Energy and good vibes are at the forefront of this summer hit. Hardy Caprio joins forces with fellow Croydon native SL to create an instantly infectious tune that has us doing gun fingers from lockdown. Sampling Minnie Riperton’s iconic “Lovin’ You”, the track has multiple layers of old-school garage mixed to perfection, with hints of UK drill. Having just dropped the melancholic, introspective track “9 Months”, the 23-year old is clearly not slowing down.
Ease into the Easter Bank Holiday with hits from Charli XCX, Hardy Caprio and Joy Crookes in this week’s playlist.
Hardy Caprio ft SL – “XYZ”
Kiana Lede ft Ari Lennox – “Chocolate”
If basking in glorious sunshine and summer heat could be epitomised in a song, this would be it. After releasing her highly-anticipated debut album Kiki last week, singer Kiana Lede remains infinitely confident in this velvety soft love track, while enlisting the help of Shea Butter Baby singer Ari Lennox. The singer has put a new twist on R&B, bringing a contemporary sound to this silky smooth song, playing on portrayals on millennial love and bittersweet heartbreak. The dreamy track encompasses everything we need right now.
Joy Crookes – “Anyone But Me”
South London artist Joy Crookes is the girl of the moment with this sultry and mesmerising track. The percussion-drenched track embodies soulful sound – rich with tender emotion and rawness as she effortlessly croons for love and affection. The artist gets candour about her mental health on the track, and as she continues to impress us with lyrics with double meanings, we eagerly await the release of her debut album.
Stalking Gia – “The Kindest Thing”
Femme fatale Stalking Gia makes her debut with alternative pop hit “The Kindest Thing”. Taken from her upcoming EP, the track is a wild celebration of irresistible melodies, marrying soft vocals which weave in assertions of “leave, the kindest thing you did was”. The breakup song relishes in being positive and leaving dead weight relationships – how could we not stan.
E^ST – “Maybe It’s Me”
Australian singer E^ST is back with a beat-driven power ballad showcasing the unwaveringly honest lyricism that the singer is known for. Her flair for extravagant productions and addictive beats is proven in this latest hit with poppy baselines and just a touch of E^ST’s signature millennial nihilism. The synth track is a new favourite for us and we can’t wait to hear more from the singer.
Troi Irons – “Miss U Now”
Stellar vocals and intricately crafted arrangements dictate this alternative indie track. Troi Irons is making an entrance into 2020 with her new track “Miss U Now”, showcasing a raw sound over guitar-laden productions, plus pure emotion and genre-bending backing. The soft and slow track calls upon Iron’s authentic and organic talent, demonstrating her polymathic skillset of producing and writing her own music. Find yourself obsessed with the singer’s intensity and chameleon sound.
Handsome Luke – “Struggle”
Los Angeles based recording artist Handsome Luke is back with his new single “Struggle”. The track explores Luke’s personal trials and tribulations over a guitar-rich beat, taking us down an intimate and authentic journey. His smooth and enticing voice exudes pure summer campfire vibes, and we are obsessed. Accompanying this emotional track is a heartrending atmospheric video – grab the tissues and fall in love with this stunning and highly underrated artist.
charli xcx – “forever”
It wasn’t long ago that queen of isolation Charli XCX dropped the news that she would be making and releasing a whole album during the current ongoing lockdown, aptly titled how i’m feeling now. Happy tears ensued, but we just didn’t know how soon we’d be reaping the joys of the announcement. Now, the pop icon has given us the first track and it is the perfect antidote to all the uncertainty outside our four walls right now. A hopeful and romantic pop bop that rips into life with agitated guitar riffs, later lighting up with glowing synths and playful pixelated vocals. And created in two days – we have to uncontrollably stan.
Cautious Clay feat. Alex Isley – “Reaching”
Few series soundtracks have hit as hard as Issa Rae’s award-winning Insecure. And just when we were crying out for something fresh to watch in one sitting and listen to on repeat (because what else is there at the moment), she just came through with season four. Leading its soundtrack for the first episode is Brooklyn-based singer Cautious Clay, who we’re certain has the voice of an angel, with buzzy new track “Reaching”. “I’m excited to hear “Reaching” featured in this new season four premiere of Insecure. Hearing “Cold War” in last season’s premiere was surreal, and all the music chosen throughout the show is on point,” Clay says. “So much love for Issa and Kier for having incredible taste.”