Thundercat - 'Bus In These Streets'

If this fucking guy tells you to put your phone away for a minute, you put your phone away for a minute, you don't ask questions. 'Bus In These Streets' is a total nostalgia trip and is as good as anything that Thundercat has put out, which is saying a lot. Certainly it breezes into my ears in the middle of this heatwave and feels like the best thing I've heard in ages.

Tanya Tagaq - 'Aorta'

This is righteous and intense, heavy as anything with guitars, and so alien to my expectations that I have fallen in love. Tanya Tagaq is an inuit throat singer who has worked with Björk and won all sorts of awards and I'd never heard of her. That has changed now thankfully and I'm impatiently waiting for the album Retribution which comes out in October.

Mild High Club - 'Kokopelli'

This song is taken from the album Skiptracing which comes out on Stones Throw tomorrow. I've really only included it for the guitar solo, which I love, but the album is definitely worth a listen.

American Football - 'I've Been Lost For so Long'

I get it, it's a sweet opening line for a band coming in from the cold. Yet this is the sound of a band phoning it in, much like this column has become the lazy voice of a writer not challenging himself, except this writer doesn't get to Scrooge McDuck into the reunion tour cash. They should try harder, for themselves, not for us - we deserve nothing. Anyway, there's an album coming out and I really hope it's not shit.

Eola - 'How Far Am I From Canaan?'

The only religious experiences I have had have come from music.



Anyway, here's a Spotify playlist with as many songs from my column this year as I could find on there. I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.