Our fave bops of the week.

The Blaze – “Heaven”

Accompanied by one of the most stunning music videos we’ve seen in a long time, French duo The Blaze have returned with the beaut new song, “Heaven”. Made up of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, the pair join captivating visuals with equally incredible music to create the cinematic EDM-tinged pop feast you see before you.

Spector – “Fine Not Fine”

Gearing up to release their highly anticipated “Ex-Directory” EP on Friday, Spector are giving us a taste of what’s to come with new slice of biting melodic indie pop, “Fine Not Fine”. “This one was a stream of consciousness inspired by the more self-loathing corners of sad Twitter – looking at the state of your life a third of the way through and realising it’s just a veneer or an unconvincing brave face,’ frontman Fred Macpherson says. “A Spector listener (I don’t really feel comfortable with the word fan) once told me our lyrics were good because every line could be an Instagram caption. In which case they’re going to love this one.”

Thirdstory – “Hit The Ceiling”

Dropping the third taste of upcoming debut album Cold Heart, NYC-based soul collective Thirdstory have us even more excited for Friday’s release with this tune. “Hitting The Ceiling” is a clear indication of the heights the record will achieve, pairing soaring vocals with soulful percussion and an undeniable funk.

George Ezra – “Pretty Shining People”

His sophomore album is a mere 17 days away and Young Geoff knows just what to do to get us through until then. The latest glimpse into Staying At Tamara’s, “Pretty Shining People” is an absolute banger and further proof that George Ezra is pure (pretty, shining) pop perfection.

Tiggi Hawke – “Me Too”

Sharing her most personal song to date, north London songstress Tiggi Hawke has drawn on her own and others’ experiences for her latest pop sizzler “Me Too”. Inspired by the #MeToo campaign, she explains, “I write from my own experiences so this song is shaped by my stories, but I fundamentally wrote it out of admiration for every single person who has come forward, stepped up and had the courage to insist that the justice system does its job, and to promote the incredibly positive change that is more than needed.”

Tom Misch feat. De La Soul – “It Runs Through Me”

Everyone’s new favourite silky vocalist is back. Yet another look at what his debut album Geography will hold, Tom Misch’s latest cut “It Runs Through Me” is a glistening, upbeat, soul-flecked number. “The concept of this track is sometimes how I feel about my relationship with music…” he explains. “It’s something that has always just flowed through me and almost feels like my superpower. You can take away my money and house, etc, but can’t take away my relationship and love for music. The De La Soul feature was the icing on the cake for this album… I’m a massive old school hip hop head and this collaboration just felt really good”

Dancing on Tables – “Body”

Branching out into a more rock-y sound, the latest track from Scotland’s Dancing on Tables, “Body”, shows just what an exciting band they are. A taste of what will – hopefully – be an upcoming EP, frontman Robbie McSkimming describes the tracks as being “about frustration, with us all being in our early 20s and especially in music, sometimes you feel like you’re in this middle ground and a weird stage in your life, you don’t really know which way you’re going to go or what you’re going to do.”

The Kills – “List of Demands”

With their first piece of new music since 2016’s Ash and Ice, The Kills have returned with a stunning re-work of the classic Saul Williams song “List Of Demands”. “It’s a song of strength and empowerment, rooted in the idea of rising above,” frontwoman Alison Mosshart explains. “It was one of those songs you’re almost scared to cover, because it carries so much respect. It wasn’t a straight up love song or a drug song. It was defined, serious, and perfect already. With certain songs, you feel like an intruder trying to sing them, but this one felt like my own.”

Matt Maltese – “Greatest Comedian”

Get the tissues out because Matt Maltese is back with another sardonic banger to make you feel all the feels. A bold love song, it’s full of hypnotising hooks and compelling instrumentation. An exciting look at what his debut record will hold, this is just the beginning for Maltese who is set to become an artist for the ages.


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