Check out what we’ve been listening to this week:
Noname – Ace (feat Smino and Saba)
One of the most underrated rappers around right now, Chicago’s Noname released her second full length Room 25 last Friday, and to be honest, it’s very hard to pick just one track. Her delicate yet intricate flow skips along on every song, but ‘Ace’ features a beautiful hook from Smino, a soft, funny verse from Noname herself, and a verse from Saba that matches Noname’s openness, making it an early favourite. Just go listen to the whole thing tbh.
Honey Moon – Mover in the Dark
London crooners Honey Moon are back at it again with this nice slice of shimmering guitar pop. Off their upcoming EP, ‘Mover In the Dark’ is an infectious, melancholic take on 50’s pop, complete with wonderful harmonies, twanging guitars and an addictive chorus
Kelela – LMK_WHAT’S REALLY GOOD REMIX (Feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, CUPCAKKE, Ms. Boogie, 100 BPM)
Kelela’s Take Me Apart was one of our favourite albums of last year, and so the announcement of a new collection of remixes has got us very excited. This new version of ‘LMK’ strips back the track’s lush synths, giving it the feel of a minimal 90’s R&B tune, whilst letting all the featured artists shine over the beat. A brilliant expansion of the original track.
ThisIsDA – Helsinki Knights
A thunderous return from Bristol’s ThisIsDA. ThisIsDA’s energetic flow cuts through the dark instrumental, with its a gut-shaking bassline and ice cold synths and is an enticing return from the Bristol rapper, giving us a taste of where he may go next.
FIDLAR – Too Real
A claustrophobic, nightmarish new track from FIDLAR. Featuring thudding synth bass and scuzzy guitars, the track sounds like it should be soundtracking a Hunter S. Thompson-style acid freak-out, but was written about the current state of US politics – you can draw your own conclusions there. An impressive sonic assault.
Luna Haze – Easy
A new release from Hubb Records, Luna Haze creates a dark, earthy piece of pop on her debut single. Building on softly picked guitar and swelling synths, Luna’s fragile vocal stuns, filling the spaces left by the minimal instrumentation. The track gradually grows, splashing cymbals and muted bass kicks echoing alongside the shimmering melodies.
Sinclair – Palms
A slow burning, stadium-sized piece of indie-rock from Sinclair. Starting off at barely a whisper the track explodes out, a crescendo of impassioned vocals and soaring guitars. Again out on Hubb Records, the band join a roster of impressive acts from the Bristol label.
Adrianne Lenker – Symbol
‘Symbol’ tricks you at first, persuading you it’s a dark, mesmeric number, but before your eyes (and ears), it blossoms, becoming a beautiful, calming piece of songwriting, Adrianne Lenker whisking you away to somewhere simpler and brighter.
Kero Kero Bonito – Make Believe
Another perfect slice of sunshine of our favourite bouncing bubblegum popstars Kero Kero Bonito. From upcoming album Time ‘n’ Place, ‘Make Believe’ has the usual bright synths, but couples them with fizzing guitars to give a power-pop sheen to the track. The video, directed by James Hankins, pairs lo-fi visuals and glitching shots perfectly.
She Makes War – Undone
Kicking off with a sludgy grunge riff, ‘Undone’ is She Makes War at her darkest. The crunching guitars combine with her ethereal harmonies, the clash of light and dark creating a swirling storm cloud. Tackling the death of her grandmother, ‘Undone’ is an open outpouring of anger and grief.
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