New Track Jukebox – 11/8/21

A jukebox themed weekly recap of notable new releases

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CONTRIBUTIONS FROM: John Peterson, Will Kirkpatrick, and Lindsey Hernandez

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Put Alfie Templeman on your radar right now, I’m warning you! He is so fun and fresh, and not to mention one of the newest faces currently rocking the scene in the UK. Just know that you’ll definitely catch me dancing to this track. – Lindsey Hernandez

Put the pedal to the metal and get your seatbelts on because this track is heavy and grimy. This makes you want to grit your teeth and go wild. If you need to get through an irritating assignment, put this on and play it loud. – Will Kirkpatrick

The instrumentals on this track are great, the piano and synth lines are great. The use of samples for a call and response great. Chuck’s flow and vocal inflection is phenomenal. The track is a bit short, but you can still get down to this. – Will Kirkpatrick

Absolutely heart wrenching in the most beautiful way possible. If you’ve ever had a missed connection of the “right person, wrong time” type, this will strike a chord with you. Listen with caution. – Lindsey Hernandez

Every Connan Mockasin record is a new adventure. His universe is an alarming place to find yourself, but its atmosphere soothes you nonetheless. Maybe, this is how things have been all along, and you’ve simply missed it until now. – John Peterson

This track diverges from the sound we heard on the singles preceding the album, and Lindsey’s fingerpicked guitar-focused ballads are where she shines. Her lyrical skills are at the forefront of the record and the few guitar-focused tracks highlight her playing and writing beautifully. – Will Kirkpatrick

This the perfect break-up song for the next time your situation-ship gets rocky. – Lindsey Hernandez

 Charli XCX takes pop to new extremes with this 80s influenced banger. The track is so incredibly indulgent, rich to the point of excess, but enough quirks and idiosyncrasies shine through to excite the palate. – John Peterson

Lolo Zouaï goes hard. If you’re not aware of her music, let this be your introduction. – John Peterson

The name Silk Sonic could not fit Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars’ collaborative R&B outfit any better, and their third song keeps the soul train chuggin’. It’s sultry and sexy, and while these two sultans of love are getting played by a lady, they are singing their hearts out to heal. – Will Kirkpatrick

Full single review coming soon. – John Peterson

Dijon’s debut full-length album is one for the decade, jump-starting modern RnB with an “absolutely” revolutionary album (excuse the pun, Absolutely is just a great album). – John Peterson

Honestly, the new Parcels record is disappointing: too long of a project that lacks the honesty and vulnerability of a truly successful concept album. Highlights do appear, however, largely due to the impeccable string arrangements. The band’s experimentation is in full swing on “Thefear,” where several unpredictable moments stand out as surprisingly inimitable. What starts as a melodramatic electric keyboard ballad evolves thanks to eerily dissonant strings bending in and out of frame and an entirely reversed vocal passage. – John Peterson

shame’s Drunk Tank Pink is an album of the year candidate, but already the band is back with a new single. Without the context of an entire album surrounding it, “This Side of the Sun” holds up as a single, piquing my interest for what’s to come on their next project. – John Peterson

Godcaster brings a B-52’s-esque energy to the basement with “Tippy Hightailed It.” Frantic guitar playing is matched by a furiously walking bass, held together by a snare-heavy drum performance. To top it off, the chorus vocals are doubled with an absolutely demonic overdub. There’s a control in Godcaster’s madness that reminds you of class acts like Deerhoof. – John Peterson

Aminé has never been comfortable staying in the same spot for too long. TWOPOINTFIVE sees the rapper experimenting with hyperpop aesthetics, most notably pitched vocals and IDM drum patterns. The unconventional rhythms mix well with Aminé’s pop sensibility to create a refreshingly accessible album. – John Peterson

Up for Debate:

Terrace Martin, usually unbelievably successful in combining his jazz background with a hip hop/RnB sound, unfortunately brings a bland album to the table. Overly reliant on its features, DRONES is ultimately flat without the drive of a singular vision. – John Peterson

Foals decided to try out a completely new direction with this funky pop inspired track, I think they might’ve missed the mark though. Even though I’m not the biggest fan, something about it is still distinctively Foals. – Lindsey Hernandez

Get off the Aux:

This is from the movie Mark, Mary, & some other people so maybe there is some context missing and if you watch the movie this song is awesome. It’s a new Green Day in 2021 so it is nothing amazing, but it has the Green Day sound (maybe that was the only reason the directors chose them). Bland at its best and mildly irritating at worst so save yourself the time and put Dookie on. – Will Kirkpatrick


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