All the best new sounds from the last 7 days.
CHVRCHES – Graffiti
Scottish Synth-pop band CHVRCHES dropped a new album this past week titled Love Is Dead. The album kicks off with the track Graffiti, a catchy pop tune that is sure to turn into a teen anthem. Love is Dead is the first time CHVRCHES has released new music since 2015. The album debuted at number ten in the US and currently holds that spot.
Pusha T – If You Know You Know
Pusha T released his highly anticipated album DAYTONA this past Friday and fans are raving about it. In the first track If You Know You Know Pusha-T gives a shout out to his original fans and wards off any band wagons fans from hopping on the Pusha-T train unless they ‘know’. Kanye West produced the entire album, as well as co-wrote on every track. The artwork of the album created a bit of controversy because it is supposedly a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom, which West reportedly paid $85,000 to get the rights for in order to use for the album cover. Now that’s a pricey album photo.
Etta Bond feat. A2 – Surface
London based singer Etta Bond has been pushing boundaries with her music for the entirety of her career and her new song Surface feat A2 is no different. The song discusses the issues with social media and the fake personas people put on the internet. Bond sings about the desire to get below the surface and know someone on a much deeper level. Bond’s vulnerability on the track makes it extremely relatable to fans and gives a taste of what is to come on her forthcoming album.
PAULi – LIFELINE (Lorn Mayers Anthem)
Having made his mark back in 2016 with a critically celebrated debut leading to tours alongside Sampha and Rae Morris, London born and NYC based PAULi unveils the first instalment from his sophomore project; LIFELINE. In his own words, PAULi’s latest offering is a “quest for recognition in a land riddled with potholes”. Lauded for his futuristic-soul and conscientious themes, PAULI THE PSM is a thrillingly evocative artist, offering a fresh point to the conversation for 2018.
Lucy Rose – Intro (Chartreuse Remix)
This track comes as a celebration of variety and collaboration; the artists selected to craft Lucy Rose’s upcoming remix LP Something’s Changing (Remixes) are a blend of close musical friends and talented artists and producers she’s met this past year whilst touring the world. Chartreuse’s reinterpretation of ‘Intro’ provides a captivating teaser ahead of the upcoming project, with Lucy’s light, atmospheric vocals layered over a beautifully textured downtempo beat.
Call Me Loop – Love The Lie
One of the UK’s most exciting new acts Call Me Loop (previously known as Loop) has announced her infectious summer single Love the Lie. Co-produced by Hight (Anne Marie, Lily Allen, Rita Ora) & Bantu (Camila Cabello, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo) Love the Lie is the followup to previous hit Give ’n’ Take. Following slots at Live At Leeds and The Great Escape, she plays a London Headline show at Archspace on June 6th, as well as Rize Festival, LeeFest and Vital Belfast this summer.
Honeycraft – Rainbow’s End
Honeycraft is the artistic moniker of Catherine Rose Smith, the on-the-rise LA-based disco pop artst pioneering Dream Disco – a uniquely modernized soundscape inspired by the energizing disco and funk beats of the 70s and incorporating the dream-like guitars of the 90s shoegaze era. Following the success of previous releases, Honeycraft has just released her latest single, Rainbow’s End, which is lifted from her Crystal Ball EP. The vocals are soft and soothing as well as buoyant and harmonious. Honeycraft’s latest imbues the sense of carefreeness with shimmering electronic instrumentals floating atop a solid percussive rhythm that leads the journey to the suggested end of the rainbow where sunshine awaits. We’re into it.
Charlotte Lawrence – Keep Me Up
Keep Me Up is Charlotte Lawrence’s latest single. Lawrence is a young up and coming pop star with an edgy side. Her popular hits Just the Same and Sleep Talking have already compiled millions of streams and continue to do so. At the age of 17, Lawrence is just getting started with her career, while also trying to find her place in the industry. When describing Keep Me Up Lawrence shares, ‘I think it’s so cool to have an upbeat song with dark lyrics. No matter what you’re going through it’s important to take risks with music. I never want to play it safe’.
Yungblud – Psychotic Kids
Ahead of his full-length debut release of 21st Century Liability in July, Yorkshire’s hottest fresh prospect Yungblud teases with an EP of the same name featuring the new track Psychotic Kids. The hyperactive, reggae-tinged track commenting upon the destructive ideologies assigned to his generation demonstrates both Yungblud’s distinctive razor-sharp lyricism and absolute versatility as an artist.
Maggie Rogers – Fallingwater
Having joined The National on stage at Boston Calling Festival this past weekend, Maggie Rogers returns with the perfect depiction of her transition over the past two years since a Pharrell-assisted viral video propelled her into the pop sphere. Fallingwater features a restrained, pulsing percussive beat akin to the electropop of her Now That The Light Is Fading debut EP underpinning Roger’s gentle vocals. The track builds like a strengthening current, portraying the true power of vulnerability.
Cardi B – I Like It
Cardi B is set to take over the summer with the brash, Latin-influenced I Like It featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin. The two collaborators are complimentary additions to the infectious track, the celebration of heritage leaving no room for misinterpretation. The style-forward video was the latest drop, featuring a characteristic explosion of colour and charisma. I Like It is a force to be reckoned with, sure to be played on repeat this summer.
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