Picking out the best tracks of the week, to gear you into the weekend.
MAY – Ballerino
With just piano and strings as backing, the new track from New York based singer songwriter MAY is at once incredibly haunting and beautiful, showcasing her amazingly powerful and soulful vocals that easily fit on a par with Anohni, Irrepressibles and Lana Del Ray.
Beatie Wolfe’s ‘Little Moth’ from her new album Raw Space is a tender homage to singer songwriter Elliott Smith (and a near perfect anagram of his name). With the intimate double vocals, distant mellotron and all round low-fi sound, it feels like a track very much in the spirit of Smith’s style and production, which was the intention Wolfe says.
Time For T – ‘Wax’
Time For T gives us a video to their laid back summer track ‘Wax’ blending modern indie with throwback rock and roll roots, the band lead into their single with a classic organ sound and Tiago Saga’s energetic vocals. Catch Time For T at various live shows in the UK including performances at Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling. Their debut album ‘Hoping Something Anything’ is set to be released in September.
Buddy – ‘Find Me’
He can boast collaborations with top tier rap talent including Chance The Rapper, Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky and fresh from being mentored by Pharrell, young Compton rapper Buddy announces his debut EP ‘Ocean & Montana’. The new project, produced entirely by Kaytranda is out this Friday and he has shared a new cut in the shape of ‘Find Me’. Expect the signature Kaytranada sound with passionate verses courtesy of Buddy. The full five track EP promises to be a exemplary body of work from the talented newcomer.
Joy Crookes – ‘Bad Feeling’
Already receiving comparisons to a post-fugees Lauryn Hill, Elephant and Castle’s Joy Crookes seems destined for big things with her jazzy, flavoursome UK pop-soul. We like the knowing, tongue-in-cheek sass in new track ‘Bad Feeling’, and you can hear an unusual mix of trap flows right next to old-school Ella Fitzgerald sensibilities. With Brooklyn Beckham among Joy’s many fans, ‘Bad Feeling’ is set to continue Joy’s ascent – 2017 feels like her year.
Amandla Stenberg – ‘Let My Baby Stay’
Curveball of the week comes from actress, activist and general hero Amandla Stenberg (best known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games, but we feel this will soon change), who has released a gorgeously hazy R&B cover of Mac DeMarco’s ‘Let My Baby Stay’. Officially the song was recorded for the soundtrack of her upcoming film ‘Everything, Everything’, however it seems a lot of effort has gone into making the graphic video below so fingers crossed this is the first chapter in a gleaming pop career.
Loz KeyStone – ‘How Is It’
Based in South London by way of France, Loz KeyStone is the next singer-songwriter to keep your eye on. Inspired to make his debut album after the passing of his farther, KeyStones’s songwriting has a personal flair and sincerity that can only come from raw honesty and, in his words, a “semi-conscious mess of intoxicated late nights and meaningless one night stands”. New cut ‘How Is It’ is a subtle synth-pop track that finds 80s drum loops laid over jazzy organ melodies, combining to create a masterstroke in sensual-sounding bedroom-style production.
Foster The People – ‘SHC’
Undoubted highlight from their recent ‘III’ EP that acted as the first taster from their as-yet-untitled third album – reportedly due this summer – ‘SHC’ is a glorious slice of electro-pop, as glitchy synths and frenetic drums collide perfectly with an instantly memorable guitar riff. The perfect soundtrack to the summer ahead and a reminder why we all fell in live with Foster The People in the first place.