Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 22

Alice Merton, The Midnight Hour, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, Loren Odeon, Grace Carter, Louis Prince, Basement Revolver, Harrison Storm, A Tribe Called Quest

Clockwise from top left: Alice Merton, The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge) featuring Loren Odeon, Grace Carter, Louis Prince, Basement Revolver and Harrison Storm.

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

Artists on platforms like 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.


Harrison Storm, “You & I” — This Australian singer-songwriter uses powerful mood changes to guide his haunting narrative. The contrast between idealistic love and the difficult reality lies heavily over “You & I.” Storm comes to terms with his long-suffering love over nimble guitar picking and ethereal piano notes. The song’s sudden drop to almost nothing and the sweeping crescendo that follows give it cathartic grandness to contrast with its heartfelt sobriety.


Grace Carter, “Fired Up” — For Grace Carter, the process of growing never stops. Her newest single reflects her zest for life, treating her life’s challenges as opportunities to build herself up. The song’s arrangement follows her combination of R&B and pop sensibilities, elevating a tight, synth-driven beat with her extended vocal range. Her voice reflects the lasting effect of her lived experiences, but also her decision to push on and learn from her past.


Alice Merton, “Easy” — Over a hard-hitting, hip-hop influenced beat, Alice Merton balances exhilarating electro-pop with moody indie rock for a multifaceted listen. The lead single from her just-released deluxe version of debut album, MINT, the song’s robust dynamics and impeccable groove show once again why Merton has taken off so quickly. And yet, the song’s lyrical content reflects her resolve to remain true to herself as her burgeoning career takes her to new places. Acknowledging the flaws she sees in herself, she accepts to uncertainties life brings to her. The song’s electrifying arrangement is a testament to the strength she’s found in the rollercoaster ride.


Basement Revolver, “I Have Been Deceived” — Ontario band Basement Revolver’s new song delves into guitarist and vocalist Chrisy Hurn’s tumultuous relation to her Christian upbringing. Delicate yet potent, its swaying groove and soothing singing eases the listener into a tough headspace. As she tries to reconcile her current self with her hyper-religious youth, the song’s placid nature becomes a balm for neuroses. Her search continues past the last note, having made her feelings loud and clear through a gorgeous piece of dream-pop country.


The Midnight Hour, “Harmony” (featuring Loren Oden) — The brainchild of Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and fellow producer-arranger Adrian Younge, The Midnight Hour carries on the legacy of jazz fusion imagineers like David Axelrod. On “Harmony” the duo concocts a vibrant tapestry of propulsive breakbeats, swelling strings and the suave voice of Loren Odeon. The result is as unpredictable as it is beautiful. From technical bass lines to evolving beats, this project continues to envision hip-hop as high art.


Louis Prince, “Lounging” — Coming off like a bedroom pop take on Bon Iver, Louis Prince’s plethora of influences serve him well on this latest single. Locked in with a simple beat and bass line, the exploration comes from the detailed instrumentation and esoteric lyrics and singing. It’s almost unfair to call this song bedroom pop, as the timbre and vocal range reaches far beyond those four walls, but its accessible foundation keeps its experimental aspects approachable. Both vibey and creative, “Lounging” sees Prince use musical intuition to create a song you can kick back to.


Max’s Pick: The fact any modern producer, arranger or songwriter recalls David Axelrod is cool enough, but the fact The Midnight Hour put a modern spin on it makes this duo an indispensable addition to multiple genres. The combination of R&B, hip-hop and nu-jazz at play on “Harmony” live up to the song’s name. Its diversity is matched by its aesthetic cohesion. One can only hope such innovation catches on in mainstream hip-hop.

Follow editor Max Heilman at Twitter.com/madmaxx1995 and Instagram.com/maxlikessound.

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