New music from Rina Sawayama, Crystal Murray and DVSN in this week’s playlist.
DVSN – A Muse In Her Feelings
The OVO Sound duo comprising of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85 are back with an album to put you straight into your feelings. A Muse in Her Feelings is split into moods, “In Her Feelings”, “GET OVER IT”, “3AM: After Hours” and “Falling in Love…Again” – the sections take us through all the emotions of a break-up – and we are not disappointed.
The album takes a deep dive what it takes to mend a broken heart, with Daley’s smooth and enticing vocals drawing you in from the outset and taking you on a journey. With various features on the album from Caribbean legends, Popcaan and Buju Banton as well as R&B songstress Summer Walker, it’s clear why this album was trending on Twitter. But it’s the eighth track on the album “So What” that is the winner: bouncy warm energy emits, as Popcaan glides over this beat for the perfect Canadian-Jamaican blend.
Crystal Murray – “Easy Like Before”
Murray’s sound gives us nostalgic and wholesome vibes with her new track “Easy Like Before”. The deep jazzy bass and honeycomb vocals glide over the soulful and sublime beat, transporting us to glorious sunshine and endless soft beach waves – something we can only wish for right now. Alongside this beautiful track is Murray’s long-awaited debut EP “I Was Wrong” – an ode to being a young adult experiencing changeable emotions, speaking on love, lust and parties. Her raw lyricism and emotion are what makes her one of the most exciting new talents to watch right now.
Rina Sawayama – “Bad Friend”
Against a backdrop of sweeping vocals and effervescent pop, comes SAWAYAMA, the highly-anticipated debut album from Japanese singer Rina Sawayama. “Bad Friend” is one of the more heartfelt moments on the album. She recounts her past struggles with friendship in the nostalgic track, blending nu-metal with pop, and giving us an Evanescence-meets-Imogen-Heap feel.
Girl In Red – “Midnight Love”
Norway’s brightest new light, Girl In Red debuts her sultry new song “Midnight Love”. In between Billie Ellish and Lorde you’ll find this enthralling artist. Bask in your romantic past, as the artist has deftly crafted a classic ode to situationships gone wrong and long lost love. The androgynous singer provides effortless and soothing vocals and we can’t wait to hear her debut album, which is due to be released this year.
Brother Leo – “Hallelujah”
Brother Leo hasn’t stopped showing off his flair for multifaceted pop since he came on the scene, and his latest track “Hallelujah” is no exception. Mixing electronic sounds with his soulful and emotional voice, Brother Leo is explores turbulent emotions in a positive way for a stunning laidback slice of pop music. Featuring fervent vocals, the stripped-back approach to the song is timeless and showcases Brother Leo’s prowess for songwriting.
Lucy May Walker – “Bad Day”
She’s been building her reputation for quite a while now with her debut EP charting at number three on the iTunes chart, and now Lucy May Walker is back with her new single “Bad Day”. Wit and personality emit heavily from this folk-pop tune, and with sold-out shows all over the UK, we are excited to see what is next for the uplifting singer-songwriter.
DRB – “Softly”
Nigerian collective DRB might be new on your radar, but it’s only a matter of time before they’re regulars on the scene with infectious sunshine-doused tracks such as “Softly”. Comprised of members Boj, Fresh L and Teezee, they’ve spent the last couple of years disrupting Lagos’s swiftly expanding Alté scene – think dancehall, indie, staccato rhythms, and even nostalgic R&B elements thrown in for good measure. It’s vibrant, surprising, and a new favourite.