Pumpkin Spice Latte? Check. Winter Coat and/or jacket? Check. Cold mornings and dark evenings? Check. We all know that when it gets to this time of year, we all just seem to slip into a routine of wanting to get warm and stay indoors while trying to get through Autumn and Winter as best as we can. Well, aren’t you in for a treat right now. We at Notion have sourced 10 of the freshest tunes for this week’s 10Trax to keep in the loop of all things new and innovative out there. So go on, press play!
Adian Coker – ‘Show Up’
Talking about the fresh and the innovative, what a better way to start than with UK rapper and producer’s brand new music video for his single ‘Show Up’. When most of us think of UK Rap, Grime seems to be the go-to style we envision. However, ‘Show Up’ definitely has more of a hip-hop feel to it, while definitely staying true to a British sound. It would be unfair to talk about the track without talking about the music video. Filled to the brim with lasers and that all-important swagger that few can master naturally, the level of hard work in the production is very evident here.
Adian Coker is due to perform his debut show which will be taking place at Electrowerks on Monday 26th October 2015. Get your tickets here.
ALXNDR London – ‘Jupiter and Pluto’
Now let’s slow it down with ALXNDR London and his latest single ‘Jupiter and Pluto’. Prepare to be wooed with a combination of smooth and soulful RnB vocals complimented with the futuristic sounds of electronic and tech. ‘Jupiter and Pluto’ almost seems like all your favourite old school genres mixed in a melting pot and given a sexy new sound. The vibes in this song are exactly what you need on those cosy nights indoors in your oversized jumpers, and your cuppa while your ‘hotline’ is not ‘blinging’.
Blossoms – ‘Charlemagne’
The five-piece band from Manchester are back with their newest track, ‘Charlemagne’. Many of you may recognise the band from their single ‘Blow’ which is arguably one of their most well-known songs and unquestionably their most viewed on YouTube. The synth-heavy track has the ability to stick in your mind, and with its incredibly catchy chorus, you’ll be singing the lyrics over and over and over again.
These Your Children – ‘Fires’
We’ve lent our ears to the Nottingham-based duo, Rebeka Prance and Joe Baxter’s latest track and we are sure glad we did. The two little songbirds manage in this track to showcase their eagerness to experiment with a bolder, tribal sound while staying true to their intimate sounds.
Tickets for their headline London show at St Pancras Old Church on 25 November, in association with Mahogany Sessions are available here.
Cross Record – ‘Steady Waves’
Initially ethereal, Cross Record soon warms up in this progressive, rhythmically unravelling track. Dreamy lyrics accompany, creating quite the unusual but fully appreciated song. A labour of love, she has her husband on board as the producer and engineer of the record. It’s the perfect Autumnal track to kick some leaves along the pavement to. Her forthcoming album ‘Wabi-Sabi’ is out on 29 January via Ba Da Bing.
WSTRN – ‘In2’
Emerging London trio WSTRN have been making noise recently with their infectious single ‘IN2’. The talented collective has been blowing up radios with their unique sound, which has recently landed them a deal with Atlantic Records. “We just all jammed together vocally and as artists so we knew this was something out of the ordinary,” says Akelle. “It was about remaining authentic and true to our roots but creating a fresh new sound”. Hailing from West London, Akelle, Haile and Louis Rei bring a fresh new sound to UK RnB, and we love them.
FERAL is KINKY – ‘Lick Shot’
London-based bass queen, FERAL is KINKY continues to bring the bass with her new house track, featuring the voice of the legendary Dennis Brown. Following releases on labels such as Ministry of Sound, Vicious Bitch, Neophyte Records and MTA, ‘Lick Shot’ is the follow-up solo release to ‘Feelin Da Vibes’ on FERAL‘s imprint Squirt Records with support from Radio 1, Kiss FM, HousePort FM and Capital. It’s toe-tappingly good.
Cool Uncle – ‘Breaking Up feat. Deniece Williams & Eric Biddines’
Cool Uncle, the new project from Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash, bring together legendary soulstress Deniece Williams, and one of South Florida’s most talked-about emerging hip hop artists, Eric Biddines to create this retro-feel track. It’s smooth and classic-sounding, with a modern flair bringing it to the 21st century. It’s difficult not to enjoy this rhythmic blend of talent. Their forthcoming self-titled debut album is due to drop via Fresh Young Minds on November 13th.
Gwen Stefani – ‘Used To Love You’
She’s back! Gwen Stefani needs no introduction, and this track is a perfect reminder of why we love her. Showing raw emotion in her music video, simply sitting in front of the camera; the visuals for ‘Used To Love You’ are enough to break your heart. It’s pop with the RnB undertones we’ve come to expect from Gwen. It’s a heartfelt ballad, but not too heavy to click past when it comes on shuffle on your iPhone. Give it a listen.
Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
With each track, we fall more and more for Justin Bieber, as he continues his quest to regain our affections. This new release is another hip-shaking number, only encouraged by the dancing video in which seemingly everyone has some moves to bust. Partnering up once again with dubstep captain, Skrillex, ‘Sorry’ is annoyingly catchy, with an addictive beat and sing-along lyrics. Produced by BLOOD and Skrillex, you can acquire ‘Sorry’ when you pre-order Justin’s new album, Purpose on iTunes.