We love them and we want you to love them. Here are our favourite tracks of the week.
Swedish exports Avante Black have revealed ‘Make A Mess’, the follow-up to top 3 Hype Machine smash ‘Drug Money’. Written by lead singer Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten and with psychedelic production from Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir), ‘Make A Mess’ tells it straight about the moment when you’re breaking up with someone and realise it’s not fixable. Countering a pop landscape dominated by chill-bangers, Avante Black’s dizzying, expansive alt-pop sound exists as a shift to something new.
Only Girl – Fortune
Fresh from the release of new single ‘Fortune’, South London’s Only Girly returns with the official video directed by Davy Evans (Tourist, Hockeysmith and long-term visual collaborator with The xx). The video comes off the back of a personal request from Dermot O’Leary to perform on ITV’s The Nightly Show this week. Speaking about the video, Only Girl, aka singer/songwriter Ellen Murphy, says: “For this video I always wanted to create something visually striking and different to the usual performance video. The gold concept, textures and Davy’s unique photographic special effects are used throughout the video to reflect the idea of value in relationships.”
Future Islands – ‘Beauty of the Road’
Indie label 4AD’s post-wave three-piece lead by the infamous Samuel T. Herring, are back with their brand new album, ‘The Far Field’. The band are fresh from an electrifying set at Coachella, riding the hype from their latest effort, which is sure to give their previous LP ‘Singles’ a run for its money.
Royal Blood – ‘Lights Out’
The Brighton duo are back with the debut single from their hugely anticipated sophomore album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’, released on 16th of June. With a string of tour dates including an appearance at Glastonbury, they’re sure to make 2017 their own.
Mac Demarco – ‘On the Level’
Described as a sister song to the fan favourite ‘Chamber of Reflection’ by Demarco himself, ‘On the Level’ is a very warmly welcomed sonic treat from the 26-year-old Canadian. This is the first synthesizer-lead release from his upcoming album ‘This Old Dog’, which graces us with its presence on May 5th.
Aston Merrygold – ‘Precious’ ft. Shy Carter
Summer has officially landed and it’s all thanks to Aston Merrygold. ‘Precious’ is the lead track from his debut EP, which is released on April 28th. The uplifting vibe of Precious is reflected in the sun-soaked video, shot in California and directed by Damien Sandoval. Nostalgic 90’s vibes are distinct, whilst Aston oozes a contemporary ‘Fresh Prince’ quality in the colourful, feel-good visual.
Zedd & Alessia Cara – ‘Stay’
‘Stay’ was a dance pop masterpiece because of Cara’s soulful vocals and Zedd’s stimulating working together. Now the two are back with the music video for the massive track. In the fast paced video, Zedd and Cara fall in love inside a hotel. Zedd is unable to reach Cara in an elevator, the video then goes into reverse and this time they are able to meet, but every action has a outcome. The entire video has a multitude of visual effects that tell a story as electric as the song itself.
Soulé – ‘Troublemaker’
Dublin pop artist Soulé recently dropped ‘Troublemaker’ a breezy tune that carries a serious message. The song, while calling out a toxic relationship, is complemented with light hints of tropical beats mixed with more modern pop and electronic elements. ‘Troublemaker’ proves that Soulé is an artist we should keep our eyes on.
Leo Kalyan – ‘Versailles’
Leo Kalyan’s vocals melt on his latest track ‘Versailles.’ The track expresses how much he is in love, comparing his lovers perfection to Versailles. ‘Versailles’ is smooth, through Kalyan’s vocals or in the sustained synths the song is polished. ‘Versailles’ is unique for its loop at the beginning which includes crickets, and what sounds like a harmony of nocturnal animals.
Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA’
Following his streak of incredible produced visuals, Kendrick released the official video for ‘DNA.’ taken from his fourth album ‘DAMN.’. Directed by Nabil, actor Don Cheadle appears in the video creating an impactful scene as Cheadle and Lamar aggressively recites ‘DNA.’ lyrics back and forth to each other. Along with the visual for ‘HUMBLE.’, this album is set to top his hugely credited past releases setting the bar even higher than before.