Releasing his most beautiful song to date, BBC Sound of 2018 nominee Lewis Capaldi is back with “Raw”. Recruiting Jessie Reyez to give it a sprinkle of something extra special, the song details the rawness of a break-up. “Although you feel hurt to see somebody you love go, love isn’t a switch can you simply turn on and off as you please.” Capaldi explains of the track’s inspiration. “You don’t want to see them hurt, but then that rawness kicks in where you ask yourself the question; What if they don’t feel as sad as I do, right now? Does it lessen what we had?”
The songs we’re playing on repeat this week.
Lewis Capaldi – “Rush” feat. Jessie Reyez
The Ninth Wave – “New Kind Of Ego”
Scotland’s finest The Ninth Wave are once again showing why they’re being tipped for greatness, with the release of new track “New Kind Of Ego”; the deliciously dark power-pop number electrifies with their signature harmonies and beautiful songwriting. As frontman Haydn says, “‘New Kind Of Ego’ is a dialogue between two people and their insecurities in each other, focusing on the reasons for this lack of trust.”
George The Poet and Maverick Sabre feat. Jorja Smith – “Follow The Leader”
When you get a track that has George The Poet, Maverick Sabre and Jorja Smith in one place, it’s no shock when it turns out pretty amazing. Detailing “how problems can persist and keep going around in circles because people are sometimes too scared to stand up and do their own thing,” the song is the first time the three music heavyweights have worked all together. The result is a fascinating track that you’re going to want to listen to again and again.
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
A piece of Prince-tinged pop perfection, “Make Me Feel” further cements Janelle Monáe as one of the best. The first glimpse of her forthcoming album Dirty Computer, the song is full of electrifying vocals and 80s grooves that’ll have you dancing along as soon as you press play. Get ready.
Sorry – “2 Down 2 Dance”
London-based babes, Sorry are back with yet another example of just why they’re being hailed as one of the most exciting new bands around at the moment. Combining grungy guitar and hypnotising twin vocals, the band’s latest track is an exciting look at the heights the quartet are destined to achieve.
Post Animal – “Ralphie”
With vocals coming from Stranger Things star Joe Keery – who plays undisputed heartthrob Steve on the show – “Ralphie” is a slice of glittering greatness from Chicago-based neo-psych rockers, Post Animal. An infectiously melodic track, it’s an intriguing look at what the group’s forthcoming debut album, When I Think Of You In A Castle, will hold.
Frankie Cosmos – “Being Alive”
Giving us a cheeky look into what their third album will hold, “Being Alive” is a beautiful indie-pop dazzler from New York quartet Frankie Cosmos. Completely enchanting, it’s further proof that the band are one of the best, and is destined to put a smile on your face. Enjoy.
Francobollo – “Hoo Ha”
Another wonderfully weird cut from our fave London-based Swedish band, “Hoo Ha” is the latest bop from Francobollo. “‘Hoo Ha’ is a song that came out of a jam,” frontman Simon explains. “It sounded like a riff that Hoo Ha’s (one of our favourite bands, and dear friends of ours) would play. We named it ‘Hoo Ha’ straight away. When it came to write lyrics, I thought, ‘What does Hoo Ha mean to me?’ Immediately I thought of the Houses of Parliament, and the way British politics are. And here it is.”