Lots of great new singles and releases coming out this week. You’d be forgiven if you were struggling to keep up. Don’t worry, we got you. Here are our favourite new tracks from this week.
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Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Scott Street’ is a sweethearted lo-fi folk track. A slow burner, the song evolves from the simple set up of singer and guitar to incororpate lush string sounds and some whirling samples. The lyrics, the songs coup de grace, sketch a conversation between two old lovers. A narrative beat often explored but done with genuine empathy on ‘Scott Street’
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
People in the Centre of the City
Finnish musician Jaako Eino Kalevi’s ‘People In The Centre Of The City’ seems to channel plenty from Kraftwerk. Whether it’s the industrial themes touched upon in the lyrics or the odd blend of analogue synth sounds. Released as part of a double single, the track borrows plenty from the golden era of synth pop but translates it superbly into contemporary sound.
Dripping Summers (feat. Vic Mensa and Little Dragon)
Sleek and produced to a “t”, ‘Dripping Summers’ is the fantastic new single from American-Nigerian duo Christian Rich. Little Dragon’s guest vocals help give the track an irresistible cool early on. Vic Mensa’s verse in the song’s second half has the Chicago MC sounding authorative, especially over the deep throb of that sub bass line. A fantastic blend of hip-hop, trap and R&B.
A fresh-faced newbie to the our list, Helen is a Bucharest-based artist whose very melodic music blends trap rhythms with vaporwave synth tones. The result is ‘Only One’, a neon pop-trap tune. The song builds slowly only to refrain from ever dropping in a traditional sense. Instead, listeners are left with the artist’s powerful vocal refrain, looping into the fade out.
Let Me Know remix
Kelela’s 2017 Take Me Apart was one of the strongest releases of that year. Now ‘Let Me Know’, a single from that release, gets the remix treatment. This new version features two of the best current female artists involved in hip-hop, Junglepussy and Princess Nokia. It was a tune to begin with. This remix only adds further layers of quality.
Keep it Whole
Earthy and sweet, Anna Mieke’s ‘Keep It Whole’ is a poetic folk tune with the sort of intimate performance and production that feels like getting out of the rain and in to the warmth of a seat beside the fire place.
Strange Is Better
Danish group Chinah prove themselves to be right at the forefront of cutting edge of pop music with the release of ‘Strange Is Better’. There’s something malevolent in lead singer Fine Glindvad’s pitched vocal delivery. A feeling backed up by the industrial-programmed drums and menacing bass swells throughout the instrumental. However, the track is one of the catchiest on this week’s list. It’s superb pop music reimagined through a dark lens.
Belgian recording artist Claire Laffut gave us the irresistibly upbeat ‘Mojo’ last week. Packed with razor-sharp synth basses and brandished with Laffer’s own honeyed vocal performance, this is some top class modern pop music. It’s hard to notice the language barrier when you can’t stop bopping.
Can’t Hang On
Róisín Murphy is absolutely one of the best dance music singers in the world. So far 2018 has seen the release of two double singles from the Irish born artist, produced with Maurice Fulton with more promised. ‘Can’t Hang On’ is taken from the b-side of ‘Jacuzzi Rollercoaster/Can’t Hang On’, which came out on Friday. It’s a perfect blend of electro and house. Murphy stands out among her peers not only for her own excellent vocal delivery but for the attention to songcraft detail. ‘Can’t Hang On’ is six minutes long and we’re sorry it’s not a few minutes longer again.
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Brainfeeder signee Georgia Anna Muldrow seriously impressed with the release of her new single ‘Aerosol’. The nu-funk track is full of woozy melodies and a texture like treacle. The song blends aspects of 21st-century production with its filter sweeps and digital synth sounds with the sort of swung grooves and vocal melodies a group like Parliment would have written in their peak. Excellent stuff.