Weekend playlist: six new tracks to listen to
Keeping up to date with new music releases can be a difficult task. Your weekend playlist offers a brief introduction to a wide range of new tracks and the most interesting emerging artists.
Of Mustafa to Japanese Breakfast, here is a playlist of six songs of new and recent music that deserves both your attention and your good earphones.
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For years, Mustafa – formerly known as Mustafa the Poet – has documented life in Regent Park in Toronto, regularly building a loyal fan base through his poetry, filmmaking, and association with hip hop collective Halal Gang. . While his poetry often focuses on the pain and trauma of gun violence and the systemic inequality often associated with Regent Park, Mustafa also paints detailed portraits of the people who make up the neighborhood, telling stories of resilience and pride. which often make the headlines.
In March 2020, Mustafa released a video for “Stay alive“, an emotionally heartbreaking plea to the youth of Regent Park that combines visual themes of hip hop with mellow melodies sung on a fingerpicking guitar – an aesthetic he calls for”‘Folk music from the city center.”
On his debut album, “When Smoke Rises”, Mustafa teams up with fellow “futuristic folk” James Blake and Sampha, and producers Frank Dukes and Jamie xx for a stunning collection of Regent Park love letters and odes to the friends he lost. .
On “Ali,” Mustafa pays homage to Ali Rizeig, who was 18 when he was killed in his home in 2017. The song and its accompanying visual depict a grieving community, a stark reminder of the relentless void that the violence leaves throughout an entire community.
Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen: as before
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen are among the best singer-songwriters currently working in the increasingly female-dominated indie rock genre. Van Etten’s “Remind Me Tomorrow” and Olsen’s “All Mirrors” were both considered top albums of 2019.
What happens when the two artists collaborate? Turns out you’re getting the best Bruce Springsteen song since the release of War on Drugs “Red eyes,»And the best independent duo since… Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger-strike”?
What you get is an instant classic and one of the first contenders for the song of the summer, a hymn so joyful and triumphant you’ll find yourself hitting the “repeat” button before the outro even sounds. Give us a complete album!
Japanese Breakfast: Good Wild Boy
It has been a great year for Michelle Zauner. In April, she published a memoir titled “Crying in H Mart”. The book, based on a New York essay of the same name, explores how Zauner’s experience in mourning her late mother was shaped by their shared love for Korean cuisine, and how this love of food informs his Métis identity. The book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
On Friday, under the nickname Japanese Breakfast, Zauner released their highly anticipated third album, titled “Jubilee”. The new album sounds more ambitious and dynamic than its previous music, a far cry from the jangly indie pop of “Everyone wants to love you”Or the relaxed grooves of“ Road Head ”. On the first single from “Jubilee’s”, “Be niceZauner sounds effortless as she reuses the sounds of funk and new wave pop, creating a modern aesthetic that would make both David Byrne and Blondie proud.
Then there’s the gripping video for “Savage Good Boy”, starring Zauner and Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”). The song and the accompanying visual address the idea of the wickedness of the ultra-rich, and both show a satisfying twist at the end.
Cadence Weapon (feat. Manga Saint Hilare and Strict Face): On Me
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last summer, Toronto rapper (and former Edmonton poet laureate) Rollie Pemberton, better known as Cadence Weapon, hit the studio, determined to permeate new music as he created from his political advocacy and research on inequalities in the city.
“I was inspired by classic albums that balanced a political message with funky music: ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye, ‘There’s a Riot Goin’ On ‘by Sly & The Family Stone,’ The Clash ‘s “Combat Rock,” Pemberton wrote in a post for its substack newsletter. “I wanted to speak the truth to power like Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron and Linton Kwesi Johnson. I wanted to rage against our political leaders over the rapidly growing inequalities as the pandemic raged. “
The result is “Parallel World”, Pemberton’s fifth studio album, released in late April. Featuring collaborations with Montreal electronic producer Jacques Greene, 2020 Polaris Music Award winner Backxwash and others, the result is an eclectic mix of genres and sounds – from grime to drill to acid house. – which Pemberton uses as a platform to rap about police surveillance, inequality, and racism (plus a few hits against Doug Ford and John Tory.)
On the track ‘On Me’, starring British rapper Manga Saint Hilare, Pemberton explores how seemingly benign digital products, such as facial recognition technology, are used by police as shape-reinforcing surveillance tools. systemic racism. The music video for the song was released on Tuesday.
Arooj Aftab: Diya Hai
The music of Arooj Aftab, artist of Pakistani origin and based in Brooklyn, is difficult to pin down: profile at Al Jazeera describes it as “somewhere at the intersection of Sufi, Pakistani folk, jazz fusion and semi-classical”. On his stunning new album, “Vulture Prince”, Aftab combines minimalist instrumentation with Urdu ghazals: a traditional musical and poetic form that deals with the pain of loss and other forms of longing. Fork examination calls “the closest thing to the blues in Southeast Asia.”
Dedicated to her younger brother, who died while recording the album, “Vulture Prince” is a moving and transcendent exploration of mourning, which grips the listener tightly.
“Diya Hai” is the last song that Aftab sang to her brother, she says NPR.
Bladee & Mechatok (feat. Charli XCX): Drama
On this remix of Swedish artist Bladee’s “Drama”, Charli XCX continues her reign as “Hyperpop queen”, Her self-tuned vocal signature is like an extra dose of simple syrup in your iced coffee on a spring day.
the microgenus hyperpop remains an insular, if not esoteric genre – millennials are likely to be put off by its abrasive, one-iron embrace of ska, dubstep, early SoundCloud hip hop – although interest seems to grow after the pioneer’s death. hyperpop Sophie and the popularity of “Lock It Dance Challenge “on TikTok.
Still, Charli XCX remains the genre’s greatest ambassador, thanks to an effortless charisma that she seems ready to lend to any new artist daring enough to step into this strange musical world.