Start your week right with our handpicked selection of the week’s best new music.
Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
“Boyfriend” is the superlative new track for Tegan and Sara – a pop track that is 100% more brilliant than it needs to be. Prior to 2013’s Heartthrob, you’d be hard to pressed to find someone who would have described Tegan and Sara as one of the most exciting forces in pop music – but that’s exactly what they became. “Boyfriend” is taken from forthcoming album Love You to Death.
Remi Miles – Get High
Brighton-based Remi Miles returns with “Get High”, a track that tackles beauty and love with utter charm. Miles, who cites the likes of Marvin Gaye and Fela Kuti as influences, has quickly demonstrated an enviable mastery of the pop hook so expect big things. “Get High” is out now via Cali 1 Recordings.
Mont Jake – Shadow ft. Masta Killa
As endorsements go, you don’t get much better than a guest verse from Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa. Mont Jake is an elusive chap, preferring to let the music say it all. Released via Island Records, “Shadow” is one of 2016’s most exciting debuts. More music to follow.
Sea Moya – Bangalore
Sea Moya is a Cologne/Mannheim based psychedelic 3-piece who channel everything from afrobeat and indie to produce this captivating take on contemporary pop. Inspired by a trip to India, “Bangalore” boasts vibrant synths and shifting rhythms. Sea Moya’s latest EP Baltic States will be released in June 2016 via Heist or Hit.
Slovenlie – Disaster
If there is any justice, Slovenlie will emerge from 2016 as everyone’s new favourite popstar. Debut single “Disaster” is the perfect blend of inventiveness and catchiness and a welcome break from the tropical house currently swamping the scene. “Disaster” is released via Celerity Records.
Ghost Culture – Safe
Ghost Culture has returned with double A-side Safe/Multiply. “Safe” is an unapologetic clubland banger, a sound that envelopes all. There’s no build-up, this track is fast out of the starting blocks and then never relents. Safe/Multiply is released by Phantasy, so you know it’s good.
Nite Jewel – Boo Hoo
It’s been a while but mercifully Nite Jewel is back. “Boo Hoo” is the first single from new album Liquid Cool, Nite Jewel’s first since 2012’s One Second of Love. For a song about crying, “Boo Hoo” is pleasantly and disconcertingly danceable. The album was produced and performed entirely by Nite Jewel and will be released on 10 June via Gloriette Records.
Zanna – Can’t Hide
“Can’t Hide” is electro-pop with a human touch – it has a low-fi energy and spirit that’s often lacking from the genre. “Can’t Hide” is lifted from Zanna’s self-released On Repeat EP.
Noonie Bao – Reminds Me
Noonie Bao only releases amazing songs. Last year’s Noonia was a masterclass in pop songwriting and now she’s back with new cut “Reminds Me”. There is a cool detachment in this track, a more restrained effort than some of the bombast of previous singles like “Pyramids”. Here’s hoping for a full-length LP soon.
Kali Uchis – Only Girl ft. Steve Lacy & Vince Staples
There’s justifiable hype surrounding Kali Uchis. Last year’s “Ridin Round” was unquestionably brilliant while “Only Girl” more than lives up to the high standard she’s set for herself. Uchis said: “This was a lot of fun to make… I don’t collab often, but the hook popped into my head as soon as I heard Kaytranada’s beat and I knew Steve was perfect for it. Vince is one of my favorite rappers so I was just happy he was down to jump on it.” Uchis is currently in the studio completing work on her debut album.