Just Added - April 2016
Gold Panda – Pink & Green
Friday 29 April, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
The MPFree may be gone, but some things never change. On Friday mornings, our minds and music selections drift towards the weekend. Today’s Just Added is the latest offering from Gold Panda, whose chiming, house-infused ‘Pink & Green’ is a flickering neon light of a song, guaranteed to have you itching for the night ahead.
‘Pink & Green’ is the latest glimpse of Gold Panda’s forthcoming third LP, Good Luck and Do Your Best, which sees release at the end of May on City Slang. The album was inspired by two trips to Japan taken in 2014, the sonic influence of which can be felt at every turn of this heady, immersive record; indeed, even its title comes from a cab ride taken during one of those trips. "As we got out, the Japanese taxi driver’s parting words to us as we left, were ‘good luck and do your best,’" explains Derwin Schlecker. You can catch Gold Panda at the following UK dates:
May 26 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
May 30 - London - Tufnell Park Dome
Andy Shauf – The Worst in You
Thursday 28 April, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
Andy Shauf is here with another reason to be excited for summer. ‘The Worst in You’ is a taste of his new album, The Party – released next month – and it sees the often melancholy and fuzzed out singer-songwriter embrace a warmer and brighter sound.
The Party is the third full-length album to come from Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Andy Shauf, and judging by the record’s first two singles (‘The Magician’ debuted earlier this year), we’re about to see him step out of the lo-fi shadows that have, to date, partially defined his sound. ‘The Worst in You’ tells the story of “a guy trying to find his girlfriend at a party, and about how easy it is to jump to negative conclusions,” says Shauf; yet while the themes may be as dark as ever, the tone is one of tentative optimism. Hit the link above to add this stark and beautiful track to your playlist on Spotify or Deezer.
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Bout des Doigts
Wednesday 27 April, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
Listen to psych rock giants, Brian Jonestown Massacre, revisit their shoegaze roots in ‘Bout des Doigts’, an oft-bootlegged, once remastered, and now finally spruced up song that dates back to 1991.
This one might take some explaining. Originally released as a hand-distributed, hand-dubbed, cassette, titled Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse – for the longest time, this collection was the stuff of legend; a hard-to-find snapshot of Anton Newcombe’s soon to be seminal outfit at their rawest. After Burger Records remastered and reissued Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse last year, BJM recorded a new version of its stand-out opening track, 'Fingertips', recruiting the help of sometime collaborator Tess Parks, on vocals. The single’s B-Side, which won’t be available elsewhere until its release in June, is a French language version of the same song. Best of all, it is a sprawling, expansive, belter of a song. Add this one to your playlist on Spotify or Deezer by hitting the link above.
Cat’s Eyes – Be Careful Where You Park Your Car
Tuesday 26 April, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
We’re delighted to premiere the latest single from the king and queen of doom-wop, Cat’s Eyes. ‘Be Careful Where You Park Your Car’ is a short, sharp burst of Spector-esque nostalgia, with an ominous lilt.
Five years after the release of their self-titled debut, Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira are set to drop Treasure House – their latest ode to the California girl groups of the 1960s. Coming out June 3rd on RAF, the new material sees The Horrors' frontman and his Italian-Canadian collaborator revisit their dark, hollowed-out take on the hits of yesteryear; beneath each sweet vocal line lurks something far more threatening – either in Zeffira’s unsettling lyrics or the chugging, sometimes dissonant, instrumentation. Don’t forget to follow the link above to add ‘Be Careful Where You Park Your Car’ to your own playlist on Spotify or Deezer.
DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels
Monday 25 April, by Frank Palmer Team Laverne
It’s the dawn of a new week and a new era, as we wave goodbye to the MPFree and say hello to Just Added. Expect first plays, music that’s just dropped online, emerging talent, and new tunes from returning favourites – the latter of which is the case with our inaugural edition. On ‘Nobody Speak’, three titans of hip hop join forces to jaw-dropping effect.
Taken from DJ Shadow’s forthcoming album, The Mountain Will Fall, ‘Nobody Speak’ sees Killer Mike and El-P drop trademark grit and wit on a characteristically explosive beat. The Mountain Will Fall is Josh Davis’s first LP since 2011’s The Less You Know, the Better, and also features a collaboration with everyone’s favourite German neo-classicist, Nils Frahm, as well as Matthew Halsall. That record lands on June 24th via Mass Appeal, but you can find ‘Nobody Speak’ right now on Lauren’s Just Added playlist on the BBC Music website – or alternatively on the BBC Music app.