Just in time for the weekend, we give you this week’s six best tracks.
Little Simz – “101 FM”
Following the releases of “Offence” and “Boss” earlier this year, Little Simz is back with the powerful, nostalgic “101 FM”. A jovial instrumental is graced with Simz’s razor-sharp flow, the London rapper looks back on the highs and lows of growing up in London, from playing Crash Bandicoot to people she knows being arrested. Oh, and she shot the cover art too. Having previously been touted by none other than Kendrick Lamar as a one-to-watch in the UK scene, it’s worth keeping a very close eye on what Little Simz does next.
James Corden – “thank u, jeff”
Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’ve probably seen, or at least heard about, Ariana Grande’s Mean Girls themed music video for her mammoth single, “thank u, next” (featuring actual AARON SAMUELS). Well, it only took four days for British-born American darling James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show”, to do what he does best: pastiche the fuck out of it. Luckily, this parody involved someone almost as well-loved as Ariana herself – silver fox and nation’s uncle Jeff Goldblum. In the cleverly named remake, we see Corden adopt the Regina George/Ariana role, complete with silk nighty and burn book. Take a look and decide for yourselves if it compares to the original (it doesn’t), but – for the sake of Jeff Goldblum – it makes out list.
Osquello – “Finding Peace”
Meet Osquello, the a crazy talented 19-year old rapper and singer from North London. With a sound planted at an intersection between Earl Sweatshirt, Loyle Carner and King Krule, the MC’s latest single, “Finding Peace”, is certainly one to add to the playlist. Complete with a crazy backstory, this mellow testimonial is one of our favourite songs of the week.
The Rhythm Method – “Salt”
“Slowly like Wimbledon, Wimbledon trams…” crows Joey Bradbury on The Rhythm Method’s low-key latest offering, “Salt”. Filled with slow-paced piano chords and Bradbury’s mellow, effortless vocals, this Smiths-esque number is the perfect soundtrack to your lazy Sunday night.
Arlo Parks – “Cola”
Speaking of her new single, “Cola”, Arlo Parks explained that it was “a reminder that betrayal is inevitable when it comes to pretty people that think flowers fix everything.” Parks’ debut single is poetically emotional, an introspective song mature beyond Parks’ 18 years, with low-key melodies gently laid over muted drums and guitar. One to watch this week.
The Code – “Moments”
Having previously worked with G-Eazy on his track “Gravity”, producer The Code is back with a hazy new single, “Moments”. filled with 808 drums, synthy melodies and autotuned vocals, this laid back number is sure to set pre-drinks and Uber journies alight this weekend.