Summer is upon us and so is a myriad of great new songs to blast through the hottest months of the year.
Whether you want to dance, mosh, or get lost in darkness, this summer will have some sweet new releases for everyone.
Check out these five awesome new singles below and start your summer right!
Boys Noize – Dynamite (Feat. Benga)
Ever since his subversive, buzzsaw-electro masterpiece of a debut, Oi Oi Oi, there has not been one Boys Noize full length I’ve been disappointed with.
Now with his fourth LP Mayday, we see Alex Ridha showing off a new sound that blends his signature brand of techno and electro with contemporary bass music.
This new single from the record is a nefarious banger that has a serious thump to it, Ridha here teamed up with UK electronic legend Benga and the result is one of the toughest, techno-oriented cuts from the record.
Four years after the Berlin electronic music staple released his much lauded Out of the Black LP, Mayday shows Ridha taking on mid-tempo, acid, trap, techno and even breaks, the result is a phenomenal collection of songs that shows that Boys Noize can make any sound his own.
Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
The electronic music world rang with a collective gasp when Australian beat wizard Flume announced his highly anticipated second album, Skin.
This anthemic cut from his first full length in five years features ethereal vocals from well-known musical chameleon Beck and a massive, shimmering beat.
Flume’s eponymous debut introduced the world to his unique brand of beat music, which you may know if you’ve heard his infectious bangers “Sleepless” and “Ezra,” judging by this indelible tune from the new album, the wait for his sophomore release was well worth the wait.
His penchant for meticulous songcraft is reflective here in the deftly mastered instrumental, and Beck, who certainly impressed me last year with his understated feature on the Chemical Brothers’ “Wide Open, is excellent here with his contribution and the glitchy manipulation it undergoes in the song.
Beck and Flume’s collab here is another fine example of worlds colliding and sounding damn good.
MOURN – Irrational Friend
This band of wunderkinds have unveiled a hard-hitting, propulsive new single that demands your attention.
The Barcelona-based quartet MOURN garnered a lot of praise for their impressive 2014 self-titled debut, now with their new record Ha, Ha, He (the title is taken from William Blake’s “The Laughing Song” poem), the talented group embraces the stylings of Chicago post-rock and blistering post-punk and give it their own twist.
“Irrational Friend” is an ephemeral punk jam that is replete with unbridled energy and emotion, from the incendiary instrumental to Jazz Rodriguez Bueno’s galvanizing screams to the menacing laughter in the song’s outro, this track is a nosedive into a maelstrom of anxiety, twenty-something trepidation and youthful abandon, but it will only leave you wanting more.
I was a big fan of the band’s debut, not many bands can take on the vernacular of post punk without sounding too derivative, and the young Spanish outfit did so without reproach.
Now with the incredible fourth single from Ha, Ha, He. (following “Evil Dead,” “Storyteller” and “Second Sage”), it is clear the band has further honed their already impressive sound for this promising new record.
Swans – When Will I Return
Every teaser I’ve heard from Swans’ forthcoming album, The Glowing Man, has gotten me excited for the follow up to the incredible To Be Kind.
Whether it’s the recorded excerpts or live footage, this album, which frontman Michael Gira has described to be the last for Swans in this ‘current incarnation,’ has a great chance to be one of their best.
This haunting new single, the only full song to be shared from the record thus far, features Gira’s wife Jennifer on vocals, recounting a horrific sexual assault and showing true resilience in the face of such horror.
Delicate guitar plucks punctuate the mellifluous, if slightly menacing vocals of Jennifer, she asks the titular words and it seems the whole band follows to buttress the question with a intense instrumental.
You can’t compare any Swans records across the gamut of their 30 year career, it’s hard to predict where they will go sonically when they reveal a new record, but this song is an excellent hint to see that the album that follows will be a continuation of their time-tested brilliance.
Nails – Savage Intolerance
This intense new single from Oxnard, Calif. band Nails is heavy beyond words and certainly takes no prisoners.
The hardcore outfit are an amalgam of the powerviolence, neo-crust and hardcore, in other words, the musical equivalent to a punch in the face.
Their sound is driven by chugging, heavily distorted guitars, incendiary blast-beats and vocalist Todd Jones’ voracious howl.
This new single comes from the band’s forthcoming third album, You Will Never Be One of Us, and it never takes it foot off the gas.
From its opening bar to the very end, the song is suffused with relentless guitars and drums pummeling through and Jones’ harrowing vocals cut through like a chainsaw.
No matter what you’re opinion of hardcore, “Savage Intolerance” is the break-some-shit catharsis we all need in our lives and for a scene that has been balkanized into many standout sub-genres, Nails is hardcore’s most bellicose, extreme band right now and they show no signs of taking it easy in this upcoming release.