All the tracks that we’ve had on repeat for the past 7 days.
Norwegian rapper, record producer, singer and songwriter, Lido, collaborates with west coast R&B duo, THEY, to create a track that we really hope becomes the pop anthem of the summer. It seems almost impossible to listen to this song and not want to dance immediately! Somewhat reminiscent of the groovy beat in Paula Abdul’s ‘Straight Up’, the track has an 80’s dance vibe but makes it relevant to today’s pop music with the soulful voices of THEY mixed with Lido’s electronic beats. ‘Not Enough’ definitely has all the components needed in a formula to create a summer hit.
SZA ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Doves in the Wind’
SZA’s long awaited album, CTRL, was finally released last Friday and features many tracks with her soulful, R&B vibe as well as collaborations with other famous hip-hop artists such as Travis Scott. One track that stands out is ‘Doves in the Wind’ which features SZA’s label partner, Kendrick Lamar. The track’s lyrics are very explicit from the very first line but it just shows SZA’s determination to get the song’s point across. With both SZA and Kendrick singing verses back to back, they both give male and female perspectives on the subject.
Boba K – ‘What She’s Like’
The debut single from London-based Boba K means business. ‘What She’s Like’ is just the beginning of a landmark year for the newcomer, firmly positioning her as one of pop’s brightest new hopefuls and we can’t wait to hear more.
RAY BLK – ‘Doing Me’
We were pretty excited to see something new from RAY BLK was going to be dropping, and I think it’s fair to say the whole of the music industry felt the same way after the singer’s meteoric rise and BBC Sound Poll 2017 win. The London singer has no problems stepping up to the pressure on new single ‘Doing Me’, an empowering anthem to just doing you. Produced by Jimmy Napes (Mary J Blige, Sam Smith, Disclosure), it sees the singer-songwriter take on a bigger cross-over pop sound, her infectious ease lighting the way to global superstardom.
Hare Squead – ‘Pure’
Emerging Irish R&B three-piece Hare Squead have released new cut ‘Pure’, and while it may sound perfect for lazy sunny days they’ve specified “play it on that one day it rains in the summer”. The trio are best known for earlier release ‘Herside Story’, a track that racked up Spotify plays in their millions and created fans including Goldlink, who provided a storming remix. ‘Pure’ is taken from the trio’s new EP ‘Season 2’, dropping on July 28th.
SG Lewis – ‘Times We Had’ feat. Toulouse
SG Lewis provides the groove this week with new single ‘Times We Had’, featuring Toulouse. It’s the first new piece of music since last year’s ‘Yours’ EP and it’s well worth the weight; the UK talent seems to be raising the bar with each release. Glittering xylophones dance over a groove-ridden bassline, with Toulouse’s sweeping, whimsical soul vocal floating over the top.
Amelia Payne – ‘The Battle’
Ahead of her debut EP release, new pop artist Amelia Payne gives us her empowering new track ‘The Battle’. Produced by Toby Scott (Little Mix, Gorgon City, Pet Shop Boys), ’The Battle’ delivers an uplifting message of standing up for yourself and not letting others bring you down.
Lucy Rose – ‘Something’s Changing’
The official video for ’Something’s Changing’ sees Lucy again teaming up with Dusthouse who she first worked with on her ‘Nebraska’ video last year (which features Danny Dyer). For this 70’s throwback scene Lucy re-pierced her ears to fully get into character and wear earrings for the first time in a decade. Currently on her worldwide tour, Rose is definitely worth checking out!
Meadowlark – ‘Postcards’
Bristol-based duo Meadowlark releases the incredibly touching official video for ‘Postcards’. Aside from being a guitarist, Dan from the Meadowlark also has a knack for producing videos, ‘Postcards’ being one of his latest! The postcards you see in the visual are all real life messages sent in by fans.