Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and we have an anniversary to celebrate: I published my first group of weekly jams on the site just over a year ago. That’s insane! Time flies when you’re sifting through tons of new music every day, I guess. I still look forward to picking and writing this column every week, and I hope it’s introduced you to a few new artists and sounds you might’ve left undiscovered otherwise. (It’s definitely served that function for me.) Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and listening — here’s to all the jams to come.
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Aphex Twin, "CIRKLON3 [ Kolkhoznaya mix ]"
The "CIRKLON3" video earned a ton of attention for being directed by an Irish preteen, but the music contained within would be worth your time even if it’d just been hooked up to the iTunes visualizer. It’s classic late-period Aphex: robotic, mutating funk, every bar heading somewhere uncharted. I’m sure the Cheetah EP is going to reach his usual lofty heights.
Brendan Canning, "Book It to Fresno"
As a Canadian who grew up during Broken Social Scene’s indie rock reign, I have a soft spot for Brendan Canning, that band’s shaggy, beloved co-founder. Canning’s releasing a new solo album called Home Wrecking Years on August 12th, and "Book It to Fresno" is its horn-flecked lead single. I have no idea why anyone would ever book it to Fresno — what is there to do in Fresno? — but I’d follow Canning pretty much anywhere, and have. (I watched him play improvised children’s songs in an old military fort in Toronto a few weeks ago, so I’m totally serious.)
Deerhoof, "Acceptance Speech"
I wrote about Deerhoof’s great new album The Magic yesterday, and I liked "Acceptance Speech" so much I had to give it a little extra shine in this space. It’s like the band set out to write themselves a super-cheesy theme song two decades into their career and ended up with this off-kilter version of hair metal. I bet it’ll make the perfect opener when they start touring behind this new record.
Devendra Banhart, "Middle Names"
Freak-folk veteran Devendra Banhart is releasing his ninth LP, Ape in Pink Marble, on September 23rd. "Middle Names" is the first we’ve heard of it, and it’s a pretty stunning start: Banhart unspools delicate, fingerpicked melodies while thinking about a lover from his past. Running into an ex at Walgreens will put you in that kind of reflective mood, I guess.
Gucci Mane, "All My Children"
Rap legend Gucci Mane’s kept busy since being released from prison last month. When he hasn’t been collaborating with heavyweights like Drake and Kanye, he’s focused on tossing out solid new solo music. "All My Children" is his latest single, and it hangs on a very simple message: there’s a whole new generation of popular rappers that probably wouldn’t exist without Gucci’s influence. In short, they’re all his children. You really can’t put it any more plainly than, "All of these rappers are all my children," you know?
Miguel, "Come Through and Chill"
I think we can all agree "[blank] and chill" has been totally exhausted at this point, so it’s a testament to Miguel’s skill — and Salaam Remi, a producer best known for his work with Amy Winehouse — that new loosie "Come Through and Chill" is still sexy despite its reliance on said phrasing.
Nice as Fuck, "Runaway"
Jenny Lewis’ new supergroup Nice as Fuck surprise released their self-titled album today, and it’s an interesting treat: skeletal rock that’s almost entirely devoid of guitar. "Runaway" opens the album, and it sounds like early Spoon crossed with Donna Summer’s "Hot Stuff." That’s a winning combination!
"flickering" is Josiah Wise’s debut single as serpentwithfeet, a featherweight piece of gospel mixed and produced by The Haxan Cloak (aka Bobby Krlic). Wise has a stunning, agile voice, and the spare arrangement — stark piano notes, light manipulation — gives him plenty of space to shine. You’ll be ready for a full-length album well before the song’s finished.
Sigur Rós, "Óveður"
When Sigur Rós’ day-long virtual journey through Iceland finally finished on Thursday afternoon, the band marked its conclusion by releasing the official version of "Óveður," their first new single in three years. (The song made its live debut earlier this month.) If you’ve followed the band’s career, you know what you’re getting here: glitchy, expansive post-rock that’s uninterested in structure or hookiness. And if you haven’t, this is as good a time to jump in given the fact a new album could be on the horizon. Get out that Icelandic dictionary!
Teenage Fanclub, "I’m in Love"
Guitar-pop OGs Teenage Fanclub are releasing Here, their first album in six years, on September 9th. "I’m in Love" suggests they haven’t lost a step since the halcyon days of Bandwagonesque: it’s got a jangling lead, a hyper-romantic lyric, and an affable guitar solo, all crammed into under three minutes. Concise, jolly, and dad-friendly? Works for me.
Here’s the running This Is Your Next Jam playlist — have a great weekend!