Ensuring you don’t miss out on the best new sounds from the last 7 days.
Slaves – Cut & Run
Exploding back onto the scene like a hand grenade of riffs, Slaves are back with their brand new single ‘Cut and Run’. Built around a staccato post-punk riff and double time drums, the track was lyrically inspired by a chance encounter Isaac had with a Conservative Party canvasser who came knocking on the wrong door. The video sees the band continuing their run of tongue in cheek interpretations of their tunes. This time the punk duo have abandoned their instruments for the expressive power of dance, decamping to a ballet studio (the Royal Academy of Dance to be specific) to invent a viral sensation akin to the Fester Skank… the Cut And Run.
Cigarettes After Sex – Crush
Cigarettes After Sex have shared a brand new single to celebrate the one year anniversary of their self-titled debut LP. ‘Crush’ was written and recorded alongside the tracks on debut album but has been kept under wraps until now. This Autumn, the band will play a limited run of live dates with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, including Barclays Center in Brooklyn and The Forum in LA. They will also perform alongside The National, Jason Isbell and more at Forrest Hills Stadium in late September. These dates follow the band’s recent sold-out headline show at Brixton Academy in London and a busy summer of European festivals.
Youngr – Lost In Translation
2018 is already proving to be an unstoppable year for the multi-instrumentalist that we know and love as Youngr. His latest offering ‘Lost In Translation’, continues to prove and further his creativity whilst creating a consistent and familiar sound that has garnered fans globally. The single is pop-funk perfection, with an infectious funk-lined riff that builds progressively into a crescendo of the breezy and uplifting chorus. Is there anything that this guy cannot do?!
Era Istrefi – Prisoner
Era Istrefi is having a moment. The Albanian singer is featured on Nicky Jam’s official FIFA World Cup Russia song, “Live It Up,” alongside entertainment juggernaut Will Smith and produced by Diplo. The track has generated nearly 20 million streams in its first week and is everywhere, including the artwork appearing on a massive billboard in the iconic Times Square. On the heels of this historic moment and monumental honor, Era is ready to unleash more of her original music. Last week she unleashed her new single “Prisoner,” dripping in her signature reggae / pop / dance fusion released via Ultra Music. The songs Island vibe makes it a perfect for summer.
Georgia Meek – Swim ft. Katie Mac
23-year-old North London based Georgia Meek’s lyrical maturity and life experience is far beyond her years, and has a voice rife with emotion to match. With each track comes a level of personal depth, bold execution and relatable yet inspiring wisdom. She’s back to let the emotion of her new track Swim wash over you, getting you lost in the undertow of the powerful electro-pop instrumental.
Sonny – Supernova
Supernova is the latest teaser from Sonny’s forthcoming EP ‘Northern Nights’, showing an enticing new side to the South Shields prodigy that can only broaden his appeal. It’s an exuberant track, gradually intensifying to a blistering stadium-sized chorus; an impressive and versatile offering from such a young talent.
Becky Hill – Sunrise In The East
Becky Hill may have taken the long way round, but marks herself as a force to be reckoned with the irresistibly tropical Sunrise In The East, written and co-produced by Lostboy and Maverick Sabre. With elastic beats and understated synths interlaid against Hill’s warm vocals, ‘Sunrise In The East’ lays the ground work for her long-awaited debut album – and if this is anything to go by, there is more than sunshine on the horizon.
Moli – Didn’t Mean To
19-year-old Berlin-based Moli’s stellar debut single Didn’t Mean To candidly breaks down the ambiguities of modern romance. Having previously featured on tracks by the likes of German producer Fabich and EDM duo Two Lanes, Moli seems to have found her niche effortlessly somewhere between synth pop and R&B.
Liza Owen – Fallin
Soul pop artist Liza Owen delivers an incredibly ethereal and stunning visual for current track ‘Fallin’. Lose yourself in this beautiful short film which sees the beautiful British / Cambodian singer and her girl crew bring the song into another whole other element. Liza’s silky smooth vocal adds a dreamy topline on this electric tinged new single.
Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Reborn
Kid Cudi hasn’t released music in a few years due to a personal hiatus where he took time to deal with his health. Now he has come back and created an entirely new sound by collaborating with his longtime friend Kanye West. The two rappers worked side by side and released KIDS SEE GHOSTS, a short seven track album. The release creates a back to back premiere for West with two albums in two weeks. The song ‘Reborn’ brings back Cudi’s roots and original sound with his singing/rapping combo. He sings of being “reborn’ hence the title and starting anew since his break from music.
Jorja Smith – Don’t Watch Me Cry
Jorja Smith has been making big steps in the music industry within the last few years by collaborating with artists such as Drake, Stormzy, and Kali Uchis. Recently she was featured on the Black Panther album curated entirely by Kendrick Lamar. Now Smith has debuted her first album Lost & Found, which is full of passionate R&B tunes that showcase her strong, soulful vocals. The final song on the album, ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry’, is a slow ballad where Smith describes a relationship that has ended on not so great terms. Her vocals are the epitome of perfection on the track, as well as the rest of the album.