Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery

Angus and Julia Stone, Angus & Julia Stone

Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems:


Bootsy Collins, “Worth My While” — If you’ve lost your funk, look no further, Bootsy is back with a funk masterpiece, “Worth My While.” The song is the lead single off his new album World Wide Funk that is due out in October. This first single features Kalis Uchis alongside Bootsy and his world famous space bass. This is one that fans will love, and those not already funky should be prepared to get funked up. The album sounds like it should be great as well with a star-studded line-up of guest acts.


CAPYAC, “Fade Out” — CAPYAC seems to be taking a page out of Bootsy Collins’ book, but instead of space age funksters, they’re taking funk out of the sewers and swamp. “Fade Out” features RuDi Devino and is a nice mix of funk, rap, and electronic jazz.  This one is sure to get you grooving. Devino’s voice is smooth as he raps over a smooth jazzy tune.


QTY, “Dress/Undress” — New York’s QTY has released its latest track, “Dress/Undress.” The song is laidback, fun and has a classic feel to it. The song’s success has much to do with the duo’s vibe. The drawl of the lyrics with the crunchy guitars gives off a very ’90s slacker vibe that’s a welcome distraction from the heavy influence of ’80s synths we currently hear so much. That vibe could come from their work with Suede’s guitarist Bernard Butler as a producer. If you like this one, you’re in luck. QTY is hitting the road this fall, and its first stop is the Great American Music Hall on Oct. 11.


Angus & Julia Stone, “Chateau” — Aussie sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone are back with their sweet brand of alt-pop on the new song “Chateau.” Everything about this song is beautiful. The soft, enchanting vocals blend perfectly with the hypnotizing little dance beat. The vibe of the song is a departure from their usual sound, but it’s a nice change of pace that fans will definitely love. Their new album Snow comes out Sept. 15.


Smash Boom Pow, “Way Too Much” — Energy and aggression are what come to mind with the first 15 seconds of “Way Too Much” by Smash Boom Pow. The Vancouver, B.C.-based duo has an Artic Monkeys type of sound to their brand of alt-rock. With two EPs under their belt, these two are barreling toward a full-length album later in the year. If it’s full of liveliness like this, it’s sure to please.


Shane’s Favorite: My favorite this week is Angus & Julia Stone’s “Chateau.” The vocals are beautiful, the beat is catchy and the song will quickly become a favorite of yours, too. These guys are seriously good. The good news is that they are heading out on tour this winter. The bad news for the Bay Area is that their Dec. 3 show at the Fillmore is sold out already.

Follow reporter Shane Johnson at Twitter.com/shanejohnson14 and Instagram.com/thehurra.

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