Another batch of new sounds to get you through the week.
Swedish duo DECCO may be a new name, but they won’t be new to your ears; they’ve already collaborated with the likes of John Legend, Selena Gomez and RY X. ‘Shooting Stars’ comes as their first original track, however, and it’s a promising sign of what’s to come. A 4/4 beat sits alongside spacious synths and fellow Swede Mapei’s vocal (of excellent ‘Don’t Wait’ fame).
Tom Tripp – ‘Aurelia’
Newcomer Tom Tripp caught a lot of people’s attention (XL Recordings, no less) with his debut ‘T.A.M’ last year. With early comparisons to Jai Paul and Ben Khan already under his belt, he’s now back with second track ‘Aurelia’ and it’s a stunner. It’s also one of those tracks that has the disclaimer of being a demo, but sounds very much like a fully charged single.
The Velveteins – ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better?’
This week’s splash of sun comes courtesy of Canadian trio The Velveteins and their new one ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better?’. There’s a sparkling guitar rift that’s a bit irresistible and bright vocals that would easily sit next to Best Coast. Watch out for upcoming album ‘Slow Wave’.
Khalid – ‘Reasons’
After releasing his hit ’Location’ earlier in the year, the 18 year old singer/songwriter’s soulfully smooth, heart-felt take of modern R&B lyrics on Hip-Hop productions has become something people are very much loving. His latest track ‘Reasons’ surely continues this vibe…
Kehlani – ‘Advice’
An early release from her highly anticipated album ‘SweetSexySavage’, a honest and emotional Kehlani shares ‘Advice’, which came about by her experience in a terrible relationship.The beautiful track was debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and the album is set to be released on January 17th.
New Gen Ft 67 – ‘Jackets’
Newly released ‘Jackets’ features South London’s gritty rap crew 67 who have had continued to create major buzz since their ‘Let’s Lurk’ mixtape success. This track will be included in XL Recording’s ‘New Gen’ album which will showcase collaborations between 17 of the UK’s hotly tipped artists everyone should know about.
MOK – The House VP
MOK are pioneers of a sound so masterfully lucid and authentic. Their latest piece of work ‘The House VP’ challenges eccentric creatives such as Die Antwoord and Childish Gambino with their passionate storytelling and transcending fusion of hip-hop, rave and alt-pop. Four separate singles provide the elaborate soundtrack to the twenty-minute video. ‘The House VP’ captures scenes that flourish with evolving visuals and genuine performances. The visuals capture the personality and the harsh reality of the group’s own lives. The story shows a brooding situation developing with a character that encounters different lives and stories throughout suburban Brighton.
Aston Merrygold – Too Late
2016 gave us full confirmation that Aston Merrygold was BACK! New cut ‘Too Late’, flawlessly transitions from the Disco-funk fuelled ‘Get Stupid’, and the high-octane ‘I Ain’t Missing You’, whilst still being grounded firmly in contemporary pop. The down-tempo slow-burner is identifiably Aston, showcasing a softer, transparent stripped back version of him, which enhances his undeniable falsetto range alongside warmly textured, understated production. Aston’s ethereal, crystal clear vocal delivery commandeers throughout – peaking with a surging chorus of euphoric emotional release.
PillowPerson – On Your Way
Pillow Person, the solo project of Sarah Jones, announces the release of her new single, “On Your Way”. The jaunty, effervescent follow-up to her debut “Go Ahead” was written, recorded and produced by Jones and will be released as a single via Moshi Moshi Records impacting on 27th January 2017.
MUNA – I Know A Place
The first single from the L.A.-based group’s self-produced debut, About U, “I Know a Place” is more than a song— it’s a thing of beauty, an empowering banger that speaks to the lives of LGBTQ communities across the United States and it hasn’t been off our office stereo all week.