The Fresh Five: Quantic & Nidia Góngora, Nolan Potter, La Luz, Dos Santos, and Navy
For the Fresh Five we pick out five great new(ish) jams that we’re currently obsessing over. Check out the accompanying playlist below for your listening pleasure.
British DJ/producer Quantic (Will Holland) recently teamed up with Colombian singer/songwriter Nidia Góngora to release Almas Conectadas, their second record together and a terrific meld of traditional marimba and Quantic’s melting pot of soul, funk, rock and electronic music. Out now via Tru Thoughts.
Nolan Potter is a dabbler in a wide range of musical styles and he’s an expert at combining them into a unique slurry of psychedelic slacker rock. The term “slacker” doesn’t apply to Potter’s musical skill. While his music has a loose and hazy vibe and an obvious sense of humor to it, Potter also seems the musical polymath – adeptly playing a number of instruments and producing the whole thing himself. You can pick up Music Is Dead now via Castle Face Records.
For their sixth album, Los Angeles punk/garage band La Luz finally decided to go self-titled. La Luz is out now via Hardly Art and features “Watching Cartoons” a lovely throwback rock lullaby.
Chicago quintet Dos Santos Recently released City of Mirrors, their fourth overall and second via the International Anthem imprint. Dos Santos’ sound expertly crafts a mix of Lantin musical traditions into a simmering psychedelic stew. Stream/purchase here.
Dominican singer/rapper Navy released her debut record Bleu this year (Pretty Boy Worldwide) and it features this absolute banger of a track that samples Deniece Williams’ chorus from “Free” and supports it with her own verse. Find the single here.