It would be hard not to cover the week in music without releasing the momentous release of Drake‘s long awaited album Views From The 6 which dropped last Friday. The project, which managed to sell over 700,000 copies in two days, is predicted to sell 2 million copies in it’s first week which will surely go a long way to securing Drake in rap history. While the hype was focused on the 6, fellow Toronto artist Jazz Cartier linked up with L Ø S T C U L T U R E for the latest #LostCultureMeets and discussed his European tour and what we can expect in the future. The US connect also saw Bryson Tiller team up with Fat Joe for ‘Love You To Pieces‘ while the UK showed it’s versatility with new releases from Courts [‘No Lie‘] and Tom Prior [‘Voicemail‘]. The ladies proved they have got the material with new EPs from Olivia-Louise and Liz Lubega and the UK rap scene maintained it’s status with a site exclusive from Fabian Secon with ‘No Games‘. But with every week comes a string of new releases and as always, we have worked to find you 9 of the best from the “Cloud of Sound”. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;
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1. Jarreau Vandal – Small Talk
Jarreau Vandal has returned with the final single from his forthcoming EP, Suburb Superhero. ‘Small Talk‘ follows the 24-year-old Dutch electronic artist’s previously released singles ‘Nobody Else‘, which features Brasstracks and Niya Wells, and ‘Rabbit Hole‘, which features BMB Spacekid and Jelani Blackman. The song blends together jazzy aesthetics with R&B, trap and house elements; it’s a real feel-good, groovy jam we predict will be a favorite for many. The talented Amsterdam beatsmith uses his signature electronic, house, and R&B mash-up to create the infectious song, proving why he’s most exciting artists right now
2. Carmody – For Desire
London-based singer/songwriter Carmody is back today with her gorgeous new song called ‘For Desire‘, which was produced by frequent collaborator Tom Misch and also serves as the second track following ‘Skin‘ to be lifted from her forthcoming self-titled debut solo EP, which is out now. The new track highlights the charm and elegance of Carmody’s vocals, while the melody mixes pop vibes with a classic R&B production. It’s a stunning second installment for the young artits. Seeming to come from a very real place, Carmody explains that the song is “about trying to keep the fire alive in a relationship, trying not to get lazy or complacent with the familiar“.
3. Becky Hill feat. Little Simz – Back To My Love
Becky Hill [Rudimental collaborator and formerly of The Voice] has emerged as a chart-pop frontrunner. With her effort, entitled ‘Back To My Love‘, is a surprisingly solid little electronic-pop jam that makes full use of Ms Hill’s powerful vocal ability. Becky’s voice cuts through a number of beautiful supporting elements such as modern pop instrumentation and lush backup vocals to tie everything together. Fellow UK-based up and comer Little Simz provides a polished guest verse to close things out. The track’s production was helmed by producer and DJ Noah Breakfast who crafts the dazzling, drum and bass-lite/hip-hop influenced beat.
4. Elle Watson – Losing Any Sleep
Up-and-coming pop act Elle Watson has just released her second-ever single, ‘Losing Any Sleep‘, and what a track it is. Minimal beats and shorts bursts of dark synths set up the perfect mood for the songstress’ definitive, smooth-as-silk vocal, which we definitely think is top-notch. As the track progresses, there’s a sense of intensification shown, and this ultimately results in an explosion of emotions of “inner conflict” the act describes the song to possess. Her songs take a few listens in order for them to properly sink in, but once they do they’re undeniable. Slow build-ups bloom to massive hooks, and irresistible pop melodies are highlights of her debut material.
5. LeRiche – Bury Me
LeRiche is an indie/folk artist is a unique artist, making music with a lot of soul and style from his hometown, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. His latest release is a music video for his single ‘Bury Me‘ which is a song about self-sacrifice [“It’s a song of self-sacrifice. On first listen the song has a dark undertone but I think it can take listeners different places. At the heart of the song is the significance of putting yourself out on a limb for the greater good“]. The single is off of his forthcoming EP, Quiet Steady which is set to be released in summer 2016. The music video, set in his hometown, showcases the underlying beauty in the nitty gritty side of things, leaving you with a nostalgic feeling.
6. The Hearts – Lovers Drug
After spending time away writing and recording for their forthcoming debut album, Newport 3-piece The Hearts are now back with new single ‘Lovers Drug‘, which is a distinctive track with strong synths, brash guitars and a commanding chorus. The track follows previous singles previous singles ‘Just Kids‘, ‘Run Free‘ and ‘Lips‘. In the same manner as the band’s previous videos, the video for ‘Lovers Drug‘ is being produced and directed by the band themselves and will premiere soon. They have also announced two June shows with club night and promoter This Feeling in London and Cardiff.
7. Golden Vessel feat. LASTLINGS – Never Know
Brisbane-based producer Golden Vessel returns with the second single off his upcoming debut Before Sleep EP, entitled ‘Never Know‘ which features the gorgeous vocals and dreamy guitar work of Gold Coast brother/sister duo, LASTLINGS. ‘Never Know‘ is a serene, deeply pacific affair laced with sparse, vibrant guitar lines, breathy melodies, glitchy vocal hooks and cogent synthetic beats. The track came to fruition after Golden Vessel (a.k.a. Max Byrne) became a fan of the duo, comprised of Amy and Josh Dowdle, last year. Enticed by Amy’s vocals as well as Josh’s guitar work, the budding producer visited their family home in the Hinterlands to craft the track together.
8. Wretch 32 & Avelino feat. Haile, Krept & Konan, Fekky & Shakka – Hulk Hogan (Remix)
‘Hulk Hogan‘ was definitely a standout track from Wretch 32 and Avelino’s joint mixtape Young Fire Old Flame, and as if that wasn’t already enough, the duo have unleashed an remix with all an all star cast; WSTRN‘s Haile, Krept & Konan, Fekky and Shakka. The features are enough to get people excited and with an with such a successful original, what could go wrong. Haile opens up the track with his polished vocals, which have rapidly become eminent within the scene, followed by verses from Krept & Konan; both individually dropped plenty of memorable punchlines. Avelino and Wretch also deliver some fresh bars, and it’s great to hear a completely revamped version.
9. Alex Bent – Blonde American Girl
Saskatoon native Alex Bent [who performs as Alex Bent + The Emptiness] has released ‘Blonde American Girl‘, an experiential, atmospheric electronic R&B track that samples Led Zeppelin‘s ‘When the Leaves Break‘ and clips from the films Lost in Translation and The Girl Next Door. Despite outsourcing for small sounds, this is an entirely unique, intensely personal song about longing, specialising in dark, hazy-synth atmospheres blended with influences of R&B, jazz and indie. Bent’s upcoming album, Dead, In The Water, will be released this summer for free.