The Time Out mixtape
The week's best new music, fresh every Friday
Fri Aug 30 2013
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Bibio – 'À tout à l'heure'
That's French for 'laters', but don't let the language fool you: Bibio's music is as English as they come, falling into the same strain of experimental electronic pop as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and (most recently) East India Youth. 'À tout à l'heure' – funky and bassy, but nothing that John Martyn wouldn't have recognised as a proper song – has had a pastoral, psychedelic video treatment to promote the release of Bibio's new album 'Silver Wilkinson' on Warp Records. Most of the grainy footage is from 8mm film shot by Bibio over the last 13 years, and he's written some interesting stuff about the video concept on his blog. In exchange for your email address, you can grab the track for free from Warp's site too.
Wild Swim – 'Another Night'
If you like Wild Beasts, then you'll almost certainly love Wild Swim. They're from Oxford, and they've got the same blend of soaring, soulful vocals – it's always nice when someone in an indie band really sings, isn't it? – with dreamy instrumentation that occasionally does something totally unexpected. This is their new single, out on May 6, and it's an eccentrically gorgeous track that's still surprising after five or six listens.
Baths – 'Miasma Sky'
May 28 – when Baths's second album 'Obsidian' drops – seems a long way away. His debut, 'Cerulean', came out in 2010 and was full of glitchy, skittering electronic pop, like Flying Lotus if he was more into Prince and Deerhoof than free jazz. 'Miasma Sky', the first track off 'Obsidian', is something different: more straightforward, more dancefloor-ready, but still marked by a strange beauty, the occasional jagged edge, and Will Weisenfeld's sublime, high voice. He may be from suburban LA, but we can guarantee that 'Miasma Sky' is perfect for the London sun.
Kelis – 'Jerk Ribs'
Her milkshake used to bring all the boys to the yard, and it's been rumoured for a while that she has a cookbook in the works – and now Kelis has branched out into Caribbean catering. This storming, horny, finger-lickin' good stomp marks a big comeback for the R&B star, who hasn't had much success (apart from a couple of collaborations with Skream and Calvin Harris) since she scored a handful of enormous hits a decade ago. If 'Jerk Ribs' is anything to go by, it sounds like TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek (who produced this song and the rest of her new album 'Food') is just the man she needed to get her fired up again. Don't be surprised if you end up bouncing hard to this track at Notting Hill Carnival in August. You can download it over at Pitchfork.
Daughter – 'Get Lucky'
Since 'Get Lucky'-mania struck in mid-April, there have been many artists who have put their own spin on the feet-itching first single off Daft Punk's new album. London band Daughter might be the strangest – after all, their minimal, drifting brand of gothic shoegaze is about as far as you can get from the badass, rock-solid funk grooves of Daft Punk's collaboration with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. It would be like if Slowdive had covered Michael Jackson, or something. But (weirdly) it works a treat. With a big, distant cloud of super-reverbed guitar and a barely-there rhythm track, Daughter's take on the song is pinned down by Elena Tonra's intimate, almost anguished vocal. It transforms the euphoric hedonism of the original into a paranoid desperation that approaches Morrissey's on The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?' – as though, unless Elena gets lucky tonight, horrible things will happen.
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