A few months ago, “This Is America” blew the world’s metaphorical (and literal – check the video) brains out, with social media waxing lyrical about the groundbreaking visuals and powerful, nuanced lyrics. And the jack-of-all-trades is now back with a summer banger, ready for us to all tilt our heads back and bask in the heady glory. Sunshine-inducing steel drums, shoulder-shaking synth bops and Glover’s sweet, sweet vocals.
Our favourite tunes doing the rounds right now.
Childish Gambino – “Summertime Magic”
Phantastic Ferniture – “Bad Timing”
Glassy euphoric pop. Potted ferns concealing the band’s faces for the entirety of the music video. Low-budget, but with a dreamy retro feel. Seriously, what’s not to love? Hailing from Sydney, and led by the assured vocals of Julia Jacklin, the four-piece garage-pop band are generating a lot of buzz for their understated Tame Impala vibes sound. “Bad Timing” is a certified easy bopper.
James BKS – “Kwele” ft. Allan Kingdom & Manu Dibango
The first artist to be signed to Idris Elba’s new record label 7Wallace was always bound to be something special. And French Cameroon artist James BKS presents to us an absolute perfect little package with hip-shaking jam “Kwele”, accompanied by a verdant cinematic video. The song sees James delving into his history and roots, with the video shot in Libreville, Gabon, named after an ethnic group from Congo renowned for their ceremonial masks. The result? A unique reverberating blend of rap, pop and rich African sound.
Russo – “Loudmouth”
They’ve been compared to No Doubt and Blondie, with definite essences of Karen O (only thanks in part to lead singer Cailin Russo’s effervescent energy). Yes, not that we’re complaining, American four-piece Russo are having no trouble infiltrating our ears with their groovy ska-pop and rock sound. And their latest offering is a cool dancefloor classic not to be reckoned with. Play, replay, repeat.
Ellis & Laura Brehm – “Start Over”
Last month saw Birmingham-based DJ, musician and producer Ellis release his new tune “Start Over” with American YouTube sensation Laura Brehm. And now, the house-infused track has now had a softer reworking, proving that it has as much currency when laid-bare. The video sees the pair head to the studio for a more intimate, stripped-back sound. Acoustic fans, come this way.