In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, I’ve got a pair of triumphant returns from legacy 80s bands, a rapper making a political statement, a DJ turning his hand to pop-rock and an Irish dancefloor diva. Five very different songs that you should be listening to this week.
The Go-Go’s – The Go-Go’s are back with their first new single in 19 years! The new wave icons are the subjects of a new Showtime documentary ‘The Go-Go’s’ which premiered on July 31, 2020. As part of the doc, you see the band working on a live version of the new track. The title of the new song is a nod to the Zero Zero Club, an underground 80s nightclub. The band members self-produced ‘Club Zero, emailing each other from their respective locations. Rollicking, brash and upbeat, ‘Club Zero’ is a return to form for the Go-Go’s and their “zero fucks given” attitude is much needed today. Girl power, indeed.
Listen to The Go-Go’s 2020 single ‘Club Zero’
Whethan – Whethan is the stage name of American DJ Ethan Snoreck. With a sound that can be best described as alt-electronic, Whethan combines electronic beats & production with the feeling of indie-pop & alt-rock of years gone by. On his newest single ‘Hurting on Purpose’, Whethan teams up with pop-rock singer-songwriter K.Flay. Coming in at just over two minutes, ‘Hurting on Purpose’ is an easily digestible dose of frantic fun. This new single blends genres with ease and would be just at home being played at an EDM festival as it would be on the now-defunct Warped Tour.
Listen to ‘Hurting on Purpose’ feat. K.Flay from Whethan’s upcoming album Fantasy.
Róisín Murphy – Dance icon Róisín Murphy’s fifth studio album Róisín Machine is due to be released on September 25th, 2020. Having burst onto the scene as part of the electronic duo Moloko, Irish singer-songwriter Murphy has become dance music royalty as a solo artist. Along with singles that have already been released such as ‘Incapable’, ‘Narcissus’ and ‘Murphy’s Law’, Róisín Machine will also consist of new tracks including ‘Something More.’ Speaking of her new track, Murphy describes it as “a swan-song to how we once lived.” The lyrics about yearning for something more juxtapose perfectly over the disco-house production.
Listen to ‘Something More’ from Róisín Murphy’s upcoming album Róisín Machine.
The Psychedelic Furs – British new wave band The Psychedelic Furs are made of rain, which fittingly also happens to be the name of their first new album in 29 years. With their classic 1982 track ‘Love My Way’ seeing a resurgence in 2017 thanks to Call Me By Your Name, the timing was right for The Furs to return with new material. A tour was planned for this past spring in support of the new album but that’s been postponed due to the pandemic. ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ is “a song about looking for redemption in faith and riches, questioning if either is of any true value and whether redemption is ultimately necessary at all” frontman Richard Butler said to Rolling Stone. A dark tune with a gloomy music video to match, it’s easy to draw parallels between what’s happening in ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ with what’s been happening in pandemic life.
Listen to ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ from The Psychedelic Furs new album Made of Rain.
Ski Mask The Slump God – It’s safe to say that you know what to expect from a song titled ‘Burn The Hoods’ and in this case, you wouldn’t be wrong. However, you might have not expected the song to also be a lot of fun. The Florida-born rapper takes aim at President Donald Trump, race relations and police brutality in America while also making mentions of Starsky & Hutch, Scooby-Doo and Inspector Gadget along the way. The accompanying music video directed by Cole Bennett matches the song’s energy, seeing Ski Mask facing off with depictions of KKK members in white hoods. ‘Burn The Hoods’ is Ski Mask The Slump God’s first single that he’s put out this year and it sets the stage for more great music to come.
Listen to Ski Mask The Slump God’s 2020 single ‘Burn The Hoods’