Bat For Lashes – Laura
Natasha Khan’s last album featured a song called Daniel (which I always like to think was about me, and not Daniel LaRusso). Now she returns with another name: Laura, a tragic figure stuck in ‘pink blue dream’ who was once the life and soul with a ‘smile so wide and … heels … so high”
This is a stirring torch song, one where the gaps and silences are as striking as the storytelling. A swelling piece of 80s-inspired balladry, her voice is at once sultry and then swelling suddenly over the simple piano line. It’s the type of faded glamour that Khan does so well, bringing a character to life through cooing vocals, expert composition and keenly observed details. Next time I want a song called Dave though.
Blanck Mass – White Math
If you’re waiting for a new Fuck Buttons album you could be waiting for a while longer. But that’s no bad thing if the latest epic from Benjamin John Power’s Blanck Mass project is anything to go by. Last year, he released Blanck Mass’ debut album, a drone album with a focus on nature that enthralled and mesmerised. Now he’s back with White Math, a song that unfurls beautifully over its hypnotising 11 minutes, adding layers and texture as it builds. It’s a shimmering track with an analogue techno feel, slithering along and burying itself in your subconscious only to dig its way out and grab your attention before submerging once more. Then it ends. And you press play again.
Flying Lotus – Between Friends ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy
So we’re all waiting for this album aren’t we? And to tide us over Steven Ellison has been so kind as to put out two instrumental tracks as well as this non-album track featuring Earl Sweatshirt for Adult Swim’s summer single series. There’s also a mysterious rapper dropping Star Wars references who goes by the name of Captain Murphy (who may be Tyler but is also the name of my favourite Adult Swim character, fact fans). It’s a fuzzy, soulful number and is anice reminder that Flying Lotus is a very talented man indeed. Now bring us that album.
-Danny Wright (@dethink2survive)