This week’s round-up of the best new sounds.
One of 2017’s most exciting new pop prospects, Julia Michaels has finally gifted us her ‘Nervous System’ EP, and in the words of Lorde, “how lucky we are to have Julia”. The EP is a pop masterstroke from end to finish, but new track ‘Worst In Me’ comes as a highlight. Brimming with complexity and honesty and relatability, here Julia isn’t afraid to sound difficult or frustrating; “I know we could fix these kinks, but the worst in me doesn’t want to.”
Jessie Ware – ‘Midnight’
Our favourite velveteen songstress Jessie Ware is back after too long away. The warmth and comfort that silky smooth vocal brings cooing the opening line had us wondering how we coped without new material for so long. ‘Midnight’ starts off seeming a stripped back, minimal, delicate affair… but then those lungs kick in with some big earrings sass. Jessie is back, back back.
Aminé ft. Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Veggies’
Aminé is about to blow up. The Portland, US native came onto the scene in 2016 with debut single ‘Caroline’, and while it was a big track, the rapper has gone from strength to strength since, leading us up to his just-released debut album ‘Good For You’. Think of the spirit and individualism of a Chance The Rapper or a Goldlink and you’re in the right vein.
Sabella – ‘Fortress’
Having released her debut EP ‘Home Truths’ in 2015 – a record that combined Sabella’s sultry vocals with snappy, R&B-esque beats – the Glastonbury native returns with the glorious pop-gold of ‘Fortress.’ Somewhat more dancey than her previous efforts, ‘Fortress’ is a glorious three minutes, as synth-heavy beats combine perfectly with Sabella’s always-uplifting harmonies.
Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children – ‘Royals’
The frontman of much-loved 00’s indie/rock/psychedelic wonders The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Ebbot Lundberg returns to the musical fold in form of ‘Royals,’ a cover of the Lorde mega-hit. Replacing the icy electronica of the original with acoustic guitar and the swagger of his old band, his slightly gruff but wonderful vocal delivery intertwines with his band’s melodic backing vocals, and reinterprets a modern classic in a brilliantly original way.
:PM – ‘Grown Ups’
Set to explode and cause chaos with their own brand of Northern mischief are newcomers:PM, who are ready to take the UK by storm with their charming and charismatic new music video for their super catchy debut single ‘Grown Ups.’ The undeniable pop smash highlights their uniquely crafted sound that is riddled with captivating guitar riffs, steady drumbeat and future crowd-favourite chorus. The track is full of kinetic energy and tight harmonies, with the boys displaying far more prowess than that of an experienced band. ‘Grown Ups’ is the beginning of an incredible journey for the adventurous, fearless fivesome, and we can’t wait to see what else 2017 has in store for them.
May Lyn – ‘Touch Base’
Malaysia-born, Brisbane-based artist, May Lyn draws influences from R&B and ambient soundscapes, expressing herself through lush electronic beats that combine texturally rich and fluid layers with honest and sincere lyricism. Carrying her tunes with strength and emotionally vulnerable vocals, her eclectic, genre-defying sound has been dubbed by many as ‘Atmospheric Future R&B’. Newest single ‘Touch Base’ settles as a bold statement, it is a song about self-reflection and finding the courage to pursue and live for what is truly important to us. With a lavish instrumental strung delicately with loose and sporadic framework of glistening synthesizers and syncopated trap beats, Lyn’s conduct to creating an unnerving and mystical ambience is of a marvel.
Anna Straker – ‘Ignite Me’
Synth-princess Anna Straker return with ‘Ignite Me, which is her spoken word piece with sparse, electronica/trip hop inspired production – all written, sung and produced by Anna herself. Inspired by artists including James Blake, and Blood Orange, Anna blends soulful 90s inflected chords in the chorus with a compelling story in the verses. We’re into it.
Tom Zanetti – ‘More & More’
King of the dance floor Tom Zanetti returns with another main room, feel good dance track and this time enlisting the talents of vocalist Karen Harding for new offering ‘More & More’. The Leeds based DJ recently announced a UK Autumn tour which includes a stop at London’s XOYO ,and can be found tearing up the dance floor at Sankeys Ibiza across the summer as their headliner for their Monday night ‘Redlight’ series. With an insane fanbase and a non stop touring schedule, new track ‘More & More’ heads down a slightly different avenue for him and is a must for your weekend playlist.