With cinematic masterpieces finally making their way back to our big screens, monumental soundtracks are clawing their way back onto our playlists. Today we were officially spoiled, as FKA twigs breathes sugar-sweet life into the sultry soundtrack of The King’s Man, “Measure of a Man”, alongside her groundbreaking collaborator, Central Cee. Its masterful production is infused with Twigs symphonic high-notes and playful lines blanketing Cee’s punching bars. We can only hope the feature film lives up to the hype helmed by the daring duo.
Central Cee, FKA Twigs and p-rallel get the party started in this week’s playlist.
FKA Twigs and Central Cee – “Measure of a Man”
Miss Madeline – “Popstar”
The next artist serving us a musical match made in heaven is Miss Madeline featuring POLO PERKS, which has had us vibing since its release just 10 days ago. After her hit single “Life Could Be Sweet” reached over a million streams on Spotify, Miss Madeline raises her own standards with the nostalgic synths of “Popstar”, a tune that deserves the aux-lead privileges of a roofless road trip.
Thallo – “Pressed and Preserved”
Since our premiere of Thallo’s latest visual for hit single “Pressed and Preserved”, we are low-key obsessed. The honey-suckle singing about the torture of love, loss and transformation are a true testament to the artist and her innate ability to turn the painful into an art of pleasure. The track is officially topping our Sad Girl Winter playlist. If you see us in tears under our headphones look away.
D-Block Europe – Home Alone 2
It might be considered too early to start streaming Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone, but not to worry, D-Block Europe will have you moving more than any cult classic Christmas tune ever could. Making a second appearance on this week’s Wonderlist, Central Cee goes bar for bar with the duo, exchanging clean lyrics over an ear-worming beat.
Saba – “Stop That”
A million might not mean a lot to Saba, but his hard-hitting single has featured in our minds a million times since it released this morning. After Saba dispersed the public periphery back in 2013, the rap artist has continued to rejuvenate R&B. Expect chest-thumping beats that will place you at the centre of the crowd in the clubs.
Queen Millz – “Mill$”
Next up is the lyricist and rapper on the rise, Queen Millz, with her attitude-packed cut, “Mill$”. With brassy production, bare in nature yet affective in sound, providing a steady bass for the track, Millz’s punchy tone and masterfully curated lyrics are propelled to its forefront, culminating in a rap hit worthy of the name. Sure to render listeners energised, the Leicestershire-hailing artist’s latest track proves that she is firmly set on a path that involves a domination of the rap game.
When speaking on her newest release, the rapper claims “‘MiLL$’ is a song about speaking things into existence, bigging myself up for how far I’ve come, and preparing for what is to comes in the future.”
Ashley Kutcher – “One Eighty”
Cancel all your plans. Ashley Kutcher just released her long-awaited debut EP “One Eighty” featuring the perfect boy-bye-bop – “Strangers”. Starting with a harmonic call and response, Ashley’s husky tones break into an ethereal composition of drums, accented notes and a soulful heartbeat. Wipe your tears with this track and get yourself ready for the weekend.
Nápoles – “Cloud 9”
Nápoles never misses a beat in her intimate interludes, and todays release of her EP “Cloud 9” proved no different. The neo-soul cocktail of climbing synths, subdued piano-keys and hypnotic vocals of featured track “Lime & Honey” is a taste of the total intoxication of her acclaim-worthy album.
Yunè Pinku – “Laylo”
A shakeup of captivating vocals and base drums, Yunè came to play and slay in her infectious single “Laylo”. Marrying techno beats with the house music community, the 18-year-old Malaysian-Irish artists showcases her buttered lyrics and propels us into her world of deep and dark synths.
p-rallel – “Believe” (Sammy Virji remix)
Finally, to round off our Wonderlist and to start your weekend off right – we present Sammy Virji’s remix of p-rallel’s “Believe”, featuring Fredwave and Jeshi. Hailed for the sweet-toned ecstasy of his sound, the rising producer and DJ raises hands faster than “Believe”’s shimmering synths at the start. Stop what you’re doing and stream the remix now, your house-party guests will be eternally grateful.