Giving you the best new sounds of the week.
Raye is delivering on all the hype and promise of the past year, inching closer to her crown as Britain’s hottest pop export. ‘The Line’ is huge from the get go; stabbing dramatic synths, relatable tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a beat that builds until #thatchorus kicks in with full aplomb.
Kali Uchis – ‘Tyrant’ feat. Jorja Smith
Well this is a dreamy pairing. Girl-of-the-moment Jorja Smith has teamed up for a feature with Colombian-American Kali Uchis. This is a particularly exciting addition to this week’s music landscape as it’s the first time Uchis has released her own material since 2016’s utterly divine ‘Only Girl’. The two singers combine perfectly on this release, their vocals swirling around a whimsical instrumental and jazzy percussion.
The Aces – ‘Baby Who’
Utah all-female group The Aces are back with the latest offering from their debut album ‘I Don’t Like Being Honest’ and it’s another summery gem. Filled with groove and addictive harmonies, it exudes the electric positivity that comes from realising you don’t need anyone/anything else to be happy. Stay tuned for their album release on 23rd June via Red Bull Records.
Liam Payne – ‘Strip that Down’
Liam Payne, the last member of One Direction to release solo material, finally dropped his first single last Friday. This track, featuring Quavo (one-third of hip hop group Migos), varies wildly from his former bandmates’ sounds who released singer-songwriter, rock, and dance tunes. Payne is clearly going his own route and producing music that adheres to his own taste with this club banger track that has a slick, danceable beat and catchy chorus. We can’t get it out of our heads!
Camila Cabello – ‘Crying in the Club’
Last Friday, former member of girl group ‘Fifth Harmony’, Camila Cabello released the lead single of her debut album The Hurting, The Healing, the Loving. Cabello co-wrote this track with singer, Sia, where Sia’s influences are very evident in the slow and intense pop vibes the beats and lyrics give. The track is vaguely comparable to Sia’s Cheap Thrills. Although not the most upbeat song in beat, Cabello still brings optimism in the lyrics by stating “ain’t no cryin in the club, with a little faith, your tears turn into ecstasy”.
Madison Beer – ‘Dead’
Madison Beer gives us a break up anthem with sassy lyrics that give the track a very chill and “I don’t care about you anymore” vibe. Beer states that she wanted to make an anthem for staying strong through a moment like a break up and not taking any sh—t. The lyrics sing, “You say you can’t live without me, so why aren’t you dead yet? Why are you still breathing?” Good question, Beer, you tell him.
SAINT WKND – ‘Make You Mine’ (KC Lights Remix)
Giving us a twist of his latest single, SAINT WKND is a name on every tastemaker’s lips at the moment. ‘Make You Mine’ follows on from debut cut ‘Golden’, and is lifted from the recently released EP ‘Golden Youth’. The full remix package is available now and includes reworks by Flapo and Ferdinand Weber.
Land Before Bedtime – ‘Broadway’
Harley Light aka Land Before Bedtime releases his latest track ‘Broadway’. A track inspired after meeting an aspiring actor in New York trying to make it in Broadway, he found that they both had things in common as they strive for success in their respective fields. Boasting an electronic pop sound alongside a trap and hip-hop mentality, Light showcases his gutsy vocal, that’s layered over a staccato synth, strings and classic hip-hop beat production.
Rhys Lewis – ‘I Know This Feeling’
Rhys’ charming raw vocals take centre stage on his new track ‘I Know This Feeling’. Written by Rhys himself, the uplifting track takes influence from a friend of his who was going through a really tough time, with the hope that this track will brighten anyone’s bad day including his friends. Rhys will be performing live at a string of gigs and festivals this year including a very special gig at St Pancras Old Church on the 5th of June.