NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 19
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's New Indie Music, or as I prefer to call it, 10 Songs That Aren't by Kanye West. That's right, while Ye was busy smearing much of the Internet with his ignorant, harmful “free thinking” bullsh*t, the team and I were once again filtering through the blogosphere for the artists actually WORTHY of your time and attention. At the start of what's no doubt going to be another dramatic week for the Wests, then, do yourself and favor and delete that LiftYourself.mp3 file from your hard drive for eternity, and instead check out the following hand-selected tracks from Childish Gambino, Gallant, HONNE, The Erised, Nothing but Thieves, and five other favorites.
CHILDISH GAMBINO – THIS IS AMERICA
Them: What does it mean to be “shook?”
Me: *plays This is America*
Them: Yep, got it https://t.co/aVHTk52MJh
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) 6 May 2018
THUTMOSE (FEAT. NOMBE) – RUN WILD
The first thing that I thought when I heard “Run Wild” by Brooklyn rapper Thutmose was “DAMN! This would sound good in trailer!” Well, it turns out the NoMBe-featuring adrenaline rush DOES feature in a teaser for the forthcoming World Cup mode of FIFA 18. I'm not a sports fan, so this information means NOTHING to me, but you can check out the promotional clip – which stars Cristiano Ronaldo and has clocked up over 1 million views – over on YouTube!
GALLANT – DOESN'T MATTER
Gallant season approaching! Having recently got his D'Angelo on for “Gentleman,” the Mind of a Genius signee continues to tease the release of his sophomore album with “Doesn't Matter.” The song, which was produced by Julian Bunetta, Stint, and John Ryan, is a lil' more uptempo than his previous offering, with Gallant's golden falsetto this time coming draped over a trap-indebted instrumental that quite literally pops.
BAKAR – ALL IN
The British indie invasion is coming and there's nothing that you can do about it! Leading the charge is Bakar, a Fred Perry model-turned-musician who, having previously struck gold with “Small Town Girl” and “Million Miles,” is once again immersing us in his urban London cool on “All In” – the effortlessly stylish first taste from his impending debut mixtape BADKID.
HONNE – ME & YOU
Two of London's finest electronic soul talents come together for a song that's smoother than peanut butter. No, really – if I could smear myself in this track and then lick the remains off my fingertips, then I absolutely, definitely would! Pairing HONNE's effortlessly cool vocals with Tom's virtuoso jazz guitar, “Me & You ◑” is the newest taste from HONNE's sophomore album Love Me / Love Me Not, due out in August on Atlantic Records.
STRØM – TEENAGE CRIME (ADRIAN LUX COVER)
Eight years on from its original release, Adrian Lux's “Teenage Crime” has received a darkened update courtesy of We Are: The Guard favorite STRØM. While the 2010 version was made for laser-lit dance floors, STRØM's reinvention takes “Teenager Crime” down, down, down into the pulsating underground, where the enigmatic producer's haunted vocals bring new meaning to the Swedish club classic.
THE ERISED – TEMPEST
They recently went from six members to just three, but Ukrainian band The Erised are sounding bigger and better than ever on “Tempest.” Featured on their recent sophomore EP One Hundred, it's a vast, larger-than-life electronic pop anthem, with lead singer and all-round vocal powerhouse Sonia Sukhorukova resembling a true force of nature as she presides over the pummeling chorus.
BAD WITH PHONES – NEEDLES
He's been described as both a hacker and a food critic, but it appears that BAD WITH PHONES has a strong career in music ahead of him if his first single is anything to go by! It's an intriguing and eclectic introduction that manages to cycle through a wide variety of genres – from folk to slacker rock – with the whole song coming threaded together by the London artist's warmly intimate storytelling.
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – CRAZY (GNARLS BARKLEY)
There were a lot of musical curiosities released on Record Store Day, although none of them managed to stop me in my tracks quite like this brooding cover of Gnarls Barkley's “Crazy” by British five-piece Nothing but Thieves! Mixing frontman Conor Mason's angst-ridden vocals with an intense guitar backing, this is the St. Elsewhere cut like you or I have NEVER heard it before!
LOW CUT HIGH TOPS – TYPICAL
The main thing that sold We Are: The Guard on Low Cut High Tops was his refreshing “don't give a fuck” attitude. The Seattle grunge musician proves that he's not completely immune to sociopolitical issues, however, in this fast and furious video for “Typical,” which, between the humorous subtitle scenes, actually carries a very important message about police brutality.
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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.