This Week in Music: Saying Goodbye to Summer
It’s a sad fact that summer is coming to an end, but that hasn’t stopped the music world from pumping out some last minute, sun loving hits. While we’ve seen new releases from everyone from Disclosure to Lana Del Rey and it’s kept us grooving all week long. Check out some of the latest, greatest tracks as we say goodbye to summer.
’Willing and Able’ – Disclosure ft Kwabs
We’ve been counting down the days to September 25th, the release date of Disclosure’s new album Caracal. However, the duo hasn’t kept us without some sneak peeks of what’s to come. After already releasing four tracks from the new album (‘Bang That,’ ‘Holding On,’ ‘Moving Mountains,’ and ‘Omen’), we’ve now get the fifth track ‘Willing and Able,’ featuring vocals from the Brit sensation Kwabs. The video is a simple graphic showing a profile of Kwabbie singing and the beat is everything we know and love of the electronic brothers. With lyrics like, ‘if I’m gonna fall in/ I’m gonna fall my all in,’ this is the track for people who aren’t ready to let their summer fling end.
Pre-order Caracal here
‘Hell You Talmbout’ – Janelle Monae and Wondaland Records
This year (or really any year for that matter) has not been especially kind to people of color in this country. Hundreds of POC have already been killed by police this year alone, and more trans POC have been killed already in 2015 than in all of 2014. It feels timely that Janelle Monae released the protest song ‘Hell You Talmbout,’ alongside her newest record with Wondaland Records The Eephus. The almost 8 minute track features a strong drumline and chorus chanting. Monae, along with the rest of the Wondaland crew, call out many black citizens that died in police custody this year, demanding, ‘Say [his/her] name!’ The powerful track remembers Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and many others.
Purchase The Eephus here.
‘Slumlord’ – Neon Indian
It’s already been four years since Neon Indian’s last record, and that’s just not right. However, the eletrco-funk hole they left in our hearts has finally been put to ease with the announcement of their upcoming EP VEGA INTL. Night School, including a tracklist. The title features a shout out to frontman Alan Palomo’s solo project VEGA, so here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a union between the two musical ventures. The upcoming album lists ‘Annie,’ a release from earlier this year, and ‘Slumlord,’ which was just dropped on Soundcloud this week. For those of us that aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to late night summer dance parties, ‘Slumlord’ is it.
Pre-order VEGA INTL. Night School here
’High by the Beach’ – Lana Del Rey
The woman who pioneered sad girl swag is at it again, dropping a video for her single ‘High by the Beach,’ off of her upcoming album Honeymoon. When she’s not letting James Franco wax prose about her, it seems Lana Del Rey likes to spend time at her beachside mansion, staring wistfully out of her window or throwing herself onto her bed. That is, unless a helicopter shows up to crash the pity party. In which case, Lana will blow it up with the spare rocket launcher she keeps in a guitar case on the beach, for emergencies. However, the actual song feels like a perfect closing note to a summer full of dance hits, reflective pondering, and maybe not so much sad as it is nostalgic for the beach days.
Pre-order Honeymoon here
M3LL155X – FKA Twigs
Actual pixie queen FKA Twigs has just dropped a 5 track EP titled M3LL155X, which refers to her self proclaimed female energy ‘Melissa.’ Released alongside were 5 videos that coincide with the songs. They appear on Youtube as a 15 minute short film of raw sexual power. Beginning with the mystic Michele Lamy as an angler fish luring in prey, the film explores a lot of aspects of femininity, such as a pregnant and hardcore voguing Twigs (though not at the same time unfortunately). The songs, which include ‘Glass & Patron,’ feature Twigs at her best and most personal, taking a look at motherhood, the pressure to look systematically beautiful, and the intricacies of intimacy that can have us all feeling like a deflated sex doll.
Watch the full M3LL155X film here
Feeling nostalgic? Take a look back at our track picks for the beginning of summer
Read our exclusive interview with Michele Lamy here