Your weekly round-up of the new music you need to be listening to.

Tennis – “In the Morning I’ll Be Better”

Husband and wife duo Tennis return with new single “In The Morning I’ll Be Better” and news of their forthcoming album Yours Conditionally. The track is about the precariousness of our lives and so it’s appropriately wistful and as beautiful as it is heart-breaking – a duality the band have long since mastered. Yours Conditionally will be released on 10 March 2017 on their own label Mutually Detrimental.

FLETCHER – “Princess”

“Princess” is a stunning call-to-arms from pop force of nature FLETCHER and with its empowering message it’s a track that lingers much longer than the output of many of her contemporaries. Speaking to Time Magazine, Fletcher said: “I wrote “Princess” two years ago when many of the women around me were feeling lost or weak. I wanted to empower them to feel hopeful and not helpless. We are all going through something, but experiencing the highs and the lows makes us who we are. “What if Cinderella had to save herself?” is a message I’ve always needed to hear.”

MAAD – “90s Love”

MAAD spent 2016 being exhaustingly good and is capping off the year by sharing the visuals for her killer jam “90s Love”. The video was directed by filmmaker Paulo Berberan for VHS Productions. MAAD will release her debut EP Lé Funk next year.

Stray Echo – “Pavement (Sofi Tukker Remix)”

Brooklyn producer and songwriter Stray Echo has teamed-up with Sofi Tukker for an infectious reworking of “Pavement”. It’s a brilliantly balanced edit that retains the driving funk of the original but adds some extra effervescence.

KDMS ft. Kurt Maloo – “All That Glows”

KDMS serve up major Balearic disco vibes on new cut “All That Glows”. The duo, which is comprised of London soul singer Kathy Diamond (best known for her vocal work alongside Maurice Fulton) and producer Max Skiba, released their new album The New Old Normal last week.

Kristin Kontrol – “Baby Are You In?”

Krisin Kontrol, responsible for one of 2016’s best and most unexpected pop records, has shared “Baby Are You In?” Recorded during the sessions for her X-Communicate album, it’s another example of Kristin’s gift for crafting hooks you don’t want to shake off. X-Communicate was released by Sub Pop Records.

Lil Yachty Ft. A$AP FERG – “Terminator”

Lil Yachty had had a roller-coaster 2016 but ends the year on high with new track “Terminator”. With a brooding intensity, Yachty ups his lyrical game on the Arnold Schwarzenegger-themed cut. Yachty recently received a Grammy nomination for his work on D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” which was released back in April.

Allan Rayman – “Faust Road”

Released via Communion Records, “Faust Road” is the new single from Wyoming’s Allan Rayman. Imbibed with a haunting mysticism, the record is filled with vocal snatches and warped rhythms which all add up to an intriguing introduction.

Bonobo – “Break Apart” (feat. Rhye)

Bonobo has teased the release of his much anticipated new album Migration with the release of the video for the Rhye featuring “Break Apart”. The hypnotic visual was captured by drone across several desert locations. Bonobo explains. “Part of the writing process was to drive up to these places and live with the tracks as I was making them. This was a new part of the world to me, where the landscape is quite alien and Martian.” Rhye’s sweet and mysterious vocals add a sense of longing to the track, that emotional distance amplified by the visuals that capture a seemingly empty, lonely and breath-taking world. Migration is released on 13 January.

DJ Fresh vs Diplo – “Bang Bang” ft. Selahe Sue, R.City and Craig David

UK bass music legend DJ Fresh is dropping his new single “Bang Bang” to round off 2016 with a… well, bang! The track recruits an all-star cast with a production collaboration from Grammy Award Winning Producer and DJ, Diplo, plus features from U.S. duo R. City, Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue and UK icon Craig David, who is currently enjoying a phenomenally successful return.

Dan Austin

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