Rounding up the best new music of the last 7 days and delivering it directly to your ears.
Betty Who – ‘Human Touch (Aquilo Remix)’
Aquilo hand their dreamy, laid back electronica sound to Betty Who’s latest offering in the shape of Human Touch. The duo transport the uptempo pop track into a more ethereal and genteel version, almost adding a melancholy edge. Turn it up loud, sit back, relax and drift happily off and lose yourself in thoughts of warmer days to come.
Austra – ‘I Love You More Than You Love Yourself’
Austra returned with their third album “Future Politics.” Having released their tracks, “Utopia” and “Future Politics” Austra established the honest, intelligent, haunting sound that’s presented in the rest of the album. “I Love You More Than You Love Yourself” is another example of the these qualities. With their lead singers ghostly vocals and the electro pop beat behind it, Austra creates a beautiful track that encourages a lover out of the darkness they’ve put themselves into.
Ella Mai – ‘Lay Up’
Ella Mai released her third EP “Change” back in November, that included the tropical track “Lay Up,” this week she released the music video to correspond with it. Combining soothing island chords with hip hop beats the song is both catchy and relaxing. The video lets us escape from winter and join Ella Mai on her vacation. The only problem with vacations, it ends too soon, leaving us to want more. Despite being two and a half minutes long “Lay Up” is the mini vacation we need to stay warm this winter.
Rationale released his newest single “Reciprocate” a soulful electronic track that keeps it’s listeners on their feet. Rationale’s powerful voice over his endearing lyrics creates a heartwarming love song, asking for his lover to fall in love as deeply as he has. “Reciprocate” is fun, but it most importantly tells a story so many of us can relate to.
Goldfrapp – ‘Anymore’
Goldfrapp are back with brand new single ‘Anymore’ and an album announcement – good news for all excellent dreamy synth pop fans. ‘Silver Eye’, the follow up to 2013’s ‘Tales of Us’ album, will be released on 31st March and features production from John Congleton and the Haxan Cloak. Their comeback sound is a bit harder with a stronger electronic edge than previous releases, however Alison’s silky smooth vocals remain intact.
Charlotte Day Wilson – ‘Work’
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson came through this week with a perfectly time video ode to the Women’s Marches that took place all over the globe. ‘Work’ is taken from the singer’s gorgeous ‘CDW’ EP released late last year and perfectly soundtracks our favourite visual of the week. “I really wanted to use shooting the video as an opportunity to organize an afternoon of camaraderie with an amazing group of women, genderqueer and trans folks from my community in Toronto. People got to know each other, make new friends and bask in the powerful energy that occupied an otherwise ordinary, mundane space,” she told NPR.
joan – ‘take me on’
Duo Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford come together as ‘joan’. Releasing their debut single this week, the pair have already turned a few heads with their gloriously euphoric ode to “spending tonight and forever with the one you love.” Think Carly Rae Jepsen, LANY, St. Lucia, DNCE but with added guitar riffs and a 80’s feel. Is it summer yet?
Bright Light Bright Light – ‘Running Back To You’
Rod Thomas is back with an official video for ‘Running Back To You’, which features the one and only Sir Elton John. Directed by Del Marquis (Scissor Sisters), the video in-captures the lyric’s emotions through fine choreography by award-winning Steven Hoggett. The track is taken from his album ’Choreography’, which is out now.
DJ Fresh Vs Diplo Ft R. City, Selah Sue & Craig David- ‘Bang Bang’
The incredle new single has been given a weird but wonderful video with rapping fish and singing cats. Directed by Dominic O’Riordan (Little Mix, Olly Murs and The Beach), the animals in a London pet shop were shot live with Creep post-production use of VFX for the lip sync. Bizarre but as infectious to watch as it is to listen to.
Loyle Carner – ‘Damselfly’
Taken from his already highly credited debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ that was released last Friday, the 22-year-old London rapper has had a great start to 2017. Catch him live during his UK and European tour starting next month.