Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Zombi – Breakthrough & Conquer

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If you hear the word “Zombi” and the year 2020 together in the same sentence, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was just a description of the next logical step in the horror film that has been the year so far. After all, once they told us about the murder hornets, surely actual zombies wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

But no, 2020 is just the title of the latest album from Pittsburgh synth duo Zombi, their first in five years. And while they may have named the album 2020, the sound of first single “Breakthrough & Conquer” is pure ’80s. Check it out below.

2020 is out on July 17 via Relapse Records.

Song Of The Day: Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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The votes are in on the Britpop(ish) tournament that we threw together a little while back and the winner is … Saint Etienne! Yes, the London-based band beat out Pulp in the final round, so thanks to all the Saint Etienne fans who somehow stumbled across our site.

In honour of their victory, here’s a throwback to one of the band’s earliest singles, their cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can break Your Heart.” Check out the video below.

Song of The Day: JARV IS – House Music All Night Long

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Now that most everyone’s self-isolating and staying inside for much of our days, the question arises: is it socially acceptable to listen to house music all night long? No, it really isn’t. At least not if you care at all what your neighbours think about you. If perhaps you don’t care, or if you’ve got really thick walls, or you live out in the middle of nowhere with no neighbours, then go right ahead I guess. If that’s not the case, then maybe just spare 5:54 to give Jarvis Cocker‘s latest a spin.

“House Music All Night Long” is the latest single off of Beyond The Pale, the upcoming album by Cocker’s latest project JARV IS. That album is set to be released in September of 2020, which feels very far off right now, but then again time has pretty much lost all of it’s meaning these days, so who really knows?

In the meantime, check out the video for “House Music All Night Long” below. With lyrics like “Saturday night, cabin fever in house nation/This is one nation under a roof/Ain’t that the truth”, I find it resonates pretty well with our current situation.

Song Of The Day: Gruff Rhys – Pang!

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Gruff Rhys

In the wake of our current Britpop tournament here at the Panic Manual, we figured we might as well make this Britpop week, taking a look at some of the acts that are featured in the tournament or some other projects featuring members of those acts. And maybe even some of the Britpop acts that didn’t make the cut for the tournament. You get the idea.

Today we take a look at Gruff Rhys, frontman of Cardiff-based Super Furry Animals, who has always followed his muse wherever it takes him, no matter how weird or esoteric it might get. This is, after all, the man who once played a concert to an audience of one lone horse in a field in his film Separado!

That muse has taken Rhys to his latest release Pang!, released in September of last year. Check out the video for the title track off that album below.