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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.

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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.

Swedish singer Mapei made an impression with her indie pop debut ‘Don’t Wait’ late last year and she’s back now with an anthemic new track called ‘Change’. Lifted off her forthcoming debut album Hey Hey, the track continues to impress us with its powerful instrumentation showcasing the songstress’ gorgeous voice.

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.

JUCE have shared their new video for  ‘(H)ours‘, the groove infested jam which had us all ready for summer. The Kate Moross directed visual captures the girls throwing up some vintage shapes…

Swedish songstress Seinabo Sey has been creating quite a buzz with her singles ‘Younger‘ and ‘Hard Time’. Produced by Magnus Lidehäll, the latter, sees her golden vocals find home over a powerful instrumental. The accompanying video is also an intense affair with bold, striking imagery and fast-moving colour ways. 

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Steven A. Clark has been steady on his grind for a few years, in fact his wondrous single ‘Lonely Roller’ can be traced as far back as 2012. However this month saw the release of Clark’s quaint 3 track Late EP, a project that skims the delicate frontiers of soul, R&B and pop. Although these songs were previously released under the project name Fornication Under the Consent of the King, this streamlined EP marks the singers first release on Secretly Canadian.

Free‘s tour de force is unquestionably its aforementioned opener ‘Lonely Roller’, an instant vintage paradox of feel good melancholy and exhilarating soul (with a devastatingly killer hook, may I add); You’ll find yourself endlessly reloading this one – advance warning. ‘Just Ride’, the EP’s second number is a richer, more R&B affirmed mid-tempo which wouldn’t feel totally out of place on a Miguel record. ‘Seashore’, the EP’s closing track concludes proceedings as its most defiant record – an anthemic bubbler that makes a resolute statement about the copious facets of its creators palette.

Listen to Steven A. Clark’s Late EP via Spotify below and/or buy it via iTunes.

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Of the seventeen tracks on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (lets not get into it), only one grabbed my attention. Nestled ten tracks deep, ‘Meteorite’ is the serendipitous gem jostled within a void of underwhelming, middle-of-the-road songs.

Bewilderingly produced by Q-Tip, the track features a warm house beat, a lush disco backdrop and an album-highlight vocal performance from Carey. I wasn’t aware Tip was involved until a few reloads after but it would make sense that amidst some of the worlds biggest hit makers (Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It) it would be left to The Abstract to come through with the albums only noteworthy offering. Go figure.

While the album version had me at hello, a new ‘Q-Tip version’ has appeared online boasting a slightly softer and richer sound. The differences between the two versions aren’t enormous, but this rendition offers slightly more atmosphere than the original. Listen to the album version here, and the alternative version below.

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BANKS just premiered her latest single ‘Drowning’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which she has now shared online for everyone to enjoy. The melancholy ballad is yet another striking single from the Los Angeles singer, who is currently preparing the release of her debut album.

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Days after signing to Universal/Island Records, our three favourite London ladies aka JUCE have dropped their follow up to ‘Call You Out‘, via Annie Mac’s Free Music Mondays. ‘(H)ours’ has us gushing over the girls’ impeccably lush harmonies and blissfully soulful, MJ-esque soundscape; it’s just perfect for the summer. Chalin’s lower register is divine.

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