Inviting you to check out all of the best new music of the last 7 days.
This week’s gorgeousness comes courtesy of South London singer-songwriter Only Girl, aka Ellen Murphy. New single ‘Heights’ is a shimmering pop-R&B masterpiece with a beautiful sentiment; “I wanted to create a really dream-like, hazy vibe to the track to convey that feeling of being with someone who lifts you up and gives you that sense of elation and strength; those support figures in our life who we reach out for when we feel broken,” Only Girl explains.
Astrid S – ‘Such A Boy’
Norweigan popstar Astrid S has just released her highly anticipated ‘Party’s Over’ EP, and with it comes new track ‘Such A Boy’. Much has been made of its opening line: “you say you need more space – what are you, an astronaut?”, and rightly so – it’s a punchy opening line that sets the tone for the feisty calling-you-out-on-your-shit track. It’s a clear highlight from the star’s catalogue thus far and lends itself to repeat plays in the sunshine – perfect for the upcoming weekend.
Real Fears – ‘You’
Debut single ‘You’ by Real Fears thrills with both audacious indie-pop moments and touches of blissful minimalism. ‘You’ is about opening up about your feelings and anxieties with someone close to you and repairing a mistake in a relationship.
Tyler, The Creator – ‘911 / Mr. Lonely’
This new single from Tyler follows the release of ‘Who Dat’. Featuring Frank Ocean, the track starts off with ‘911’ sultry and smooth R&B sounds then transitions effortlessly into a punchy synth heavy ‘Mr Lonely’. Another epic track with hopes of a full project to come soon.
Skrapz – ‘Not Like Me’
The follow up to ‘Enemies’ sees London rapper Skrapz stake his claim as one of the most exciting the UK has to offer, with his distinctive, slowed down rap combining with dark, twisted beats. 2017 has already seen Skrapz join Giggs on stage at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and most recently Nines at Glastonbury and on this evidence Skrapz looks set to join them at the forefront of UK’s rap hierarchy.
Foster The People – ‘Loyal Like Sid and Nancy’
The fourth track to be taken from their upcoming third album ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ – released on the 21st July – following on from EP ‘III,’ ‘Loyal Like Sid and Nancy’ is the most experimental thing Foster The People have put to record. Distorted, bass heavy dance beats combine with Mark Foster’s almost-rap-like verse before the track twists and turns in to ever more varied directions, culminating in a trance-like as synths and piano bring the track to a close. An intriguing insight in to what the new album holds.
Arcade Hearts – ‘Honey’
As perfect as summer anthems can get, the new single from Portsmouth four-piece Arcade Hearts is an 80s inspired gem, as bouncy guitar lines and dreamy synths intertwine to create an irresistible four minutes of sunshine-drenched indie-disco-pop. The band will head back to their hometown for a show at Victorius Festival on the 26th August alongside Elbow and The Charlatans and promises to be a show not to be missed.
San Holo featuring James Vincent McMarrow – ‘The Future’
‘The Future’ from San Holo and James Vincent McMarrow is about the internal struggle between knowing you must carry on and the hesitancy to move forward with someone new after a breakup. Despite the uncertainty in the song there is no doubt that San Holo is making his mark on the dance music scene. The accumulation of energy throughout the verses to the bass drop in the chorus pairs a summer ready beat with the smooth tone of Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMarrow to create an infectious new single. With the success of Holo’s previous single ‘Light’ and the quality of ‘The Future’ as a follow up single, the carreer of the Norwegian musician is only just beginning.
Rudimental feat James Arthur – ‘Sun Comes Up’
Rudimental’s newest track ‘Sun Comes Up’ featuring James Arthur builds from a melody to a contagious beat. James is just another incredible artist that Rudimental has teamed up with in recent year. The emotional song that is a message of hope and optimism that the sun always comes up again makes it instantly relatable. ‘Sun Comes Up’ is ready to be a summer hit with its ready to dance to rhythm and the steel drum that gives the song a Caribbean vibe. This song may only be a taste of what is to come from Rudimental, but it makes the upcoming album only more exciting.
Stanaj – ‘The Way I Love Her’
‘The Way I Lover Her’ is the newest single form Stanaj, a native of Albania who is currently based in New York. He has received support on social media from people such as Drake, Chris Brown, and Kim Kardashian West. Additionally, Stanaj just completed a 48 night tour for which he opened up for JoJo. This is the first of his new music after his release of his EP From a Distance earlier this year. ‘The Way I Love Her’ is a great dance track that builds to an electric chorus that is complemented by Stanaj’s unique voice. Stay tuned to see if Stanaj releases any remixes of this track.