Trouble has some marvellous airy, artificial panpies as a synth backdrop alongside a great New Wave pop beat, and features weirdly wholesome, precise vocals. We’re feeling it. (Domino)
Jorja Smith, By Any Means
As the lead single from Roc Nation’s impending Reprise project, By Any Means sees British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith absolutely knock it out of the park with this aural missive which attests that for some, BLM isn’t a back tile on your insta but a lived experience of a lifetime.
“See all this pain in the headlines/ But I have cried for the last time/ But know what happens, see/ You would be blind if it was just an eye for an eye,” she sings against gorgeously moody, operatic, harmonic splashes of BVs and a half-time hip hop beat. (Roc Nation)
Action Bronson, Latin Grammys
Yer fella Action Bronson is back with Latin Grammys, a mega-sauntering little Latin-inflected jam with agogo bells and wah-guitar licks. And how’s that clip, inserting Bronson into footage of the 1995 World’s Strongest man comp (competing as ‘Action Ver Magnusson’)? It’s so charming. Isn’t it charming? Charming.
Bronson says: “It’s all about metamorphosing; this song is about coming of age. I love a good Latin-jazz, upbeat vibe. It’s got that funk, you know? You can do all kinds of dances to this song. You know a song is good when you can do all different types of dances to it, and you’re still on rhythm.” Olé, bro. (Loma Vista/Caroline)
Ex-Olympian feat. Nkechi Anele, Lilac Youth
We love everything Nkechi Anele even breathes upon let alone lends her stunning vocals to, but this one’s a special peach. Recent Dot Dash signee Ex-Olympian spritzes some disco hi-hat, bright trumpet, breezy piano triads, swerving strings, and cute Nile Rodgers electric guitar daubs for Anele to soar over, and it’s like a sweet beach sunset party. (Dot Dash/Remote Control)