The best new sounds from the last 7 days.
Singer songwriter Gabrielle Aplin is back with something unexpected – a complete banger. ‘Waking Up Slow’ is a beautiful progression on the Brit’s folk-pop sound, marking a huge step forward for the singer. ““Waking Up Slow’ is more of a realization of who I am, feeling comfortable, and saying ‘ah yes, this is what I’m supposed to be doing and this is where I’m supposed to be,’” Aplin explains. “It’s more like letting out a big breath and deciding to just be.”
Avicii – ‘Lonely Together’ ft. Rita Ora
One of the six tracks on super producer/DJ Avicii’s new EP, ‘Lonely Together’ comes as a surprisingly amazing slice of summer pop with Rita Ora’s heavenly, confident vocal delivery. Coming after he announced his retirement from live shows last year to focus on himself and producing his music, it seems the move has paid off.
Stefflon Don – ‘Hurtin’ Me’ ft. French Montana
After exploding onto the music scene with ‘Real Thing’ last year and continually taking it up a notch each release, the London rapped is making global moves with man-of-the-moment French Montana. ‘Hurtin’ Me’ was produced by Rymez (Wiley, Lil Yachty) and is her first release under the rapper’s Universal Music imprint V – IV Records in the UK, and US label Quality Control, home to Migos and Lil Yachty, no less.
Tommy Ashby – ‘Passing Through’
Tommy Ashby is a Scottish born singer/songwriter with an impeccable presence, honing an ability to fuse soft, tender vocals with a touch of intimate and infectious songwriting. His latest release ‘Passing Through’ was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London and mixed and produced by Grammy Award winning engineer Sam Okell. The track has a rare clarity and authenticity, taking the listener into the artist’s headspace, hearing feet stomping on the studio floor and guitar strings being effortlessly plucked.
The Fedz – ‘Urban Tales’
London collective The Fedz – made up of producers, rappers, singers, DJs and musicians – have been making a quite a stir of late with their impromptu street parties (one saw them shut down Oxford Street) and previous singles ‘Best I Ever Had,’ ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘Plan,’ all of which were playlisted on 1Xtra. Having played at this years Great Escape, Lovebox and Glastonbury Festival – where they also performed a live session for the BBC – The Fedz have released not one but two new tracks. One is a collaboration with Afrobeat legend D’Banj called ‘Comment Ca Va,’ whilst the second ‘Urban Tales’ – featured here – is a soulful, uplifting summer groove, as the group tell the tale of the vagaries of city life. Be sure to catch them whilst you can!
R.LUM.R – ‘Suddenly’
After seeing rapid success since releasing his single ‘Frustrated’ last year, R.LUM.R gives us his EP ‘AFTERIMAGE’ which includes new track ‘Suddenly’. Hopefully there will be more to come from the rising R&B star before the end of the year.
Rich Chigga – ‘Glow Like Dat’
The viral sensation that is Indonesian born rapper Rich Chigga recently released spacey, R&B tinged new single ’Glow Like Dat’. Seems like this guy is definitely out here to show how serious he is about music as he also has given us a pretty sick video to match the track.
Rhys Lewis – ‘Be Your Man’
Showing us his softer side, Rhys is back with gorgeous ballad ‘Be Your Man’. The new track is about tackling the heartache that comes with unrequited love. A notably stripped back production, Rhys’ soulful raw voice shines through. Lewis is embarking on a European and a UK headline tour this autumn which is not to be missed!