This week’s new tracks: Mahalia, Taylor Janzen, Swedish Home Mafia
At any time when You’re Prepared
It was the final millennium – properly, 1999 – that Montell Jordan sampled the heart-flutter marimba and cunning guitar licks of Claudja Barry’s 1976 disco observe Love for the Sake of Love, turning it right into a intercourse jam. Now R&B superstar-in-waiting Mahalia repeats the feat, repurposing Jordan’s Get It on Tonite right into a extra nuanced however no much less intoxicating love lesson. Consider it as slaying it ahead.
Push It Down
Finely wrought folk-pop analysing overwhelming feelings from a North American artist referred to as Taylor? There could also be a Swiftian vibe to this lo-fi loveliness from promising Canadian teenager Janzen nevertheless it manages to carve out its personal little self-reflective fiefdom, sifting by means of a multitude of conflicting impulses searching for just a little serenity. Woozy however wounding.
Swedish Home Mafia
It Will get Higher
After a powerful growth and bust-up within the 2010s, it’s correct comeback time for the Scandi DJ trio who helped embed EDM within the mainstream. If this stomping minor-key melange begins off all “murderbot parade drill in sunless dystopia” there’s additionally a Soul Limbo cowbell interlude that means SHM haven’t completely misplaced their knack for goofy delirium.
My Sailor Boy
Shivery timbres: absolutely if anybody deserves to surf the wave of 2021’s barely ridiculous shanty obsession it’s the beloved Collins, keeper of the English conventional music flame. The lead-off observe from the octogenarian’s new Crowlink EP has a soothing nautical vibe, lapping at you with floaty waves of area recordings exquisitely threaded collectively by her celestial vocal.
Don’t Wait Up
Form of a disgrace Kenny Rogers won’t ever hear this sculpted banger from the mighty Shak, because it feels in dialogue together with his cowl of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Like to City. Neglect the stricken husband begging his spouse to remain in; Don’t Wait Up proclaims a solo evening on the tiles would be the smartest thing for all involved. (Kenny would even have dug the depraved organ bit.)