New Tunes Tuesday is going to be a weekly post where I share my favourite songs from the past week.
To kick things off, Florence + the Machine has announced their new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. The titular track features minimal vocals, instead showing off a glorious brass ensemble.
She also released What Kind of Man, a kick-ass rock anthem, with a driving guitar and her signature powerful vocals. It is truly Florence at her best.
Her album comes out June 1st.
Meanwhile, Kanye West unveiled the first track off his new album, titled Wolves. It seems to combine the harsh electro production of Yeezus with the auto-tuned vocals from 808s and Heartbreak. The track seems fairly subdued and hopefully leads into an absolute banger.
Kendrick Lamar also released a new track, titled The Blacker The Berry. Fresh of his Grammy win for I, a track which some felt was too poppy and feel good, this is in total contrast. The beat is aggressive and Kendrick is viciously spitting fire. He is conflicted about the issue of racial violence and also the double standard, illustrated in the powerful couplet,
So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?
When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?
A fantastic analysis of the track can be found here.
To round it up, Odesza who released a fantastic album last year, dropped a remix of We Belong, by RAC. It is one of those tracks that makes you feel so warm inside.
I’ve compiled these into a Spotify Playlist and I’ll be updating it each week. Not all of the tracks have been fully released yet, but I’ll add them when they are.
As always, enjoy!