It’s 4/20 today and Record Store Day tomorrow, both of which could provide ample opportunity for a novelty and/or themed playlist this week, however at Notion we’re committed to bringing you your weekly round-up of new music and so we shan’t be tempted by these topical demons. In your regular new music round-up this week you’ll find yet more wonderful electropop weirdness from Let’s Eat Grandma, the Gen Z collab of the year between Billie Eilish and Khalid and of course, the return of Ariana Grande. Also, a new version of a track by some guy called Prince, whoever that is.
Ariana Grande – ‘No Tears Left to Cry’
I don’t know about you but I wasn’t expecting this to be the low-key banger that it is. Ariana takes Camilla Cabello’s ‘No More Crying in the Club’ concept and runs with it, whipping up a defiant, and strangely nuanced, dance anthem. Is this is Ariana 2.0 then bring it on.
Billie Eilish and Khalid – ‘Lovely’
This is going to get a vertical music video for sure. On a more serious note, Billie and Khalid have both clout (We can be cool too, teens!) and pipes in abundance so a team-up between the two is something that’s bound to bother the viral charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘It’s Not Just Me’
Every song Let’s Eat Grandma have released from their upcoming album has been better than the last. When the full thing drops they’re going to properly massive, or at least they deserve to be. Also, who knew that The Horror’s Faris Badwan and SOPHIE would be such a good production team?
Teleman – ‘Submarine Life’
Teleman embrace their funk on comeback single ‘Submarine Life’ which also features some very nice vocoder work. This is exactly the kind of chic summer anthem we need in our current spell of ‘bloody hell it’s hot isn’t it?’ weather.
Plan B – ‘Stranger’
It was always going to be interesting to see how Plan B would fit into the UK’s current rap explosion. If ‘Stranger’ is anything to go by, his plan is to not to fit into it at all and go back to his more soul-focused side. It’s more The Weeknd than Wretch 32 but it’s pretty good so watch this space.
Avelino – ‘More Everyting ft J Styles’
Speaking of Wretch 32, his one-time prodigy Avelino comes through with a new track this week that’s definitely got some Drake flavours to it.
Nines – ‘Crop Circle’
May we present exhibits A-Z in the case of ‘Why Nines is underrated’, his new short film/ single ‘Crop Circles’. Written, directed and starring Nines himself alongside half of London’s music scene right now, this an unorthodox inclusion in this week’s playlist but it’s too good not to include.
Sean Paul – ‘Tip Pon It ft Major Lazer’
I love a meta music video and granted, this one for Sean Paul’s new single ‘Tip Pon It’ might not quite be ‘Wyclef Jean’ levels of self-aware, but it’s in the same ballpark.
HOO HAs – ‘Rantra’
HOO HAs are one of the few British indie bands that are actually worth listening to at the moment. New single ‘Rantra’ is a dynamic example of why. Part Adam Ant drama, part punk exuberance, it’s fighty and fun all at once. Catch them live if you can.
Prince – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’
There was really only one way we could end this week’s playlist wasn’t there? In case you’ve been under a rock, Prince’s estate released the original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and nothing I can write here will do justice to it so just listen to it as many times as you possibly can.
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