At the beginning of the week we said “Make it rain” and while the ‘rain gods’ didn’t send us money ( :[ ) they did send us new music in droves. We almost found it hard to keep up with the amount of new music coming our way, but because we are professionals with little else to do than watch the House Rules finale, we managed to catch the week’s best and put them here for your endless pleasure.
Consider these 10 songs as our way of saying happy weekend. Maybe pour yourself just one wine extra tonight, put on these tunes and lament on the week that has been. You deserve it.
And on the sixth day, there was a beat. Yes, Jessie Ware’s criminally smooth track, Tough Love has been given the remix treatment by Canadian beat-smith, Cyril Hahn and it’s a match made in heaven, of course. Hahn keeps Ware’s heighty vocal intact, instead choosing to pump it along with a deep-house base-line and send it straight to the clubs.
Somebody, please save Juce. Their city is burning and their only response is to write this perfect piece of ‘90s throwback RnB. On second thought, let them be. Burning has never sounded so good. These three just keep getting it right, time and time again. They also sing the lyric “Juce it up” and you know what that means; we’re entering Spice Power territory.
Usher- She Came To Give It You (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Usher is yet to really score a radio-hit in the lead-up to his forthcoming album so he’s called in the hit-making machine, Pharrell to help. And help he has. He’s laid down a quasi-disco beat with a strident back-bone and effortless funk. Just when it all gets too smooth to handle, Nicki joins to put some sass all up in your face and we’re left in the corner sweating and fanning our face like “dayum this is hot”.
Just when you thought HAIM couldn’t get any more badass they go and put a rapper on their hardest-hitting song yet. Yep, you’ll never be as cool as these Californian hunnies, so just pop this on, don some shades and pretend you’re cruising Melrose Avenue with a baseball bat en route to smashing your ex’s car. And yes, of course A$AP can come along for the ride.
Last time we heard Lunice he was assaulting your ears and general chest area as one half of trap-duo TNGHT but now he’s decided to go it alone once again with a new album on the way. Can’t Wait To is not as heavy on the bass as anything TNGHT has churned out. He replaces it with a skittering vocal sample and an industrial rawness that’s a little bit cold and alienating in the friendliest way possible.
Who’s got it? Melbourne artist Banoffee has got it and “she know you know I got it”. Got it? What I’ve also got is that this song is one of the most interesting things we’ve heard come out of this country, this year. It’s a minimalist RnB track, that adds dark shades with a deep, male vocal running below Banoffee’s sweet, dulcet tones. Got it?
Future- Rock Star (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Nicki Minaj must’ve barely had a moment to breathe this week. Here she pops up on a left-over from Future’s Honest album, that didn’t make the album because they couldn’t clear the George Michael, Careless Whisper sample. Surely if Michael just gave the song a listen he’d realise “All my bitches in love with me” is a far more eloquent way of saying what he wanted to say on Careless Whisper.
Coldplay & Cat Power- Wish I Was Here
We came to hate on Coldplay but we stayed to fall in love with Cat Power. Seriously, I really couldn’t care if Chris Martin was playing the banjo and the accordion in the background of this, Chan Marshall’s (aka Cat Power) vocal is so beautiful. She sounds melancholic, longing and ethereal. Conveniently, it’s titiled after Zach Braff’s forthcoming film Wish I Was Here.
Wet- Move Me
Remember Wet? They’re the New York trio that didn’t realise the significance of having a band called Wet with an EP called Dreams. While they may be a little bit oblivious, they know a good tune when they hear it and Move Me is just that. Move Me is a lush, RnB-tinged number that plods along with the occasional auto-tuned vocal and pluck of the guitar. Subtlety is their strong suit and in Move Me less is most definitely more.
Saint Pepsi- Fiona Coyne
If one more artists delivers a single straight from the tropics in the middle of this harsh, harsh Sydney Winter I may just self-combust. However, I must make an exception for the brass-laiden efforts of 21 year-old Ryan DeRobertis (who is Saint Pepsi, FYI). Fiona Coyne, the subject of his perky track, is a character from Degrassi (who probably know Drake!) who Saint Pepsi is lusting after. Judge for yourself, she’s not our cup of tea, but she must be a pretty special gal if Saint Pepsi is pulling out the trumpets for her.