New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Aug 10, 2020): Saronde feat. Idd Aziz, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cold War Kids, and more!

Artist: Saronde feat. Idd Aziz

Song: “Firewood”

Album/EP: Single

An afrofunk dancehall barn-burner featuring a remarkable traditional vocal sample, “Firewood” is an exceptional cross-cultural offering from Kenyan dance duo Saronde. The hook is borrowed from a 50’s Kikuyu all female acapella sung by young unmarried girls as they collect firewood (hence the name) and is flanked by soulful guitar, warbling slap bass, and grounding hand-struck percussions. In short – it rips. Good luck not grooving to this one.

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Artist: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Song: “Animule Ball”

Album/EP: Lost Songs of Doc Souchon

Comforting and familiar, Squirrel Nut Zippers’ newest is like sliding into an old Dixieland slipper. Fluttering brass stings, gravelly storytelling lyricism, and that hip ever-present kookiness anchors the New Orleans jazz outfit’s latest offering in “Animule Ball”.

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Artist: Cold War Kids

Song: “Somewhere”

Album/EP: New Age Norms 2

The voice may be familiar of early generation Cold War Kids offerings, but the maturation and calming presence of “Somewhere” sets this single apart. Slowly layering crescendos, widely spaced instrumentation, and that all-important sweeping stadium-filling sound build up in the organs and no frills guitars of the New Age Norms 2 single.

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Artist: AVATAR

Song: “Silence in the Age of Apes”

Album/EP: Hunter Gatherer

Blistering lead guitar, dynamic polyrhythmic backings, and a cohesive melodic breakdown tie together AVATAR’s breakthrough “Silence in the Age of Apes”. Teeth-grinding guitar tones right off the top of the tone set the pace for the remainder of the tune – and an immediacy in its thrashing appeal quickly follows.

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Artist: Matt Costa

Song: “Slow”

Album/EP: Yellow Coat

A moody and shimmering Motown slow-rock sizzler, “Slow” lives up amicably to its namesake. Splashy tambourine keeps the beat alongside a sinewy melody plucked on the guitar and echoing ooh’s in the bittersweetly fleeting chorus.

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Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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