Get stuck into our favourite new songs:
Pip Hall – The Perfect Life
A breezy, sun-dappled new song from Pip Hall. Chugging guitars and Hall’s confessional tone make the song simple, yet wonderfully open. The sadness seeps out of Hall’s voice as she sings “the world is too much for me” over the lush guitars and simple drums. A wonderfully calming piece.
Slonk – Holidays
Not the first of this year’s slew of Christmas songs unfortunately, but instead another brilliant new single from Slonk. From the chiming, soft first verse, the track slowly builds, soaring violins layering on top of Slonk’s cracking vocals. Climaxing in a brilliantly fuzzy, catchy sing-along, ‘Holidays’ has Slonk yet again surprising with his brilliance.
Anderson .Paak – Who R U?
‘Who R U’ does a 180 on the smooth funk sounds that we’ve heard so far from Anderson .Paak’s new album, and instead treats us to a dark, glitching piece of rap. Over menacing synths and clattering percussion, .Paak turns his usually sweet singing voice into a husky growl, name dropping Dr. Dre within the first line and not letting up until the end.
Ålesund – Lucid
Ethereal, echoing pop from Bristol’s Ålesund. Her hypnotic voice – soft yet powerful – catches you from the off, with swirling layers of guitars and piano drifting in, out and around her isolated vocals. The track feels like it could be a reworking of an old folk song such is the timelessness of the songwriting, but the lush layers drag it into the 21st century. Let ‘Lucid’ wash over you.
Homeshake – Like Mariah
Everyone’s favourite Mac-Demarco-guitarist-turned-funkateer is back with another soft, unsettling love-song. Built around a looping slap-bass sample, the soft, woozy piano lines reverberate around the sparsely populated track. Homeshake’s falsetto vocals dance around, quietly lamenting over the hazy synths.
Nilüfer Yanya – Heavyweight Champion of the Year
Nilüfer Yanya has been slowly but surely building a formidable collection of songs, and ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’ tops off a brilliant year for the artist. With only her voice and a scuzzy guitar for company, the track brilliantly exhibits her intricate, impressive songwriting skills, before all the track’s energy explodes outwards, a crashing full band performance bringing the track to a perfect close.
AZADI.mp3 – APHRODITE
Beautifully constructed, glitching R&B from London audio-visual artist AZADI.mp3. Densely layered vocal samples clash with chiming synths and a dragging, attacking snare, causing the track to at times feel like it is going to collapse in on itself, with the disorientating samples unbalancing you as they crash in and out. But it’s brilliance lies in just how incredibly it ties altogether; a dark, genreless creation, ‘APHRODITE’ is captivating.
Hexmaze – Hex Hex Hex
Syrupy punk from London’s Hexmaze. Over a slow, thick riff, the band’s harmonies shine-through, like Fleetwood Mac if they’d got really into doom-metal, but about half way through the mood changes, the track slowly but surely getting faster, suddenly turning it a razor-sharp and full throttle garage-rock tune. A perfect blend of punk, sludge and psychedelica, ‘Hex Hex Hex’ is an absolute riot.
Check back next week for more of our favourite songs.