There’s very few newcomers with the self-assured candour that LA-based, Baltimore-hailed R&B maestro Dijon is repping – but rightly so. With definite hints of Frank Ocean, the result is poetry with tender delivery, and the visuals are a trippy deepdive into his mesmerising world. Obsessed.
All the tracks we can’t get enough of this week.
Dijon – “Bad Luck”
Loyle Carner – “Loose Ends ft. Jorja Smith”
What happens when you unite two of the UK’s most riveting new talents? “Loose Ends.” A melancholic and soulful masterpiece with minimal production – but does all it’s talking with its raw and honest sentiment. Listen and try not to feel weirdly emotional.
Solange – When I Get Home
This. Is. Not. A. Drill. Following up from her critically-acclaimed 2016 record, A Seat At The Table, we’ve been surprised-blessed with Solange’s new album, and it is divine. Featuring contribs from Dev Hynes, Cassie, Pharrell, Sampha, Tyler the Creator, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Panda Bear, Earl Sweatshirt and the rest (yaaas!), we’ve been gifted with hazy melodies, spreading synth lines, and groovy loops. The internet has gone suitably berserk.
SUN SILVA – “Sun Skin Air”
A persistent rhythmic drumming propels the ears and then as the crescendo builds, an ominous clash and we’re instantly hooked. The genre-flexing London-based band is flexing their muscles with new drop “Sun Skin Air” which hits a high during its dreamy psychedelic flourishes.
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
It’s official. SOS. The Jonas Brothers are back together, and their new release is an jangly pop ode to the leading ladies in their life. So, Nick, Joe and Kevin swanning around a countryside manner with their better halves Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra and Danielle Jonas – in super extra attire. “I’m a sucker for you / You say the word and I’ll go anywhere blindly.” Ah, true love. P.S. Also we’re pretty sure the music vid location is the same as that in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Even more reason to stan.
Ten Tonnes – “Lucy”
He started out as George Ezra’s brother, but alt-pop act Ten Tonnes is proving himself to be so, so much more. And new release “Lucy” is an endlessly replayable love song, with an irresistible melody and sentiment at its heart. We defy you not to be into it.
Squid – “Houseplants”
Get the heart beating, get the heart revving. And it seems confidently experimental “Houseplants” from Brighton fivesome Squid is just what the doctor ordered. Strangely angsty, there’s 70s post-punk elements mixed in with tinges of early 00s disco – and energy. Energy for days.
Freya Ridings – “You Mean The World To Me”
Freya Ridings is swiftly unpacking herself as one of the most formidable new voices in the industry, and her intoxicating new single “You Mean The World To Me” is no exception. A stripped-back, slow-burner, it’s perfectly showcases her astonishingly powerful vocals and bolsters her one-to-watch reputation.