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Nine best new songs this week: Childish Gambino, The xx, Run the Jewels & more

15 November, 2016 — by Christopher Ratcliff0

And by ‘this week’ I mean nine best new songs from last week and maybe one left over from the weekend.

Look, by now you’ll have realised that we run a fairly loose ship at Methods Unsound. Just because we have regular weekly columns, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be published on the same day every week.

Or that they’ll even appear every week.

Or even contain stuff from that same week.


But what can be guaranteed is that I’ll present you with a handful of fairly recent songs all of a good quality, featuring my own wilfully obtuse ramblings, on a sort of regular basis. And in this unpredictable world, that’s the best you’re going to get.

Rosemary Fairweather – Good News

‘Good News’ is Toronto electro-pop artist Rosemary Fairweather’s tribute to the louche, laid-back sounds of Phoenix. Imagine it propped up at a bar, illegally smoking a Gauloise and refusing to dance until everyone else has cleared away. “No I will not dance yet, not until these cretins have vacated the dancefloor. I don’t want to be infected by their inept, sexless flailing.” ‘Good News’ then takes a long, luxurious drag of a ciggy from behind its coat when the barman isn’t looking.

The xx – On Hold

Everyone’s favourite dinner-party miserabilists are back, and this time they’ve brought a Darryl Hall sample with them. “But we already have a Hall and Oates Greatest Hits” you’ll say as the gloomsome twosome arrive at your house with a half-drunk bottle of Malbec and their new single ‘On Hold’. “Oh okay, never mind,” they’ll reply and just stand in the corner not talking to anyone, but quietly judging your homemade houmous.

Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

Your mum couldn’t do much better than young Mr Glover and frankly you’d be honoured to call him step-dad. As for your current father, he can continue to work and provide for your family while sleeping in the cellar. Sometimes he’ll listen through the floorboards as Donald Glover tells stories of his latest adventures on set playing Lando Calrissian, and one day your father will gather enough to courage to ask him for an autograph.

Run the Jewels – 2100 feat. Boots

Here’s the message RTJ posted on their Soundcloud page along with this new track the day after the US election result. Fuck I love RTJ…

“For our friends. for our family. for everyone who is hurting or scared right now. here is a song we wrote months ago. we werent planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. its about fear and its about love and its about wanting more for all of us. its called 2100. we hope it finds you well.”

Pond – 30,000 Megatons

Pond are an Australian band featuring various current and former members of Tame Impala. It’s like a drop-in centre for people who’ve had enough of Kevin Parker. His loss is your gain, as ‘30,000’ is a gloriously dramatic show-tune for those who have just had enough with the world and would like a hard reset.

Jim-E Stack – Deadstream (Charli XCX and Rostam version)

Jim-E Stack released the gorgeous electro track ’Deadstream’ earlier this year, but here’s Charli XCX and ex-Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam singing all over it just for fun. They thought they could improve it. They were right. But don’t tell them, it’ll only go to their heads.

Dangers – Kiss With Spit

Walking the fine line between erotic and having your face stepped on during a moshpit are Californian hardcore quartet Dangers with ‘Kiss With Spit’. Careful now, you don’t know where those Doc Martens have been.

Los Campesinos! – I Broke Up in Amarante

Your favourite band from your early-20s are back and they sound exactly the same as they did 10 years ago. No that’s not a criticism. It’s nice. Your appreciation or disappointment will depend on how well your year has gone so far.

Cloud Nothings – Modern Act

See above.

For more brand new music check out our latest round-up featuring new songs by Kate Bush and Kingdom.

Nine best new songs this week: Childish Gambino, The xx, Run the Jewels & more
Nine best new songs this week: Childish Gambino, The xx, Run the Jewels & more
And by 'this week' I mean nine best new songs from last week and maybe one left over from the weekend. Featuring Childish Gambino, Run the Jewels & The xx.
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