Glad we caught you before you slipped off down to JB HI-FI to pick up a copy of Adele's 25 for your
mum yourself. Here are 10 tracks (include Adele actually) that deserve your ears over the weekend.
After dropping Swords and Warriors earlier this year, M.I.A. has returned with another new track Borders. True to form, this one is a politcally charged banger full of M.I.A.'s usual cluttered but powerful production and words that hit hard. It's supposedly taken from her forthcoming album Matahdatah but there's no word on when to expect that yet. Hopefully soon.
When We Were Young
This should've been called Adele week because everytime she blinked it ended up in a headline. One thing that did deserve to be a headline was her stunning live performance of When We Were Young plucked from 25. The song was written with Tobias Jesso Jr. and together the pair have made magic. It's a nostalgic, heart-wrestling track that places Adele's raw vocals in the perfect context. In many ways this is better than Hello. If you haven't already heard, 25 is out now and you'll probably hear it at least four times over the weekend whether you like it or not.
Bonzai is a Dublin-based artist who looks set to do big things in 2016 if his second single Doses is anything to go by. The track premiered on BBC Radio 1 this week as Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World and it's an absolute club-stormer. It's full of eclectic, weird sounds but they collide with a smooth vocal which sets things on a more melodic path. It's great to hear a young producer taking pop melodies and doing different things with them and that's exactly what Bonzai does here.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/b_o_n_z_a_i/doses[/soundcloud]
We've already heard tracks by Air Max '97, Swick, Lewis Cancut and Nina Las Vegas as part of NLV Records' sampler and now it's being completed by the addition of Strict Face's Rouge Park. The Adelaide, grime-influenced producer has delivered the most relaxed track out of the five giving us aquatic synths and crystalline beats. It's an impressive, boundary-pushing instrumental that continues the common theme of NLV Records - weird sounds that work.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/nlvrecords/strict-face-rougepark?in=nlvrecords/sets/nlv-records-sampler[/soundcloud]
This Canadian brother/sister duo are buds with Ryan Hemsworth and he's previously released their tunes on his Soundcloud label Secret Songs. After a sustained period of silence the pair are back with one of their best outputs to date - the cute-as-a-button SLIPPERZ. SLIPPERZ sampled Destiny's Child's Cater 2 U taking it into a world of fragile beats and glitchy synths amounting to something that sounds like it could break at the flick of a finger. It's beautiful stuff though and let's hope there's more on the way.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/tennysonmusic/slipperz[/soundcloud]
Where Do We Go
British duo Lion Babe have gone disco for their latest track. Fresh from the Disclosure collaboration Hourglass the pair have pulled out the disco ball and channeled Nile Rodgers for Where Do We Go. It's another slickly produced track but it shows another dimension the Lion Babe with their most dance-ready tune yet. They have a really strong suite of single right now and we can't imagine that an album is far away.
UPDATE: Lion Babe's debut album Begin will be released 22nd January 2016.
Broad Shoulders (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
So Chance The Rapper has a brother who's also a ridiculously talented rapper and the pair of them have teamed-up to show that brothers do it better than anyone else. Broad Shoulders is the track and it's more downbeat that what we usually get from Chance. Taylor Bennett raps over sporadic keys and a slow beat that only comes in during the second verse. Chance takes it down a notch for his rap weaving his voice around isolated piano, talking about being a Dad. Really excellent stuff from that both of them.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/taylorbennetttunes/broad-shoulders-featuring-chance-the-rapper[/soundcloud]
Put It Down (Feat. Anderson Paak and KRNE)
LA producer TOKiMONSTA is gearing up to release another mini-album Fovere on 29th January and she's recruited Anderson .Paak once again to the lend the vocals. The pair teamed up on TOKi's Realla but this time around things are heavier. It still has an element of soul to it but the soundscape is heavy-hitting from the drop giving us earth-shattering horns and dense beats. They worked with upcoming producer KRNE on this one who handed the chord to TOKi who apparently took them to another level as he told The FADER.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/tokimonsta/put-it-down-feat-anderson-paak[/soundcloud]
It's as if Tkay's whole year has been leading up to this moment. She's dropped huge track after huge track, guested on a Troye Sivan song, played to massive audiences and now has given us our final sucker-punch in a big song that sees her team-up with George Maple, What So Not and Baauer. It sounds bloody massive on paper and it's just as huge through the speakers. It's her darkest song today with a heavy, dark cloud of a chorus that leads into bass-heavy verses. Bow down once again for Tkay.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/tkaymaidza/ghost[/soundcloud]
Your Love (Feat. Max Marshall)
We're going to leave you with a song bursting with euphoria just in time for the weekend. Alizzz is from one of our favourite music collectives Moving Castle and he's really outdone himself with this latest drop. It takes cues from so many different areas of electronic music but he pulls them all together for a warped pop banger that'll hit you right in the heart and you'll have no idea why. Catch us in the club with this one this weekend.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/movingcastle/alizzz-your-love-master-feat-max-marshall[/soundcloud]