Another bunch of songs that we insist that you listen to. Go on.
Newbie Rhys Lewis is one to keep both your ears and eyes on – but it’s the dreamy vocal chords that will seal the deal. New single ‘Waking Up Without You’ is somewhat of a surprise; at only 23-years-old he’s created something drenched in driving, emotive soul but with a hefty kick. They say the true mark of a great song is one that sounds just as good stripped back, and this video of Rhys performing the track live drives home what a song this is.
Terror Jr – ‘heartbreaks’
Terror Jr, aka the unknown entity that everyone thought was Kylie Jenner for a while, are back. We may still now know who the lead singer is (apparently it’s Lisa Vitale but who knows), but we do know it’s a trio and we’ve liked everything they’ve dropped since their Kylie-featuring debut single ‘3 Strikes’. They’re now delivering a swift follow up to debut EP ‘Bop City’ (what a name), and it comes with a bop-worthy video. Check out newie ‘heartbreaks’ below.
Rex Orange County – ‘UNO’
Surrey’s probably not the first place you’d expect the UK’s freshest new rap talent to come from, but fuck it, Rex Orange County is smashing all stereotypes and expectations. At just 18-years-old, he’s been spending time with Two Inch Punch and BADBADNOTGOOD in the studio and has already drawn a fan in Tyler, The Creator. With a few tracks already on SoundCloud, it’s new cut ‘UNO’ that finds him making serious strides as one of 2017’s top tips; from the opening line “yeah I don’t know where to start / how do you admit that you’re falling apart” to the synthy, brassy sounds soaked in all the jubilance of Chance The Rapper, you’ll be coming back for more.
6LACK – ‘Rules’
Atlanta based rapper 6LACK (pronounced ‘Black’) finally released his highly anticipated Alt-R&B debut project ‘FREE 6LACK’. His track ‘PRBLMS’ gained him credible acknowledgement and he has since been hotly tipped as a one to watch, with his fresh take on Hip-Hop and R&B.
AJ Tracey – ‘Pasta’
A key up and coming artist of this year, AJ Tracey give us the visual for ‘Pasta’ which was filmed in the Canary Islands. Just like 6LACK’s ‘PRBLMS’, Tracey’s ‘Pasta’ was first played on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. The video comes ahead of the release of his new EP ‘Lil Tracey’ which drops tomorrow(December 2nd).
Ella Mai – ‘DOWN’
London’s Ella Mai releases an outstanding 5 track EP filled with 90’s R&B nostalgia titled ‘CHANGE’, which comes after the praised ‘TIME’ EP. Dubbed DJ Mustard’s protege and signed to his 10 Summers label, she has full support from Mustard with his incredible producing skills all over this project.
Amaroun – If This Is
With each devastatingly-candid single released, Amaroun has been building the foundations for their forthcoming album ‘Helmet’. The latest addition to the 2017 release comes in the form of ‘If This Is’: a slow-burning, lo-fi ballad that speaks of defeat in love- a subject that Amaroun is no stranger to.
San Scout – In / Balance
San Scout return with brand new track ‘In/Balance’, which see’s the pair step everything up in unison. All is heightened on this brand new track; an introspective reflection on addiction as the duo delve into the fascinating binary of chaos versus control in everyday life.
King No-One – Alcatraz
Up and coming indie-pop quartet King No-One have revealed the eye-catching video for their new single ‘Alcatraz’. Flamboyant and fun, the new video is a perfect complement to the vibrant tones and uplifting pop charm of the track. The band’s energy and modern 80’s style radiates throughout as they sing, dance and perform through an explosion of colour in this infectious slice of indie-pop pleasure
Elkka – Try
Forging the way for a series of intoxicating EPs, ‘Try’ is the lead track from the Elkka’s ‘HER’ EP. Two further EPs in the series will follow in 2017 titled ‘THEM’ and ‘US’. All three will be accompanied by a video for the lead track which when watched consecutively tell one complete story with a narrative drawn from Elkka’s own life experiences. Co-produced with Pop Morrison, this early 90’s infused first display of Elkka’s music, is the perfect introduction to her talent