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Spindle Selects: Tracks of the Week

Thursday 19 October 2017

Your weekly dose of all the best new music.

Nick J.D. Hodgson – ‘Suitable’

Having penned huge global hits as the main songwriter and founding member of Kaiser Chiefs, Nick J.D Hodgson comes into his own with his dreamy heartfelt debut single ‘Suitable’. The track was co-produced by Hodgson and Dave McCraken (Ian Brown / Depeche Mode) and Nick played all the instruments on the track!

ABISHA – ‘All That’

Spindle cover star ABISHA is the unmistakably British alt-R&B singer-songwriter channelling introspection via moody melodies and a distinctive vocal. The first taste of her music comes in the form of coolly-restrained alternative R&B slow-burner ‘All That’. Prickling between fragility and assertiveness, her distinct vocal, turned up high in the mix, feels liminal, ambiguous, on the cusp of something. 

Black Saint – ‘Never Did This Before’

Shot at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, the Black Saint trio have unveiled the video for their huge single ’Never Did This Before’, and it pays homage to the city that inspires their sound. The London three piece are establishing themselves as a visual force; the visual turns its attention to one of the most iconic dates in the world’s cultural calendar via handheld, VHS-style footage with cinematic, sweeping shots of the carnival crowd and portraits of attendees, celebrating London’s multiculturalism at its peak.

Hannah Jane Lewis – ‘Raincheck’ (Fickle Friends remix)

UK indie-pop masters Fickle Friends have turned their talent to emerging popstar Hannah Jane Lewis’ anthemic ‘Raincheck’, giving it a sparking reworking. Playing with the tempo and layered synth stabs to transform it while still keeping its anthemic nature, it’s a slice of pop perfection. Of the remix, Hannah says ““I’m a big fan of Fickle Friends’ music, so I was super excited when Jack said he would remix my single ‘Raincheck’. He’s taken it in a totally different direction and played around with the vocals and rhythms – which I absolutely love!””

Dirty Heads – ‘Celebrate’ Ft The Unlikely Candidates

‘Celebrate’ is lifted from Dirty Heads’ highly anticipated sixth studio album ‘Swim Team’, which is out now. The album sees the band push their signature genre-fused sound further, working with an incredible team of collaborators including Jonas Jeberg (Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo) and Blueprint (Jay-Z, Kanye Wes, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy). Bringing their sunny California sounds to the UK shores, we just can’t get enough.

Brent Faiyaz-First World Problemz/ Nobody Carez

With this release, the sultry frontman of trio Sonder debuts his debut album, ‘Sonder Son’. His now infamous chorus on Goldlink’s ‘Crew’ pushed Brent’s music into the spotlight. This track lets Brent’s vocals eerily transcend you to a more nostalgic time and the guitar solo’s guide you back down memory lane. A two part song which touches on the conflicts between love and loyalty, this is the 4th track on the album.

Wretch 32 ft Kojey Radical- Colour purple

Echoing the film itself, ‘Colour Purple’ by UK rap king Wretch 32 is an epic track of the pride and struggles of being a Black man. He’s enlisted Kojey Radical for help on this one, and the track rides a steady tempo. In short, this is a well articulated piece that motivates and captures you. As they narrate their life experiences whilst intertwining the issues surrounding racial politics, this is definitely a favourite from Wretch 32’s latest album FR32.

Dylan Williams -Pretty

South London rapper Dylan Williams has done it again – coupling his dulcet tones with a melodic beat, making for an instantly addictive sound. Conjuring up twilight vibes, the track is a smooth ode to a woman Dylan has had his eye on all night. ‘Pretty’ follows on from breakout tracks ‘Scales’ and ‘So Nice, So Nice’, and is the lead single from his upcoming project due in November.

Aquilo- Thin

Half a year later after the incredible ‘Silhouette’, the indie folk duo drops ‘Thin’. Aquilo’s angelic harmonies start off the track with their now signature acoustics, ‘Thin’ gradually teases electronic sounds, and brings in a heavier bass which moves the track into another dimension of spirituality. When the song is done, we’re left anticipating a release date for their upcoming project.

Georgia Meek- Black Dog

Dark electronica meets Meek’s smooth vocals, manipulating her voice into a mysterious choir paired with a percussion of suspense. After her most recent work from her Medicine EP, the Surrey artist’s newest track ‘Black dog’,produced by Jose Cubidos; wears her heart on her sleeve for this one to express the dark cloud that had once taken over her.