A Gym Class Heroes song once proclaimed "We have to take our clothes off...to have a good time", and maybe they were onto something. Music is one of the biggest aphrodisiacs of all. That and oysters and since we can't send you oysters (costs, smells etc.) we've decided to put together eight of the most clothes-losing songs around at the moment. It's also a way to shamelessly plug new music while getting you all hot around the collar at the same time.
Murlo- Jasmine (Feat. Gemma Dunleavy)
"If you would say the word, I'd be there baby", opens the song delivered with smokey, tantalising vocals. Is there anything else you really need? Murlo is a london producer who's made a name for himself with his take on grime but Jasmine is a far less abrasive affair. It's from a new EP he's dropping 6th February and features a vocalist by the name of Gemma Dunleavy who's a talented singer from Dublin. Murlo's textured approach to the instrumental compliments Dunleavy's vocals perfectly. It could very well be Murlo's breakout.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/mixpak/murlo-jasmine-feat-gemma-dunleavy[/soundcloud]
Petite Noir- Shadows
There's something deeply compelling about newcomer Petite Noir. He has the sound that I'm sure Kele would've liked later Bloc Party records to sound like- one that's anxious yet still smooth and uber cool. The 24 year-old from Cape Town, South Africa has a clean, well put together look that makes him look like a ready-made success story yet it's his tunes that really drive it home. Shadows is a slightly haunting song yet it has an alluring quality by way of the tempting vocals. "If you really want me just tell me if you love me", he sings in falsetto. The girls are going to love him, the guys are going to want to be as cool as him. It's a win win.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/petitenoir/shadows[/soundcloud]
Brenmar- Plenty To Share (Feat. Ro James)
New York producer Brenmar is not exactly new but his new EP, Award, is and so is him collaborating with fellow New York RnB singer Ro James. James has the vocal qualities of Frank Ocean and effortlessly builds up the tension in the verses for Brenmar to skillfully release on the drop. It's the type of song that would make people get close and low in a club spawned by the lyrics are "girl shake that arse for me". It was pretty difficult to pick just one song from the Award EP, the whole thing sounds like sex.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/foolsgoldrecs/brenmar-plenty-to-spare-ro-james[/soundcloud]
Lisa Alma- Man
We're a big fan of Swedish label Dumont Dumont and Man by Danish singer Lisa Alma is the latest release from that label. In Man Alma takes total control singing, "I'm your man tonight" over a flickering, light-lacking beat. She then continues with "Everything you want in the night time baby". It's the type of song that's not immediately sexy but it eventually gets under your skin thanks to her frank honesty and careful coos which are peppered with smokiness.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/lisa-alma/04-man-final-2015[/soundcloud]
Slum Sociable- Anyway
Victorian duo Slum Sociable are already being pent up for big things. Without even releasing their debut single, Anyway, the pair had lined up a show at Melbourne's Sugar Mountain this week and Anway was premiered on British tastemaker blog Line of Best Fit. Anway is an old soul. A dusty sounding track that feels like its already stood the test of time. It's got a certain antiqueness to it almost sounding as if it's a sample from the long awaited Avalanches record. So, what's sexy about dust? Imagine dimming the lights, lighting a candle and hearing the first crackle of the needle against the vinyl. That's sexy.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/slumsociable/anyway-1[/soundcloud]
Alxndr London- Cold Sun
As Mika would attest to, girls love falsetto. Ok, maybe Mika's not the best example but East London newcomer Alxndr London is a good example. Cold Sun is a concoction of falsetto, trippy soundscapes and mood-setting guitars, creating the perfect after-dark soundtrack. It's not a song made for the clubs, it's one made for intimate settings where it can be elevated by plenty of volume. We may be growing tired of electronica's relationship with RnB but this is an example of how good it can be when it works perfectly.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/premiere-alxndr-london-cold-sun[/soundcloud]
Jess Nolan- My Love
"I wanna know what makes you move/Send shivers up and down your spine" is a pretty bold lyric to open your debut single with but that's what's needed to grab attention. My Love is a deeply personal, intimate track that's instrumental is subtle, but that's where the subtlety ends. She's clearly a confident songwriter and the confidence is what makes this song so attractive. You can almost see the candle blowing out as the song descends into well-timed darkness. It's an interesting setting for a song that's actually about something coming between her and her lover. Surely, there won't be anything coming between them after this track.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/jessnolanmusic/my-love-prod-by-noise-club[/soundcloud]
Good Love- Alone
Good Love used to go by the name of Patrice but now he's decided to change to Good Love, adopting a much sweatier sound. Alone is an RnB-built tune with pitch-manipulated vocals and slinky percussion. The chorus brings with it howling guitars and vocals with as much grunt as an '80s power ballad. It's got it all. Unfortunately though Good Love can't isn't reaping the benefits from the song. He's still...alone.