The bank holiday is finally here, and that means one thing – it is time to party! And, what is a party without a playlist filled with the latest bangers? From Jaden Smith’s new summer-ready album to the soulful sounds of Naomi Kimpenu, we have rounded up all of the tacks that you should be listening to, so you don’t have to. Head below to enjoy this week’s Wonderlist…
From Jaden Smith’s new album to the latest cuts from WSTRN and Naomi Kimpenu, here is his week’s music round-up.
Jaden Smith – CTV3: Day Tripper’s Edition
Jaden Smith woke up and decided to drop an album – and we are not mad about it. Taking to Instagram to reveal CTV3: Day Tripper’s Edition, the talent has once again lent his syrupy vocals to a project packed full of warm-toned tracks. And, with the likes of Justin Bieber and Joey Bada$$ featuring, the album drop becomes all the more awe-invoking. Thanks for the summer sounds, Jaden.
Matilda Cole – “The Hills”
The only thing better than hearing your fave track on repeat is hearing another artist’s rendition of it. And, thanks to Matilda Cole, The Weeknd’s “The Hills” has just undergone the ultimate indie pop makeover. Stripped back to its bones, the hit song can be seen injected with haunting backing vocals, and click-sounding beat and Cole’s enchanting vocals. Accompanied by a hazy music video in which the artist can be seen illuminated by the amber glow of headlights, this is a track that is set to be firmly planted at the top of your playlist.
Naomi Kimpenu – “Prelude”
Naomi Kimpenu has one of those raw and captivating tones – the type that you come across once in a blue moon. And, she has put her talents to good use as she unveils her EP, “Prelude”. A sombre offering that is packed full of emotive lyricism and masterful piano renditions, listeners will fall hopelessly in love with tracks “Only” and “Yellow Bridge” upon first listen. And, while her influences, which she cites as the likes of Alicia Keys, James Blake and Lana Del Rey, are evident throughout the project, the artist is deservedly situating herself amongst them with her unparalleled talents.
Alichè – “By Surprise”
London’s brightest rising soul star just dropped a new track, and we think you should take a listen. An introspective single that serves up a tale of love, Alichè’s “By Surprise” features the subtle twang of electric production running over the gentle crash of classic pop instrumentation, culminating in a sound that hopes to transport you into the depth of the artist’s story. And, with the track coming straight out of Alichè upcoming debut EP, it is clear that it is about to be a busy summer for her.
Abby Sage – “Residing In The Sky”
Next up is artist Abby Sage with her ethereal new track, “Residing In The Sky”. Offering up a heavenly sound – akin to that of Billie Eilish – listeners can get lost in moody instrumentation that is layered with disruptive ripples of production, all of which help to usher forward a narrative on the importance of self-love. And, with the track standing as a teaser of her upcoming EP “Fears of Yours & Mine”, it becomes all the more exciting.
WSTRN – “Be My Guest” ft Fireboy DML
If you are looking for the sounds of an R&B and hip-hop fusion, look no further than WSTRN’s new track, “Be My Guest”. Featuring a sultry narrative, delivered in an infectiously rhythmic nature, the West London-based trio are ensuring that the hot girl summer vibes are continuing on – regardless of the weather. So, if you are heading out this bank holiday weekend, the sounds of WSTRN, and collaborator Fireboy DML, are there to accompany you.
Kwaku Asante – “Feel Something”
If you think you have heard all that the R&B genre has to offer, think again, as artist Kwaku Asante is shaking things up with his new track “Feel Something”. Blending sounds as old as time with a pioneering twist, which is aided by the track’s producer Conor Albert, the track’s dance-worthy sensibilities will send you into a state of serene bliss. And, with the song’s lyrics focusing on the forever-important challenging of toxic masculinity, the artist quickly establishes himself as one to watch.
Gracie Ella – “Butterflies”
Bringing the soul to this week’s Wonderlist is Gracie Ella with her new track, “Butterflies”. Establishing itself as a track similar to those that came flowing out of the early 00’s R&B scene, enjoy the triumphant sounds of Gracie’s vocals running over simmering instrumentation. And, if you want to see the artist in action, the track’s video offers the scenes of her serenading her fans from a butterfly-filled arboretum.
K-Trap – “Pick N Mix”
What better way to end this week’s round-up than with the sounds of drill. Dropping his new tape “Pick N Mix”, artist K-Trap is bringing high energy, rapidly flowing bars and aggressive adlibs to the ears of his listeners. With a hedonistic music video filled with drip and scenes of the high life, the project becomes the perfect ode to its genre and is sure to get you in the party mood.