Wonderland babe (order your copy of the issue now) and Canadian prince of pop is back, this time with lovelorn uptempo track “If I Can’t Have You.” Word of advice? Fear for your sanity as it’s an endlessly catchy one. The black-and-white visuals see Mendes singing about the meaningless of everything without his love *sobs*. He goes from set to set in a stark warehouse, plays a piano and even lays on a bed with a mystery gal. WHO IS SHE?
All the songs we’ve got on repeat this week.
Shawn Mendes – “If I Can’t Have You”
Elder Island – “Kape Fear” Cousn Remix
Growing up in close-knit musical families, Alfie & Billy Goffery formed Cousn after attending Glastonbury when they were sixteen years old. They have since spent the last six years perfecting their musical craft, both in the studio and on the live circuit, where they have performed at the likes of Warehouse Project, Wilderness, Glastonbury, Motion and Secret Garden Party. After a strong start to 2019 – the duo being named as Pete Tong’s ‘Rising Stars’ and supporting Fatboy Slim across all of his UK arena tour dates – they release their remix to Elder Island’s “Kape Fear”, a wonderful crossover between pop and electronica, and something sure to find its way into many a playlist come this summer.
Olivia Nelson – “No Answer”
London-based singer-songwriter Olivia Nelson may only be 23, but she’s already making waves due to her self-assured R&B sound – and her latest track “No Answer” is no exception. Between her boisterous production (listen out for that playful ‘no signal’ sampling), feisty lyrics and honey-smooth vocals – we’re obsessed.
Taron Egerton – “Rocket Man”
Unless you’ve been hidden under a rock recently, you’ll be well aware of Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that saw Man About Town cover star Taron Egerton (order your copy now) stepping into the role of Elton John. For the soundtrack the actor recorded his own versions of the iconic tracks (who would have thought it?), and now has released a music video for “Rocketman,” which includes footage of Egerton recording in the studio spliced with scenes from the film. Bravo.
Syd B – “Water Me”
“I’ve been fortunate enough to experience, share, and be vulnerable with some special people, and with this vulnerability I have also put myself in positions where my sense of self has been washed away rather than watered and nourished. This song explains and allows me to cope with my own ego and the ego of those I surround myself with, power, control, self-worth, and intimacy,” the LA songstress explains. You might not recognise the name Syd B right now, but with her trickling R&B melodies and intimate lyrics, that surely won’t last too long. Taken from her EP of the same name, it’s one to have on repeat all day, everyday.