Here are 8 of the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and true for you.
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Build A Bridge
‘Build A Bridge’ is the latest of a string of singles from All Tvvins’ upcoming album Just To Exist, coproduced by James Vincent McMorrow. The songs we’ve heard so far indicate that the band have made a shift from stadium-rock-indebted sounds to a more idiosyncratic electronic pop/rock style and this track is no different; it’s infused with intricate percussion rhythms but its true merits lie in the lyrics, “I build a bridge right over to you, just for the view” and in the choppy vocal sample cut-ups in the tag.
‘Nothing Changes’ is the latest single to see release from Biig Piig‘s upcoming EP Big Fan Of The Sesh, Vol.2, the follow up to last year’s Volume 1. The track is a lo-fi R&B bop and showcases the Irish Londoner as a prolific vocalist with traces of Eryka Badu and Jorja Smith audible in her delivery. She said that the song is about battling with habits and “falling into a pattern and not being able to break it – like wanting to start fresh and change your path for the sake of yourself and person you love, but finding yourself in the same place with the same end result”.
Nottingham/Manchester band Crazy P are set to release their upcoming new album Age Of The Ego on May 3rd and ‘SOS’ is the lead single from it. The track provides social commentary on current affairs and the band’s united dissatisfaction with everything from Brexit to social media, but this is anything but mirrored in the music; sonically, the track is uplifting and buoyant despite the heavy narrative and showcases everything that the group do best with bouncing bass lines and analogue synths. The band play Dublin on June 7th at The Sugar Club.
Theophilus London & Tame Impala
This Theophilus London & Tame Impala collaboration originally surfaced during a live performance back in 2016 but saw official release last week. Coming in just short of three minutes, the song is everything you’d expect from the collaboration with intricate raps and tight hooks, complimented by swelling instrumental sections that grant lead singer Kevin Parker the room to soar in the chorus’. We like a lot.
Jake Hart is an elusive London based artist and ‘The Prayer’ is his latest single. There isn’t a whole lot of information about him online but the song is enough to do the talking; it is bursting with soulful, R&B vibes with a gorgeous choral section and intricate percussion lines reminiscent of Jack Garratt or Tom Walker.
Sim Simma & Denise Chaila
Man Like Me
The Dublin dancehall-flavoured club night Sim Simma is moving into the record business by releasing new music under their Sim Simma Soundsystem label and name. For the first release, there is a five-track EP called Pass The Aux Cord produced by Ben Bix and Semi-D and ‘Man Like Me’ is the second single from it (we featured ‘Yamma Yamma’ here last week). The track is an uptempo tropical bop with tight rhymes by the rising new artist Denise Chaila and a lot of personality in the vocal delivery, it’s impossible not to move along to it.
The Chemical Brothers
Got To Keep On
Fans of The Chemical Brothers got a double whammy last week with both a confined album date (April 12th) and a new track. ‘Got To Keep On’ is disco infused with swirling synths and percussion underneath vocal loops that chant “got to keep on” (this will cement itself in your head all day), there’s even some a cacophony of chiming bells towards the latter half of the song. It’s exactly what they do best.
Roe has been gathering a steady stream of acclaim over the past year an is fresh from a string of Snow Patrol support dates across the UK. The 19-year old has an inherent likeability factor and this is no more apparent than in her music, particularly in new single ‘Down Days’. The track addresses the fact that we all have bad days, and that thats absolutely fine, “I was having a really bad day. I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone without annoying them, and I was angry and frustrated at myself… That night I came home and started to write this song as a way of trying to make myself feel better. It’s okay not to feel okay.”