10Trax: #14

Whether you're a fan of old school hip-hop or upbeat modern pop, this week's 10Trax offers a bit of something for everyone - so celebrate the beginning of the weekend and let the music take you new places.

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With new releases from the likes of Alexa Goddard and Seafret, this week’s 10Trax provides a bit of something for everyone, whether you are a fan of old school hip hop vibes or upbeat modern pop. So sit back, relax and let the music take you to new places.

Chiara Hunter – ‘Strange Relationships’

Originally from Melbourne, London-based Chiara Hunter describes herself as having a ‘future funk’ sound which comes through in her debut single, ‘Strange Relationships’. Leading the track with her soulful vocals, the single is a modern fusion of funk, pop with nods to 80s synth and has a real Prince feel. This single being Chiara Hunter’s first one, we are looking forward to what she will bring to the ever evolving modern pop industry.

Georgia – ‘Nothing Solutions’

From North West London, Georgia is no stranger to the music scene. Drumming for Kate Tempest’s live band, Georgia is now re-entering the music scene with her highly anticipated self-titled debut album. Written, produced and performed by Georgia in her home studio, ‘Nothing Solutions’ is expected to be the fourth song on the 12-track album. We think it offers a different sound to her last single, ‘Move Systems’. With the hyper-melodic tone of the early 00s with modern instrumentals, we think the rest of the Georgia album will be an interesting listen.

Janet Jackson –’No Sleeep’

We could not create this playlist without mentioning the big comeback of none other than Janet Jackson. Like everyone on social media, we were very excited to hear of her return to music. With a nine-year gap since her last album, Janet has also announced a world tour which has had everyone talking. With no UK dates announced as of yet, the best we can do is listen to her new single, ‘No Sleeep’, while we await for her next musical steps. ‘No Sleeep’ sounds like old school Janet, and it’s exactly what we will have until she announces what’s more to come.

Alexa Goddard – ‘We Broke The Sky’

As a featured artist in Issue 69 of Notion Magazine, we are delighted to hear new music from Alexa Goddard. The UK beauty and Roc Nation’s starlet is back with a beautiful new music video to accompany her latest single, ‘We Broke The Sky’. This track comes packed with an upbeat dance beat, underlying Goddard’s dynamic vocals. We think Alexa has really come of age since the release of ‘Marilyn’ and may we add, she looks absolutely gorgeous in this video. We can imagine that ‘We Broke The Sky’ will chart highly this summer.

Fekky – ‘Way Too Much (feat Skepta)’

2015 is proving to be a good year for the grime scene. The genre has been making its way to the mainstream spotlight with international artists such as Drake and Kanye West championing the UK scene. Grime is slowly receiving universal recognition. ‘Way Too Much’ is an example of this, having near on 50,000 views since its upload yesterday. Skepta’s talented family have been the source of media attention in the last few weeks. Skepta’s brother JME is already an established grime artist and their sister, Julie, has recently been picked as a presenter on Apple Music’s Beats1 station. He gives a lyrical nod to what the media has called the British ‘Adenuga empire’, in this songs rhymes. His collaboration with Fekky is an example of the sense of community within the grime scene.

LA Priest – ‘Learning to Love’

True to form, LA Priest provides us with a rather wacky video for ‘Learning to Love’. He reminds us of a mad musical scientist in this video, wearing his white suit and with his pet dog, playing a keyboard in the darkness of the countryside. The former frontman of Late Of The Pier, Sam Dust, used rural North Wales as the setting for his video, directed by Isaac Eastgate. It is the latest single from his acclaimed debut album Inji, which features a host of experimental sounds. We are big fans LA Priest’s funk-led songs and his unusual visuals.

Seafret – ‘Be There’

One of the rawest and heaviest songs on this week’s 10Trax, Seafret’s new video perfectly portrays the song’s meaning; being there for someone who needs you. Seafret has enjoyed #1 spots twice on Hypemachine and been given support by Annie Mac and Radio 1. The British rock duo, consisting of Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, already seem destined for big things and will be performing this month at Latitude and Larmer Tree Festival, as well as Kendall Calling and Bestival later on in the summer.

Oh Wonder – ‘Landslide’

South East London duo, Oh Wonder, have been on a very productive journey in the past year. Releasing a new song every month for twelve months, they are set to release their debut album featuring the twelve tracks in early September, starting their first ever tour shortly after. Anthony and Josephine, the faces behind Oh Wonder, provide delicate vocals for their latest song ‘Landslide’ and we think it is a super sweet number. Notion Magazine caught up with the lovely pair to discuss their musical journey, so stay tuned for their interview on the site next week.

Melissa Steel – ‘You Love Me (feat Wretch 32)

‘You Love Me’ is the latest single from Melissa Steel. She has been busy taking over the Notion twitter feed as well as performing at Wembley Arena and is due to perform at Wireless Festival today. ‘You Love Me’ features British rapper Wretch 32 and is an uplifting summer love song. With its ridiculously catchy chorus, we think it will be a real chart topper, and we can’t wait for the video.

ALA.NI – ‘Suddenly (Chester Watson Rework)

Called a ‘contemporary Billie Holiday’ Ala.Ni has had some serious media attention in recent months. She premiered the video for ‘Suddenly’ in June and this week sees the track given a very modern rework by rapper Chester Watson. The pair teamed up for the making of the record which has a very different feel to the original. The video atmospherically shot in black and white, similar to Ala.Ni’s previous video, but darker and moodier, is making use of Ala.Ni’s silhouette against smoke and lighting effects. As both serious talents in the music industry, we hope they gain further recognition with this release and their future material.

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