The Round-Up (17/07/20)

Track of the Week: Nubya GarciaSource
Unadulterated jazz at its finest, need I say more? In this 12-minute journey of a song, we are subjected to a glorious cacophony of sound. Cymbals crash and the keys go wild as Nubya Garcia plays her signature saxophone to perfection. The music never stops, there are no breaks, no resting periods, just pure, gratifying energy. Grab your glass of red, sit back and allow yourself to be absorbed by one of the best jazz tracks released this year.

Bleach Lab – Sleep
Spaced out melodies and a Mazzy Star-like basslines, Bleach Lab bring you into a state of misty euphoria. It’s the kind of tune they’d play in an uplifting episode of Skins, as it just melts the chaos away and as it ripples to a finish, you’re left looking towards a bright lit credit scene. In other words, we love it.

Erasure – Shot A Satellite
Erasure have released a space-age track that takes you back to shows like Quantum Leap and Star Trek. It’s hard not to see them blasting off and travelling to different countries hen the track is layered with percussive synth and 80s beats. Like The Orielles album earlier this year, this track will lift you out of this atmosphere and into the twinkle of space.

Florence Arman – Naked
Naked is a dreamy debut from Arman, letting us in on her vulnerability and breathy vocals that could take TikTokers by storm. Somehow, Arman mixes flirtatious and innocent into a sweet mix. I for one, am at the edge of my seat waiting for a further release.

Dizzy (Gengahr remix) – Roman Candles
Did someone say living room danceparty? Because if so, I know what track to play. Gengahr turn this tune on its head, as even though the lyrics focus on people drifting away, the remix has a series of tight beats and a high indie energy. Serious Holy Fuck vibes (the band, but I did also think holy fuck this is good).

Holy Motors – Country Church
Wack on your best cowboy hat, put on your finest boots and mosey on down to the titular ‘Country Church’. Shoegazey, lo-fi vocals are intertwined with dreamy country guitars, teleporting us straight to the haziness of the wild west, and we’re all here for it.

Lomelda – Wonder
Lomelda’s Hannah Reid said this is her most fun track to play, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s bouncing guiatrs and warm vocals make it feel as if Lomelda is right next to you, sharing stories to her best mate. Giving you motivation and the drive to get out there and be productive, it really makes you wonder how she does it.

MICHELLE – Sunrise
A song that shimmers with a pastel groove. The NYC sextet create a diverse sound with Sunrise, with its 70sesque bassline nad modern pop flares. It’s what makes MICHELLE, MICHELLE. Their ability to sound flawless no matter the musical combination.

Fawns of LoveNever Sing For Joy
Give me a song with synths and the line “darkness haunts me” in it and I’ve reached black-eyeliner-zen. I’m beyond an aesthetic, I AM THE AESTHETIC.

Rey Pila – Drooling
Honestly this synth beauty will leave you drooling. The journey from Caribbean beat to multicoloured psychedelia shows the new influences the band from Mexico City have taken on. It’s a new futuristic direction and at The Rodeo, we’re here for the ride.

Riskee and The Ridicule – Young and Beautiful
So you’re telling me Riskee have made a rock cover of Lana? Yes they have. And is it good? You betcha. If the original was a spark, this new grittier take is a forest fire.

Submotion Orchestra – Blend
‘Blend’ is an apt title for this track. It’s like a smooth Colombian coffee bean, earthy like the rainforest with a hint of caramel, a strong body and a sultry aftertaste… Wait… ‘nuff of that bullshit. It’s a quality tune to have a bath too. End of.

Tiña – Golden Rope
Golden Rope is a bittersweet dive into Tiña’s upcoming album. On the outside, its wild western drums kick you into action but as you sit and listen to the words, you hear frontman Joshua Loftin ‘a cowboy gallop away from suicide on a horse named self-compassion.’ It is quite dark, but it’s a midnight snack.

Widowspeak – Plum
Almost folky tones ring through Plum in its dusty guitars and warm melodies. The track focuses on what should be rather than what is and in Molly Hamilton’s soft, almost vulnerable, vocals the message rings clearer. It’s one for the late night stargazes or the early morning brews. If Widowspeak are a pulm, then I want to be one too.