From Brockhampton to Bon Iver: all the songs we’ve had on repeat this week.
Bon Iver – “iMi”
The eponymous single of Bon Iver’s latest album, “iMi” is a soothing re-affirmation of the artist’s deft musical prowess. Blending genres from synthy, Flume-like pop to gospel and folk, Justin Vernon’s incredible versatility is once again at work here, the song’s conmbination of sonic traditions pitching it as a wonderful, messy, universally digestable masterpiece. Lyrically, Vernon finds solace in the quotidian and the mundane, the beautiful simplicity of lines like “I like you / And that ain’t nothing new” juxtaposing the crescendo of sound at play behind them . A must-listen.
Brockhampton – “Boy Bye”
Your favourite boyband continued teasing their upcoming album Ginger this week by dropping another single from the project: “Boy Bye”. The catchy and upbeat video is the perfect match for the songs jumpy, jovial melodies and hooks, with the layered strings giving it the captivating, unexpected edge that has come define Brockhampton’s music.
Swim Deep – “Sail Away”
With upcoming album Emerald Classics set to come out in October, “Sail Away” is the second single from Swim Deep’s upcoming project, an unsettling number that is near-impossible to geet out of your head. Behind the song’s brash facade – noisy synths, 80s snares, twinkling electronics and an explosive chorus – we hear a story of sorry, lead singer Austin telling the story of losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease. A strangely moving single, and a good sign of thing to come for Swim Deep.
Chartreuse – “3 Days”
Young Black Country band Chartreuse blessed us with new single “3 Days” this week, a low-key, mellow exploration of time and its limitations and constraints within the context of a relationship. With a gentle but constant percussive backbone, dulcet instrumental prowess and unique, intertwining lead vocals, the song marks an exciting new start for the precocious group.
Gia Ford – “Turbo Dreams”
Dirty Hit signee and 22-year-old Londoner Gia Ford launched her latest single “Turbo Dreams” this week, a mesmerising, hazy track that sets its own pace as it explores thrilling highs of being in love. With a suitably surrealistic video (directed by Luca Perrin) to match, Ford’s unmistakeable incomparable musical and aesthetic style has positioned her as one of the most exciting young voices in the industry at the moment, and we – along with Matty Healey and everyone else – can’t wait to see where she goes next.
Tkay Maidza – “Awake” (feat. JPEGMAFIA)
Tkay legs it through the woods with a prison-style spotlight flitting around in the disorientating new visuals for “Awake”. The Australian rapper (also the child of carol-singing Zimbabwean miners) shows off her explosive spit in “Awake”. Three quarters of the way through the song, it flips a switch and quickens like a heartbeat, reaching an dynamic crescendo. Sonically one to keep an eye on for sure, as well as our favourite new Insta-stalk (I mean, festival outfits galore).