From Skepta to Tallulah – all the songs we’ve had on repeat this week.
Tallulah – “Don’t Leave”
South London singer, songwriter and label boss Tallulah unveiled her debut EP “Purple” this week, with the three-track collection the latest in an impressive run of releases from the artist. The EP draws from Tallulah’s colour synesthesia – a perceptual phenomenon which associates moods and words with colours – and is named after the colour that Tallulah sees binding the versatile set together. “I think of purple as a colour of uncertainty and wonder,” she says. “I think uncertainty, can be an exciting thing, a nervous feeling a lonely feeling and a liberating feeling.” Our fave single, “Don’t Leave”, remembers a situation where Tallulah had given up on arguing in a relationship, always surrendering her point of view just to stay together, and the singer’s dreamy vocals are underpinned by a hypnotic, heavily percussive bass-line that elevates the song into a unique and captivating realm.
Skepta – “What Do You Mean? (feat. J Hus)”
Our fave London boy Skepta released his latest album “Ignorance Is Bliss” this week, and the project certainly not disappoint. While lead singles “Bullet From A Gun” and “Greaze Mode” gave us a taster of what was to come, nobody could have prepared themselves for the Tottenham MC’s sonic variation, the album packed with a brilliant array if inspirations, instrumentals and features. We’re singling out “What Do You Mean” (which features our other fave London boy J Hus) as the one to listen to, though, for it’s punchy, funky, hip-hoppidy instrumental and killer bars from both artists. Go go go!
Miley Cyrus – “Cattitude (feat. RuPaul)”
Today Miley Cyrus released “SHE IS COMING”, the first of three 6-song EPs that will make up one collection titled SHE IS: MILEY CYRUS. All the songs are inevitable bangers, but we had to single out “Cattitude”, if not for it’s up-tempo, old-school club-classic sound then for it’s RuPaul (YES RUPAUL) feature. From the drag queen’s initial cry of “THE LIBRARY IS OFFICIALLY OPEN”, she dominates the record, which will undoubtedly feature in every club in America this weekend.
Zsela – “Noise”
New York-based singer Zsela released her video for “Noise” this week, directed by legendary photographer Daniel Arnold. The video sees the singer in the middle of the surging tide of people that characterises NYC, her wonderfully delicate vocals and the gently soothing instrumental juxtaposing against the busy visuals to create an arresting and artful video.
Nasty Cherry – “What Do You Like In Me?”
Female-fronted, Los Angeles-based all-girl band Nasty Cherry delivered their new single,“What Do You Like In Me?” this week, released on Charli XCX’s label imprint Vroom Vroom Recordings with a video to boot. Quirky, off beat, silly and sexy, the video perfectly demonstrates what Nasty Cherry embodies, and was co-directed by lead-singer Gabbriette and creative Indiana Piorek. “The song is personal to all of us…” Gabbriette shares, “Indiana and I wanted to create a world that felt familiar and timeless and let the song speak for itself. We used all of our own clothes and “props” from our homes and friends to help out…it was a wonderful collaboration that I’m so happy was born.”
I See Rivers – “Helios”
If you like angelic harmonies, look no further than this song by Norwegian trio I See Rivers. “Helios” is pop at it’s purest, jumping between quiet intimacy in the verses and empowered chorus blasts to create a song that is both catchy and sophisticated, displaying the musical maturity and versatility of the group.