Rising indie quartet The Academic are once again proving why they’re one of the most exciting acts around with new track “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Taken from their upcoming debut album Tales From The Backseat, the Irish four-piece’s latest offering is a slow-burning sizzler dictating that all too familiar feeling of when your crush just doesn’t quite see you quite like that, babes.
The songs you should be listening to.
The Academic – “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
L Devine – “Growing Pains”
Rolling an entire EP into one vid, L Devine is spoiling us. Dropping the visuals to her latest EP “Growing Pains”, the 19-year-old is showing her flair for crafting mesmerising modern pop tracks. Writing fiercely relatable songs, the video itself highlights all the important women in the young singer’s life, and is also the funnest 10 mins you’ll spend on a grey Monday like today…
KWAYE – “Lost In My Boots”
Following on from his brilliant “Solar” EP, KWAYE is back with his latest offering “Lost In My Boots” and it’s beaut. Showing off his rich soulful vocals and funk-leanings, the track sums up all your relationship worries. Speaking on the song, KWAYE says: “’Lost in My Boots’ came to me at point where I was losing faith in my relationship, and fearing the worst. I placed myself in my partner’s shoes. I imagined the hurt, the betrayal, and the heartbreak they would feel if I was to end it all, and the strength and perseverance I believed they would have to get through it all.”
Stefflon Don & Skepta – “Ding-A-Ling”
Just looking at the names of the artists who have made this song, you can tell it’s gonna be a good’un. Recruiting grime megastar Skepta, rising Birmingham rapper Stefflon Don is showing just why she’s being hailed as one of the most exciting new names in the game. Described as a “Simpsons-induced rework of Chuck Berry”, you’re not going to be able to get this song out of your head for weeks. Not that you’d want to anyway…
7Chariot – “Ricochet”
Although we may not be 100% sure how to correctly pronounce her name yet, we’re already certain that 7Chariot is going places. Dropping her debut “Ricochet”, the Nashville-based pop newcomer describes the track as “a song about the defence mechanism your brain builds when you think the relationship you’re in is too good to be true.” A bass-heavy banger, we can’t wait to see what else she’s got in store for us.
Hatchie – “Sure”
Brisbane-based babe Hatchie, otherwise known as Harriette Pilbeam, is giving us an irresistable taste of her upcoming “Sugar & Spice” EP. Releasing the dreamy “Sure”, the song is overwhelmingly hypnotising, as Hatchie’s silky vocals glide over the jangly guitar backing. “I wrote “Sure” about people I know falling in and out of the same relationship issues as we grew out of our teens into early adulthood” she explains. “When I initially wrote it, it was about a couple that decided to give it ‘one more shot’ over and over again because they couldn’t bare to be apart. When I think about all the lyrics now I realise that it could be interpreted in a number of different ways.” Regardless of the way the lyrics could be interpreted, it’s hard to think of it as anything less than brilliant.
Björk – “Blissing Me”
Oh Björk, how we love you. Giving us the second glimpse of her upcoming album Utopia, the Icelandic enigma has released “Blissing Me”. A hauntingly beautiful track, it tells the modern love story of “two music nerds obsessing” – the likely outcome of how many will behave once hearing the song itself. Completely gorgeous, it’s simple and sensational, and, yes, we’re already obsessed ourselves.
Roy Blair – “Perfume”
20-year-old LA based hon, Roy Blair, has a future as bright as his hair. Dropping the new visuals to track “Perfume”, the song is a nostalgia-filled blend of grunge and hip-hop influences capturing what it’s like to be young and in love. “’Perfume’ is about being hyper-infatuated with someone.” Roy says. “It’s from the perspective of someone too young to know how to really handle it, but the love they feel is still real. When you’re younger, and you find that type of love, you’d do anything for the other person, even if it’s for the worse, and you’re sacrificing other things you love. Just something about the way we’re built, I guess.”
Patrick Watson – “Broken”
If you too like to kick off the week with a nice cathartic cry (no judgement, we’ve all been there) Patrick Watson’s latest is one for you. Dropping his newest track “Broken”, the song is a goose-bump inducing melodic masterpiece. Backed by an orchestra, Patrick’s delightfully delicate vocals as he asks “do you feel a little broken?” are completely captivating and are certain to give you all the #feels.
PILLARS – “Soul-D”
Releasing her haunting new track “Soul-D”, PILLARS is laying her vulnerability out for all to see. The third track from her “Honest People” EP, it’s a dark electronic number and what the 23-year-old describes as “a love song to my anorexia…a mourning over the loss of a huge part of me.” An intimate and beautiful track, PILLARS is an unflinchingly honest artist who is destined for greatness.