Self Esteem – Wrestling
‘Wrestling’ is the raucous follow up to Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s first solo release under her new moniker, and it does not disappoint. It’s an impressive amalgamation of influences, from the Dido-esque trip hop percussion to the West African style backing vocals, that grows from intriguing to utterly addictive at first listen. With an appearance at Latitude festival this weekend and a headline show at Omeara in September, keep your eye on this firecracker.
Christine & The Queens – Doesn’t Matter
After confirming details of her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Chris’, ‘Doesn’t Matter’ comes as the latest teaser from Christine & The Queens. With skittish dance beats intercut with ethereal synths, the narrative is exposed deeper in the accompanying visuals, depicting the combative nature of romantic relationships. With the salacious ‘Girlfriend’ also achieving such widespread acclaim, it will be a fervent wait for the next offering.
Jax Jones – Ring Ring (Feat. Mabel & Rich the Kid)
With England reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990, we are thriving on nostalgia at the minute. Opening with a tongue in cheek play on late-night hotline commercials, the vibrant visuals for ‘Ring Ring’ mark another triumph for Jax Jones. Mabel comments the collab is about “regaining your power in a situation where you feel like you’ve been treated badly”.
Nia Ekanem – Fadin
‘Fadin’ is the lead single from Nia Ekanem’s forthcoming sophomore EP, which comes on the back of last year’s critically acclaimed debut EP ‘It’s Your Love’, which saw the London native garner support from an abundance of tastemaker media. The rich and expansive bass guitar and piano-led soul single, which kicks off with a sparse slow-building opening, before exploding into a resounding musical affair, was produced by Lloyd Hinshelwood (Mabel, Andreya Triana, M.O) and co-written by Ekanem and Alba (Robin Hannibal, Joel Compass, Linguistics).
Daniel Briskin – Come With Me
Alt-R&B London based singer, songwriter and self-taught producer, Daniel Briskin is back with new single ‘Come With Me’. The 17-year-old continues to impress with his instinctive skill to create catchy pop hooks with infectious productions, that just makes you want to sway to the beat. Nothing but chilled-summer vibes on this one.
Shotty Horroh – Shudehill
Shotty Horroh rose to fame after becoming a legend within the battle rap community. Battling legends like Dizaster and Arsenol Da Rebel put him on the map, catching the eye of major artists such as deadmau5, Drake and Jay Z. With a need for experimentation, Horroh took his natural storytelling ability and honed a new sound by overlaying his lyrics with the raw energy of a full band. Drawing inspiration from bands like Oasis, The Beatles and The Stone Roses as well as the reality and rubbish of modern life – at times passionate, aggressive and intense, heartbreaking and tender – Horroh has shaped a sound that is authentic to himself and his roots.
Breakbot Ft Ruckazoid – Another You
To go with the infectious funk, soul sounds of ‘Another You’, French DJ and producer Breakbot teams up with Oliver Lescot on a vibrant, psychedelic and spacey illustrated video. His ‘Another You’ EP is set to be released soon.
Last Night In Paris – Soirée
The South London based collective gives us vibey R&B, trap single ’Soirée’. Their last few releases have impressed with their aesthetic to create stunning visuals to go with their music. Seems like there’s a whole lot more to come from the guys this year. We look forward to it.
Uri Sade – A Thousand Ringing Bells
‘A Thousand Ringing Bells’ is an introspective soundscape of luscious strings underpinning London based Uri Sade’s soft, enamouring vocals. Originally hailing from Israel, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter moved to London having won the 2013 Shure Songwriting competition, and is set to release his ‘No Trace of Sound’ EP in August, so watch this space.
Menke – Nattskärran
Following the release of her grandiose debut EP ‘Till Havet’ in May, Menke has unveiled the visuals for opening track ‘Nattskärran’. You’ll be forgiven for any pronunciation trouble here; Size Record’s Steve Angello describes the multi-instrumentalist as representing “all things Scandinavian; the beauty, the nature, the melancholy”. The visuals were shot in Sicily where Menke spends her summers, focusing on the contacts and dynamics between light and shadow, dream and awake.
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