ft. Arbor Labor Union, Eagulls, Lafawndah, Parquet Courts, Steve Mason

jameslondon1_blue_blurWe have a few familiar “faces” for this weeks Prime Cut selection of great new music.  We have recent Sub Pop recruits Arbor Labour Union who are more “Sub” then “Pop”, Parquet Courts, go a bit western pop and sombre and epic Eagulls, announce their first single from their upcoming second album.  The underrated brilliance of Steve Mason (ex The Beta Band) proves with his new album, that its time we start giving the man the praise he deserves while, we discover the talent of Lafawndah, a diverse and original artist. Enjoy!


Artist Arbor Labor Unionarbor labour

Prime Cut  Radiant Mountain Road

Cut From  Athens, Georgia

Kind of Reminds us of  The Fall, Metz

Arbor Labor Union are Sub Pops latest signing and are a testament to the beginnings  of Sub Pop when they were known for hand-picking some groundbreaking grunge bands like  Mudhoney and Nirvana.  Today Sub Pop are an eclectic mix of great artists including Washed Out, Lyla Foy and even Flight of The Conchords.  This track drives through over 4  minutes of sheer unadulterated grinding chords. Simple yet necessary.


Artist Eagullseagulls-autumn-andel

Prime Cut  My Life In Rewind

Cut From  Leeds, UK

Kind of Reminds us of  Suede, Palma Violets

Eagulls self-titled debut was one of the best releases of 2014 and put two fingers up at any sense of musical weakness that came out of the UK that year.  The album shared confidence and relevance.  Returning with a slight change in musical direction,  My Life In Rewind is melodic and gentle comparatively with the sound of The Smiths rattling in our heads.  A nice return to a much-anticipated new album in May 2016.


Artist  LafawndahLafawndah

Prime Cut  Ally

Cut From  Paris/New York City

Kind of Reminds us of  FKA Twigs, Empress Of

Brooklyn-based Producer Lafawnda, released her debut EP end of last year and is quick to ride on some of the well-received feedback, with the release of Ally.  This is music of the complex variety, with intricately placed samples, oddly shaped beats that together provide an almost middle-eastern sound, high on psychedelic drugs.  This smooth yet uncomfortable in so many ways and will have Lafawndah sitting comfortably with some equally talented avant-garde artists that walk among us.


Artist  Parquet Courtsparquet cour

Prime Cut  Berlin Go Blurry

Cut From  Brooklyn, USA

Kind of Reminds us of  Mac Demarco, Wavves

Parquet Courts are back again, with a short hiatus after releasing their very odd and strangely received experimental EP Monastic Living.  This sees the band back to their shambolic, alt-pop best with some western undertones for effect. This is the third song delivered from their upcoming full album release in April.


Artist  Steve Masonsteve mason

Prime Cut  Another Day

Cut From  Edinburgh, Scotland

Kind of Reminds us of  Guy Garvey, Ian Brown

Steve Mason is one of the UK (Scotland) most underrated singer/songwriters, having been one-third of the brilliant The Beta Band, Mason’s solo releases have always been consistent and true to themselves.  Bringing together his sometimes overtly political message set against a cool swagger, a bit of dance and pop, lets hope this new album, of which this track is lifted will see the respect this man deserves.