Making a case for ‘Zero Summer’ is UK duo, Dirty Nice.
We are not entirely sure what the term ‘zero summer’ means, but the lyrics suggest the track maybe politically driven; “…the people are living in a zero-sum game…they accept there will always be a winner and a loser…they don’t try make things work for everyone…they don’t care?”. This despondent attitude is further displayed by the overtly chilled, lo-fi feel throughout the track.
We wrote about London based, multi-instrumentalist, HudsonScott, a few months back.
Since then, Hudson’s been in the studio with Rodaidh McDonald (Låpsley, KingKrule, Thexx).
Lucky for us, Hudson has taken a little bit of time out of his busy schedule to put together one hell of a playlist for Indietronica.
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
This is one of my favourite opening tracks of any record for sure- the perfect blend of groove, adventure and hooks.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
I’m an album listener, I like a body of work to sink my teeth into, but its sometimes nice when a band you love throws you a loose bone as good as this.
Chris Cohen – In A Fable
This song is so good. I love how warm and meandering it is and how the form has hardly any repetition but every melody is beautiful.
Shuggie Otis – Special
Shuggie has been a proper hero of mine for a while now but this one is pretty new to me. Its real bouncy.
Arthur Russell – You And Me Both
Another of my hero’s. This song is another meanderer, loads of breathing room. Arthur Russel has this amazing ability to balance romance and groove without it ever being cheesy and I think I’ll listen to him for my whole life.
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Two things I wanted to get on this list was some 80’s tunes and some synth nerdery so I ticked both boxes with this song. Amazing song and inspired use of what I’m pretty sure is a Roland TB-303 (the synth that birthed acid house) for the bass- you hardly hear that synth in this pop context and it works so well.
Blood Orange – Desiree
Definitely his best record so far- I love it right now and this track is a standout.
Little Cub – Intent
These guys are my best pals an they’re gonna do big things in the next few years. Huge beat at the end.
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Needs no introduction.
Gwen Guthrie – Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)
I’m telling you to never doubt the triangle as an instrument- you’ve got to be pretty confident to have it pretty much on its own for almost 30 seconds though! This song’s chorus kills it.
UK Tour Dates
September 4 | We Are Your Friends, The Bullingdon, Oxford September 15 | The Victoria, London October 14 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Cookie, Leicester October 15 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Bullingdon, Oxford October 28 | Beacons Metro Festival, Headrow House, Leeds
Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker
Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.
The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.
Björk – Stonemilker
This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.
Miguel – Waves
This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!
Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts
The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.
Anohni – 4 Degrees
She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.
Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”
Maybird – Turning into Water
They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.
Radiohead – No Surprises
It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.
Spoon – Inside Out
I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.
Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.
Viigo are used to fully documenting their emotions through vocalist, MJ Hancock’s lyrics.
Like so many musicians, Viigo use music to explore anxiety, despite there still being a taboo about the subject, and nothing says it better than their new single ‘Paranoia’, which we are sharing today along with an excellent playlist.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
This dude just keeps getting better and better. The horns on this new one are awesome and the hook is truly clever.
Tabu Ley Rochereau – Hafi Deo
I put this on at pretty much any family get together I attend. The backup vocal hook is super catchy, nice airy track with a sweet bridge a little over 3 minutes in.
Nohelani Cypriano – Lihue
The intro to this track gets me every time. Sweet dreamy vibes throughout.
Janet Jackson – Got ’Til It’s Gone
The descending bass line on this is perfect and outside the box. J Dilla ghost-produced this track, if by ghost-produced you mean he got his credit snaked by the powers that be.
Empress Of – Woman Is A Word
This one is hard as hard gets. Empress Of is our collective favorite going right now.
Nite-Funk – Let Me Be Me
Our new summer jam. Let’s you be you.
Neon Indian – News from the Sun
The whole album feels like a tape of a radio show passed from hand to hand, this closer is the Parade era Prince moment.
OutKast – Da Art Of Storytellin’
One of the most haunting tracks from the Dungeon Family, one of our biggest influences when we make Viigo tracks.
serpentwithfeet – flickering
This is just plain beautiful. The vocal is out of the park.
Viigo’s single, ‘Paranoia’ is out now via 10K Islands.