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New Music Friday: 7 albums to stream this week

Blackwinterwells shares a dreamy album, Gupi flexes his production skills on a new release and 100 gecs drop a surprise EP

It’s a gecs miracle! More than two years after releasing their debut album 1000 gecs, Dylan Brady and Laura Les have returned with a surprise EP Snake Eyes. At just under six minutes long, the three-track offering is short, but it packs a punch; an intense jolt of dopamine like cracking open an Elf bar and injecting it straight into your veins. 

Opening the EP with a bang, “Hey Big Man” is a heavily processed banger and stoner anthem to-be about being so baked at a party that you hug a cactus. “I smoked two bricks now I can’t pronounce anemone/ I went to a party and I did a human centipede,” shout-sings Les against a thrashing noise wall of guitars. It’s the sort of silly, absurd humour that screams gecs – its face-melting drop is perhaps the closest thing we’ll get to a sonic whitey. Next up is “Torture Me”, a collaboration with EDM titan Skrillex that features cleaner, dynamic production, with Les repeating “do you want to torture me?” in a synthetic voice, before asserting “Everything hurts sometimes” and melting down into a dubstep breakdown. The final track “Runaway” is the closest thing we’ll get to a gecs ballad, an electronic tear jerker set across a simple piano melody that grows brasher and louder, breaking into the sort of gigantic, bassy hooks that we’ve come to expect from the LA duo.

Elsewhere, Blackwinterwells shares a dreamy album, Gupi flexes his production skills on paper eater and Oklahoma three-piece Rural Internet release a thrashing fourth album. Torus teams up with DJ Lostboi, AKA Malibu, on a deluxe edition of The Flash and rising indie star Shirley Hurt unveils her eponymous debut.

BLACKWINTERWELLS, PROTECTOR

CUCINA POVERA, TUHKA

GUPI, PAPER EATER

RURAL INTERNET, SAINT ANGER

SHIRLEY HURT, SHIRLEY HURT

TORUS, DJ LOSTBOI, THE FLASH (DELUXE)

100 GECS, SNAKE EYES