New Music Roundup: Annie, WOKE And Arca
Listen now to Annie’s “Cara Mia”, WOKE’s “The Lavishments of Light Looking”, and Arca’s “Soichiro”.
Annie, “Cara Mia”
Annie is a veteran of the electro and synthpop-scene, having been around since the early ’90s. After her last release, 2013’s The A&R EP, we didn’t hear much from the Norwegian musician—unless you count her protesting against Vladimir Putin with her song titled “Russian Kiss”—but now, she’s back with her next EP, Endless Vacation. Slated for an October 16 release, the lead single “Cara Mia” takes us back to Annie’s roots, a relaxed track where she asks her love interest to dance with her. The song straddles the line between an uptempo and downtempo rhythm, a pulsating beat driving the melody.
WOKE, “The Lavishments of Light Looking” feat. George Clinton
Adult Swim Singles work with some of our favorite artists to continually release loosies throughout the course of the year. One of their latest is by WOKE—a collaborative project between Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces and Thundercat — called “The Lavishments of Light Looking.” With support by George Clinton, the song ends up becoming a big gumbo, featuring Clinton’s brand of funk, Thundercat’s wobbling bass, hints of FlyLo’s synthy, ethereal sound and Shabazz Palace’s sharp raps. It is fairly lavish and extravagant, indeed.
From his forthcoming Mutant, Arca has released “Soichiro.” Like much of his previous work, the track exudes an eerie darkness without the artist ever saying a word. About halfway through, he lets go of the murkiness and opts for what sounds like a warped, synthy steel drum, a much more minimal sound in comparison. The drum echoes in the break, as the fast, oscillating rhythms come into play again. Overall, the song is a complex arrangement of varying tempos and beats that leave your ears positively disoriented. Have a listen above.