The week's 10 best, flick the rest...
So Well (Feat. Jessie Ware)
British trio The Invisible are gearing up for the release of their third album Patience out 10th June and they've recruited Jessie Ware for the second drop from the album So Well. Like anything Ware puts her vocals to, it's sleek and soulful, with a very subtle but powerful allure. It moves along at its own pace providing a masterclass in male/female harmonies. It's beautiful and an instant classic.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/the-invisible/the-invisible-so-well[/soundcloud]
It’s been a long time coming, three years to be exact, but James Blake has finally announced that he’s finished with his third album, tentatively titled Radio Silence. Along with that news he’s shared a new song called Timeless, the first we’ve heard from him since Modern Soul dropped earlier this year. Much in the same vein as its predecessor, Timeless expertly balances soul and electronica.
Skepta announced this week that his long-awaited new album Konnichiwa will be out 6th May and now he’s dropped a cut from that Man (Gang). Man (Gang) starts with one of his best opening lines as he raps, “I don’t know why man’s calling me family all of a sudden like hmmm my Mum don’t know your Mum stop telling man you’re my cousin”. The whole track is an eloquent explanation of his new-found fame outside of the UK but also shows that his style hasn’t changed one bit, giving something for both new fans and day ones.
Alunageorge have debuted their follow-up to I’m In Control, this time enlisting Flume on production. Premiering on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 radio show, I Remember perfectly emodies the trademark styles of the collaborators, melding Flume’s glitchy beats with Aluna Francis’ sugar-sweet vocals.
Nobody Speak (Feat. Run The Jewels)
DJ Shadow is dropping a new album The Mountain Will Fall on 24th June and this track has been lifted from it. "Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude," Shadow said about the track saying he had nobody else in mind but Run The Jewels for the track. Unsurprisingly Run The Jewels have slayed it over a beat that's a little more brassy than anything we've heard from them in the past.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/massappealrecs/dj-shadow-nobody-speak-feat-run-the-jewels[/soundcloud]
As the cover art would suggest we know literally nothing about Frank Gamble. We're not sure if its a he or she (it sounds like both at points) or where they are from but we do know this song is an A+ pop jam. It's a glitchy track escalated by a glossy, glorious chorus that almost sounds as if Kiiara made music in the day, exposed to sunlight. Sometimes you don't need to know the identity of an artist when the songs are this good.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/realfrankgamble/something-wrong[/soundcloud]
Dimelo (Feat. Tory Lanez)
Snakehips released their All My Friends EP today and closing it out is Dimelo, an R&B-flavoured track featuring Tory Lanez. It's more like Money On Me than All My Friends but they're all delivered with that same Snakehips vibe created by mellow synths and icy percussive beats. Lanez has more personality in his vocals than most R&B singers of his elk and together they've made magic.
Rae Sremmurd are looking to the release of their second record and this looks to be from it. Look Alive was Zane Lowe's World Record on Beast 1 and it was produced by Mike Will Made It who is fast becoming their go-to producer. It's actually a little more mellow and mature than their previous offering which is a good sign that they're growing up both physically and musically.
Left. are a Sydney electronic duo who released an excellent debut LP Sirens last year. They're already forging ahead with his new one which also happens to be their most confident offering to date. It's electro-pop perfecting but it's also got a strong message behind it. They have called it a "jam with a message," with singer Sarah Conway saying, "Women’s bodies being found raped and destroyed by their partners – it hurts me so much to see this."
"I decided to write a song that was bursting with positivity and a powerful message that we have the power to own our bodies, our lives, our fate.”
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/leftprojects/left-no-way[/soundcloud]
The Aston Shuffle
Only 1 (Feat. Nathaniel S Lewis)
The Aston Shuffle are back with a proper deep house banger Only 1. It features UK singer Nathaniel S Lewis and it's a supremely soulful cut, born for the dance floor. It may be the strongest output we've heard from the production duo in a little while. They're playing an ANZAC Day eve party at Sydney's Watson Bay if you're keen on having a boogie to this track. Set Mo are also playing and tickets can be found here.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/potionrecords/the-aston-shuffle-only-1-feat-nathaniel-s-lewis[/soundcloud]