Perfume Genius recording proper glam rock was supposed to happen someday - that day finally came and it’s even better than you dreamt it would be. Queen is about gay panic, the feeling some people experience when they encounter gays and are deafened with a sudden fear: Perfume Genius perfectly captures the silliness of it all with Queen, in which he pretends to be the “sea witch with penis tentacles” those kind of people pretend. It comes with an equally spooky video directed by none else than the like-minded SSION. Queen is a first taste off his new record Too Bright which was recorded with Adrian Utley (Portishead) and out on September 22.
We were expecting a big debut single from Becky Hill after the Rudimental, Wilkinson and Oliver Heldens features - and of course she delivers just that. Caution To The Wind comes with another fresh breeze of blips and beeps from magic man Two Inch Punch and sees the The Voice semi-finalist taking her hunch at solo pop stardom. It’s more than a hunch actually, as it perfectly fits in this entire wave of UK pop that’s buzzing right now. “I wear my heart on my sleeve / but not for show / and I find it hard not to leave / and let go” - she’ll eat up the charts.
Mike, Jesse and Sarah are Mt. Si., the internet’s first buzz band that are selling a corrupt hard drive containing all of their recordings for just $1,000. They managed to save two songs from total extinction (not really though, probably) that perfectly encapsulate their Bandcamp tags (electronic / desert / mountain / dance / LA). It’s klittering, harmonious pop that comes with early co-signs from the likes of Classixx, RAC and Kisses (maybe it’s Mike from Classixx and Jesse from Kisses, who knows) and is destined to become big.
Enigmatic duo Majid Jordan emerged from the Toronto shadows with their feature and production credits on Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home; we’ve had their Afterhours EP on repeat the weeks after that, and today we take another splash in their lush, soulful r&b pop sound. A Place Like This is the title track of the boys’ forthcoming EP on OVO and of course the video comes with half-naked people in bed (it doesn’t turn out like that, though). This is high-budget sex, and for once it’s the boys bringing out the guns.
JUCE deliver their first big fist pump moment with new jam Burning Up, a self-proclaimed summer tune on which the London trio fasten the pace once more. By the time the chorus kicks in you’re already thinking of a good choreography to go with the one for (H)ours, but even if you just set your body loose without control you’re destined to shake it up. These girls do it so well, and we’ve got the feeling they’re only getting started.
It’s clear on debut single Waves that London twin brother duo Formation grew up in a musical family: the press releases describe it as “a mix of Dinosaur L, classic 99 Records release (ESG / Liquid Liquid) and an early DFA 12 inch” which is pretty on point. It’s subtle disco with a timeless approach to the genre, focussing on the melody and atmosphere rather than the punch to the dance floor. The carefully thought through simplicity showcases its strongest point and finds a way into your head almost instantly.
If you’re looking for pretty much perfect hot Thursday vibes, look no further than this post, as the Australian-born and LA-bred Tiaan delivers exactly that. It’s in particular her latest track Devils Touch that brings an ageless Aaliyah x Sade vibe to the floor, even though her debut EP confirms this girl’s got it (grind away to Dive Deep, folks). Her voice heats up things like it’s a brand new boiler doing overwork, with some help from a hellasexy production. It all feels a bit like really fine sex.
LANY reveal a picture of their backs (which doesn’t say much apart from the fact they’re three guys that like All Stars and black clothes) as well as more music, following up on Walk Away and Hot Lights. The then Phil Collins and Prince comparison is far off, with the trio reaching for a more slick kind of contemporary pop on proper debut release Acyronyms. ILYSB and BRB sit back to back, with the boys singing praises to the one they love amidst of a glacy synth production on the former and crying themselves to sleep for that very same reason on the latter.
Future kiwi&b star Thomston yet another truly fine (and free!) 5-track EP on his road to fame far beyond the NZ-borders. If anything, the 17-year old shows quite the progression on this new release: his breathy, rather joyful pop has taken a dark, brooding turn. On the Argonaut EP, Thomston transcends from his own life and tells stories like how drinking coffee is a personal marker for becoming an adult (Caffeine) and how a group of misfit friends question their doomed friendship (Motley Crew).
Grimes set the internet on fire a few weeks back with the news she wrote a song for Rihanna which was refused; today she literally breaks that internet with that exact same song as she’s releasing it as her first single off her forthcoming new record. Go is her first attempt at really big pop (which we’re likely to hear more of now she’s signed with Roc Nation for management): it’s part typically Grimes geekery, part big budget breakdown party. After all she’s been through it’s long time friend Blood Diamonds she worked closely with on Go, which is of course something to be admired. She’s playing with the big girls now, and Go is just the start of it all. (pic by Tonje Thilesen)
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