Hanna & Andrea – Always On My Mind
“Always On My Mind” is the debut track from Sweden’s Hanna & Andre. Released via TEN Music Group, so you know it’s good, the track makes for a very exciting introduction. It’s the type of pop song that the Swedes have perfected –icy cool and infinitely listenable.
Zibra – Girls Like You
Zibra are purveyors of the kind of the infectious indie pop that makes you cast off your inhibitions and start eyeing up the dance floor. New cut “Girls Like You” is described by frontman Sam Battle as: “…about all of us really, no one really being ourselves. Which is fine you know, but we wrote a song about it. We got the guitar pedals out for this one, so it’s a bit more grotty on the guitar side of things sound wise than out previous tracks…” The track drops on 1 July via Look Mum No Computer.
Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
Shura, tipped by the world and his wife to be the “next-big-thing”, will be releasing her much anticipated debut album in July. Ahead of the release of Nothing’s Real, Shura has shared “What’s It Gonna Be?”, steeped in an 80s dance-pop sound, it’s a track Stock Aitken Waterman might have produced if they were capable of expressing real human emotions.
Jerome Price – Me Minus You
Jerome Price, one of dance music’s more exciting talents, has staked a claim to “Song of the Summer” with his debut track “Me Minus You” which boasts an infectiously upbeat hook. The accompanying visuals were shot in LA and features rising YouTube stars Dytto and RainO.
Netsky – TNT
Netsky serves up unadulterated good times on “TNT”. An effervescent, bubbling slice of disco, the track boasts raunchy electric guitar and a stunning falsetto from Chromeo’s Dave 1. This is exciting new sonic territory from the Belgium dance-wonder. “TNT” is lifted from Netsky’s most recent LP 3.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
New music from Unknown Mortal Orchestra is always very welcome. Recorded in March during a break from touring, “First World Problem”, a danceable anthem to ennui, is the band’s first new music since the release of the acclaimed Multi-Love. Discussing the track Ruban Nielson said: “I think ‘First World Problem’ is about modern love in a crumbling empire… The feeling that you’re trying to build your life and get what you need while a decadent world falls apart around you.”
Lizbet Sempa – Deep Inside
London-based Lizbet Sempa continues to impress with new single “Deep Inside”. Sempa has a timelessly exquisite voice and incredible song-craft. “Deep Inside” is a track that will stay with you long after it’s stopped playing.
Burning Peacocks – Tears of Lava
Burning Peacocks, aka Paris-based Alma Jodorowsky and David Baudart, return with new single “Tears of Lava”. This dreamy track is about the difficulty of experiencing failure and frustration. Burning Peacocks have quickly created their own musical world; misty-eyed pop tinged with psychedelia. It’s a heady and intoxicating combination.
NAO – Girlfriend
There’s a beautiful haze that surrounds “Girlfriend”, the new single from NAO. Four-minutes of electronic funk with woozy beats blending perfectly with NAO’s rich and distinctive vocals. “Girlfriend” is taken from NAO’s forthcoming debut LP For All We Know which will be released in July by Little Tokyo/RCA.
Dragonette – Lonely Heart
Like ravens leaving the tower of London, Dragonette releasing a song that is less than brilliant would be a sure sign that the end of the world is fast approaching. Rest easy, “Lonely Heart” is indeed excellent. The track is a beguiling contrast of uplifting beats and melancholic lyrics – a mixture few bands handle as skilfully as Dragonette.
Alizzz – Body Slam feat. Santell
Alizzz has teased his new EP Ocean Drive with new single “Body Slam”. Teaming up with US R&B singer Santell, the track is a sensual swerve from his previous output that will have you longing to be someplace sunnier. A gifted and unpredictable beatmaker, Alizz should be the soundtrack to your summer. Ocean Drive drops on 24 June.