10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Grimes, BANKS, Rustie And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 11/06/2015


There are some big choices to make today. Are you going to spin Grimes' latest album or go for Rustie's surprise offering? Are you going to get your pop fix from Ellie Goulding or Little Mix? Are you going to re-visit the Sam Smith album thanks to the temptation of one new song and a repackaged edition? Or are you going to keep it local and go for Sarah Blasko or City Calm Down? Don't forget GoldLink's album too!

We're not going to help you with any of those decisions. Instead we're just going to throw a bunch more songs into the mix. Cancel your weekend, everyone. There's far too much music to be heard. (Psst...we're now on Spotify!)

Peace Upzzz

Glaswegian producer Rustie dropped a new album today and gave us all of one day's notice. Peace Upzzz is one of the songs that he preceded that album with and really sets the tone for the album which is essentially a return to basics for the producer. It's glitchy and hazy but there's this helicopter-like synth that provides clarity too it. The big finale is, of course, those big weighty Rustie beats. It's weird but it's wild and probably one of the most thrilling things he's done in a while.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/rustie/peace-upzzz[/soundcloud]

Can't Get Enough Of Myself

A Santigold return this year wasn't really on our radar but after hearing Can't Get Enough Of Myself, my goodness are we glad it happened. The track is the first single from her forthcoming album 99c and it's a reggae-flavoured slice of sunshine that recalls images of skipping down the road with a sunflower in one hand and your rude finger pointing to the sky on the other. Santigold's "no fucks given" attitude was always what made her so attractive and it's out here in full force.

World Champion

It looks like new Future Classic signing World Champion are impressing the right people with their latest single Shakes picked up by Beats 1's Zane Lowe. You can see why too - it's a psychedelic, effortlessly cruisey number that recalls Spiritualized and Primal Scream. It's taken from their forthcoming Avocado Galaxy EP which is due to hit stores and your ears on 4th December.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/world-champion-shakes[/soundcloud]

Hannah Diamond

Hi Hanna Diamond and welcome to 2015. This is the first new music we've heard from the PC Music popstar this year and we're mighty glad she's back. Hi is a story of online relationships, exploring how we interact with eachother in the world of double taps. "Baby I wish we could just meet at a party," Diamond sings bringing some physicality into her usually cyber-based music. There's obviously something really other-worldly about Diamond but at the same time there's a piece of all us Gen Y's inside her.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/pcmus/hd-hi[/soundcloud]


It's been years in the making but today we finally have Grimes' new album Art Angels in all its 14-track glory. Frankly, we could've chosen any song to highlight here because they're all excellent in weird and wonderful ways but California is the song most likely to resonate with people. The track is of the same ilk as Flesh Without Blood because of its accessible pop melodies although it does have a country-tinge to it. "California, you only like me when you think I'm looking sad," she sings in what is an anti-love song for the American state of broken dreams.

Ty Dolla $ign
LA (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, James Fauntleroy)

When you wake up to a song that has Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar and Brandy on it you better believe we're living in a time of miracles. The track is taken from Ty's Free TC record which is out next Friday but this was the one people have been waiting for since the tracklist dropped. Unlike Grimes' California, this track is an ode to the LA saying it's "the city of angels, it could take you anywhere." It's awesome to hear a track with a roster like this singing and rapping about a city like the days of Biggie or Tupac.

Also, welcome back Brandy. This is a great song.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/tydollasign/stream-la[/soundcloud]

Little Simz
Don't Forget

Little Simz released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons this year but she's obviously decided she isn't done handing out gold so she's dropped a new track Don't Forget. The cut was produced by Hit-Boy who's produced for Beyoncé, Kanye West and Drake and as such it channels contemporary hip-hop much more than her debut album did. The best thing about Simz is she doesn't need people singing or rapping hooks for her. She crafts them herself and pops them at the end of fire verses. Impeccable.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/littlesimz/dont-forget-prod-by-hit-boy[/soundcloud]

Amateur Dance
It's Really Something

Amateur Dance got people talking with his Drake-sampling EP Talking About Yourself but he's gone better with his beautiful new EP It's Really Something. This is the title track and it's a flourishing 10-minute marathon that layers with an introspective vocal sample, strings and a heavy beat. Masters like Nicholas Jaar and Four Tet have nailed the long-form electronic track and it looks like they may have a new contemporary in their ranks - Amateur Dance.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/amateur-dance/its-really-something?in=octoberrecords/sets/amateur-dance-its-really[/soundcloud]

Charles Murdoch
Privacy (Feat. Oscar Key Sung)

Everything we've heard off Charles Murdoch's forthcoming EP, from Frogs to Straws, has been spectacular and he's just added another scorcher to the mix. Privacy features the always on-point vocals of Oscar Key Sung who adds an injection of soul to this haunting, industrial soundscape. It's full of really dark beat work taking it deeper than anything we've heard from Murdoch yet.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/charlesmurdoch/privacy-feat-oscar-key-sung[/soundcloud]
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