This week’s rundown of the best new music.
Kesha returns with her first album in nearly 5 years named ‘Rainbows’. She has released her first new single from the album ‘Praying’, co-written with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis. It’s a powerful song that highlights the hardship the singer has faced; “it’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal”. Look out for more hits from this album across the next few weeks.
Sundara Karma – ‘Explore’
Indie- pop/rock band Sundara Karma have released 3 new tracks that will be on the new version of their debut album, ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’. Our favourite of the three, ‘Explore’, is an upbeat, feel good song that fits perfectly for the summer months. Its video creates a humorous feel to the song by being set at what seems a jubilant funeral in the woods with gothic twins and reptile creatures, check it out on the video below!
Lewis Capaldi – ‘Lost On You’
‘Lost On You’ is only Lewis Capaldi’s second single, but the maturity in his lyrics and tone are indicative of a veteran artist. The Scottish born sing-songwriter’s raspy, soulful voice conveys the intense and honest emotions produced by the realization that you may not be capable of providing enough to the person you love. ‘Lost On You’ is an incredible follow up to Capaldi’s debut single ‘Bruises’ that leaves us with one question: when will the album be released?
Urban Cone – ‘Pumping Up Clouds’
‘Pumping Up Clouds’ is the newest single off Urban Cone’s upcoming third album. This infectious, feel good track features an infection beat and an easily distinguishable synth that will have your body moving by the first chorus. If you are not already familiar this Swedish indie pop band you certainly will be soon.
Hannah Grace – ‘Praise You’ (piano version) Live
Performing her beautiful cover of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ in the stunning Union Chapel – you can’t help but be in awe by her outstanding voice. If you feel like you have heard this version somewhere before, it might be because it’s the track that’s behind the current Lloyd’s Bank UK TV advert being aired nationwide.
Playboi Carti – ‘Magnolia’
Part of A$AP Mob, Playboi Carti give us the official video for his huge single ‘Magnolia’. Directed by Hidji Films, the trippy edited video follows Carti in New York heading into a lively party you wish you was at. You’ll also find cameos from A$AP Rocky, Nav and others as well…
Marc E. Bassy feat. KYLE – ‘Plot Twist’
Well here comes a giant, undeniable summer jam. ‘Plot Twist’ has one of those choruses you’ll be singing from first listen and just enough bubbly synth to balance being a summer smash while avoiding a formulaic sound. If you haven’t heard of Marc. E Bassy or KYLE, it’s time to get to know on both fronts. The former is a Bay Area singer-songwriter on the rise, signed to Republic Records, and KYLE is making serious waves as one of hip-hop’s new breakthroughs (and XXL Freshman alumni).
Josh Pan feat. ABRA – ‘Give It To Ya’
Josh Pan – the producer affiliated with the Skrillex founded OWSLA label – has shared glitchy, dystopian new track ‘Give It To Ya’, featuring the ever-great ABRA, and it sounds like the future. ABRA’s sultry, smooth vocal skips over industrial, unpredictable synths and crunchy beats. The video (or ‘visualizer’ as it’s being named) is stunning too – created by French artist Quentin Deronzier.
Butterjack – ‘Other Worlds’
All we know about Butterjack is that he is a producer and songwriter, and he’s about to smash into Summer 2017 with his debut single ‘Other Worlds’. THis innate tone and alluring vocals put the emphasis on the instrumental and the lyrical content of the song, and the self-produced track is a real statement of intent and a strong indication of what is forthcoming from the enigmatic talent. Butterjack’s ability to singlehandedly create an emotional piece of music that is incredibly captivating and relatable, as a songwriter and producer, makes him an exciting and credible proposition to keep an eye on for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.