MØ – Final Song
“Final Song” is your summer feel-good anthem. It’s a track that MØ says is “is about reconnecting with your inner strength” which after a depressingly long winter is easier said than done. Co-written with the always brilliant MNEK and Noonie Bao, “Final Song” is feverishly infectious. MØ has a gift for taking weird rhythms and turning them into delicious pop songs. “Final Song” is expected to appear on MØ’s forthcoming sophomore record.
MNEK –At Night (I Think About You)
Fans of amazing pop and excellent use of parenthesis should be thrilled with the new MNEK track “At (I Think About You)”. MNEK is having a pretty amazing 2016 having lent his production skills to Beyoncé’s “Hold Up” and MØ’s latest banger (see above). At Night (I Think About You) should be the solo smash hit that MNEK has long deserved.
Ariana And the Rose – Survival of the Fittest
Ariana And The Rose has dropped the brand new double-A side single Survival Of The Fittest/Dirty Dancing. Created in collaboration with producer Tom Fuller, the tracks demonstrates Ariana’s skill in creating hook-driven pop which is simultaneously catchy and ethereal.
Allie X – Too Much To Dream
Allie X is talent you need to get acquainted with. Her newest track, the pounding “Too Much To Dream”, is a relentless piece of pop. There’s an exuberance to her music that can’t be constrained and for three glorious minutes Allie X never lets up. On the track Allie X sings “I’m singing ‘til I’m screaming, dancing ‘til I’m bleeding” – nothing that a Vodka Red Bull and Scholl Party Feet won’t fix. “Too Much To Dream” is available now and is a part of Allie X’s CollXtion II Unsolved project.
Courts – No Lie
Essex five piece Courts are back with new cut “No Lie”. Comprised of Dan, Luke, Reece, Chris and Joe the band’s influences spans everything from Disco to indie. Their hazy, chilled-out sound is perfect for these slightly longer, slightly warmer evening. They’ll be heading out on the road this summer with gigs at Koko and a slot at Secret Garden Party.
Lyra – Emerald
“Emerald” is the new single from newcomer Lyra. It’s a dark, brooding affair with its heavy drumbeat and breathy vocals adding a palpable sense of urgency. Lyra has a unique vocal presence and can conjure up sweeping soundscapes that are magical and otherworldly.
Big Thief – Paul
Heartbreak tends to inspire the most beautiful music. Taken from Big Thief’s forthcoming debut LP Masterpiece, “Paul” is a gut-punch of a track. Big Thief has already demonstrated a talent for crafting songs that move you in ways you were not expecting –their soft sound belies their heavy songwriting.
River Tiber – Acid Test
River Tiber recently shared new single “Acid Test” and announced that his highly anticipated debut LP Indigo will with be released on 24 June. “Acid Test” has that late night, expansive feel with layers of vocals and shifting beats. River Tiber will be playing a number of shows through 2016, including Forecastle, Neon Desert and a handful of dates supporting Kaytranada on his 99.9% tour.
Tiffany – I Just Wanna Dance
“I Just Wanna Dance” is the title track from Tiffany’s (Girls Generation and TTS) debut EP. Inevitably it’s dazzling, existing at the intersection of Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepsen. I Just Wanna Dance is out now.
Metronomy – Old Skool
“Old Skool” see’s Metronomy return to the sonic territory of their breakout album Nights Out. A reflection on 00’s London, Metronomy’s Joe Mount said “I was living in East London in 2008 and felt like all this stuff was happening in the West end. It’s nonsense really, but I felt it was this privileged end of town, all the musicians there had wealthy parents and were living in Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. So that song’s about being totally idiotic and just jealous.” Metronomy will release new album Summer 08 on 1 July via Because Music.