Your weekly round-up of the best new releases and emerging artists from the past week. Featuring numerous ‘song of the summer’ contenders and a brand new track from pop hero Carly Rae Jepsen.
Kali Uchis feat. Jorja Smith: Tyrant
Behold the epitome of ‘sound of the summer.’ LA via Columbia wunderkind Kali Uchis has been crafting lo-fi, sensual R’n’B for quite some time now, earning appraisal from the likes of Gorillaz, Diplo and KAYTRANADA to name but a few. Here, she invites Drake-protégé Jorja Smith for the most ‘stick on repeat whilst in the sun’ track we’ve heard all year.
The dream-pop Swedes mark their return with the synth-driven, epic Crazy. Far bolder than anything we’ve heard from the trio to date, it’s great to finally see that LP #3 shouldn’t be too far off now…
Mabel: Ride Or Die
Lifted from her incredible (and long-overdue) Bedroom EP, Mabel continues to shine through as one of pop’s finest newcomers with this slow, more subtle highlight for the four tracks.
Allie X feat. Valley Girl: Need You
Another cut from the Canadian’s bizarre and brilliant debut record CollXtion II, this slower ballad should be more than enough to tide you over until the album’s impending June release.
Carly Rae Jepsen: Cut To The Feeling
You know it’s a good New Music Friday when Ms Jepsen’s name pops up on the list. Appearing out of the blue in aid of a slot on the upcoming movie Leap! soundtrack, Cut To The Feeling encapsulates everything we love about Carly and just why she’s one of pop’s most important offerings from the past few years.
Martin Garrix feat. Troye Sivan: There For You
What a song. Having teased the collab with a joint performance at this year’s Coachella weekenders, Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan’s There For You is finally out there and undoubtedly set to be huge. We’re going to assume that it will be pretty hard for you to dislike this one…
Billy Cullum: YLMW
Here’s one we premiered only yesterday, praising its “mystically flirty and dream-like soundscape, the track is a surprising ode to pop not too distantly similar to the likes of Troye Sivan, Olly Alexander and the Scandinavian pop princesses (from Sigrid, to Dagny, to Zara) emerging onto the scene.” Check out the full premiere and Q&A with Cullum right here.
Dagny: Wearing Nothing
We’ve come to the conclusion that there is absolutely nothing Dagny can do wrong. New track Wearing Nothing is an enormous, tropical-tinged banger that we’ll undoubtedly have on repeat for a good month…