Elliphant and MØ, bad gals from the north, team up for One More, a late-night dubby clubby jam. The pair slow down the tempo (especially compared to their BPM-heavy own material) and bump ‘n grind over a bouncy thing of slow-burning dark love. “And it’s open all night, you can hang with me, I got money” - these sisters from other misters find their feng shui in each other.
The newest addition to the Aesop roster, the label that brought you SOHN, TĀLĀ and all of your other recent electronic wet dreams, are Sylas, a London duo that still bathe in that new to the internet mystery, with their cross-genre debut and story rightfully feeding that mystery. Their debut offering Hollow comes with a big Brain Eno stamp of approval (full story over at The Fader) and sees a boy-boy duo begging you not to wait on them, with falsetto’s hidden behind vocoders and a foggy wall of apathetic beats. It immediately grabs you by the throat, only to leave you breathless near the end of the track.
With just a few more days till Josef Salvat’s long-awaited debut EP (In Your Prime, out next Monday via Columbia), the rising star has unveiled his most chart-friendly track to date with Open Season. Declaring the season open, it feels like he’s only just put his pop-guns on his shoulder, ready to rumble. The catchy chorus comes with quirky backing vocals that brighten up the entire song and bring a fun contrast to Josef’s pretty low male pop voice. We’re in this game together, but Josef Salvat is way better at it than the rest of them.
"The man is gone / and mama says / she cant live without him" - Ibeyi hit an emotional tone on new single Mama Says on all levels. The production is sparse, with the sisters going back-to-back on piano and a Cajon (a Peruvian percussive instrument) whilst singing in a beautiful harmony. The song tells the story of a woman that is lost now her husband has left, full of despair, lost in her own home. Absolutely stunning.
Tove Lo has all pop-hearts beating faster once more with Moments and Timebomb, the duo of new tracks unveiled off her forthcoming debut Queen of the Clouds (out on September 30 in the US). Moments is all about the beauty of imperfection, the strength of knowing your flaws and simply being (***)flawless with them. Timebomb has a big chorus, written with some help from fellow Swedes Klas Ahlund (Robyn - which you ) and Alexander Kronlund (Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears) and sees Tove comparing a relationship to a timebomb: “the worst thing that could happen could be the best thing ever.”
Symphonic pop mastermind Stay Bless went quiet for some time, thankfully to record more music. On his new track Girl he duets with London-via-Sydney diva Holiday Sidewinder and brings us to a Bollywood state of mind, with the swelling production paired with a swooning, ethnic rhythm that will just make you belly dance within seconds. He warps his own vocal in several ways to create a self-duet effect that re-calls Metronomy at moments, but the production is far more playful, with Holiday Sidewinder perfectly complementing the feeling.
Rising star TĀLĀ strands somewhere in between her eastern heritage and a contemporary, Tron/Drive-like synth sound on Black Scorpio, a new track taken from a forthcoming new EP for Aesop. The key rhythm is like The Chemical Brothers messing with the iconic bit of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name (took us about 10 minutes to spot that one), with that subtle synth backing around 1:50 heating up the entire track, as if the 7 layers of hot mess didn’t turn you on just enough yet. If you listen closely you’ll hear her sing “I’m comin’ for ya” - you just got stung, folks.
T.O.L.D. (which is apparently short for The Order of Life and Death) is the thing that would come out of a back-to-back El Guincho x Jamie xx dj set on some desert island with the sun setting and an infinite amount of cocktails available. Since there is no further info on the project, you’re free to make the rest of it up. His debut track Lucifer’s Eyes may sound all copacabanga, if you listen closely you’ll notice the despair and hopelessness - a beautiful contrast.
Hardly five hours on the internet and already likened to Solange and Jessie Ware, it’s quite the day for new London artist Jones. She makes a splash with debut Deep, a spectacular pop track that easily fills the big shoes the world wibe web already put ready for the singer. The light-hearted production recalls Dev Hynes’ greatest moments, with her charming voice elevating the track to the level every human being with a pair of ears falls in love. She may sing about “going deep / deep down”, to us it feels like the talent is right there on the surface. From 37 Adventures, the team that brought you Rosie Lowe, Fantastic Fantastic and all your other newbie London pop acts.
Pistols At Dawn has Seinabo Sey at her greatest moment: think Tina Turner fucking with GoldenEye, grand and dark but right in the bullseye. “I’d rather die tonight / if I have to / why would you ever think that I’d take a bullet for you” she sings near the end, confident as ever, yet again assisted by a powerful Magnus Lidehäll production. Pistols At Dawn is also the center piece of the songstress’ forthcoming debut EP For Madeleine, which is named after her number one fan (her mother, but we’re number two) and out on October 13 (w/ two new brand new tracks).
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