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52 GFN Radio Top of The Drop By Daniel J. Springer Each month, Daniel Springer of the Gwangju Foreign Language Network (GFN) picks his favorite newly released tunes that you may not have heard yet, along with some upcoming albums and EPs that you might want to keep on your radar. — Ed. Lady Wray – “Joy & Pain” Oliver Tree – “Cowboys Don’t Cry” This is the most recent single prior to With his 2020 debut album Ugly Is the publishing of Lady Wray’s long- Beautiful, and the smashing success awaited (some would say far overdue) of “Hurt,” the Southern California- LP Piece of Me, which dropped on based star has announced a new January 28 via Big Crown Records album with this single called Cowboy of Brooklyn. A veteran vocalist who Tears, to be released on February experienced great success with her 18. Will he be able to live up to the debut album in 1998, Lady Wray took a bit of a hiatus success of his world-breaking debut? Time will tell, surely. following that initial madness so early in her career. Since However, if the quality of this lead single is anything to CULTURE & ARTSthe release of 2016’s Queen Alone LP, her debut on Big judge the future by, it’s looking very bright. Crown, there have been a slew of high quality singles Chai – “Whole” from the Virginia native, but nothing larger. Well, the One of the most absolutely fun and at wait is over with this one. the same time powerful groups in the Jazzanova (feat. Sean Haefeli) – “Creative Musicians” world right now is this Nagoya-based Last year DJ Amir released Strata female group. Last year, they released Records’ The Sounds of Detroit, their third studio album Wink, Volume 1 to great acclaim, and the their first on the US-based Sub Pop only way this could possibly be imprint. The buzzy success of that followed up properly is by signing LP and the recognition it garnered internationally has the up the veteran Berlin-based outfit band announcing a new remix EP Wink Together, which 2 Jazzanova to splash it with new and is produced by budding indie star Scoobert Doobert out 2 vibrant colors. The dance music veterans have announced of San Diego. their own reimagining of that mix, with The Sounds of Serpentwithfeet – Bless the Telephone y 20Detroit Reimagined by Jazzanova slated for release on Experimental musician Josiah Wise April 22, this being the new single to accompany the has been creating some incredible record, released in mid-January. heart-rending songs, most notably ebruarParekh and Singh – “Je Suis La Pomme Rouge” with last year’s Deacon LP, which F Some of the dream pop coming out of many had at the very top of the list India’s scene the last few years has been for album of the year. This tune is a amongst the best in the world, and cover of a Labi Siffre original released the Calcutta-based duo of Parekh and in the run-up to the holiday season in 2021, a reminder Singh have been at the forefront of that to everyone to keep in touch with loved ones no matter movement. Released in mid-January what time of year. with their signature ethereal blend of Khruangbin (feat. Leon Bridges) – “B-side” (Texas lush instrumentation and soft-to-the-touch vocal harmonies, Moon version) this standalone (meaning “I am a red apple” in French) is the Back in 2020, the psyche trio that say they’re from first tune released from an album to come out later this year, Houston but are actually from somewhere much further www.gwangjunewsgic.comalthough further details are nonexistent beyond just that. 202202.indd 52202202.indd 52 2022-01-24  1:25:412022-01-24  1:25:41

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