There is some serious talent in this week’s roundup. While it’s been a slow-one for big-name releases, the last seven days have unleashed some glorious under the radar gems into the music world. Bjork and Sufjan Stevens return to the limelight, Thunder Jackson make a stunning introduction and Steel Banglez comes through with what might just be the banger of the year.
Thunder Jackson – ‘Guilty Party’
If this isn’t the smoothest debut single this side of Jungle then I don’t know what is. Thunder Jackson met in the back of a cab in LA, one of them’s Welsh, the other’s from Oklahoma and that’s all we know. Frankly, all we care about is how much of a solid gold hit this is.
Poppy Ajudha – ‘Tepid Soul’
Poppy is at the cutting edge of South London’s groundbreaking neo-soul / jazz revival scene at the moment and ‘Tepid Soul’ is a great example of why. Lavish and boundary-pushing at the same, the instrumental stutters and scatters its way along as Poppy gently repeats her invitation to ‘soak your hands in my tepid soul.’ Badu would be proud.
Shy Luv – ‘Lungs’
Shy Luv are the masters of dreamy, love-struck electro-pop. On new single ‘Lungs’ they take the 80s revival of the last few years and condense it down into four minutes of anthemic, driving pop perfection.
Sufjan Stevens -‘The Greatest Gift’
Sufjan Stevens continues to blur the lines between religious imagery and latent homoeroticism like only he can on ‘The Greatest Gift.’ Taken from his new record of B sides and remixes from tearjerker Carrie & Lowell it’s a short but tender offering.
Bjork – ‘Blissing Me’
Bjork’s new album Utopia is out today and true to form it’s an ethereal journey through a world entirely of her creation. New single ‘Blissing Me’ is a portal into that world.
Young Fathers – ‘LORD’
No group fuses gruff masculinity with tender, poetic music like Young Fathers. After a few years out of the limelight ‘LORD’ is a stunning reintroduction for the Scottish trio, as distorted and deifying as their best work. The accompanying music video might just beat out Bjork for the best of this week’s playlist.
The Age of L.U.N.A – ‘Feels So Good’
L.U.N.A continue their hot streak with new single ‘Feels So Good’. Strap up your Timberlands and bump this one nice and loud this weekend.
Steel Banglez – ‘Bad ft. Yungen, MoStack, Mr Eazi, Not3s’
Oiiiii, arguably the UK’s hottest producer teams up with three of its hottest MCs and the ever talented Mr Eazi for this year-defining posse cut. This is going to be everywhere.
Wiley – ‘Call The Shots ft Jme’
Wiley steps into Godfather 2 mode on his new single ‘I Call The Shots’ with Jme. Bars on bars on bars on bars, just what Wiley does best.
Mac DeMarco – ‘Still Beatin’
Mac has done a COLORS session which is cause for celebration indeed! End your week with his dreamy acoustic rendition of This Old Dog highlight ‘Still Beatin’ and think about spending the rest of your life taking it easy in a hammock.
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