The Best New Songs From NPR Music Stations : NPR
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NPR Music’s Station Breaks is all about new discoveries, so if you’re looking for a truly original set of music on the mainstream radio dial, you’ve found it. The August track selection has something for everyone: ambient, funk, jazz, acoustic and more.
Just look at the various creative visions displayed in these music videos. “Motorways (Erase It)” by Dhani Harrison will leave you smiling as you join Fido on a thrilling global adventure. Great Time’s “Rushin” transports viewers back to their summer days roaming the neighborhood with their essential crew, while Lola Marsh’s “Echoes” draws psychedelic parallels between echoing voice and echoing imagery.
Songs from this month’s Station Breaks list are also available to stream on the NPR Slingshot Spotify Playlist and the NPR Slingshot Apple Music Playlist at the bottom of the page. —Maya Eaglin
Bandits on the run, “potted plant”
This song would fit perfectly into a playfulness montage scene. The creators used “Potted Plant” as an entry for the 2015 NPR Tiny Desk contest; the track is out now on their new EP, Bandits live at the power station. —Alisa Ali, WFUVNew York, New York
Beef, “I’m so sorry”
“I’m So Sorry,” featuring NPR Slingshot artist Sidney Gish, uses deep bass and a call-and-response style to invoke the lo-fi indie-rock sound of the ’90s. —Stacy Buchanan, WGBHBoston, MA
Bernard Fowler, “Sister Morphine”
Rolling Stones replacement singer Bernard Fowler pays tribute to the band on his album Upside down. His treatment of the Stones’ brilliant “Sister Morphine” is both timely and remarkable. —J. Michael Harrison, WRTIPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Now in Los Angeles, this once-Austin-based duo have an insatiable appetite for mixing deep house, R&B and future funk, with studio collaborations that are every bit as good as CAPYAC’s long-running live sets. —Jack Anderson, KUTXAustin, TX
Dan Dan, “Circuit”
“Circuit” is dreamy and danceable, as this quartet from Portland mixes clean vocal harmonies and shimmering synths with heavy beats and incredible video game-inspired freakout. —Jerad Walker, OPBPortland, Oregon
Dhani Harrison, “Highways (Erase It)”
There are high expectations when a Beatle’s son releases new music and Dhani Harrison delivers in spades. While he credits artist Banksy with the inspiration behind the lyrics (and video of the dog), the heartbeat of “Motorways (Erase It)” is a nod to his father George’s signature sitar. —Malayna Joy, NV89Reno/Las Vegas, Nevada
Erin Rae, “Wild Blue Wind”
Nashville’s Erin Rae explores mental illness in “Wild Blue Wind,” the story of a drug-free man who prepares for both internal and external elements. —Troy Schulze, Houston Public MediaHouston, TX
Great time, “Rushin”
If there wasn’t already a song called “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”, it would be called that. Singer Jill Ryan and Great Time work the grooves hard on this one. —Bruce Warren, WXPNPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Iguana Death Cult, “Bright Lights”
The Dutch quintet concocts a frenzied mix of garage, psych, post-punk and surf-rock with slight hints of new wave. This jam would fit on playlists with Parquet Courts, Ty Segall or Television. —Tyler Hale, KCRWSanta Monica, California
Lola Marsh, “Echoes”
The Israeli band is back with a song that offers a nice juxtaposition of haunting (if not ominous) vocals and an indie-pop beat. Think Lana Del Rey meets Fleet Foxes, but with a bit more momentum. —Amy Miller, KXTDallas, Fort Worth, TX
Neal Francis, “Editing, Part 1”
Chicago’s Neal Francis pumps out ’70s New Orleans R&B and funk in this late-night summer jam, with smooth vocals and a tight groove that’ll have you nodding and feeling sweet. —Brian Burns, WUNCChapel Hill, North Carolina
The Commonheart, “Do Well”
Soulful vocals fuel the band’s hyper-passionate blues-rock, backed by a stellar band. —Rosemary Welsch, WYEPPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Get Ahead, “Deepest Light”
The Get Ahead delivers a swampy roots/R&B delight, “Deepest Light.” You can dance if you want, while plumbing the depths of love to the title track from the band’s latest album. —Jesse Scott, WMOTNashville, TN
Rosenau & Sanborn, “Sharon”
Recall the part in Midsommar where you decide it might be nice to join the cult. —Justin Barney, Radio MilwaukeeMilwaukee, Wis.
Stream this month’s Station Breaks picks on Spotify by NPR Slingshot and NPR Slingshot Apple Music playlist.