Bully, David Crosby & Tricky Unveil Diamonds In Top Songs Of The Week - August 4
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:48:40
This week didn't see the usual big names release new songs, which turned out to be a good thing. Instead a crop of artists, many lesser known, or at least not as well in the U.S. were able to shine through.
Kelela, who you might know from her work with Solange and Gorillaz, is preparing to release her debut LP in October, and this week unveiled its first single "LMK". Bully, meanwhile, announced their sophomore album, Losing, which came with the angsty new single "Feel the Same".
It wasn't all young guns, however. David Crosby unveiled the second track from his forthcoming album, and trip hop pioneer Tricky dug into his roots to pull out one of his strongest pieces yet. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the week:
Kelela — "LMK"
Kelela already has the buzz around her that would usually accompany an artist who has released a few stellar records already. Kelela's debut studio LP Take Me Apart isn't out till October, but nonetheless high praise is already being heaped on the artist and expectations are high. Maybe that's due to her stellar work last year and early in 2017, which saw her collaborate with Clams Casino, Danny Brown, Solange, and Gorillaz. This week the Washington D.C.-born singer-songwriter unveiled the first track from her upcoming album. "LMK" doesn't just meet expectations, it's a hook-up anthem from the second the needle hits the groove.
David Crosby — "Sell Me a Diamond"
It's nice to know that David Crosby still has time to make music when he isn't hurling insults at former bandmates. On his new song "Sell Me a Diamond", the musician searches for a sense of serenity while shopping for a conflict-free diamond. The track will appear on the singer-songwriter's upcoming LP Sky Trails, which is his third album in four years. The track is the second single from the forthcoming record, which first unveiled "She's Got to be Somewhere" back in May.
Bully — "Feel the Same"
Back in 2015, Bully released their stellar debut album Feels Like. It was one of our favorite albums of the year, and now the band is returning with their sophomore LP, Losing. With the announcement of the new record came its first track, "Feel the Same". Lead singer Alicia Bognanno engineered and mixed the single herself. The song finds Bognanno and company once again dealing with the angst of a young person, and describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head.
The Districts — "Salt"
The Districts unveiled the fourth track from their forthcoming album, Popular Manipulation, this week. It's only been two years since the band released their critically acclaimed sophomore LP, A Flourish and a Spoil, and it seems they are coming along well. "Salt" is a glittering synth number that finds contemplative songwriting taking center stage. It's perfect for any fans of those darker indie sounds from the mid-2000s, and lovers of bands like Wolf Parade or Interpol.
Tricky — "When We Die" [ft. Martina Topley-Bird]
In the mid through late ‘90s Tricky was a mainstay atop the U.K. charts, knocking out five straight Top 30 albums in as many years. An early collaborator of Massive Attack, Tricky is known as one of the artists that made Bristol the focal point of music for many years. On his newest track, the trip hop pioneer finds himself collaborating with his old muse Martina Topley-Bird, who he last teamed up with on his debut LP, Maxinquaye. On the song, the two are able to resurrect the dark chemistry that helped bring them to the top of the charts so many years ago.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff