CORD Friday Playlist #24

Jack Garratt is a hard one to get your head around. If  you think you’ve got him sussed, he’ll prove you wrong with new release ‘Chemical’  – combining a mid-section machine gun mix, marching drum combo and an ethereal piano interlude..

Just in time for spring,  Argentine-Swedish singer-songwriter José González comes out of hibernation with Vestiges & Claws, his first proper solo album since 2007.  His first release “Leaf Off / The Cave,” is a lovely folk strummer which has us all set for summer…

Fully intending to continue their trademark sound in the upcoming EP II, “Song for Zoe & Gwen” is an essential Yumi Zouma track: introspective, intense, with a certain viscosity that moulds its way into into the crevices of your cerebral cortex. In other words, a four-minute daydream that you just can’t seem to wake up from.

Not content with featuring her three times on the Havana Cultura Mix EP, Gilles Peterson invited Cuban chanteuse Daymé Arocena to perform at the album launch in London, leading to the inevitable sign up to Brownswood. Just one listen to ‘Madres’ and you will know why…

Reclusive electronic musician Sam Dunst marks the beginnings of his new project LA PRIEST (pronounced ‘Lah Pree-st’)  with ‘Oino’, an exploration of the same disruptive pop spirit that has been able to distinguish the likes of David Byrne, Prince, Arthur Russell or Aphex Twin from the crowd.

Following a series of single/12″ releases for labels like Fat! Records and Southern Fried, the London duo announce their debut LP for Ninja Tune imprint Counter with a track Black Plastic calls, “a little Caribou, a little Four Tet. In other words: very good.”

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