Flume – “Never Be Like You” (ft. Kai)

Flume recently released a preview of his highly anticipated sophomore album Skin, and in the mere five minute teaser, it was clear that wunderkind Harley Edward Streten hasn’t lost his magic touch in the world of electronic music. The first single “Never Be Like You” featuring vocals from Kai has the same thumping, textured beats that have become the Australian artist’s signature, with an incredibly simple lyric track to go along with it. Underneath the thick layer of synth, however, I can’t help detecting a slight Justin Timberlake “My Love” vibe, and whether it was intentional or not, it definitively got my attention. Skin will be released later this year.

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Porches – “Be Apart”

Porches, also known as Aaron Maine, is getting ready to release Pool, his first album since 2013’s Slow Dance in the Cosmos. Since signing to Domino records, he has already shared the first single off the record in the form of the soft, synth-propelled  track “Hour,” which also featured vocals from Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline). The dark, emotional track “Be Apart” is the second teaser to the album, and remains as the most upbeat of Porches’ repertoire. Taking the title into consideration, the track almost bleeds yearning and longing, all heard in Maine’s beautifully passionate vocals. It’s a track that pounds with determination and begs to be understood, much like the force behind it.

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Wild Nothing – “Reichpop”

Wild Nothing’s newest album Life of Pause has been gaining more anticipation for it’s February 19th  release ever since tracks “To Know You” and “TV Queen” were shared about a month ago, and now, Jack Tatum has released another brand new track – this time, the bubbly, yet meticulous track “Reichpop.” Tatum has mentioned that his last full-length release Nocturne, while evocative of soft tones and hazy mirages, just felt a little too mechanical, which was necessary for the time in which he was recording. “Reichpop” is the first instance in which his desires to become more organic and humanistic comes through, with a colorful, melodic buildup to the meaty body of the track. Tatum’s breathy vocals are fresh and bright-eyed, almost making the track shimmer in response.

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Blossoms – “Charlemagne”

After a brief break, I’m glad to say that kidwithavinyl is back and ready for action! I hope everyone enjoyed their well-deserved holidays and received everything you wanted (I humbly treated myself to Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker and Skaters’ Manhattan on vinyl after spending countless hours in the record store trying to decide). The new year is bursting with new releases in terms of singles as well as albums, and it’s already starting to become a bit difficult to keep up with them, not that that’s ever stopped me before. A bunch of new releases are in my personal queue, starting with something upbeat and unashamedly fun – namely, Stockport based indie band Blossoms. The title track from their new EP Charlemagne, much like them, is not afraid to be classified as pop – instead, it brilliantly feeds off of that accusation. Tom Ogden’s vocal yelps are catchy and definitely reminiscent of simple pop tunes, but there’s something beneath them that screams originality. Their new EP At Most A Kiss will be released on February 19th.

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