18 year-old Surrey boy, Rex Orange County, follows up his track “Uno” with his new release “Best Friend”. Showing off his serious talent on keys and guitar, his heart breaking vocals are easy to swoon over as he croons “I still wanna break your heart and make you cry”. If this is any indication of what Rex is capable of, he is destined for great things and we wanna be his best friend already.
Here are the tracks we’re playing on repeat this week.
Rex Orange County – “Best Friend”
Dan Croll – “Away From Today”
Dan Croll returns with beautiful new song, “Away From Today”, having announced a Spring 2017 tour. His folky vocals soar effortlessly over African style tribal beats as he attempts to outrun a drone in his video. It’s vibrant and bold, and we can promise you won’t be able to stop listening to it.
Dave x J Hus – “Samantha”
Dave and J Hus team up for stunning slow-burner, “Samantha”. Both artists are considered as pioneering forces in UK underground music at the moment, with J Hus highlighting the Afrobeats sound and Dave releasing one of the biggest tracks of 2016, “Wanna Know”, both of which Drake is known to be a fan of.
Kehlani – “Hold Me By The Heart”
We had a chat with Kehlani last year and now she has just released her new album, Sweet Sexy Savage. The album exhibits the undeniable talent of the former America’s Got Talent contestant who effortlessly combines R&B and pop, and we have it on repeat.
Au/Ra – “Kicks”
Featured as our New Noise last week, “Kicks” is the dreamy pop record from Ibiza-born, Antigua-raised Au/Ra. In her own words, Au/Ra describes the track as “about accepting uniqueness and not being afraid to be different. I think it’s a message that is especially needed in our society. The song, to me, is also about how different it is growing up on an island.”
Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”
During the six minutes of “Pure Comedy”, Father John Misty tackles many issues, from politics to religion to the miracle of birth. But as opposed to coming off preachy, what we are given is an inspiring and beautiful track meant to make you think.
Jacques Greene – “Real Time”
“Real Time” is Jacques Greene’s newest single following the announcement of his debut album, Feel Infinite, which is set for release on March 10th and on vinyl on March 25th. The record is a dance classic, filled with emotion. As Jacques himself said, “I want it to be celebratory of all we feel and do and experience – the beautiful, the good, and the bad.”
Rag N’ Bone Man – “Skin”
BRIT award nominee and all round genius Rag N’ Bone Man brings us yet another chilling and beautiful song, “Skin”. Showing off his enviable vocals, it’s simply stunning and positively goose-bump inducing. The song follows the highly acclaimed “Human” which has bagged him a BRIT nomination for British Breakthrough Artist having already won the Critics’ Choice Award.
Thundercat – “Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)”
After the release of his 2015 breakthrough The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam, Thundercat is back with the new single from his forthcoming album Drunk. Featuring Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, the track is a rich and joyful expression of love and light. And we can’t get enough.
Overcoats – “Hold Me Close”
Best friends Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have just released their stunningly poignant new single “Hold Me Close”. We got the catch up with them last week and have a chat about the single. When asked what the inspiration behind the song was, they told us: “This song was inspired by wondering if things would get easier, and trying to find some temporary peace by accepting the present moment for what it was. “So hold me close till the night turns grey/different faces but the song is the same” is like – everything in my life is changing, but I’m with you here, so let’s be here now.”