After welcoming in 2017 with some of our favourite albums of the previous year, 2017 has left no disappointment so far when it comes to new music releases. We might only be one month in, but the year is shaping up to be massive for both international superstars and breakthrough artists. Have a listen below at some of our recommended listening over the past month.
Gallant x Tabo x Eric Nam – Cave Me In
We’re going to go ahead and call this one of the most exciting releases of the year (yes we know it’s only January) If you’re not on that Gallant tip yet, it’s time to get acquainted real quick as he gears up for his first Australian tour in a couple months time. ‘Cave Me In’ sees Gallant team up with South Korean artists Tablo and Eric Nam to produce a soulfully warm and cohesive track. While the track is likely to be a one off collaboration, here’s to hoping to see more from the trio in 2017.
Arcade Fire – I Give You Power
It’s crazy to think that the bands last album dropped almost 4 years ago, but we’re glad to see Montreal’s coolest, Arcade Fire return with a brand new song (and hopefully a new record) with ‘I Give You Power’. Judging by the single, the band is delving into more electronic territories, although they successfully pick up from the groovy records of their previous album. We’re sensing some serious LCD Soundsystem vibes and calling this one to be a favourite on the live festival format.
NoMBe – Wait
There’s a good chance you’ll be hearing more from LA artist NoMBe over the next few months as he slowly rolls out singles from his debut album ‘They Might’ve Even Loved Me’, but it’s his lead single ‘Wait’ that is starting to gain traction around the globe. ‘Wait’ finds itself somewhere between artists like The xx and Chet Faker, offering a stripped down vocal, clean and crisp production and a riff that perfectly sums up an Aussie Summer better than words ever could.
Major Lazer – Run Up (feat. PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj)
We don’t think a new Major Lazer track needs any extra publicity from us, but when it’s as fun as this dance-hall anthem is, we’ve had to make exemptions. Featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR on vocal duties and a sassy Nicki Minaj verse, Major lazer have confirmed they’ve got another hit on their hands. Whether this will be a ‘Lean On’ 2.0? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Get ready to feel all of the feels on this one. British Singer/Songwriter Sampha has delivered a beautifully emotional track with ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’. ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ is well….and ode to learning the piano as a child, however it was the emotional experience of writing the track while he had moved back home during his Mother’s final months fighting cancer. We really don’t need to say much about the track aside from the fact that you can feel the emotion on the very first note.
Maggie Rogers – On + Off
Renown for leaving Pharrell Williams gobsmacked at a NYU Masterclass with what would be her first hit single ‘Alaska’, Maggie Rogers has gone on to bigger things as a fully-fledged established artist. Maggie has once again returned with her own brand of electro-folk in ‘On + Off’. With almost 2 million streams in the first two weeks of release, it’ clear that Maggie is getting the recognition she deserves as her harmonious voice blends right in with her electronic infused folk sound.Bonobo – No Reason (feat. Nick Murphy)
Eclectic British Producer Bonobo has teamed up with Aussie favourite Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) on the mesmerising collaboration ‘No Reason’. The pair have delivered an eerie, ambient and overall hypnotic track with captivatingly flat vocals from Nick over a fast-paced electronic beat. While the original clocks in at over 7 minutes long, the official video delivers a 4 minute cut of electronic bliss. While ‘No Reason’ is a stand out single on Bonobo’s new album ‘Migration’, we highly suggest a good listen to the 12 track offering from Bonobo.
Jamiroquai – Automaton
Yes, you read that correctly, Jamiroquai are back. It’s definitely been a while since we’ve heard from the space cowboy behind hits ‘Virtual Insanity’, ‘Cosmic Girl’ and ‘Love Fooloshophy’, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear new material from the nineties and noughties legends. ‘Automation’ showcases a more evolved and futuristic side to the band, with arpeggiated synths and break-beat productions. Combining funk and electronica, you could almost believe it if we told you that this was a Daft Punk release.
Lead vocalist Jay Kay describes Automaton as, “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings.”
Album of the Month – The xx – I See You
It was hard to go past the third album ‘I See You’ from renown UK outfit The xx. If you’re a long time fan of The xx, don’t stress as the new album sticks true to their roots of previous albums. The record does unintentionally pick minor production influence from band member Jamie xx after the success of his debut album in 2015. This is visible in lead single ‘Hold On’, which is currently enduring commercial crossover success around the globe. Prior to the album, die hard fans were holding their breath after the release of ‘Hold On’, hoping their sound didn’t evolve into a pop-friendly act. However, The xx have achieved the unimaginable on this record, and that is staying true to their sound while appealing to the masses. There really isn’t a bad song on the record and you can call it as equally beautiful as their self-titled debut album.
Mixtape – Gorillaz – Noodle!
As we wait eagerly for a new Gorillaz album, female member of the characterised band Noodle has dropped an all female mixtape of ‘kick ass women’ who deserve some credit and appreciation. While inequality in the music industry is a frequently talked about topic, Noodle has curated an interesting playlist of female jams that showcase some of the hidden talents within the music industry.
Noodle signed off on the mix with “In search of new sounds and new inspiration, I found these kick-ass women who in their own individual ways are true pioneers in the writing, production and creation of MUSIC. They have inspired me, and I hope they inspire you too.”
Feature image via We Are The People.