Our top picks for this week…
Au/Ra – Emoji
After what has been an incredible 2018, our favourite green-haired alt-pop newcomer Au/Ra shows no sign of slowing down by unleashing new track ‘Emoji’. Her collaborative single ‘Panic Room’ with Camelphat has been in the Top 40 for the whole of the Summer, amassing over 15million times and counting. Following a recent stint of tour with the hotly tipped Lewis Capaldi, you can catch Au/Ra on the road with Tove Styrke in the US .
Lauren Sanderson – The Only One
With a video that makes us look at the supermarket aisle in a much different way, Lauren Sanderson is a bright, bold, breath of fresh air with stacks of attitude.’The Only One’ is a slice of unapologetic future R&B from the 22 year old Indiana born singer, and follows up two previous EP’s which cemented her a one to watch. Stick on your stereo and feel supercharged.
BURNS – Worst (feat Johnny Yukon)
Artist, producer, remixer… LA based Brit born electronic producer BURNS has steadily been building an impressive track record across all these arenas, working with top tier names across the globe with his style of anthemic, crossover-pop. Ticking off names with a cast list including G-Eazy, Hailee Steinfeld, Liam Payne, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, his latest track ‘Worst’ is a weighty, powerful club track.
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water
Yes, Avril Lavigne is back with the release of new music in five years. The wonderful new single details the personal side of Avril’s journey through her widely reported battle with Lyme Disease. The singer co-wrote the song, which hinges on stark piano chords and her powerhouse vocals, to share the most intimate look at her experience and how she has emerged stronger than ever.
6LACK Ft Future – East Atlanta Love Letter
A tribute to Atlanta’s Zone 6 region, the video to the new track of course was shot in the streets of 6LACK’s hometown. His recently released second LP also titled ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ comes after his successful debut ‘FREE 6LACK’. The new album is definitely worth checking out if you liked the first one.
Rapman – Shiro’s Story Pt.3
Reminiscent of Kidulthood, Adulthood and Topboy, Rapman has successfully incorporated his musical and lyrical talents into a captivating and well directed/filmed mini series. The visuals follows a guy called Shiro and the issues he faces with love, friendship, drugs and gangs. It’s worth watching part 1 and 2 before you click onto the latest one which is part 3.
HYYTS – Butterflies In My Head
Glasgow duo HYYTS are here with their dreamy lo-fi debut single ‘Butterflies In My Head’. With their self-described ‘future pop’ sound, and drawing influence from the likes of Kayne West and Scissor Sisters, it’s an impressive meld of concepts, featuring fluttering cymbals, flashes of brass and hip-hop beats.
St Lucia – Next To You
Brooklyn-based quintet St Lucia have released their third album ‘Hyperion’, featuring the stunning ‘Next To You’. It’s a subtle step away from the pulsating indie-pop they’re renowned for to a more refined sound, with swathes of acoustic guitar and a delicate synth soundscape.
Gabriella Vixen – Old Mistake
‘Old Mistake’ is another empowering, upbeat number from Gabriella Vixen. Having only recently decided to pursue music as a career, she’s already worked with industry heavy hitters such as producer DK The Punisher [Anderson Paak, Justin Bieber], and performed on renowned stages such as iLuvLive, Ronnie Scotts, Sofar Sounds.
Laélia – Television (feat. Inu The Strange)
Brazilian born Laélia’s vocals reach anthemic status on ‘Television’, featuring emerging producer Inu The Strange. Her music carries a certain “je ne sais quoi” of electro pop mastery, coloured by her theatrical background with nods to the likes of Madonna and Kate Bush.
Mahalia & Kojey Radical – One Night Only
Birmingham based singer-songwriter, Mahalia, has released her new EP, ‘Seasons’ ahead of a 27-date tour. The five song collection explores the different ‘seasons’ a relationship goes through as it grows. ‘One Night Only’ is the EP’s lead track. Featuring Kojey Radical, the song employs an inventive clash of perspectives.
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
‘Grace’ is the new single from Lewis Capaldi. Convincing in both its musical and vocal power, the track stuns with a pleading lyrical composition. Capaldi, who will kickoff a European tour at the end of October, leads a light-hearted pole routine in ‘Grace’s video accompaniment.
Dodie – Human (feat. Tom Walker)
Tom Walker and Dodie collaborate on ‘Human’. The song’s mesmerising guitar and haunting violin elicit focus and reflection from listeners. In its lyrics, one is able to discover multiple hidden thoughts and feelings, each one heavier than the next in the most beautiful way. Dodie stars in the ‘Human’ video as an artist piecing together humans, in what may be a representation of our human tendency to dream up ‘the perfect companion’ in our heads. Listen, watch the video below, and develop your own interpretation.