What’s New From Thom Yorke, Stromae, Yung Beef, Grimes And Other Songs From January | Babelia


The Smile – ‘You Will Never Work In Television Again’

The group made up of Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead along with drummer Tom Skinner, from Sons of Kemet, promised, due to the releases of its members in recent times, a lot of abstraction, a lot of experiment, a lot of cerebral matter and a lot of gentleman in the 50s. nodding his head while listening to his songs in line at some organic greengrocer in a big city where the tram has recently been brought back and bike lanes and green areas have been expanded. To the surprise of that faction of the world that is still aware of the future of Radiohead, and that not only comes across Greenwood’s last name in the credits of some movie that he liked a lot and understood just, this song is a hammer blow of punk that drinks directly from The Wipers or Stooges and has a title that could have been used in one of the series and movies that have been shot narrating the life of the founder of Fox News, Roger Aisles. The cut is holy water for those who still believe that The Bends This is Radiohead’s best album. XAVI SANCHO

Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Titanic’

The second preview of the new album by this rapper from Los Angeles is this song that doesn’t last two minutes, but in which countless things happen. Since I saw the light with the bright Some Rap Songs, Sweatshirt has been gaining weight. Here he is in glorious form, nailing the words, flowing like some kind of Vince Staples with no hangover. The production is impeccable and each reward of the song that one takes away after different listens is more rewarding than the previous one. The disk to which it belongs, Sick!it’s exactly that good. XS

Yard Act – ‘Rich’

This quartet from Yorkshire has become the alternative sensation in the United Kingdom, when no one thought that alternative sensations would ever exist again. With a postpunk full of words, half recited, half sung and full of cowbells, bongos and other pottery, his is a true marvel. In this cut, which at times seems timid and at times an exercise in almost aggressive bravado, they recount the misadventures of a poor man who, overnight, becomes rich. What a tragedy. He is funny, he is lucid and you can dance and sing while you dream of collectivizing the means of production. He sounds like another era musically, but vitally he seems eternal. What he gives us and also what he asks of us, we have always wanted and there is no reason for us to stop wanting it at this point. XS

The Belgian singer Stromae during the news interview in which he unveiled 'L'enfer'.
The Belgian singer Stromae during the news interview in which he unveiled ‘L’enfer’.TF1

Stromae – ‘L’enfer’

In a much more interesting game of artifice than that of Kanye West putting on a balaclava, the return of the Belgian Stromae offers a suggestive reading: postmodernity has found in music the perfect place in which to develop and tell stories. In this case, we are talking about a song in French about the demons of suicide, which sonically navigates between experimental rap, world music and song, and which was released to the world at the end of an interview on a top-rated newscast on a French private channel, with the performer acting like a ventriloquist doll moving his lips. The provocative message – the real enemy is not Putin but our minds, trapped between the simulacrum and reality – transcends and proves effective, especially when in the last 20 seconds the song breaks and tears. BEATRIZ G. ARANDA

Silvana Estrada – ‘Being of you’

The formidable emergence of Julieta Venegas, back in the late nineties, was followed by a good number of female voices who incorporated all kinds of perspectives and roots to the rich Latin song throughout this century. Natalia Lafourcade was a kind of outstanding disciple who raised even more the level of admiration towards these creators. In this wake, and with Lafourcade leaving Mexico, the talent of Silvana Estrada is recognized, whose voice is penetrating and whose compositions of fine contemporary jazz mixed with traditional Mexican song envelop with the grace of a Norah Jones in Spanish. This song, taken from his new album witheredIt has that elegant and beautiful touch. Captivating from head to toe. FERNANDO NAVARRO

John Mellencamp – ‘Driving in the Rain’

Sing to old age and from old age. That seems to be the main purpose behind John Mellencamp’s new album, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack. This North American rock worker has spent decades surviving on the second line of battle in a business that does not exalt simple song workers. Perhaps that is why Bruce Springsteen, a superstar who went where Mellencamp never could, accompanies his colleague in ‘Wasted Days’. However, that theme seems mediocre compared to others that are hidden on the album. One of the jewels is ‘Driving in the Rain’, a song of overwhelming honesty about the pleasure of driving in the rain when there are few pleasures left and there have been many tears shed for so many goodbyes. With that gruff voice, Mellencamp is reminiscent of a Tom Waits, only here wearing cowboy boots. FN

The trap singer Yung Beef, at his home in Salobreña (Granada), in January 2022.
The trap singer Yung Beef, at his home in Salobreña (Granada), in January 2022.Fermin Rodriguez

Yung Beef – ‘I don’t want your kisses anymore’

It’s hard to keep up with Yung Beef. It is already news when the artist from Granada spends a month without releasing new music. the sensational original gangster It is already the sixth album in a year and a half. It is surely an important point in his career, a more neat and accessible job than previous deliveries, perhaps the first step to burst a WiZink Center in the medium term, for example. If only. In this work there are drugs, sex, darkness, profanity… Material that the ragpicker throughout his career. But she also opens the door to his insides like few times, with songs like ‘I don’t want your kisses anymore’. With a slow, dramatic rhythm, and the basses well up, the musician performs one of his autobiographical stories that mix pain and honor: “I’m not in the front line: / Cabrón, do your diligence and then you envy me. / You do it for fame and I do it for my family.” Successful in the concatenation of rhythms and brilliant in the lyrics. CARLOS MARCOS

Hank Idory – ‘Astronomy Club’

“In search of the perfect melody”. It is the phrase that Juancho Alegrete, a Madrilenian resident in Valencia, writes in his digital profiles. And he has come very close to his motto in astronomy club. When the chorus of this piece starts in a monumental change of rhythm, one cannot avoid emotion and happiness, the excitement of finding oneself before a colossal song. We can cite Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Sloan, Juan and Junior, (of course) the Beatles… Shiny guitars, exuberant vocal harmonies, beautiful lyrics… It would be a shame if the songs of Hank Idory (stage name de Alegrete) will remain buried between so many inconsequential launches. A diamond among the garbage. CM

Hiraku Utada – ‘Somewhere Near Marseilles’

Twelve minutes go a long way, and the Japanese star (the JPop label suits her very much) takes advantage of every second. Produced by Floating Points and sung in Japanese and English, ‘Somewhere Near Marseilles’ swings between the most commercial pop, house and the ambient in a song that goes to more. It is not the star theme of Hiraku Utada’s new album, which has sold more than 50 million copies in two decades of career and several years ago began the assault on the Western market, but it is the most complex and atmospheric. With a voice reminiscent of those of the disco divas of the seventies and, why not say it, of the Madonna of the nineties, Floating Points has built an atmospheric epic designed for the tracks and that smells of summer. INIGO LOPEZ PALACIOS

Grimes, photographed on a street in Los Angeles, California, reading Karl Marx's 'The Communist Manifesto'.
Grimes, photographed on a street in Los Angeles, California, reading Karl Marx’s ‘The Communist Manifesto’.JOOK (Contact Agency)

Grimes – ‘Shinigami Eyes’

Grimes has work piling up. In addition to being about to publish Book 1his long-awaited sixth studio album, which he has defined as “a space opera lesbian”, and to reissue the third, Visions, on the tenth anniversary of her appearance, the Canadian has just announced an unexpected EP, which will bring together a handful of discards from the recording sessions for her new album. The first is this topic, which was successful but somewhat disappointing, if we compare it with the complexity that some of the latest installments of the new queen of the avant popincluding your disk Miss Anthropocene (2020), which already had an uneven reception. The progression of this song bathed in beats synthetics is effective but quite predictable. As much as your imaginary sleeveinspired by death notethe work of Tsugumi Ohba, which allows Grimes to re-incarnate that role of an android girl with which she gained fame, but perhaps, due to sheer weariness, she is already beginning to be exhausted. ALEX VINCENT

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