To help you soothe the post-Glastonbury comedown, here are our favourite tracks of the week.
South London talent Joy Crookes has unveiled jazzy, lyrically brassy new track ‘Power’, set to be a highlight from the singer’s upcoming EP ‘Influence’. “You’re a man on a mission, but you seem to forget, you came here through a woman, show some fucking respect,” she sings over a swirling instrumental. What a line, what a song. Stick this one on repeat.
Parcels – ‘Overnight’
Emerging Aussie group Parcels are back this week with jubilant new offering ‘Overnight’, teaming up with Parisian disco masters Daft Punk, no less. Co-writing and on production duties, Daft Punk’s co-sign is a sign of big things to come – and ‘Overnight’ is every bit the glorious 70’s disco explosion you’d hope it to be.
Mura Masa – ‘WAVE’
2017’s trend for dropping more-than-worthy cuts that didn’t make the album continues with Mura Masa, who’s shared two tracks that didn’t make his much-hyped upcoming album release. ‘Wave’ is our favourite of the two – an industrial, sparse instrumental that sounds made to be played top volume at a major fashion house’s catwalk show.
Mr Jukes – ‘Leap of Faith’
The fourth track to be released from upcoming debut album God First, out on the 14th July, ‘Leap of Faith’ finds Mr Jukes, aka Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club, teaming up with hip hop royalty De La Soul and raggae don Horace Andy. As pounding drums and skittering keyboard lines lead in to Horace Andy’s delightful falsetto, De La Soul deliver a typically enigmatic rap verse. Further proof, if one was needed, that God First is shaping up to be one of 2017’s most exciting releases.
Ryan Riback ft some chick- ‘One Last Time’
‘One Last Time’ is Ryan Riback’s first single of his own since the viral success of his remix of Starley’s ‘Call On Me.’ The identity of the female vocalist on the track has yet to be released, but ‘some chick’s’ collaboration on the lyrics and her delivery of the vocals make her an artist that listeners will want to be revealed. The beat is very consistent with Riback’s style and the fresh voice of some chick not only adds a level of mystery to this classic summer song, but also follows the musical formula successful in EDM music right now. Despite being a breakup song, the upbeat rhythm takes the focus off negative emotions and creates a feel-good tune.
Kodaline – ‘Brother’
Kodaline is back again with their newest single, ‘Brother,’ that they performed at Glastonbury Festival in England this past weekend. The track features vocals from all four band members, which highlights the emotional lyrics and heartfelt message of the song. Although, this track is undeniably consistent with previous releases, the synth heard in the background of the chorus introduces a new element for Kodaline that shows positive growth. The music video that was released with the song visually portrays this emotion and depicts the memories of a younger sibling who is grieving the loss of his brother. A release date for a third studio album has yet to be announced, but this first single shows the consistency of Kodaline and has us eagerly waiting.
Lights – ‘Giants’
‘Giants’ is the first song released from Lights’ newest album titled Skin&Earth, which includes a comic book to accompany the tracks. The verses and chorus are set to different tempos combining to create a song that builds and will have everyone singing this summer. This switch up is very unique in the pop music world, but the complexity adds another level to this song. ‘Giants’ is just one part of the story. This track makes the future of Skin&Earth even more intriguing, for both Lights as an artist and for the characters in her comic book.
Fitz and the Tantrums – ‘Fool’
Fitz and the Tantrums have released a new captivating, cheery, and totally singable track with a bopping beat. Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick exclaims about the new track and says, “My mama always said wear fresh underwear for the summer. Here’s our fresh summer jam just for you!” This silly and fun aura goes perfectly with the humorous music video and flamboyant album cover that’s as colorful as the song is. ‘Fool’ will be featured on Fitz and the Tantrums’ self-titled album that is set to be released on July 28th.
Black Saint – ‘Never Did This Before’
Following the success of their previous track, ‘Could You Love Me’, Black Saint have released another single. This time, the track is slower and sultrier, featuring the striking vocal of Ruth-Ann Cunningham, a singer-songwriter and producer who actually co-wrote Jojo’s ‘Too Little Too Late’. The dynamic beat that Black Saint mixed themselves along with the catchy melody and memorable hook create a tune that you will never get out of your head once you listen to the track.
Wizkid ft. Major Lazer – ‘Naughty Ride’
Wizkid seems to be on a roll with collaborating and recruiting big artists to work with on hit tracks. After working with the likes of Drake, Chris Brown, and Ty Dolla $ign, he has collaborated with Major Lazer on this alluring and seductive track with afrobeat vibes. The melody is so infectious and it would be surprising if this track wasn’t being played in dance clubs everywhere this summer. ‘Naughty Ride’ will be featured on Wizkid’s album, ‘Sounds From the Other Side’ which is due to be released on July 14th.
ORIION – ‘Live Another Lie’
Opening with steel drum sounds and thumping beats, ORIION’s debut release transcends into dance-pop utopia, heavy with the finest of pop hooks, awaiting sunset dancefloors. Currently working on his debut album with Irish/Swedish producer Lindahl, ORIION takes on a storytelling mentality to his work, which sees the production of a concept EP, to be released later this year.
The Magnettes – ‘So Bad’