Northern Transmissions – Weekly Roundup 4/28-3/5

Northern Transmissions favourite indie songs for April 28 - May 5th, include titles by Kneecap, Chanel Tres, Prefuse 73, and Caroline Polachek
Kneecap photo by Peadar Ó Goill

More artists should have public beef, and across multiple genres. Can you imagine if Brian Eno had a diss track out against oh, I don’t know, Eartheater? What would that sound like? Or if Knocked Loose dropped the hardest diss track against Florist? Hopefully one day we have more public multi-genre diss tracks, but for now here are four notable tracks that came out this week.

Channel Tres – “Berghain”

Channel Tres caught my ear back in 2018 with his incredibly slick and groove-heavy self-titled EP “Channel Tres.” The dance floor-ready, disco-esque grooves plus his nonchalant, laid-back vocal delivery made for a cool collection of club-ready bangers. Now, only a mere six (6) years after that EP, Channel Tres is preparing to release his debut record, Head Rush. “Berghain,” the first offering off of the forthcoming record, is a pulsing pop track with flittering drum loops that swirl around siren-esque synths. Featuring Barney Bones, “Berghain” is a tasty treat that alludes to promises of a very strong debut. Head Rush is out 6/14 on RCA.

Caroline Polachek – “Starburned And Unkissed”

What do Fred Durst, Phoebe Bridgers, Conner O’Malley and Snail Mail have in common. The answer is “I Saw The TV Glow,” the new film from director and screenwriter Jane Schoenbrun. As the follow-up to their 2021 film “We Are All Going to the World’s Fair,” accompanying it’s release is a heavyweight soundtrack (curated by Alex G) that features Snail Mail, Phoebe Bridgers and, of course, Caroline Polachek (along others). This week, right around the release of the film, Polachek’s track for the film was released. “Starburned And Unkissed” unleashes catharsis through Polachek’s impassioned vocals, complemented by a deliberate, pulsating rhythm that bursts into a kaleidoscope of emotion. “Starburned And Unkissed” is out now, as is “I Saw the TV Glow”.

Prefuse 73 – Lion Chorus

We love an anthology. Continuing to evolve his pioneering approach to experimental composition, Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren) intertwines the sensationalism of crime portrayed by the media on his forthcoming record, New Strategies For Modern Crime Vol. 2. With elements drawn from lost soundtracks, musique concrète, jazz, and beat-tape music, the result is a wholly unique sonic landscape that pushes boundaries. The second in the series, New Strategies For Modern Crime Vol. 2 draws from his time in New York. Both albums mark one of the darkest yet most thematically unified releases of Herren’s career. Listen to the jazz-inspired “Lion Chorus” below.

Kneecap – “Love Making”

​​Kneecap’s debut album, Fine Art, is gearing up for its release in June, and the anticipation has been steadily building for quite some time now. The Belfast-based rap trio has been amassing an audience and name for themselves with their politically charged lyrics and refreshingly energetic production. This week, they’ve shared “Love Making,” the newest single from their forthcoming album Fine Art. “Love Making” is made for exactly what the title suggests, and pulls from 90’s garage music for it’s catchy flow and pulsating backing track. Fine Art is out 6/14 via Heavenly.


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