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The Best Songs of the Month

The Best Songs of the Month

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Music Editor
Updated: 1 September 2017

As we soak up the last rays of the summer, August has seen the return of some big hitters such as Brand New and LCD Soundsystem, along with debuts by rising acts like Alice Gray and Self Esteem.

Here Culture Trip’s music editors, Ann Lee and Ryan Kristobak, pick their favourite tracks of the month. Enjoy!

Brand New – ‘In The Water’

‘Alt-country’ can most simply be defined as country music for people who don’t like country music. In their iconic final albumScience Fiction, emo rock legends Brand New pull up an alt-country flair several times, but ‘In The Water’ brings all of the pieces together for six, unprecedented minutes that few would have assumed the band capable of, or even interested in, writing. —Ryan Kristobak (RK)

Kllo – ‘Downfall’

Australian duo Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul combine garage with hazy synth pop to create something altogether more sultry and romantic. —Ann Lee (AL)

Brockhampton – ‘Sweet’

Brockhampton proudly claim the title of an American boyband, but being forged in the internet age, they sound nothing like the days of Backstreet Boys. Saturation II, the second installment in the group’s 2017 three-part series, is already proving to be one of hip-hop’s top albums of the year, dishing out cuts like ‘Sweet’. While the production sounds reminiscent of something from the early 2000s that JAY-Z would have tackled magnificently, the many voices of Brockhampton deliver something Hov never could have. —RK

Self Esteem – ‘Your Wife’

Rebecca Taylor, one half of indie darlings Slow Club, is now making music as Self Esteem. Her debut single, ‘Your Wife’, is bold and assured electro pop which promises great things. —AL

Krywald & Farrer – ‘Gypsy Woman (K&F Edit)’

The resident DJs for party group Percolate, Krywald & Farrer recently launched their vinyl-only (500 per release) edits label, Persies. In the fourth installation of their series, B-Side ‘Gypsy Woman’ proves to be an absolute show-stopper; any party that includes this gem among its repertoire will have the floor rattling. —RK

The War on Drugs – ‘Pain’

The War on Drugs have returned with new album, A Deeper Understanding, and ‘Pain’ is the second single to be taken from it. It’s a magnificent, reverb-drenched slice of mellow rock. Bruce Springsteen would be proud. —AL

LCD Soundsystem – ‘tonite’

While LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has said that American Dream, their first new album in seven years, is a ‘darker’, ‘heavier’ record than previous efforts, single ‘tonite’ is a cut of hybrid acid house that will have bodies moving in ecstasy despite its lyrical tangling with mortality and other bleak subjects. —RK

Alice Gray – ‘Pink Cadillac’

Los Angeles singer Alice Gray’s flawless debut single with its summery ’80s vibe is a shot of bittersweet, electro-pop sunshine in the arm. —AL

Daniel Caesar – ‘Transform (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)’

Two of Toronto’s top voices unite on this highlight cut from Daniel Caesar’s debut LP, Freudian. If the rest of the album doesn’t already fill you with the power of love, the soulmate-level mingling of Caesar and Wilson will have your cup overflowing. —RK

Zola Blood – ‘Get Light’

Zola Blood are a four piece from London who make downbeat and utterly spellbinding electronica. ‘Get Light’ is majestic in its gloominess. —AL