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Electric French duo Justice released “Randy” on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 program on Wednesday. It’s the first single off of their upcoming LP Woman, the follow-up to 2011’s epic Audio, Video, Disco.
The six minute track starts off with a bold electric industrial beat that transforms into a melodic disco rave. With the angelic vocals of Morgan Phalen—who was featured on Justice’s previous album—”Randy” comes as a mood lifter with boogie swirls, synths reminiscent of funky electric guitars, and piano notes lighting the way.
Do we dare say Calvin Harris released another song throwing shade at ex-beau Taylor Swift? Whatever the motivation was, “My Way”—which was released by the infamous DJ on Friday—will surely take us all the way through the weekend.
“My Way” is a smooth, toned down club banger that symbolizes summer’s final moments. The single is a dance anthem with breakdowns between verses intertwined with stringy synths and drops of rain.
“You are the one thing in my way,” Harris repeats throughout the track. The inspiration for the new hit song has yet to be announced, but we can certainly place our bets.
Tycho released his second new track of the year, called “Epoch,” paving way for hopefully further new material. There is no word on a new album in the works, but the new single is luckily as epic as its title.
“Epoch” evokes a pristine ambient aesthetic. The almost six minute track is crisp, with refreshing guitar instrumentals, and ethereal synths, finishing off with a sonic combination of both.
Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel released its second single “You Can Be You” ahead of its upcoming album Saintmotelevision. Saint Motel rose to radio fame after the 2014 single “My Type.”
Unlike the typical sound of brass and grooves, “You Can Be You” is a laid-back, inspiring track. Mellow piano clashes with whistles, chimes and electric guitar notes, all winding up into the heavens of a synth-filled dreamscape brought to the earth and back up again.
Dream-pop duo Still Corners released their third studio album, Dead Blue, an LP that seems to have come straight from the night. The British band is Crystal Castles meets Bat For Lashes.
The eerie lead single “Lost Boys” offers an auto-tuned dark haven, with heavy synth, mystic elements and an electric guitar riff during the bridge. The track reflects the nature of the album in its grand entirety, reflecting a nightmare hue.
Dawes released its fifth studio album We’re All Gonna Die on Friday. Having just dropped All Your Favorite Bands last summer, the new album seems to take a nonchalant view on the end of an era.
“Roll With the Punches” is a smooth, chill track featuring rusty and electric guitar strings, and a simple drum set in the background. The chorus is melodic, with retro guitar riffs and sultry instrumentals to end the day on a perfect note.
Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.