Spindle Selects: Tracks of the Week

Friday 12 October 2018


Not satisfied with announcing a global tour which kicks off in New York this month, boy wonder Youngr has just dropped a brand new 4-track EP titled Obsession. As the title suggest, the sound on the EP is slightly darker than recent releases but it takes us back to Youngr of old and is reminiscent of his now legendary bootleg mash-ups. The tour lands in the UK in January, calling at Manchester and London’s Village Underground. See ya there.

filousBicycle (feat. klei)

Austrian producer / remixer filous – who has created official remixes for Selena Gomez, Jeremy Zucker, Kiiara and more – unveiled his latest offering, an upbeat indie-pop bop entitled ‘Bicycle‘. The track, released on October 5th via Ultra Records, features English songstress and frequent collaborator klei and was co-produced by filous and Australian producer Golden Vessel.

Speakman SoundThis Time (feat. Pepper Rose)

Brothers Todd and Guy Speakman create the perfect synergy as North-West London based production duo Speakman Sound.  2017 debut ‘In Flight’ saw great tastemaker support across BBC Radio 1 and 6Music and follow-up EP Warm continued to explore deep club sounds, as well as their darker influences. In 2018, the duo continues to explore their club music influences pulling more themes from mainstream pop, as well as going back to take inspiration from Todd’s jazz background. New track ‘This Time’, which features the vocal talents of Pepper Rose, is an anti-four-to-the-floor groove with a Latin American vibe and it’s safe to say we’re here for it.

James Hersey – Let Go (feat. filous)

James Hersey returns with mesmerising new single ‘Let Go’, which features fellow Austrian, producer and collaborator filous (also see above). Hersey and filous’ work together spans a few years since filous remixed James’ track ‘Coming Over’ after discovering it on YouTube. filous’ remix propelled their careers as the track became a viral hit! ‘Let Go’ is another outstanding track they’ve created – definitely worth a listen.


Tottenham’s leading lyricist Avelino debuts his first solo track and visual of 2018 – ‘Facts’. Laid over a minimal instrumental produced by Bricks & Ravailac; Facts sees the rising rapper deliver some cold truths about his status in the scene. Shot in an abandoned warehouse, the fast-cut accompanying video focusses on the rapper; affirming Avelino’s status as one of the most versatile and exciting acts to emerge from the UK. The release of Facts comes hot on the heels of Avelino’s debut headline tour announcement featuring dates in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Tickets and more information HERE.

Born StrangerLast Night on Earth

‘Last Night on Earth’ comes as a heart-rending tribute to a lost friend from pop hybrid Born Stranger. The once-duo is now a solo endeavour for Maddox-Jones; newly signed to Radikal Records (Salt Ashes, Nelly Furtado), ‘Last Night on Earth’ demonstrates Born Stranger’s continued ability to take the pop world by storm.

RazorlightCarry Yourself

‘Carry Yourself’ is our latest dose of Razorlight, this time with a capital D for dance. Not content with the heavy weight status of their own name, the track boasts drums courtesy of infamous Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, and production by long-time Muse producer Tommaso Colliva. The band have also unveiled visuals to accompany the “most danceable song Razorlight have ever done”, well worth checking out.

Salt Ashes Go All Out

Brighton based Veiga Sanchez, aka Salt Ashes, goes ‘all out’ with this ear-catching, tropical influenced take on her signature brand of dark synth-pop. Salt Ashes states it’s a reflective track, “about what I would say to my younger self if I had the opportunity to. I don’t like regrets and think they are destructive but it’s nice to reflect on what I would say if I could do it all over again”.

Áine CahillWater into Wine

Following a stunning performance of the track as part of Radio X’s Xposure sessions, Irish songstress Áine Cahill blesses us with a holy anthem, ‘Water into Wine’. ‘Water into Wine’ is an enigmatic, brutally honest take on pop, serving polished production and soulful vocals. Áine has enjoyed a whirlwind of success of late, having signed to Warner Music UK and recently releasing the electrifying ‘Beauty is a Lie’.

Loyle Carner – Ottolenghi (feat. Jordan Rakei)

Following the success of his debut album Yesterday’s Gone, Loyle Carner is back with his latest track ‘Ottolenghi’. Taking inspiration from a mundane train journey, during which a family questioned his reading choice: Ottolenghi’s cookbook ‘Jerusalem’, thinking it was a bible, this moody slow-burner is infused with warm chords and is the perfect reflective ballad for the weekend. Accompanying the release is a new music video, which features visual jokes and even a cameo from the chef himself: Yotam Ottolenghi.

YONAKA – Own Worst Enemy

Following from their biggest headline gig at London’s Electric Ballroom last night, YONAKA have released their latest track ‘Own Work Enemy’, along with details on their forthcoming EP Creature. The latest release from this Brighton quartet features heavy riffs and tight guitars, a typical feature of their music.

Maggie Rogers – Light On 

Following the announcement of her debut album Heard It in a Past Life, Maggie Rogers premiered her latest single ‘Light On’ on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. This breezy folk-pop record features a subtle guitar melody alongside thumping drums. Speaking about the single, Maggie says: “This song is a letter to my fans about the last two years of my life. There was so much change that happened so fast, I wasn’t always sure how to make all this stuff feel like me.” Maggie is set to embark on tour this autumn with Mumford and Sons.

slowthai – Rainbow 

Delivering yet another powerful performance, Northampton-born slowthai has become one of the most exciting rappers to watch this year. As with his previous tracks, the latest release ‘Rainbow’ deals with powerful issues within society, touching on race and the way society constructs ideologies. Trippy and captivating visuals accompany this new track.

Ella Mai – Everything (feat. John Legend)

‘Everything’ features highly successful John Legend, with Mai matching his energy with her soulful vocals. Discussing the collaboration with John Legend, Ella said: “He’s such a legend and the song is amazing. It’s so beautiful, it makes me cry almost every time.” The track is taken from her 15-track self-titled LP Ella Mai, which features a whole host of A-listers.

ALMA – Cowboy

ALMA has released the lead track from her eagerly anticipated debut album, ‘Cowboy’. Vulnerability is omnipresent, and the track tackles ALMA’s personal struggles with moving to Los Angeles from Finland. ALMA describes the song “When I first left my hometown to write in LA I felt scared and small… it took me a long time to work out who I was and what I wanted to say”. Undeniably ALMA is one to watch after landing BBC Music Sound of 2018.

Sundara Karma – Illusions 

Sundara Karma are back with their latest single ‘Illusions’ following the success of their debut album Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect. The new track from this Reading-based four-piece is everything you’d expect and more, both glossy and catchy.

David Guetta and Netsky – Ice Cold 

DnB maestro Netsky and French legend David Guetta have linked for their latest release ‘Ice Cold’, the project heavily focuses on samples from Foreigner’s ‘Cold As Ice’ iconic track and is the perfect way to get your Friday night started.