Electric Guest: Dear To Me
It’s three years since Electric Guest’s LP Good America was released, and now the LA-based four-piece is back with “Dear To Me.” The ’70s-inspired tune features HAIM on guest vocals, and it’s a dreamy, synth-y treat. With sweet lyrics including “When it’s bad / Feels like I don’t know which way I should go / But over time I come back and remember / The only thing that I know / You’re dear to me and I know,” it’s a perfect wintertime song that will warm the cockles of your heart. The band will be embarking on a US tour in spring next year.
The-Dream: Love You to Death
With an ode to Rihanna and just a few other tracks, The-Dream’s EP Love You to Death was just released and, despite the singer/songwriter’s ability to perfect the pop song for others (never forget he wrote “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies”), it’s all The-Dream here—sultry, a little dark and with plenty of impeccable falsetto. The-Dream (aka Terius Nash) has had a busy year, lending his talents to Beyonce’s Lemonade, Rihanna’s Anti, Solange’s A Seat at the Table and Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, but apparently has his own LP due early next year.
Joe Goddard: Lose Your Love
Joe Goddard (a solo artist and member of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears) recently released his track “Lose Your Love” which is a house- and pop-influenced, dance delight along with a a six-minute video directed by Fred Rowson. The piece emulates a low-budget video about a new-age, guru leader of cult-esque Colour Spectrum and his meditation-meets-spiritual-guidance-meets-dance class, in which members prance around and even convulse. Hopefully the upbeat track—with plenty of sweeping synths and squelchy sounds—is the first single from a new record from Goddard.
Raleigh Ritchie: Unicron Loev
From his EP Mind The Gap, which is set for release 16 December, comes Raleigh Ritchie’s “Unicron Loev.” The British singer/songwriter (aka Jacob Anderson, aka Grey Worm from GoT) has made a departure from the R&B-influenced tracks on his debut record You’re a Man Now, Boy, with this song—his honeyed vocals floating over warm electro and punchy beats.
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that rounds up the music we tweeted throughout the week, also found in Listen. Hear the year so far via Cool Hunting Spotify.