We featured this track over on our 22Tracks channel this week, but felt it needed extra love here too – simply because it’s so effin’ cold.
19 year old Londoner Billie Black tantalises the senses with new single ‘I Don’t Need Another Lover’; Showing off her jazz-cool vocals, she is accompanied by a hard beat courtesy of Imposters. This seriously knocks and has been on very heavy rotation since it landed in our inboxes. Listen up.
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Many heads will be familiar with Lil Silva from his various post-grime releases and collaborations over the past few years, but a more mainstream audience were most likely introduced to him through his recent work with rising pop goddess BANKS.
Now though Silva has announced his much anticipated solo return with a new 5-track EP titled Mabel, a project which will see him push his unique talents further into the stratosphere. Silva’s new release not only signifies a huge sonic leap for him as a producer, but also introduces him as an impressive frontman singer. Take a listen to the EP’s title track below and get ready for that new extended player on August 4th – we’ve had it on repeat for a couple months now, you won’t be disappointed.
Beloved, award winning indie outfit Alt-J (now a three-piece) return to the fray with the first single lifted off their much anticipated sophomore album This is all Yours (September 22nd). Marking what the band herald a “new sound”, ‘Hunger of the Pine’ is a sublimely forged, exceptionally cool power epic brimming with multilayered instruments and a poetic vocal performance from lead singer Joe Newman.
… And that Miley Cyrus sample is inspired.
Teyana Taylor’s G.O.O.D Music output is proving to be quite the promise. Following her gorgeous ballad ‘Sorry’ back in April, she comes through with a sexy new banger featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T called ‘Maybe’. Undeniably, the track goes in hard, and the features work great but I can’t ignore that it is a little disappointing how alike this sounds to something Ciara could have released. Musically speaking, Taylor definitely offers a much more interesting prospect than CiCi (at this point we’ve given her more than enough chances to prove us wrong) and vocally Taylor is certainly far more gifted – so it’s a shame ‘Maybe’ doesn’t offer more originality on her part, especially with the G.O.O.D camp behind her.
All that said – I’m still here for this tune.
Our girl Jessie Ware returns following her critically acclaimed, Mercury and Brit nominated 2012 debut Devotion with a brand new single ‘Tough Love’. Written by Jessie and produced by BenZel in New York, ‘Tough Love’ fobs off any notions of a ‘sophomore curse’, and solidifies Ware as one of our most prized talents. Exuding a newfound confidence and displaying a more fuller sound, she’s back with even more Jessie Ware-cool than before. Basically, this is the fucking shit.
‘Tough Love’ is released on PMR on August 3rd.
Amsterdam’s Full Crate & Mar return with a new video for their ‘Man x Woman’ single which first dropped back in January. Following a relatively extended hiatus pursuing solo projects, they’re back, armed with a new recording contract with Island Records and prepping new material. Take a look at their sexy new video featuring a bunch of morphing concrete, naked people and a rather scantily clad Mar (phwoar ladies!).
Although the name Purple Ferdinand may not widely resonate with people from around the world, this wonderful young lady has been steady on the London live circuit for quite some time, quietly building her army of eclectically-cool followers. Of course we’ve loved her from time. But with the arrival of her new single it feels like the tide may be about to change for London’s most musical tattoo artist. Ukulele in hand and donning a pink (hopefully faux) fur jacket with body art exposed, Purple delicately performs her beautiful new single ‘Birds’ via her new portrait video.
Here we go again. Wonderkid MNEK storms through with yet another impeccably crafted new single titled ‘Wrote a Song About You Last Night’. Driven by an infectious house beat, the song puts real focus on MNEK’s genius for penning undeniable pop bangers. Not only that – he also happens to be out-singing every one of his contemporaries without really breaking a sweat. All this from a guy still in his teens – mind blowing.
Our boy Darq E Freaker comes through with another monstrous single, titled ‘Minger’, that combines an epic fusion of trap extravagance, grime dystopia and a slew of undercover Timbo influences (do you hear that?). His new video, premiered on FACT and directed by rising London director Sally Sibbet, embodies Freaker’s horror-core ranking perfectly – it’s set in what appears to be Lucifer’s playpen, riddled with snake wielding demon strippers and disembodied hearts. A madness. Check it out.
Our homegirl Roses Gabor returns to the fore with a fierce new single produced by our wonderkid hit-maker MNEK – a video for which has just been premiered on Noisey. The track, created in a flurry of “electrical chemistry” between singer and producer turns out to be a pulsating voltaic slow jam which Gabor elevates through her calming vocal chords.