Tracks Of The Week: Soul Glo, Baby Queen and more

Soul Glo by Christopher Postlewaite

Soul Glo by Christopher Postlewaite

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Soul Glo have premiered the official video for ‘Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?)’ ahead of their maiden UK tour in September.

“If you’re a Black person who is into any kind of hard rock, you’ve probably had a white person try to talk to you about Bad Brains,” vocalist Pierce Jordan says. “We are constantly compared to them. Apparently, I even look like HR. Can I fuckin live?”

Earlier this month, Diaspora Problems was named as one of Live4ever’s top albums of the year so far after being summed up in our review as, ‘angry, bleak and unconventional – plus also a fucking great sounding racket’.

After their sublime ode to early 90’s hip-hop – the spring single 93 – Mr Jukes And Barney Artist are back with another new track, this one entitled Air To Your Hidden Lung.

“Air To Your Hidden Lung is our tribute to the darker side of 90’s hip-hop – think Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep,” Jukes says. “It’s a bass heavy song to play very loud and wear out your neck muscles.”

The duo will play the Boardmasters and Boomtown festivals next month before a run of headline UK and Ireland gigs during September.

Low Island have unveiled the details of their second studio album Life In Miniature.

It’s been pencilled in for release on November 4th via their own Emotional Interference label, and is to be toured around Europe during September including UK gigs with X Ambassadors in Birmingham and Manchester.

“It’s a reflection on the headyness of youth and a fear of growing up,” Carlos Posada says of Can’t Forget.

With Freakout/Release due on August 19th, Hot Chip are streaming its latest preview Eleanor.

“It’s about the world smashing into you, waves crashing into you, all-encompassing pain, and how you have to walk through it,” Alexis Taylor says.

“The verses are about separation when families are divided against their will. It’s about strong friends. It’s also about Samuel Beckett giving Andre The Giant lifts to school, and about how Beckett must have learned a lot from Andre’s wisdom.”

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has unveiled his debut solo single London Bridge, produced by Leo Abrahams.

“When I was in my early 20s, in Colchester, I would start to see the number 126 everywhere,” Rowntree says. “I lived at a house that was 126, I’d get a bus that was 126. It felt to me that the universe was trying to alert my attention to 126 for some reason, even though the rational part of me knew that that was bollocks.”

“So, London Bridge was one of those. Things just started happening when I was near London Bridge, or going past on the bus, or on the tube going underneath London Bridge. I would just notice events occurring, and it was slightly unsettling.”

Baby Queen is streaming her new single Nobody Really Cares – about, ‘realising it’s okay to be yourself and do exactly what makes you happy’.

“Because people are selfish in nature and only have so much space inside their brains reserved for you,” Bella Latham says. “I think it’s really liberating to know that nobody cares about your self expression as much as you sometimes think they do so filtering yourself to please them is pointless.”

Meanwhile, and after a recent headline show at London’s Electric Ballroom, Baby Queen has been on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR’ UK tour.

N.Y.C.A.W is the latest single from Gwenno’s new album Tresor, which was released last Friday.

“We took a trip to Berlin to work with our good friend Steve Glashier, to celebrate the tradition of protest and as an homage to the brilliant ‘Fideo 9’ TV series which took Welsh language bands to Europe to film pop videos in the 90s,” she’s added on the video.

Tresor was praised for being a, ‘layered, nuanced record which melds the old, the new and the strange’, by Live4ever in our 8/10 review.

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