Fresh from his Mercury Prize nomination, Stormzy is back with a fire-emoji worthy freestyle. “4pm in London” sees the south London grime star calling out those who have bad mouthed him and tipping his hotly anticipated second album over the beat to Drake’s “4pm in Calabasas”. In Stormzy’s own words, can’t nobody hold him down.
Our fave songs of the week.
Stormzy – “4pm in London”
Nilüfer Yanya – “Baby Luv”
22-year-old South Londoner Nilüfer Yanya once again wows on latest track “Baby Luv”. Her first release since the “Plant Feed” EP in July, it’s a raw and beautiful offering, showcasing Yanya’s incredible vocals over a subtle synth backing. Speaking on the track she says, “I’m still working out what this song means exactly. There’s a lot of questioning going on , I keep asking myself the same question- but it has a different meaning each time I ask it and which I still don’t have an answer for.”
Whenyoung – “Actor”
Hailing from Limerick, pop punks Whenyoung have just dropped their latest banger “Actor”. With infectious guitar and lead vocalist Aoife Power’s incredible vocals, it’s an ode to youthful abandon and a totally rousing track. Bold and beautiful, we genuinely can’t get enough.
Jack Grace – “BE4UGO”
Sydney-based babe Jack Grace is back with a deliciously dark number. “BE4UGO” blends delicately emotive vocals with brooding electronics to create a slow-burning scorcher of a track. Building the rhythm throughout, it’s a total late night must listen that’ll have you grooving around your room way into the early hours.
Jolé – “Seldom Seen”
Spoiling us this week, Brighton based Jolé has released not one, but two stunning tracks. Bittersweet and beautiful “Seldom Seen” and “Clutter” perfectly exhibit Jolé’s masterful skills in crafting gorgeous acoustic songs.
Connor – “Blood”
Dropping his second single, “Blood” is the hazy electonica-tinged solo offering from JAWS frontman Conor Schofield. The follow-up to last year’s debut “Sun Burns”, it’s an ethereal number which Conor describes as “about being so infatuated with someone, or something, so much that nothing else really matters and the world just passes you by.”
Gulp – “Morning Velvet Sky”
Cardiff duo Gulp – a.k.a. Lindsey Leven and Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce – return with a glimpse into their new album, which drops next year. Sharing “Morning Velvet Sky”, the track is a luscious piece of pop perfection with sprinklings of electronics giving it an other-worldly feeling. No doubt a sign of that their new album will be out-of-this-world…
Jacob Banks – “Unknown (To You)”
With a voice that will instantly give you goosebumps, if you’re not already in love with Jacob Banks you’re about to be. Dropping the stunning single “Unknown (To You)”, his rich vocals glide over an R&B-tinged rhythm, creating an incredibly moving sound. We told you you’d fall in love.
White Room – “Cable-Built Dreamland”
Brighton babes White Room are back with a banger. Releasing their newest slice of psych-pop perfection, “Cable-Built Dreamland” is another example of why the quintet are being tipped as ones to watch. Speaking about the story behind the track, frontman Jake Smallwood says, “It’s about people’s narcissistic obsession with how they are perceived online; the mask they create behind which they disguise their true selves. It’s a group of friends sat round a table, all with phone in hand, silent.”
Mike Mago & Tiggi Hawke – “Dangerous Behaviour”
We’ve just found your next dancefloor filler. “Dangerous Behaviour” is an absolute belter from dance-music trendsetter Mike Mago and up and coming London songstress Tiggi Hawke. Full of infectious grooves and captivating rhythms, we’re pretty sure it’s physically impossible not to dance to this song…