The famed British trio, who still might be waiting for their 2018 Bestival payout from Rob Da Bank, are finally making a return to the musical fray this Friday with dreamy-electro number “Baby It’s You”. This is the first official release from the group since 2017, and we can certainly tell they’ve toiled over this one. Twinkly drums and gorgeous vocals from Hannah Reid pepper the track’s production, making us lust for filmic night-time drives or a decently soundtracked afters. 10/10.
Katy Perry goes back to her roots, Headie One revives a UKG classic, and London Grammar take us on a filmic night-time drive.
London Grammar – “Baby It’s You”
Rich Brian – “Don’t Care”
If you haven’t heard of Rich Brian by now then I honestly don’t know what to tell you. What have you been listening to? The rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter gets surprisingly vulnerable on new track “Don’t Care”, exploring a newer sound jam-packed with shimmering melodies and bassy kick-drums. A little bit goofy, and a little bit cheeky – this is, without doubt, a summer jam, and one we shall cherish before we’re dragged kicking and screaming back into Autumn.
Headie One ft. AJ Tracey and Stormzy – “Ain’t It Different”
Kris Jenner works hard, but Headie One works harder. Over the past year he has put out an insane mixtape and a slew of the best tunes known to man, “Ain’t It Different” certainly falls under that category. Sampling not only UKG classic M-Dubs’ “Bump N’ Grind” AND early aught’s pop-punk classic “Butterfly” by Crazy Town, you have to appreciate this legendary meeting of the minds, who else could mix two classics like this and style it out?
Katy Perry – “What Makes A Woman”
In a delicious musical pivot, Ms. Perry resurrects the rocky-pop beauty of One Of The Boys in her latest single from the fast-approaching Smile. We’re obviously obsessed with this, like who wouldn’t want to be transported to the carefree days of 2008? “Could spend your whole life, but you couldn’t/Describe what makes a woman/She’s always been a perfect mystery” sings Perry over woozy acoustics and timid synths. Roll on a few months time when we’ll all agree that this is an underrated gem in her discography, her “All Too Well” even.
Jesse Jo Stark – “Tangerine”
Jesse Jo Stark is back with gothy-folk hit “Tangerine” and we can’t get enough! With a delectable classic charm emanating from the get-go of this track, the multi-hyphenate talent sings sweetly across old-time twangs and crashing symbols: “I’ll be your tangerine/you can fill me with your tea/and I’m so sweet.” How can someone have us yearning for tumbleweeds and cowboy boots this much? We just don’t know.
Moses Sumney – “thank u, next”
I think we ALL stan Ariana Grande a little bit, Moses Sumney especially. Not pop or R&B, Sumney’s iteration of her internet-breaking track lets funk take the wheel, slowing things down with tinkering guitars and tempering vocoder-led vocals. This re-imagination of a beloved hit is testament not only to Sumney’s talent for arrangement but sustaining the oeuvre of his unique and uncompromisable sound. Our favourite part is the blissful final minute, where the song erupts into a swirling crescendo of moans, groans and oh’s! Thank you – Moses.
Camelphat and Foals – “Hypercolour”
In the most-surprising collaboration we’ve seen this year, staple 2010’s indie-rockers Foals have partnered with Cola-sipping, banger-making duo Camelphat for new tune “Hypercolour”. With the band pivoting to more dancier cuts in recent years, perhaps this collaboration was inevitable, and to be honest, it couldn’t have worked better. “Endless open wide road running through the sky/Hypercolour blue and the summer in your mind,” calls Yannis, his deep and sultry vocals colliding with Camelphat’s signature deep house grooves. I’d say this is probably the most solemn dance track of the year.
Justine Skye – “Too High”
Shot on a drone in just two takes, Skye’s hazy silhouette dances through the barren Californian desert to a rumbling psychedelic beat in new track “Too High”. As you might’ve guessed from the title, the tune tells the story of a drunken woman who wanders off from her friends during a trip to the desert, before finding herself overcame with emotions associated with an old love. Distorted violins and Skye’s sublime vocals carry this one, and we couldn’t be more into it. Queen of bad trips we say.
will hyde – “over u.”
Placing his dreamy vocals at the forefront of his latest blissful offering, Melbourne-based newcomer Will Hyde is coming for blood in new track “over u”. You may be familiar with Hyde’s musical flare as part of duo SYDE, but in this track he goes things alone. The self-confessed sensitive singer croons over tranquil guitars in this pensive ode to love and missed chances, winning over our hearts with earworm choruses and impeccably good vibes.