It’s no surprise that we’re slightly obsessed with Nilüfer Yanya‘s latest cut: the BBC Sound of 2018 longlister has just released “Thanks 4 Nothing” and it’s a beautifully emotional return following last year’s “Baby Luv” and “Golden Cage”. Speaking on the hypnotising track, Nilüfer says it’s about “drawing a final line under something that should have ended a long time ago. The song shows you can be bitter and grateful about it at the same time.”
Some songs to get you through the week.
Nilüfer Yanya – “Thanks 4 Nothing”
Ten Tonnes – “Lay It On Me”
Making his claim as our fave Barnett brother (soz, George), Ethan – aka Ten Tonnes – returned with electrifying new banger “Lay It On Me” last week. Produced by former Maccabee Hugo White, he describes the song as “telling someone if they need you, you’ll be there. You’ve been away and distant, but now you’re back.”
Frenship – “LOVE Somebody”
LA-based babes Frenship – known as James Sunderland and Brett Hite IRL – are back with their first new music since last year’s “Truce” EP and it’s totally worth the wait. A completely dreamy and emotive track, the guys say of the song: “We felt ‘LOVE Somebody’ came at the perfect time in that it captures a simple and relevant message. At its core it’s about experiencing the wide range of life that each day has to offer. It’s the start of a lot of new music for us and we hope you get lost in what’s to come.”
Peace – “Power”
It’s pretty impossible not to love Peace, and their newest song “Power” is yet more proof of why they should hold a dear place in your heart. An explosive anthem that’ll have you instantly moving, frontman Harry explains of the inspo: “I watched a giant, pulsating, lightening bolt land near the farmhouse and I instantly associated it with the electricity and power of the kids we’d been quaking with for the last five years at our shows.” He continues, “I was inspired to write a song that was [an] answer to their question. I guess it ended up being a call to arms. ‘Power’ is a song about booting down the door to delirious glory and charging heart first into the world-wide banquet of love.”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “American Guilt”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been spoiling us. Unveiling biting track “American Guilt” and announcing a new album in Sex & Food, the record is set to tap into both “familiar and unexpected territory,” suggests the outfit’s mastermind, Ruban Nielson. “‘American Guilt’ is an attempt to capture some of the feelings floating around these days,” he continues of the standout track. “In a perverse way I wanted to embrace this abandoned genre of rock music that I keep reading is ‘dead’ and invite people to hear what this living dead genre sounds like in the UMO universe.”
Husky Loops – “When I Come Home”
Our fave Italian-born, London-based art-rock trio are back with another incred tune. Inspired by contemporary R&B and hip-hop, as well as Italian songwriters of the 70s, Husky Loops‘ latest cut, “When I Come Home” is a beautiful blissful track about relationships.”The lyrics can be seen as quite generic but in fact they’re intended to talk to everyone and they don’t refer to anyone specific,” Danio explains. “There are many things we don’t say to partners, relatives or friends we truly love. Eventually we all go home and misunderstand each other, but we all need that one person that personifies security and deep affection.”
The Magic Gang – “Getting Along”
Oh, how we love The Magic Gang. Recently announcing their self-titled debut album – which will bless us on 16 March – the Brighton quartet shared a sneak peak of the magic with latest song “Getting Along”. Melodic, mesmerising and impossible not to smile to, it’s an exciting glimpse at what their debut will have in store.
Lily Moore – “Not That Special”
The smokey voiced newcomer released her debut track last week and we’re in loved. Called “Not That Special”, it’s the first piece of proof that 19-year-old Lily Moore is about to make a bold and brilliant entrance into the music world.
James Bay – “Wild Love”
James Bay has made a bit of a change. Gone is the long hair, hat, and guitar driven sound that defined his debut, and here we find a synth-heavy new sizzler, with a banging new haircut thrown in too. “‘Wild Love’ is about the experience of falling for someone.” James explains. “Something you can feel immediately when you meet them for the first time, or which rekindles throughout a relationship. It’s also about yearning for someone – whether that’s the person you can’t keep your eyes off across the room, or in my experience, the person you don’t stop thinking about wherever you are in the world.”