New year, new music. Check out our definitive list of the best new tracks to check out in the first week of 2017.
Kid Cudi is truly back to form on early awaited album release ‘Passon, Pain and Demon Slayin’’. After enduring well-publicised mental health struggles of late, which ended with Cudi admitting himself to rehab, it feels all the more righteous to see Cudi winning again. ‘Rose Golden’ is a lush, expansive journey of self-reflection and discovery, featuring Willow Smith who sounds way beyond her years on such a track.
Run The Jewels – ‘Call Ticketron’
For those looking to escape the suffocating family functions and endless food over Christmas, Run The Jewels gave the gift of their third full-length album three weeks early as a gift of the best kind. ‘RTJ3’ boasts collaborations from some of the industry’s finest, including Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, Tunde Adebimpe and more – however an obvious highlight comes in the form of high octane energy rush ‘Call Ticketron’. Get this on your new year gym playlists now.
Treasureseason – ‘The Rush’
Coming back after 2 years of silence, Treasuresilence have unleashed the glistening dream-pop gorgeousness of ‘The Rush’, taken from their upcoming ‘XY’ EP. Treasuresilence are Dave Powell and Jess Bartlet; a duo who between them reside over celestial yet contemporary vocals and a gently tropical, understated pop production. This one will creep up on you, and before you know it that chorus will be firmly lodged in your head.
The xx – ‘Say Something Loving’
After their long awaited return, The xx surprised us late last year with the release of the highly anticipated single ‘On Hold’, and the track charted at No.3 in the UK Indie charts. They have now kicked 2017 off in a similar style with the release of ‘Say Something Loving’, giving us a further sneak preview of their new album, ‘I See You’, which is set for release January 13th. ‘Say Something Loving’, produced by Jamie xx, samples the Alessi Brothers’ – ‘Do You Feel It?’ from 1978, providing a warm and uplifting vibe, moving them away from their once gloomy sound. Give it a listen.
London Grammar – ‘Rooting For You’
Remember London Grammar? The group that disappeared for four years after the release of their breath taking debut album, ‘If You Wait’, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts in 2013. Yep, well the trio have had a surprise comeback for 2017 with the release of their beautifully simplistic new single, ‘Rooting For You’. The dramatic theme portrayed throughout their previous album is a main feature in the new single, however the focus on Hannah Reid’s voice gives an unusually delicate feel. Definitely worth a listen.
J Dilla – Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection
A collection of the late J Dillas unreleased beats were mysteriously released on streaming platforms in late December. The album titled, ‘Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection’, consists of no track names just consecutive numbers, furthering adding to the mystery. The tracks are completely instrumental, creating a chilled vibe with an easy listening feel, perfect for background music. Give it a go.
Cashmere Cat Ft Starrah, 2 Chainz and Tory Lanez – ‘Throw Myself A Party’
Norwegian dance producer released this club banger just in time for the new year celebrations. His third single since ‘Wild Love’ Ft The Weeknd and ‘Trust Nobody’ Ft Selena Gomez, this single release has set high anticipation of a full project release.
Jazz Cartier – ‘Tempted’
A distinctively up-tempo track compared to ‘PREE’, ‘Tempted’ premiered on Zane Lowe’s radio show on Beats 1 where the Toronto based rapper revealed that it is taken from his yet to be released album ‘Fluerever’. No release date confirmed but seems like it could be anytime soon.
Levelle London – ‘Murder My Ego’
UK based Levelle London gives us the video for powerful track ‘Murder My Ego’. Not only does the track feature elements of both Levelle’s rap and R&B vocal skills, it was also self-produced by the man himself. It’ll be very interesting to see what else he has in store for us for the rest of 2017.