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New Releases of the Week: New albums by Billie Eilish, Torres, Kolektif Istanbul and Erasure | Night mix | Bavaria 2 | radio

Billie Eilish looks into your soul | Image: picture-alliance/dpa


Founded almost 20 years ago by a Frenchman, the Turkish collective Istanbul has long been a stable factor in the global folk-pop world. On the one hand, they humorously cover Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, but on the other hand, they sometimes sound highly traditional or like psychedelic folk from the 70s. Bands like Altin Gün are a bit further along. (7 out of 10 points)

Kolektif İstanbul - Kısmet (Album Teaser) | Image: Kolektif Istanbul (via YouTube)

Kolektif İstanbul – Kısmet (Album Teaser)

LOS LOBOS – Native Sons (New West)

The song “Los Chucos Suaves” was written and recorded 50 years ago by Mexican-American songwriter and activist Lalo Guerrero. Ry Cooder covered the song and now also Los Lobos from LA, who also worked with Guerrero before he passed away in 2005. The other songs here are less Mexican. Instead, there is “Sail on Sailor”, which you know from the Beach Boys or “The World is a Ghetto”, the classic of the band War. Los Lobos play their cover versions cleanly, but often so faithfully to the original that one wonders why such an album is needed. (6.5 out of 10 points)

Los Lobos "Love Special Delivery" (from Native Sons - Pre-Order Now!) | Image: Los Lobos (via YouTube)

Los Lobo’s “Love Special Delivery” (from Native Sons – Pre-Order Now!)

YOLA – Stand for myself (Easy Eye Sound)

The British singer Yolanda Quarty, in short: Yola, first made a name for herself as a background sämgerin, on songs by Massive Attack or Bugz in the Attic. After that, she was the singer of the moderately successful band Phantom Limb. This is the 37-year-old’s second solo album. Like its predecessor, it was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, where Yola was already on tour in the pre-program. The whole album is pure, solid retro soul. There are no covers here, but the songwriting is not always the very first cabin. (6 out of 10 points)

Yola - "Starlight" [Official Music Video]  | Image: Easy Eye Sound (via YouTube)

Yola – “Starlight” [Official Music Video]

TORRES – Thirstier (Merge)

Torres was born McKenzie Scott in Florida 30 years ago and has been making albums of rock music for eight years. In fact, their songs are always deeply rooted in traditions from Bruce Springsteen to the Cars, so in the direction of power pop. Torres also has a knack for the well-groomed hookline on “Thirstier”. Whether it will be enough for the longed-for breakthrough into the mainstream, however, may be doubted. (7.2 out of 10 points)

TORRES - Thirstier (Official Video) | Image: TORRES (via YouTube)

TORRES – Thirstier (Official Video)

BILLIE EILISH – Hapier than ever (Interscope)

Billie Eilish has the bow out. Their second album will cement their star status, because “Happier than ever” consists mainly of hits between electro-pop and acoustic ballad that you just can’t get out of your head. The 19-year-old no longer needs the support of candidates like Justin Bieber. Eilish covers exactly the field that lies between Taylor Swift and Cardi B. And songs like “Lost Cause” also make it clear that you can no longer clearly distinguish between mainstream and underground. (8.5 out of 10 points)

Billie Eilish - NDA (Official Music Video) | Image: BillieEilishVEVO (via YouTube)

Billie Eilish – NDA (Official Music Video)

These are Mike Lindsay from the English band Tunng and folk singer Laura Marling, who throw together their skills here to present a truly wonderful electro-folk album. Sometimes it plucks pleasantly danceable, sometimes it looks filigree and magical. And that Laura Marling is an outstanding singer, muss don’t prove them to anyone anymore – my favorite this week. (8.8 out of 10 points)

LUMP - Animal (Official Video) | Image: LUMP (via YouTube)

LUMP – Animal (Official Video)

ERASURE – The Neon Remixed (Mute)

Erasure still consist of Depeche Mode dropout Vince Clark and singer Andy Bell since 1985. They make basically sympathetic, old-fashioned synth pop. In order to get a little more modern hipness, they bring remixes of their songs to the people from time to time, so now also this two-hour work, which naturally contains qualitatively very different new arrangements. Much of this is just cheesy, if bearable. (6.6 out of 10 points)

Erasure - Fallen Angel (Official Video) | Image: erasureinfo (via YouTube)

Erasure – Fallen Angel (Official Video)

JOHN GLACIER – Shilo: Lost for Words (Make it Ruins)

John Glacier is the stage name of a British rapper who is much more in the tradition of the European industrial underground than in that of the American trap. Their songs are usually short, in 25 minutes the album is through, and yet you have the feeling of having attended a round thing. Only: I couldn’t make out any real hits. (7.8 out of 10 points)

John Glacier - Icing (Official Audio) | Image: Postcode Make It Ruins (via YouTube)

John Glacier – Icing (Official Audio)

ISAIAH RASHAD – The House is Burning (Warner Bros)

He comes from Tennessee, but became known through the California hip-hop empire “Top Dawg Entertainment”. In 2016 his first album was released, then there were problems with drugs and alcohol. Now the rapper is really healthy and cheerful and above all quite poppy, which makes for an entertaining hip-hop album. (7.5 out of 10 points)

Isaiah Rashad - Runnin' ft. ScHoolboy Q | Image: Top Dawg Entertainment (via YouTube)

Isaiah Rashad – Runnin’ ft. ScHoolboy Q

PRINCE – Welcome 2 America (Sony)

In 2010, Prince is said to have recorded not only this song, but an entire political album on the state of the USA. For unknown reasons, it disappeared unpublished in the drawer. Now it’s coming out and has become a typical Prince album, with simple pop songs, funky rock music and sexy beats. We will never know exactly who screwed around with it in retrospect, but for fans this is actually indispensable. (7.1 out of 10 points)

Prince - Welcome 2 America | Image: Prince (via YouTube)

Prince – Welcome 2 America

BLEACHERS – Take the Sadness out of Saturday Night (RCA)

This is the side band of fun drummer Jack Antonoff. Here he can realize his ideas of rock and roll without consultation with others. The result is sometimes captivatingly catchy songs like “How Dare You Want More”. Antonoff is a master of studio tricks – he co-produced Saint Vincent’s last albums. (7.4 out of 10 points)

Bleachers - Stop Making This Hurt (Late Night with Seth Meyers) | Image: BleachersVEVO (via YouTube)

Bleachers – Stop Making This Hurt (Late Night with Seth Meyers)

MOCKY – Overtones for the Omniverse (Heavy Sheet)

The Canadian multi-artist has made soundtracks for films that do not yet exist, with an 18-piece orchestra. And he lovingly succeeds in creating images, both with vocal and instrumental tracks. (8.0 out of 10 points)

Stevie's Room | Image: Mocky - Topic (via YouTube)

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