Best new songs this week: Ob picks 1/12/23

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MGMT // Bubblegum Dog
Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser rediscover the humour which was such a vital component of their early days. ‘Bubblegum Dog’ flips the grunge genre on its head.

Genesis Owusu // Survivor
Hot on the heels of his Struggler album, Genesis Owusu continues his hot streak with the confrontational hip hop stylings of ‘Survivor’.

Haiku Hands // Paradise
Today sees alt-dance trio Haiku Hands release their second album, Pleasure Beast, featuring the smoky electronic groove of ‘Paradise’. Check them out on their UK tour after Christmas.

박혜진 Park Hye Jin // Foreigner
박혜진 Park Hye Jin has been a little quiet since her debut album Before I Die landed in 2021, but hypnotic new cut ‘Foreigner’ is worth the wait.

Real Lies // Shadowlands
Inspired by Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, broken glass, and memory loss; Real Lies’ new Sinking Suburb EP pairs escapist synth notes with hyper-real lyricism.

Humour // A Small Crowd Gathered To Watch Me
Scottish outfit Humour continue their steady rise with the release of their third EP, A Small Crowd Gathered to Watch Me. Unhinged wails combine with rousing choruses to pepper Humour’s post punk with a delightful hint of chaos.

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