The best new sounds to gear you into the Christmas party season.
Nick J.D.Hodgson – ‘RSVP’
The second track to be taken from the former Kaiser Chief’s man solo album ‘Tell Your Friends’ out in January, ‘RSVP’ is another delectable slice of pop nous, with a wonderfully jaunty drum beat accompanied by piano, 12 string guitar and a wonderful Beatles-esque backing harmony. The track arrives just in time for Nick’s first debut solo outing supporting The Cribs at Brudenell Social on the 18th December.
Sabella – ‘Missing’
‘Missing,’ the follow-up to Sabella’s summer single ‘Fortress’ finds the electro-pop princess re-interepting Everything but The Girls’ 90s classic in to a neo-soul, electronic, R&B slow jam, having originally filmed a version of her performing that track that subsequently viral and racking up over 200k views. She returns to the live stage on the 8th January at The Lexington having supported both Mullally and Rationale the past couple of months.
Charli XCX ft. Tove Lo and ALMA – ‘Out Of My Head’
Charli XCX is back and gifting us a whole new mixtape before Christmas, ‘Pop 2′. Our favourite cut to be released from the collection so far is ‘Out Of My Head’, for which she’s recruited two of pop’s finest in Tove Lo and ALMA. Charli summed up the song quite nicely when she Tweeted “whenever I hear that song I just wanna go to a party and dance and cry and scream all my emotions out…”‘Pop 2’ is out on December 15th via Atlantic.
Lily Allen ft. Giggs – ‘Trigger Bang’
An unexpected return before Christmas: Lily Allen! ‘Trigger Bang’ is the singer’s first single in three years, featuring legendary London rapper Giggs. Produced by Fryars, who is also behind Rae Morris’ excellent recent singles, the track sees Lily reminiscing ““When I was young I was blameless, playing with rude boys and trainers, I had a foot in the rave cause I was attracted to danger, I never got home for neighbours.”
Camila Cabello – ‘Never Be The Same’
Following up huge hit ‘Havana’, Camila Cabello dropped two brand new tracks in the form of ‘Real Friends’ and ‘Never Be The Same’. The latter is our favourite, sitting closer to a ballad than the banger that ‘Havana’ is, but every inch as catchy and addictive. There’s a monster hook of ” “It’s you, babe / And I’m a sucker for the way that you move, babe / And I could try to run, but it would be useless / You’re to blame / Just one hit, you will know I’ll never ever, ever be the same.”
Mr Jukes – ‘From Golden Stars Come Silver Dew’
Jack Steadman, aka Mr Jukes, finishes 2017 in fine form with another release from his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘God First’ in the form of ‘From Golden Stars Come Silver Dew.’ Unlike the album version, this new one features a verse from East London rapper Barney Artist – recent collaborations include Tom Misch and Jay Prince – who adds a laid-back hip hop verse to soul and funk inflected track.
Foreign Beggars – ‘Bosh’ feat. Marcello Spooks and Bangzy
‘BOSH’ is the second track that will appear on Foreign Beggars’ forthcoming album ‘2 2 Karma’. Slated for release in February 2018, the highly anticipated album will feature artists and MCs including Kate Tempest, Izzie Gibbs, Dizmack, Marcello Spooks and Black Josh. Stylish and immersive with strong female characters, ‘BOSH’ is not your average rap video and we can’t get enough of it.
D Double E – ‘Better Than The Rest’ feat. Wiley
D Double E returns to the limelight with ‘Better Than the Rest feat. Wiley’ , as well as announcing his forthcoming official debut album, Jackuum!. The video for the track provides powerful visual texture and presents a striking image of D Double; seated on a throne overlooking the concrete jungle where he reigns on high. Throughout his career D Double E has become one of grime’s most respected figures. Beginning in jungle and UK Garage, he began life in grime as a member of the N.A.S.T.Y. Crew alongside his contemporaries including Ghetts, Kano and Jammer. We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for the musical pioneer.
Y.A.S – ‘Chasing The Dragon’
Upcoming singer-songwriter [Y.A.S], based in London though originally from Scotland, creates music that she simply describes as ‘light vocals x heavy beats’. This has been made clear on the numerous collaborations she’s taken part in, where heavy, booming production is juxtaposed with her light and unique vocal tones. Her self-described style is also apparent on debut solo single is Chasing the Dragon, a song exploring the theme of depression and the obsession of finding happiness. Check it out below!
The Script – ‘Arms Open’
The Script returned with their fifth studio album ‘Freedom Child’ earlier in the year, with the first single being the surprisingly un-Script sounding ‘Rain’, which became somewhat of a radio anthem. Their latest single ‘Arms Open’ is more of a return to their traditional stadium sound and the heartfelt video sees them team up with US foster care charity A Sense Of Home to document and portray real life stories of those individuals who have been helped by the organisation. A feel-good video, executed perfectly in time for Christmas.
George Kwali – ‘When It Breaks’ (Denney Remix)
Brighton’s finest George Kwali is given a club-friendly re-work by Denney, who add magic to the new single ‘When It Breaks’. The emerging Brighton artist pursues his vivid direction with the collaborative effort with fellow rising star Lonestate. Denney’s sparkling remix adds a lashing of energy and colour and we’re here for it.
Listen to the playlist in full on our spotify here.