“They used to have something together that is no longer there and they’re trying to relive it in a dance, knowing that they’ll have to go home and go back to their lives,” explains Mitski. Jeez. What did we do to deserve such gorgeous, heart-twinging brutality? Ahead of the release of her new album, Be The Cowboy, the Brooklyn singer-songwriter drops a whole bout of twinkling nostalgia and regret on us – all via her signature dream-indie croon. Pretty much the soundtrack to you thinking about every fuck-up you’ve ever made while looking out of a rainy bus window. No?
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Mitski – “Two Slow Dancers”
Hush Moss – “Meant To Be”
All right, boys? And all right they are, as the Berlin-based seven-piece take to the side of a lake in budgie-smugglers and bucket hats for a good ol’ knees-up in the fun visuals for “Meant To Be”. Comprised of a group of school mates, the band has little sprinklings of pretty much everything: retro sax, funk-filled synths, and the oh-so-smooth vocals of frontman Eden Mechulam. For an easy-listening R&B-pop-soul hybrid, sign right up.
Tyler, The Creator – “See You Again”
Having already conquered the land of Call Me By Your Name refs and A$AP Rocky mini-breaks, the rapper and public-provocateur-number-one this time takes to the sea for the surreal Wes Anderson-style visuals for “Sea You Again”. Yes, get fully immersed in the Aquatic Life of Wolf Haley (Tyler’s director alias), with appearances by Kali Uchis, and of course, A$AP Rocky. A softer hip-hop touch is employed here, with lovelorn lyrics insisting, “I can only see your face when I close my eyes”, plus trumpet elements, piano bits, and a string section.
Jevon – “Judas”
With a biblical reference as biting as Judas for the name of a single, you better believe that West Londoner Jevon is going in when it comes to referencing past betrayals. Born of Brazilian, Filipino and Jamaican descent, the singer’s lead single from his debut EP is light-on-its-feet R&B, packed with catchy hooks, and lyrically centred on fake friends and backstabbers.
Mega – “Chariot”
If you’re citing Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston as musical inspirations, you better bring it. And the North London singer goes all in with her simple, but powerful track, “Chariot”. Mega’s childhood years were spent honing her vocals in a choir, obvious from the effortless control and range – at times gentle and lingering, and at others, deeply soulful. Over basic string plucking and subtle percussion, it’s superbly soaring, eyes-closed magic.
Netsky – “Téquila Limonada” feat. A.Chal
The familiar rain may have returned to our fair English cities with vengeance, but Netsky is here to give us that last summer injection with brand new banger “Téquila Limonada”. Enlisting the help of A.CHAL, the globally renowned electronic producer has created a salsa-infused smash hit that’ll have you instantly moving your hips and craving a cocktail as soon as you hear it. “I’ve set some big goals for myself, and I’m excited to now have such an ambitious team behind me to help achieve them.” Netsky says. “We’re kicking off with ‘Téquila Limonada’ and I’m so happy to have collaborated with A.Chal on this record. Proud to start this new relationship with a song that feels like the beginning of a new era for me.”