TRACK OF THE WEEK
Across the two albums they’ve released since 2014 – one of them a Mercury winner – hip-hop experimentalists Young Fathers have always felt honest, but it’s never been more present than on this revelatory, spiritual release from their “just finished” third album. There’s a rough glory to Lord: the gospel choir flood the opening stretches of the track with so much light you’ll worry your headphones are about to rattle and rupture. Then – with the heavens open – someone cracks the door to the basement ajar, introducing a wonky synthetic bass that burns underneath the swell.
Our World (With a Boy on Its Shoulders)
Hector Barbour – AKA Denis Sulta – has become one of the most talked-about names in UK dance music recently, thanks to his signature production style. His lysergic, winding floorfillers used to have clubbers frantically searching online in their attempts to identify the producer behind them, but now the trademarks are unmistakable. Our World (With a Boy on Its Shoulders) is no different; music to punch the ceiling to.
Clean Bandit ft Julia Michaels
I Miss You
When did chart dance music get so miserable? I understand that Clean Bandit are supposed to be Kygo for connoisseurs because they’re from Cambridge and one of them plays the cello, but I’m still not sure that accounts for the exhausting despondency of it all. This song is basically someone singing a whiney Tumblr meme over a tropical house beat. Not exactly Modjo, is it?
Lemon is the first new music to be released by NERD since 2015’s best-forgotten Squeeze Me (from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack), yet they’ve managed to play themselves completely by basically releasing a Rihanna single. She is without a doubt the dominating force here, carrying a relatively uninspired track to a…