February 13th, 2017
Here’s your weekly list of the best songs out there.
Parcels – ‘Hideout’
Taken from their EP of the same name, ‘Hideout’ is the newest single from Berlin-based, Byron Bay-born, Parcels. The funky electronic-soul band mix stunning harmonies, catchy guitar riffs and soaring synth chords to create an effortlessly cool track with the type of nostalgic feel that makes you want to fish out some disco pants from your wardrobe and head to the nearest roller disco. Set to head out on a huge tour supporting Two Door Cinema Club later this month, we were lucky enough to chat to the guys last year and find out all about them.
Pat Lok – ‘Crystal Ball’ (feat. Claire Ridgely)
Pat Lok has been pushing the boundaries of dance music for a long time. With his unique fusion of soul and R&B, combined with his love for classic House tunes, he is redefining the dance genre. After hits like ‘Your Street’ and ‘Your Lips’, ‘Crystal Ball’ comes as a follow-up to Lok’s ‘My Own Throne’ EP. Featuring the stunningly smooth vocals of Claire Ridgely, Pat Lok has created an electrifying blend of smooth synths and elegant vibes that we can’t stop dancing to.
The Courtneys – ‘Minnesota’
With their forthcoming album due to arrive on the 17th, The Courtneys tease us with another single, ‘Minnesota’. It’s a stunning record, showing off what the all-girl Vancouver trio can really do. Entwining melodies with thrashing guitar riffs, it a dizzying avalanche of adrenaline filled indie-pop. The Courtneys have truly perfected the balance between feel-good fun and punk power, and it’s oh so cool.
Autumn In June – ‘Cocaine Eighties’
Rising LA electro-pop artist, Autumn In June, has been gaining attention over the last year with the release of a series of self-written tracks which were all recorded in a DIY studio he built in his Dad’s garden. The latest of these is the incredible ‘Cocaine Eighties’. Accompanied by a video collaboration with LA director Antony Supreme, the warm pink and blue arcade-like visuals highlight the upbeat yet melancholic mood of the song. It is an infectious sun-drenched track with a funky disco-tinged groove and driving synths highlighting his smooth crystalline vocals. We love it.
Tall Heights – ‘Spirit Cold’
US progressive folk duo, Tall Heights, have released ‘Spirit Cold’ in the build up to their debut album, Neptune, dropping in March. As the follow up to their debut single ‘Horse To Water’, the track is an example of the rich and beautiful harmonies of Paul Wright and Tim Harrington. With the creation of a dramatic and euphoric soundscape, ‘Sprit Cold’ is the perfect foreshadow of what is set to be a stunning debut album.
Ama Lou – ‘Said It Already’
“I wrote ‘Said It Already’ in light of my own experiences and observations”, says 18-year-old North London native Ama Lou. She describes the track as a “mock play on the tension that is created from mixed ideals that lie in the gap between multiple generations and what the younger generation’s ideas and developed normalities have to play against.” Delivered with a deep underground vibe, Ama’s husky, melodic vocals glide effortlessly over a slow moving bass. It’s distinctive and unique, setting the singer/songwriter up to become one of the most inspirational artists around.
High Hazels – ‘Sequin Eyes’
This Sheffield four-piece are about to become your new favourite band. Ahead of the release of their upcoming EP ‘Weak Sun’, High Hazels have dropped ‘Sequin Eyes’, a wistful longing for escape. “There’s a certain haziness and a heaviness to the songs, both of which may well be the result of one too many long nights, dark winters or maybe the fuzzed guitars and organs” explains frontman James Leesley. Haunting and captivating, we’re not sure if we’re ever going to stop listening to this.
Marika Hackman – ‘Boyfriend’
Following her brilliant 2015 debut LP We Slept At Last, grungey artist Marika Hackman is back with ‘Boyfriend’. Explaining the inspiration behind the track, Marika explains ‘Boyfriend’ “is payback for all the times I’ve been interrupted mid-snog by some seedy wanker asking to join in.” It’s relatable, riotous and really really funny.
Anna Wise – ‘Coconuts’
After a Grammy-wining contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘These Walls’ and a successful debut EP ‘The Feminine: Act I’, alternative R&B artist Anna Wise is back with new single ‘Coconuts’ from the appropriately named upcoming sequel ‘The Feminine: Act II’ EP, due later this month. The self-directed video synchronises perfectly with the rising synths and warm brass of the song itself, and sees Wise joined by several other women for an interpretative dance routine. Instantly iconic.
Noise Cans – ‘Cann Dun’ (Feat. Louise Chantál)
Drawing inspiration from the native Gombey, Noise Cans can only be described as a mashup of Caribbean beats with modern day electric sounds. In a sonic blast of both past and present, the native Bermudan producer/DJ resurfaces with ‘Caan Dun’, a gleaming crossover tune combining mystery with island mythos through warm bass undertones and the R&B-tinged vocal stylings of Louise Chantál.
Words: Elly Watson and Laura Bettencourt