LNWY Recommends: July’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from the return of Chance The Rapper to the continued rise of Compton rapper/producer Channel Tres.

‘I Might Need Security’

Chance The Rapper

As successful as Chance’s last few years have been, his transition into one of mainstream rap’s most likeable rappers has meant sacrificing the irreverent, druggy Chance that first charmed audiences on Soundcloud-only mixtapes ‘Acid Rap’ and ‘10 Day’. ‘I Might Need Security’ isn’t a back-to-basics return, but the pleasantly acidic “fuck you” sample and Chance’s acerbic one-liners might go someway to reminding lapsed fans of Chancellor Bennett of his considerable talents.

‘Grow Up’

Chakra Efendi

Brisbane’s Chakra Efendi meld twinkly, math-y guitar lines with sullen, deep-voiced affirmations of ageing on ‘Grow Up’. There’s a dash of American Football in the winding, spindly figure that makes up the song’s first half, but the catch-and-release that defines its second half is pure catharsis, never reaching all-out fury but remaining seethingly restrained until its final notes.

‘Jet Black’

Channel Tres

Channel Tres’s debut single ‘Controller’ came out of nowhere to be one of the year’s earworms, and ‘Jet Black’ is a further exploration of everything that made ‘Controller’ so successful – the deep-voiced, half-spoken vocals, fierce bass line and Detroit house synths all remain. However, ‘Jet Black’ trades in ‘Controller’’s immediacy for a bouncy groove that unfurls slowly throughout, an impressive follow-up that furthers and solidifies Channel Tres’ growing discography.

‘Make Time 4 Love’

The Goon Sax

‘Make Time 4 Love’ isn’t a reinvention of the Goon Sax’s wheel, but it’s an adult refinement of everything that worked on their 2016 debut Up To Anything, released when the band couldn’t legally drink. It’d be remiss not to mention the heavy resemblance to the Go-Betweens’ ‘Love Goes On’ (member Louis Forster’s dad is frontman Robert Forster) in the lilting acoustic guitars and swelling strings, but ‘Make Time 4 Love’ is no mere imitation – it’s one of the year’s most beautifully sincere love songs.

‘Wish You Were Here’

Charlie Collins

The first single from the former Tigertown singer, ‘Wish You Were Here’ sways invitingly under Charlie’s breathy voice. It’s remarkably considered and developed for a first single, from the wistful guitars to the propulsive drums, making ‘Wish You Were Here’ a lovely, engrossing start to a new chapter for Charlie.

‘Accusations’

070 Shake

070 Shake’s career so far has been defined by a specific minute of music – her scene-stealing cameo on Kanye’s ‘Ghost Town’, her voice a clarion call of positivity atop that album’s mountaintop of anxiety and stress. ‘Accusations’ picks up where that song left off, the woozy beats providing her elastic voice with a bedrock in the chorus. ‘Accusations’ is a reminder that Shake has the charisma and voice to carry entire tracks on her own.

'Easy Money'

Westerman

South Londoner Westerman has been around for a minute, however his golden run of singles in 2018 (‘Confirmation’, ‘Edison’, and now ‘Easy Money’) has solidified his warped, easy-listening pop as an exciting new sound. ‘Easy Money’ takes its sweet time to build, relying on Westerman’s innocent falsetto and buzzing guitars to create a palpable sense of mood and atmosphere. ‘Easy Money’ remains beguilingly catchy to its last seconds, refusing to go where the listener wants it to.

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