Playlist

Spindle Selects: Tracks of the Week

Friday 19 October 2018
Words Katie Smith

6lack feat. J. ColePretty Little Fears

Following the release of his highly anticipated album East Atlanta Love Letter, 6lack has just dropped the video for “Pretty Little Fears” featuring J. Cole. The touching video shows the two artists exploring the struggles of being in a relationship as they confront their significant others.

Chase AtlanticYOU TOO.

‘YOU TOO.’ is the latest single from Australian trio Chase Atlantic, a tender track about the bittersweet end of a failed relationship. The highly anticipated release comes hot on the heels of the band’s first headlining tour which kicked off in Phoenix, AZ earlier this week.

Great Good Fine Ok – Easy

As they approach the release of their new EP (date TBA), Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo Great Good Fine Ok have dropped a bop of a new single for fans. The track, entitled Easy’. exudes a feel good vibe that blends pop and electronic elements with a twinge of funk influences.

Mona Haydar – Lifted

With the November 2nd release of her debut EP, Barbarican, fast approaching, rapper / activist Mona Haydar opens her heart to fans once again with her latest offering, ‘Lifted’. The song is birthed out of deeply personal experience and pushes the Flint-born / Brooklyn-based creative to reach out to empower and uplift others in times of struggle. The song exemplifies the bravery, honesty, support and love that Mona is trying to inspire in others.

The 1975 – Love It If We Made It

It’s a stereotypically unconventional video from The 1975, posing as a neon doused state of union style address to a failing planet. The 1975 also announced their North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming full-length album, alongside Pale Waves and No Rome.

Y.O.U.N.G. – I Really Don’t Like You (Acoustic)

Following last week’s release of tongue in cheek anthem ‘I Really Don’t Like You’, Manchester’s own Y.O.U.N.G. have treated us to a stripped down acoustic rendition, complete with on location visuals filmed at Rebellion. It’s Loyle Carner meets Twenty-One Pilots, an explosive, high energy mash-up that marks Y.O.U.N.G as one to watch in the coming months.

Haiku Hands & True Vibenation – Squat

Australia trio Haiku Hands return with another infectious pop banger, ‘Squat’. Teaming up for an improbably delicious collab, True Vibenation explain “Squat is an instruction manual for people who are too self-conscious, but hidden inside them is an ability to tear up the dancefloor. It’s about squatting, letting go of any anxieties and getting the fuck down!”.

Tove StyrkeVibe

Spindle fave Tove Styrke kicks off our weekend by unleashing her brand new single ‘Vibe’. The track will be an addition to her album ‘Sway’ which has received critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER and Sunday Times Culture amongst others.  It’s been a busy 2018 for the newcomer, having featured on a new track with Swedish duo NOTDan announced collab with Clean Bandit. Following on from her live dates with Lorde and Katy Perry, she’s currently on her first ever US tour, before coming over to the UK at the end of the month for her debut UK tour.

James ArthurEmpty Space

Following two verses of post-love denial, Arthur’s latest single powerfully opens into painful admittance. The British songwriter pleads the question, ‘How could I make you love me?’ despite all of the hurt he might have caused. James Arthur is heartbreakingly relatable on this release, which follows singles ‘You Deserve Better’, ‘At My Weakest’, and ‘You Can Cry’, debuted earlier in 2018.

Zara LarssonRuin My Life

Swedish vocalist Zara Larsson has delivered her first release of 2018, ‘Ruin My Life’. Absence can cause despair; sometimes you’d be willing to risk making your life difficult in order to soothe the grief of missing someone. Larsson sings ‘If you make it all wrong, I’ll make it alright.’ ‘Ruin My Life’ captures one of the weakest moments following a friendship or relationship when, despite them not being good for you, you can’t help but want someone back.

Dermot KennedyPower Over Me

A folk and soul champion from Ireland, Dermot Kennedy released his new single ‘Power Over Me’ earlier this week. The 25-year-old began writing songs as a teenager. His debut EP dropped in 2013, and his 2016 single ‘After Rain’ has obtained nearly 50 million Spotify streams. Kennedy’s Irish roots shine through vocally and musically on ‘Power Over Me’.

Silk City & Dua Lipa ft. Diplo and Mark RonsonElectricity (Acoustic)

Silk City and Dua Lipa have released an acoustic version of their single, ‘Electricity’, originally released in early September. The stripped reworking puts emphasis on a sentiment which appears in the song’s first verse, through the line ‘Even electricity can’t compare to what I feel when I’m with you’. The track sings of a love more powerful than electricity, and now, all it takes is a piano for Dua Lipa to get those feelings across.

Billie Eilishwhen the party’s over

‘when the party’s over’ marks Billie Eilish’s fourth new single this year. At 16-years-old, Eilish’s success is unprecedented. Since her 2016 single ‘Ocean Eyes’ garnered worldwide attention, Billie has made countless festival appearances and is currently on the road for her ‘Where’s My Mind?’ tour. ‘when the party’s over’ is hypnotic and moving. The track exhibits style development and maintains appreciation of Eilish’s ethereal voice, which her fans have grown to worship.

Jessie ReyezSaint Nobody

Hot off her album ‘Being Human in Public’, Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez is back with ‘Saint Nobody’. This outspoken record is lyrically candid and undeniably soulful in sound. Having been nominated for the 2018 MTV VMA Push Artist Award, Reyes continues to make musical strides with her latest release.

Au/RaUltraviolet

Au/Ra has blown us away this Friday with ‘Ultraviolet’, the first track off her latest EP X Games. The second sixteen-year-old to make Spindle Selects this week, Au/Ra’s dreamy electro-pop has been captivating alternative audiences since her debut single, ‘Concrete Jungle’. ‘Ultraviolet’ rays are dangerous, but arguably beautiful. For Au/Ra, ‘love is only worth it when it’s deadly’.

Zak Abel ft. SaweetieYou Come First

Zak Abel has put us first this Friday with this catchy track featuring West Coast rapper, Saweetie. The track is all about generosity when it comes to love, and is accompanied by a colorfully fun lyric video to sing along to.

Daniel CaesarWho Hurt You?

Start your weekend right this soul-soaked release from Daniel Caesar. The Canadian singer-songwriter enjoyed success with ‘Get You ft. Kali Uchis’, the track off his second album which received two Grammy nominations. Caesar has given fans new material in ‘Who Hurt You?’, his first 2018 reveal.

Krept & Conan ft. TabithaPour Me Another One

This new track from Krept & Konan features reworked elements of Sweet Female Attitude’s garage classic ‘Flowers’, and is one to be kept on repeat this Friday.