It’s not your usual big name-heavy New Music Friday but there are some huge gems from the newbies.
10. Bec Sandridge
I Drove All Night
Bec Sandridge has released her EP In The Fog today and it features one pretty unexpected cut – a cover of Celine Dion’s I Drove All Night. If you weren’t told before hand you would struggle to pick this as a Dion cover before the chorus hits. Sandridge has transformed it into a brooding, intensely emotional song that consistently feels like you’re in a smokey daze. Really beautiful stuff.
Out Of This World (Prod. By Kaytranada)
If it wasn’t official before then let the record state that 2016 well and truly belongs to Kaytranada. On top of dropping his incredible debut record 99.9%, he continues to pop up on some of the year’s biggest anthems with credits on material by BADBADNOTGOOD, GoldLink and Chance The Rapper(just to name a few). Continuing his hot streak, he’s linked up with newbie Govales for an out-of-this-world anthem appropriately titled Out Of This World. Channeling his inner Frank Ocean, Govales’ vocal work is pristinely gallant over Kaytranada’s signature sound. On Out Of This World, Govales said that he wanted to write a song that expresses the plight of social media on his generation. – Harrison Kefford.
8. Charli XCX
After The Afterparty (Danny L. Harle Remix)
Charli XCX‘s After The Afterparty is one of the most sugary tunes of the year but now PC Music figure Danny L. Harle has had his way with it turning it into a dark, aggressive jam. He maintains the vocal melody but underneath stuffs it with grinding, heavy rock-influence aesthetics. It’s an unexpected remix for the song but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. He’s exposed another dimension to the song, taking it into a different world completely.
7. Terror Jr.
Terror Jr. only release their record Bop City a few weeks ago but they’re already back with a new cut. Fresh from Kylie Jenner dispelling rumours that she’s the lead-singer, the trio have dropped heartbreaks, another slippery, sugary sweet pop song. At two minutes, it’s a super short song but that’s just about all it needs to be. It smacks you with so much sweetness that you’d overdose if they offered up any more.
6. Gavin Turek
Good Look For You
Gavin Turek is an underrated disco queen who earlier this year released an EP with LA producer TOKiMONSTA. She’s back with a sparkly new disco number that’s driven by those beautiful, Diana Ross-leaning vocals. From the minute it starts you can feel the disco ball start to spin and it doesn’t stop, even for a second. It’s a near-perfect return for Turek.
Trumpets Are Good For Endings
SIBA is back with Trumpets Sound Good For Endings, the second cut off his forthcoming EP My Life With Jessie, My Friends & The Rest Of The World.
The track follows from the excellent first single IDCBU and while that one was full of punchy attitude, this one is bubblier and more likely to conjure feelings of euphoria.
4. Young Franco
We’ve been waiting for another track of the calibre of Drop Your Love, and now finally Young Franco has unleashed an absolute banger called Miss You. Franco’s funky style of electro has really taken off this year since his Drop Your Love came out earlier this year, and now this latest effort is proof that his first hit was no fluke. Featuring some gorgeous female vocals, it’s catchy-as-fuck – sprinkled with glittering samples and dripping with funky goodness. – Zanda Wilson
3. Theophilus London
Revenge (Feat. Ariel Pink)
Earlier in the year Theophilus London announced that he planned to release a new album NY THEO and dropped Stay but since then it’s basically been radio silence on the music front. He’s finally returned with Revenge a grandiose, hypnotising cut featuring the psych-stylings of Ariel Pink. On paper the pair shouldn’t really work but their two styles come together to form something pretty beautiful. It’s energetic and pulsating yet it’s slowed by this hazy atmosphere.
2. Sylvan Esso
Kick Jump Twist
Sylvan Esso are eyeing a 2017 release date for their second album and they’ve followed up the first taste Radio with a new song Kick Jump Twist. Kick Jump Twist is another left-reaching, futuristic pop song that combines accessible melodies with experimental production. The drop in this song is so infectious and in a world where drops are getting more and more predictable, that’s very rare.
Trust (Feat. Isabella Manfredi)
It’s Flume week once again with the Aussie producer picking up almost as many ARIAs as I can count on two hands and dropping a new EP Skin Companion. The EP sees him team up with The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi once again for a wonky, off-kilter jam Trust. It’s not an environment you would expect to hear Manfredi’s voice shine in but it does here. Amongst the glassy samples, she sounds hypnotising.