New month and new music! Here are the best tracks to kick off March, according to us.
The 1975 – By Your Side
Released in aid of the War child charity, Brit award winning The 1975 take Sade’s 2000 song “By Your Side” and transform it in to a slowed down, Bon Iver-esque lament, as Matt Healy’s distorted vocals overlap with gorgeous synths and subtle electronic flourishes.
Ed Wells – Close The Distance
Fascinating mix of James Blake-style electronics and soulful Jeff Buckley vocals from the Australian-born, London-based Ed Wells. The follow-up to last year’s “Swirl” that has already amassed over 300,000 plays on Spotify, “Close The Distance” is an eclectic mix of minimalist electronica and soul, as brooding synths mix with heavy beats, all intertwined with Ed’s elegant and powerful vocals.
Ride – Home Is A Feeling
Having reformed in 2015, the indie veterans returned with their first new music since 1996’s album Tarantula with first cut “Charm Offensive.” That was quickly followed up with “Home Is A Feeling,” an expansive, sprawling affair, adhering to their shoegaze roots. A new album is due this year on Wichita – with both “Home Is A Feeling” and “Charm Offensive” set to be included – and has been produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by Alan Moulder.
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’
Not content with being one of the biggest breakthroughs of 2016 and bagging one of the biggest tracks of the year, the Chainsmoker boys have gone and recruited Coldplay for their new single! Debuting the single at last week’s BRIT Awards ahead of a sold-out European tour, ‘Something Just Like This is and uplifting and effortless collaboration that is set to dominate the charts over the coming weeks.
After Romeo – ‘Pull Over’ (Remix) ft. Silento.
Following their release of their ‘Good Things’ EP in 2016, hotly tipped U.S pop group After Romeo return with new single ‘Pull Over’ (Remix), which features global hit-maker Silentó, collaborating to reinvent the infectious pop track. The track fuses pop and hip-hop together to create a song with the brightest mood. The music video that accompanies it carries the same summer vibe throughout. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of California cruising?
Stormzy – ‘Bad Boys (feat. Ghetts and J Hus)’
MVP this week goes to Stormzy, who’s taken over the UK doing every bit of promo available (and smashing it, see his Channel 4 interview openly talking about his depression). What would normally be overkill is heartening here because the South London MC finally dropped one of the most anticipated albums of the past two years – and it doesn’t disappoint. While some were expecting an out-and-out grime album, Stormzy has instead opted for a body of work that somehow feels more comfortable next to ‘The Life Of Pablo’ rather than a ‘Boy In Da Corner’. The real skill, however, comes in the fact that while it remains a grime masterpiece and authentically true to its roots, it’s simultaneously pushing the genre into a totally new, uncharted dimension. An obvious highlight comes in the form of hard-edged banger ‘Bad Boys’, with a star turn from legendary Ghetts and upcomer J HUS shutting. it. down with the hook of the album.
Calvin Harris – ‘Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)’
MVP may go to Stormzy this week but track of the whole summer has been snatched by Calvin Harris and trusted buddies (?!) Migos and Frank Ocean. On paper it may seem a terrible idea but your boy Calvin came through with a slice of blissed-out sunshine that even the h8ers can’t deny. No rave horns or eurotrash are in sight, instead strap in for a stylish, groove-laden, funk-filled, optimistic, maxin’-and-relaxin’ masterstroke. Everyone else should just go home really. Don’t even bother. Let’s just surrender to ‘Slide’ being everywhere until October and thank the lord that it’s really really good.
Pale Waves – ‘There’s a Honey’
This week’s pop perfection comes from the huns over at Pale Waves and their debut single ‘There’s a Honey’. You know a pop gem is worth its weight in gold when you can imagine it fitting in a classic noughties rom-com, and ‘There’s a Honey’ comes with the added bonus of just enough of a guitar riff to keep it on the right side of ‘cool’ (see: placements on NME and DIY et al). Right from the opening second an obvious reference comes in the form of The 1975, which makes sense when you find out they produced the track and share the same label. Obviously it’s amazing so plug in your headphones immediately:
Gallant – ‘Talking To Myself’
The incredible falsetto singer Gallant dropped a visual yesterday to accompany his track ‘Talking To Myself’, which comes from his Grammy-nominated debut album ‘Ology’. Directed by Sasha Samsonova, the visual depicts the ‘scatterbrain’ look into his life while he has “raucous conversations” with himself every night.
Kingdom ft SZA – ‘Down 4 Whatever’
The LA based DJ and producer Ezra Rubin AKA Kingdom recently released his debut LP ‘Tears In The Club’. The project features SZA, Syd (The Internet), Najee Daniels and Shacar. From working with the likes of Kelela and Dawn Richards and influencing many including FKA Twigs and Justin Bieber, the LP has some great tracks including ‘Down 4 Whatever’ featuring TDE’s R&B beauty SZA.
Ella Mai – ‘Anymore’
Rising R&B starlet Ella Mai drops another DJ Mustard-produced EP ‘READY’ which includes another brilliant sultry R&B track ‘Anymore’. This is the third and final instalment to her EP trilogy, which followed last year’s successful releases of ‘CHANGE’ EP and ‘TIME’ EP from the British singer who currently resides in LA.