Sweet Baboo – Pink Rainbow

With his new album Wild Imagination due next Friday on June 2, today Sweet Baboo shares new single Pink Rainbow; a frisky hit of funk-pop psychedelia – Arthur Russell meets Robert Wyatt.

Stephen says of the single, “I love everything about it; it’s so over the top. From the backing vocals to the title to Paul’s ostentatious keyboard solo. The lyrics are ridiculous too. My son’s favourite song at the time was Rainbow Connection by the Kermit the Frog. His favourite colour was pink. I thought that was a good start as any for a song. The world can be a pretty dreary place so you may as well step out onto a pink rainbow.”

He adds, “Credit must be given to [Lancaster garage-pop spouses] The Lovely Eggs’s son Arlo, who pretty much wrote the lyrics to the second verse after explaining a documentary about the Flying Scotsman to me.”

Wild Imagination lands on June 2 via Moshi Moshi. Pre-order here.

Daphni – Face To Face

Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns as Daphni on July 21 with a new album of 23 previously-unreleased tracks and four edits for the latest instalment of the Fabriclive series.

Slated for release on July 21, the 27-track Fabriclive 93 collection marks Dan Snaith’s first new work under the Daphni moniker since 2012’s Jiaolong LP, and Caribou’s widely-acclaimed 2014 album, Our Love.

In Snaith’s own words: “What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained. A lot of these tracks were recorded in situ in the mix itself – I’d put one track in place and instead of searching through existing music to find the track to follow it I’d just make an entirely new one.”

Fabriclive 93 is out July 21. Listen to Face To Face via the Bandcamp stream in full above.

Lapalux – Flickering (feat. JFDR)

Lapalux drops a new track from his forthcoming third studio-album Ruinism, due on June 30 via Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint.

The haunting Flickering features vocals by Icelandic singer Jófríður Ákadóttir (JFDR) of the bands Gangly, Pascal Pinon and Samaris.

“Stu [Lapalux] and I got together in London when I had just run out the door in Iceland with my laptop and passport – and literally nothing else – so I was in a perfect state of chaos, freedom and exhaustion,” says Jófríður. “The tune came together quite quickly, the only rule I got from Stu was that it couldn’t be about ‘love’. I really like the result, it has a perfect balance of that melancholia-but-you-still-keep-on-going feeling.”

Lapalux’s previous long player, Lustmore was partially inspired by the concept of hypnagogia, a suspension of consciousness occurring between awake and sleep states. Throughout Ruinism the British producer takes this exploration further, journeying into the more ominous limbo between life and death. In this space where the finite and infinite intermingle, Lapalux sounds more at home than ever.

“‘Ruinism’ is a made-up term I use to describe the way in which blended sound palettes and inspirations interact with one another to form this album,” he explains. Using 100% hardware and real instruments for the first time in his career, he recorded synths and drum hits and re-sampled, re-pitched, twisted and blended the sound “until it was ‘ruined’” and then salvaged it again in an attempt to make something coherent.

Ruinism drops on June 30 via Brainfeeder. Pre-order here.