Surprise, this week’s not entirely about Splendour In The Grass…
If you’re not yet familiar, THEY. are a duo signed to Mind Of A Genius who you may have come across on ZHU’s Working For It. If you are familiar, you’ve probably heard their excellent EP Nü Religion. They’ve unleashed another new tune Deep End which delivers on those dark, soulful R&B vibes that they’ve been perfecting over all their releases. Melodically, it’s one of the most hooky songs yet, grabbing you on the first listen and keeping you there. It oozes personality and that’s so important when it comes to new artists. It feels like THEY. are already carving their own musical identity and with only a handful of releases to their name, that’s impressive.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/unofficialthey/deep-end-2[/soundcloud]
You Got Me (Feat. Dom Vino)
Brisbane producer Feki has announced that he’s signed to local label Inertia and to celebrate the news has gone and popped a new song online You Got Me. It features the vocals of Dom Vino and it may be the most accessible thing he’s ever released. It’s melodically sweet and sonically tender with wrapped-up with Feki’s trademark gentle production. If you want to catch him doing his thing live, he’ll be hitting up Splendour In The Grass this weekend on Sunday.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fekibeats/you-got-me-feat-dom-vino[/soundcloud]
Chance The Rapper
Living Single (Feat. Big Sean, Jeremih and Smino)
In an interview with Zane Lowe just after the release of Coloring Book, Chance The Rapperrevealed that labels had blocked some songs from appearing on the record and that he’d been working with Big Sean and now it seems we have one of those songs, Living Single. Living Single suits the jazz-tinged, soulful etchings of Coloring Book, bringing together Big Sean, Jeremih and Smino for what would’ve been a welcome addition to the record.
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Teardrop (Feat. Miley Cyrus)
Zoë Kravitz’s LOLAWOLF have returned with their first proper release since their 2015 EP Every Fuckin Day, teaming up with Miley Cyrus for Teardrop. Teardrop may be the most innovative thing they’ve ever churned out. It detours melodically several times and pushes the boundaries in terms of song structure. At points Kravitz and Cyrus are singing together over delectable beats and next Cyrus is rambling. It will definitely take a few listens to get your head around but there is so much gold to be discovered within this song. It’s just going to take some sifting.
Cold Water (Feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)
It’s been teased for weeks it seems but finally Major Lazer have unveiled their collaboration with Justin Bieber and MØ. This is the first time Bieber has hopped on a Major Lazer track but MØ is of course no stranger to the dancehall crew having featured on last year’s megahit Lean On. The Biebs’ verses are smooth as hell while MØ steps up at the end for delectable verse of her own. It’s sure to be a massive hit for the overseas summer but it should also have no problem finding traction here. It’s a monumental banger.
London (Feat. Stefflon Don and Krept & Konan)
Jeremih surprise dropped a new mixtape Late Nights: Europe this week and London was the highlight from it. Appropriating the dancehall genre like so many artists are at the moment (thanks Drake), Jeremih croons over a tropical beat joined by English dancehall newcomers Krept & Konan. Unlike so many of these songs in the mainstream at the moment, this one feels genuine and well executed. Stefflon Don’s hook will also keep you coming back for repeat listens.
So Many People
Lil Yachty dropped a new mixtape Summer Songs 2 this week along with a film premiered on The Fader. So Many People is the highlight and the closer of the record. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from Yachty – woozy, pop-tinged and slightly off-kilter. He even manages to make it a little emotional recapping his short but successful career so far.
Desiigner‘s New English mixtape didn’t go down too well but he’s back with the official follow-up single to Panda and it’s just as divisive as you would expect. He flips between rapping and singing, lengthening the track which was originally debuted as a freestyle on XXL. It’s definitely stronger than anything on the mixtape but who knows if it will match the success of Panda.
Chairlift have already dropped their album Moth this year but it seems they’ve got more where that come from. Get Real is a new song not on the record and they have released it for no other reason that it deserves to be heard. As always, Caroline Polachek’s ethereal vocals reign supreme over a delicious, minimal beat.
Kehlani season has officially started. Distraction is the second single in as many weeks from the singer after she dropped CRZY last week. This one doesn’t hit as hard as the former but what it lacks in weight it picks up in melody. Kehlani’s vocals weave around the instrumental like a snake and she sounds ridiculous. One of the best voices on the scene right now.