Gently easing us into festival season are the finest tracks of the week.
HAIM – ‘Want You Back’
The three piece have shared new song ‘Want You Back’, taken from upcoming second album ‘Something To Tell You’, which is set for release on July 7th. Following up first single ‘Right Now’, ‘Want You Back’ is big and bold where ‘Right Now’ was brooding. With a chorus that’s irresistible and deliciously building verses, excitement for the upcoming album has just trebled.
Niall Horan – ‘Slow Hands’
Well. What with all the Harry Styles goings on lately, what we didn’t expect to happen was Niall Horan randomly releasing something that trumped everything so far from his former bandmate. ‘Slow Hands’ follows up ‘This Town’, which didn’t ignite any fires, and yet it’s totally brilliant… and kinda groovy?! And sexy? And despite mentions of ‘take my time’, ‘all night’, ‘I want you’, it’s not cheesy, which is no mean feat.
J HUS – ‘Common Sense’
J HUS just came through and dropped one of our favourite tracks of the year. ‘Common Sense’ is deliriously good; with shades of old school Kanye production and The Black Album-era Jay Z, it’s summery, euphoric, it bumps, and it manages to steer clear of sounding like another 2017 Afrobeat-lite bandwagon. This is one for the summer BBQs, roof parties, swaggering down the street… anything that requires a slice of euphoric coolness.
James Hersey – ‘Coming Over’
Last week brought with it the release of James Hersey’ debut EP ‘Pages’, and in turn the anticipated release of the original ‘Coming Over’ track. ‘Coming Over’ is, for many, the track that launched Hersey’s name after dance heavyweights Filous, Kygo & Dillon Francis heard the original and were compelled to rework. The original is worth the wait; summery, understated, addictive and possessor of a killer hook.
Skrapz – ‘Enemies’
London rapper returns to the fray with new track ‘Enemies,’ as his slowed down, autobiographical vocal take intertwines with a dark and twisted trap production. Having joined Giggs on stage at a recent London show and with Anthony Joshua walking to the ring at Wembley Stadium to one of his songs, 2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for Skrapz. Lets hope there’s a follow-up to his debut album – that featured the likes of Nines, Wretch 32 and Donae’o – in the pipeline soon!
Chase and Status and Blossoms – ‘This Moment’
Not a collaboration that would work on paper you might think, but ‘This Moment’ from Chase and Status and Blossoms takes the indie-pop sensibility of the latter and imbues it with deeper, darker hints of electronics from the former, creating a track that is sure to please both sets of fans of each band, with Tom Ogden sounding more menacing than ever.
Paramore – ‘Told You So’
After teasing their new album ‘After Laughter’ comeback single in April, Hayley Williams and co have dropped another taster of the record with ‘Told You So’ – adding yet more colour to their new-found sound. After Laughter’ will be released on May 12. Paramore’s upcoming UK tour kicks off in June
Santino Le Saint – ‘4AM’
Hailing from Brixton, Santino Le Saint is about to break waves in the music sphere as the pioneer of the ’trap-rock’ sound. His new release ‘4AM’ is built around electric guitar riffs and darkened, overcast beats, with Santino’s evocative vocal taking lead. Definitely one to watch!
To Kill A King – ‘The Good Old Days’
New single ‘The Good Old Days’ comes from the five-piece London based band To Kill A King, a compelling second taster coming from their third album which is due to be released this autumn. Catch them live this week at Borderline, Oslo and Omeara in London.
Jake Thomas Turnbull – ‘Fire’
Singer-songwriter Jake Thomas Turnbull releases the video for his latest single ‘Fire’ which takes you on a journey following Jake around the streets of London. Influenced by Tom Grennan, the intimate folk-pop track is about burning bridges with people from the past and making sure you don’t make the mistake of going back to them.
Hannah Grace – ‘Praise You’
An uplifting rework of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, Hannah Grace was given the opportunity to create her own heartwarming version of the track which was initially recorded for the latest Lloyds Bank TV advert. Carried by her striking vocal, the single also features the euphoric London Contemporary Voices.