A selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by. This week, Kuedo returns with a Wild Beast on vocals, PC Music’s Danny L Harle teams up with actual pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, and Hyperdub mainstay Scratcha DVA goes down a different path under a new alias.

Kuedo -
‘In Your Sleep’ feat. Hayden Thorpe

 Plus, Green Day are out to prove that they haven’t aged in 20 years, while one of Jamaica’s most exciting new dancehall crews lands on Manchester’s Swing Ting label and David Lynch teams up with Chrysta Bell ahead of theTwin Peaks reboot.

Kuedo – ‘In Your Sleep’ feat. Hayden Thorpe

Chris Kelly: Kuedo emulating film and TV soundtracks? Sign me up: who better to mix Badalamenti synths with syrupy Southern rap grooves? The only thing that doesn’t work for me is Hayden Thorpe’s whispery vocals, which fit the tone but mess up the mood and obscure what is an otherwise arresting production. (6)

Son Raw: “Maturity” is an oft-overrated trait in music but it suits Kuedo like a glove. Severant initially felt like a left turn from Vex’d’s psychotropic adolescent rave, but with hindsight you can draw a straight line from those demented bass lines to this minutely tweaked sound design. Throw in some ace songwriting and you’ve got an atmospheric bit for the ages. One complaint though: if you’re going to feature a vocal, push it up front. Scared money don’t make money. (8)

Haley Potiker: Calling an electronic genre “trap” doesn’t make any sense, because you can’t strip hi-hats from their context and erase everything else. This is the kind of grand, bloated, dramatic song that makes you remember why going out in 2013 was so tedious. (3)

Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: At first this sounds like the soundtrack to a particularly moody car ad, before it segues into the type of smoothed-out trip-hop you’d find on side B of the Mission: Impossible soundtrack. You’re being sold something with this song, and it’s effective enough for that, but I can’t help but wish that Kuedo and a mumbling Thorpe had a more compelling product.


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A selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by. This week, Kuedo returns with a Wild Beast on vocals, PC Music’s Danny L Harle teams up with actual pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, and Hyperdub mainstay Scratcha DVA goes down a different path under a new alias.

 Plus, Green Day are out to prove that they haven’t aged in 20 years, while one of Jamaica’s most exciting new dancehall crews lands on Manchester’s Swing Ting label and David Lynch teams up with Chrysta Bell ahead of theTwin Peaks reboot.

Kuedo – ‘In Your Sleep’ feat. Hayden Thorpe

Chris Kelly: Kuedo emulating film and TV soundtracks? Sign me up: who better to mix Badalamenti synths with syrupy Southern rap grooves? The only thing that doesn’t work for me is Hayden Thorpe’s whispery vocals, which fit the tone but mess up the mood and obscure what is an otherwise arresting production. (6)

Son Raw: “Maturity” is an oft-overrated trait in music but it suits Kuedo like a glove. Severant initially felt like a left turn from Vex’d’s psychotropic adolescent rave, but with hindsight you can draw a straight line from those demented bass lines to this minutely tweaked sound design. Throw in some ace songwriting and you’ve got an atmospheric bit for the ages. One complaint though: if you’re going to feature a vocal, push it up front. Scared money don’t make money. (8)

Haley Potiker: Calling an electronic genre “trap” doesn’t make any sense, because you can’t strip hi-hats from their context and erase everything else. This is the kind of grand, bloated, dramatic song that makes you remember why going out in 2013 was so tedious. (3)

Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: At first this sounds like the soundtrack to a particularly moody car ad, before it segues into the type of smoothed-out trip-hop you’d find on side B of the Mission: Impossible soundtrack. You’re being sold something with this song, and it’s effective enough for that, but I can’t help but wish that Kuedo and a mumbling Thorpe had a more compelling product.


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