Singles Of The Month: May 2018
Perfume Genius ‘Slip Away (Mura Masa remix)’
We at Tung HQ were big fans of Mura Masa’s debut — well, the majority of it anyway. His first release of 2018 comes in the form of a remix for the hugely talented Perfume Genius. The original ‘Slip Away’ carried enormous weight in its own right but Mura Masa has added firing power whilst retaining the delicacy of the original. The guitar lick has been pitched up and turned into a dancefloor-ready signal and Mura Masa’s tactic of building stacks of elements before reducing the track to its essentials works beautifully with PG’s vocals slipping in and out.
Christine and the Queens Feat. Dâm-Funk ‘Girlfriend’
It’s the end of May, the sun is out, work’s just finished and I’m blaring a new funk jam From Christine and the Queens so loudly into my ears I’m more akin to a portable speaker than human being. This has been my regular routine since I heard new track ‘Girlfriend’, the collaboration with Dâm-Funk. From the opening sultry ‘Chris’ that launches into an 80s drum loop Pet Shop Boys would be proud off, to the panned left Nile Rodgers-esque guitar riff during the chorus, I can’t imagine getting bored of this one.
Jungle ‘House in LA’
Curse you Jungle for putting me in a genuinely difficult situation. How dare you release two very good songs on the same day? There will be those who disagree, but having had time to reflect, I reckon ‘House In LA’ is the superior record over ‘Happy Man’. This is big, voluminous music, its slow revolving rhythm full of power. It’s nice to have Jungle back and as the falsetto voices caress the brain with whirling synths and guitars I’m reminded why they caused such a storm with their eponymous debut.
Count Counsellor ‘Celine (Bootleg)’
We are no strangers to the rhythms and rhymes of Count Counsellor, and we were excited to sit down and chat with him a while back. On this particular track we find him on remix duties delivering a fine slice of disco with this Celine reshuffle. Putting his own unique touch on things as per usual, notice the samples of his own track disco ‘Dodo’, this record reminds me of the feeling I got when first listening to that Cyril Hahn remix of ‘Say My Name’. Taking a classic track and making something unique is hard work but, here, the Count makes it look easy. We’ve no doubt there’s more of this kind of magic to come.
There’s something about Mistki. From ‘Best American Girl’ to ‘Thursday Girl’ to most recent release ‘Geyser’, so many of her songs make me want to lie down and cry / punch the air in joy simultaneously. At only 2 minutes 23 seconds long, ‘Geyser’ is a short, sharp jolt to the heart, but still, somehow, Mistki’s managed to cram into it layer upon layer of feeling. And you know how to make a short song last longer? Just play it again and again and again.
Charli XCX ‘5 In The Morning’
Over the past couple of years, basically since the release of the Vroom Vroom EP back in 2016, Charli XCX has been carving out an alt-pop niche for herself and we could not be more here for it. If you follow Charli on Insta, you’ll know that ‘5 In The Morning’ is very true to her party gal personality, and it makes me wanna clock off from ever working again and head to the pre then club then afterparty immediately.
Florence + The Machine ‘Hunger’
Florence Welch again, demonstrating that she can do little wrong. On ‘Hunger’ she finds, once again, that sacred balance between bombast and fragility — it’s big, it’s beautiful and at the time so full of human yearning. Florence is used to laying herself bare in some ways by now, but on ‘Hunger’ she makes herself particularly vulnerable. Nonetheless, her confession to searching for connection through performance, through partying, through falling in love is as much universal as it is personal. It’s a call to arms, a rallying cry, and I’m all in.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano ‘Golden Wings’
We were big fans of Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s excellent 2017 RnB release, Jardin, and were hyped to see a new single pop up in the form of the sparse, groove-laden ‘Golden Wings.’ It’s got it all: clipped harmonies, staccato drums and funky piano stabs which move beneath a vivid, broad-stroke image of flying through ‘orange skies’ and over ‘deep blue sea.’ If you’re looking for a musical escape, crack ‘Golden Wings’ on and let Garzón-Montano take you somewhere else entirely.