As new single “Flex Your Way Out” demonstrates, Sofi de la Torre just keeps getting better. With a trap infused beat, this is perhaps her most restrained and sophisticated track to date – an amalgam of future-facing R&B and wistful pop. Sofi says of the collaboration with LA’s Blackbear: “I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that our voices would sound great together, so I sent him a message after writing this track in Helsinki. He got back to me straight away with that killer verse & vocal and I’ve had it on repeat ever since!”
All killer no filler, here’s our weekly guide to everything worth hearing.
Sofi de la Torre – “Flex Your Way Out” ft. Blackbear
Gabriel Gassi – “Street Phone”
“Street Phone” is the debut single from Stockholm-based producer Gabriel Gassi. It’s a hazy pop gem with some splashes of Balearic vibes. Gabriel has built his reputation with his razor sharp production work and remixes for the likes of Julia Vero and Vanbot. “Street Phone” is released via Something Beautiful.
D∆WN – “Renegades”
D∆WN, aka Dawn Richard, is getting ready to drop her new album Redemption and has shared new track “Renegades”. A low-key banger, it’s a roaring showcase of D∆WN’s boundary-crossing skills. Produced alongside MachineDrum, Redemption is released on 18 November via Local Action/Our Dawn Entertainment.
Ot To, Not To – “Regretta II”
Snatches of sound and distorted vocals make up Ot To, Not To’s new track “Regretta II”. Unconventional in its structured, the track’s low-fi sound harks back to those recordings of early blues track. “Regretta II” is a delicately balanced, with so much exploration packed into a track it could easily be weighed down but Ot To, Not To gives his beats space to breathe. Ot To, Not To’s debut album Goshen is released on 18 November.
Letherette – “Shanel”
“Shanel” is the 80s infused lead single from Letherette’s sophomore record Last Night On The Planet. Tipping a hat to the duo’s love of productions by the likes of Rene & Angela, Glenn Jones and the recently departed Kashif, “Shanel” has a potent groove. Last Night On The Planet drops on 25 November via Ninja Tune.
Sleigh Bells – “I Can Only Stare”
Sleigh Bells’ new album Jessica Rabbit represents something of a sonic shift for the duo, as demonstrated by their latest single “I Can Only Stare” which is widescreen pop at its finest. The band, known for their powerful live shows, has also announced a London gig on 27 October at The Dome. Jessica Rabbit is out 11 November via Lucky Number / Torn Clean.
Les Gordon – “Shiho & Kyoko”
Les Gordon, aka Marc Mifune, has shared the visuals for “Shiho & Kyoko”, a track which appears on his recently released “Abyss” EP . Abyss finds Les Gordon at the top of his game, binding the worlds of electronica and acoustic.
off bloom – “Thorns”
Fresh off the back of their debut track “Orchid” comes “Thorns”, an anti-love anthem from off bloom. Comprised of three producers, Alex, Mads and Mette, they have spent the last year working on music in their Bethnal Green flats and Copenhagen studio. off bloom had this to say about the track: “’Thorns’ is about the energy of fuckness. It’s about being in relationships – friends and lovers – where you feel fucked over when you try to give all you have to them. And even tho these relationships keep fucking up you keep on believing in your own thing. Also just to love without needing it returned, ‘cause it’s an aggressive love. I love you whether you want it or not. ILOVEU.”