There’s not a chance you’re heading into back end of the year without some of the latest and greatest new music. Here’s what we’re loving and discovering in the Man of Many offices this month.
DJ Snake feat. Lauv – A Different Way
French powerhouse DJ/Producer DJ Snake has continually impressed over the years, from his breakout single ‘Bird Machine’, right through to his recent commercial crossover with Justin Bieber. The continuous innovator has returned with ‘A Different Way’, lending vocals from rising US popstar Lauv.
Aside from the song itself, we have to talk about how he premiered the single. In true DJ Snake fashion, the Frenchman performed the single on a live stream FROM THE VERY TOP OF THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE in Paris. Watch the video above to see the whole set including the new single in all it’s glory.
Yungblud – I Love You, Will You Marry Me
Yungblud may only be 19 years old, but he’s already got the world on notice with his explosive blend of UK alt-rock that has be likened to the sounds of Jamie T and The Arctic Monkeys. His new new tune ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’ is fast-paced, punchy, and radio ready jam – it’s hard not to fall in love with this one. This kid is destined to do big things, and we’re instant super-fans after only two songs. Believe us when we say he’s going to be the next big thing.
Tove Styrke – Mistakes
We first brought Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke to your attention a couple of months back with her highly addictive pop bop ‘Say My Name’. Now she’s back with another alluring pop hit ‘Mistakes’, filled with seductive vocals, stomping percussion and some harmonising autotune. If you’re a fan of that glossy Scandinavian pop that has been growing in popularity considerably over the past few years, then you’ll no doubt be in love with this – and if you’re not into that, then you’ll quickly find this on your guilty pleasure playlist. Word has it she’s got an album in the works, so get on board before she’s a deal.
Kimbra – Everybody Knows
Easily to mistaken her as one of Australia’s own, New Zealand artist Kimbra arrives in 2017 with a tasteful new single ‘Everybody Knows’ from her upcoming album ‘Primal Heart’. Completely changing things up, Kimbra’s commonly known sound of jazz-pop influences has been swapped out for a more electronic sound filled with alt-pop toplines and beatsy production. Her new sound has been received with glowing reviews from fans and press, and frankly we’re not surprised.
NAO – Nostalgia
We don’t need to say much about one of the UK’s most beloved neo-soul acts NAO. From the opening riff of ‘Nostalgia’, you’re instantly encapsulated in a world of quirky production backed by NAO’s smooth vocals and synth-pop sounds. The UK has a reputation for it’s tastemaker influence on the world, and they’ve been sitting on the gorgeous sounds of NAO for some time. It’s time to spread the love on this one, I say.
Little Dragon – Peace of Mind feat. Faith Evans
We definitely had to double check twice that THE Faith Evans was the guest feature on the new record from Little Dragon. The pretty unlikely collab is a result of the original demo of ‘Peace of Mind’ not making the cut for Little Dragon’s album earlier this year, where it was sent off to producer Raphael Saadiq, who got the 90’s RnB icon on board. The result is a super kicked back track that doesn’t disrupt the sound vocabulary that we’re use to hearing from Little Dragon.
KYLE – Sunshine feat. Miguel
Firstly, what is it lately with artists being identified with a common name like ‘Kyle’? (end rant).
The 2017 XXL Freshman has had an explosive rise to fame over the past few years, collaborating with Chance The Rapper, Kodak Black and Lil Yachty on his way to the top. Now KYLE has dropped three new tracks featuring Ty Dolla $ign, MadeinTYO and notably Miguel on fan favourite ‘Sunshine’. The track pulls 80’s synth-pop influences, which has made a strong comeback thanks to Calvin Harris in 2017. The title speaks for itself on this, we’ve got a Summer time bop on our hands and we’re on board.
Sofi Tukker – Best Friend feat. NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno
New York duo Sofi Tukker continue their run of hits since their 2016 indie/dance hit ‘Drinkee’, this time teaming up with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno on ‘Best Friend’. Made famous from a commercial sync for Apple’s new iPhone X, the track has been heard over 15M times in a couple of short weeks – but that’s not denying them of producing another highly addictive banger. Check it out for yourself.
Tommy Trash – Sinners feat. Daisy Guttridge
A mainstay in the EDM realm, Australian born, LA based producer Tommy Trash has shelved his trademark electro house sound for an unprecedented melodic earworm ‘Sinners’. Recruiting the sweet melancholic vocals of Daisy Guttridge, the track was written with a heartfelt message from Tommy and Daisy, siding with the LGBTQ community during the marriage equality vote that’s currently going on in Australia. There’s something quite beautifully balanced about the track that offers both tranquillity and euphoria.
Album of the Month: Winston Surshirt – Sponge Cake
Aussie music is really coming through at the moment, and its arguably Australia’s new kid(s) on the block Winston Surfshirt who have literally taken the ‘Sponge Cake’ for this month on their debut record. It wasn’t even a year ago when the main man (who’s name is the same as the band itself) Winston Surfshirt dropped his debut single ‘Be About You’, and within a short few months, some love from Elton John, festival slots and a couple of viral covers later, they’re suddenly one of the countries most in-demand acts. Their album picks up where their singles have left off, a soundtrack to Sunday sessions and sun-soaked retro vibes. The frontman modulates his tone from gazing pop to some impressively collected bar-spitting, all while keeping to the theme of a dreamy holiday soundtrack. This is your official soundtrack to Summer.