Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist TĀLĀ has teased the release of her forthcoming “Zāl” EP with the bubbling “Talk 2 Me”. TĀLĀ, one of the UK’s most exciting prospects, has a gift for channelling disparate genres and influences through a pop prism, a shimmering example of just how good the genre can be. “Zāl” drops on 9 December via Columbia Records.
Wrap your ears around the finest tracks from the past seven days.
TĀLĀ – “Talk 2 Me”
Max Cooper – “Cyclic”
Max Cooper has shared the mesmeric visuals for “Cyclic”. A collaboration with Numbercult, Max explains: “They set up a live generative visual system for an abstract exploration of the concept of nature’s cycles in this video.” “Cyclic” will appear on Cooper’s forthcoming Emergence LP, his second full-length release and the first on his own Mesh label.
Hater – “Mental Haven”
Swedish quartet Hater has shared the first single from their debut LP You Tried. Comprised of Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson, the band make wistful indie of the highest order, drenched in emotion and longing. You Tried will be released on 10 March by PNKSLM Recordings.
Giorgio Moroder – “Good For Me” ft. Karen Harding
The term legend is overused, unless you’re talking about Giorgio Moroder – perhaps the greatest producer to have ever lived. While new track “Good For Me” doesn’t scale the Donna Summer heights, it’s a perfectly pitched slice of disco/pop crossover. Moroder’s 2015 “comeback” Déjà Vu featured collaborations with Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia and Kylie Minogue.
Sipprell – “Journey”
South London singer-songwriter Sipprell has returned with new track “Journey”. This time Sipprell is tackling heartbreak with deeply personal lyrics, it’s a universal experience but one that few can make sound so beautiful. “Journey”, which was produced by Ragz Originale (Skepta, Dej Loaf, Girli) is out now.
Yellow Days – “Gap In The Clouds”
Yellow Days, aka 17-Year-Old George Van De Broek from Haslemere, more than lives up to the hype on second single “Gap In The Clouds”. It’s a stunningly articulated meditation on love and depression which sets Yellow Days apart from his peers. “Harmless Melodies”, Yellow Days’ debut EP will be released on 18 November via Good Years.
XO – “Waiting Game”
XO (aka Sunil Heera) has shared “Waiting Game”, the follow-up to “Divine Disaster”. The track sees XO’s smooth vocals wrapped around a warped R&B beat, a pulsating blend of earnest songwriting and future-facing production. XO said: “The inspiration for “Waiting Game” came from a very raw, vulnerable place. I feel like I’m pushing boundaries and really letting my guard down to give the listeners a real piece of me for the first time”. XO’s debut LP will be released in early 2017.
Nathan Fake – “DEGREELESSNESS” feat. Prurient
Nathan Fake makes his Ninja Tune debut with ‘”DEGREELESSNESS” which features NYC’s Prurient aka Vatican Shadow. A clash of two heavyweights, “DEGREELESSNESS” is a constantly shifting dancefloor exploration, with suitably heavy synths and drums. “DEGREELESSNESS”, and flip-side “Now We Know”, is released on 2 December.
Heat – “Lush”
Montreal’s Heat, who have previously drawn favourable comparisons with the likes of Jesus And Mary Chain, move in a poppier direction on the appropriately titled “Lush”. With sweeping hooks and tighter production, this is something new but no less exciting from the band. Overnight will be released via Topshelf on 20 January.
Dirty Heads – “Oxygen”
After kicking off the first leg of their headline U.S. Autumn tour last month, Dirty Heads unleash the video for “Oxygen”, their highly anticipated second single from their current self-titled album. With an easy tempo, and a low-key message of perseverance, the hip-hop infused song has already sky-rocketed to become the #1 most added song at US alternative radio
Elder Island – “Key One”
Enigmatic Bristol trio release Key One, the title track from their 2nd EP “Seeds in Sand” via Metropolis Music. Fusing electronica, left-of-centre pop sensibilities, heady arrangements of cello and bass and a silky smooth top line vocal from Katy Sargant, the end result is a mixed genre of influences which all contribute to their eclectic sound. With a recent support slot with Khruangbin and a Mahogany Music show under their belt, “Seeds in Sand” promises to be a successful follow up to their self titled debut EP back in 2014.
Betty Who – “Human Touch”
Australian pop singer / songwriter Betty Who returns with another glorious slice of glittery pop in the shape of “Human Touch”. The first track from her anticipated sophomore album (due early 2017), the pop starlet has been described as “early Madonna, Katy Perry and Robyn” and has been slowly but surely creating her own lane with her unashamed take on a pop revival. A definite track to turn up loud and sing along to on your stereo.