2018 hasn’t wasted any time delivering some really exciting new music. After reminiscing on some of our favourite albums of 2017 last month, join us we take a listen at the month ahead in new music.
James Blake – If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead
Possessing one of the most recognisable voices in electronic music with his super melancholic tones, the new single could easily be missed by your typical James Blake fan. A tongue twister by name and a brain melter by nature ‘If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead’ is an off-kilter cut, reminiscent of some of his earlier work in his career. Blake subtly flips, cuts, re-pitches, breaks and re-works samples, sounds and even his own voice on a beautifully, forward-thinking and equally unsettling new song.
The accompanying video propels the eclectic UK electronic sound to a whole new visual level, filled with dark tones and glitchy visuals. While the new single is askew of his 2016 record, we hope there’s a lot more to come from James Blake in 2018.
SG Lewis – Aura feat. J Warner
London-based Producer SG Lewis has been on the scene for some time, lapping up some streaming success on previous tracks ‘Warm’, ‘No Less’ and ‘Yours’. With a seriously successful and under-the-radar repertoire, you’d be forgiven for not having discovered the warm electronic sounds of SG Lewis sooner. Now SG Lewis is back with ‘Aura’, a new single that could finally put his name on the map. SG’s trademark warped echoes ring through the introduction of the track, followed by an irresistibly smooth bassline.
Aura is apart of SG Lewis’ upcoming 3-part moody album ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’ – which Aura will be apart of the ‘Dusk’ phase of the record.
Mahalia – Proud of Me feat. Little Simz
Putting out some quality music for quite sometime, British singer Mahalia is back with her first release of the year, this time working with one of the UK’s best MCs, Little Simz on ‘Proud of Me’. Combining warm and soulful R&B beats with Mahalia’s sweet and punchy voice, ‘Proud of Me’ is a free-spirited and reflective affair. The diversity in Mahalia’s voice is what separates her from the rest, offering silky vocals like Alunageorge and packing some firepower like Lily Allen.
Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Quirky electro-pop outfit Superorganism are quickly becoming one of the most talked-about new bands. The London based eight-person collective includes members from all around the globe, spanning Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK and South Korea.
With less than a handful of releases, the band have dropped a new single from their upcoming debut record. ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ is the bubbliest track in their growing collection, filled with warping baselines, flamboyant samples and impassively cool vocals from lead singer Orono. An ode to being famous in a social media world, ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ offers a free-spirited insight.
Eves Karydas – Further Than The Planes Fly
Australia has a talent in producing sweet pop singer/songwriters, and Eves Karydas (FKA Eves The Behaviour) is one destined for big things. ‘Further Than Planes Fly’ is her second single under her new name, and features catchy pop hooks, silky smooth verses over a bopping production. Produced by Karydas and Chris Zane (who has worked with Passion Pit, Bat For Lashes), and co-written with Sam Dixon (Adele, Christina Aguilera, Sia), the 23-year old Karydas is really off to the right foot on her blossoming career, and she’s got us hanging on for more.
George Fitzgerald & Lil Silva – Roll Back
London Producer George Fitzgerald has announced details for a new album, offering us a glimpse of what’s to offer enlisting producer and vocalist Lil Silva on his first single ‘Roll Back’. Toning it down from his more eclectic/clubbier material, Fitzgerald employs melodic and spacious elements to showcase an even more emotive side to his music. While his material has always featured fairly emotive elements, Fitzgerald flexes a more personal touch with a singer/songwriter influence – something that you can expect from his upcoming album.
Rejje Snow – Egyptian Luvr (feat. Amine and Dana Williams)
Irish based MC Rejjie Snow is the artist you’ve been sleeping on for quite some time, however, his latest music has got us onside. Putting out a bunch of new music across a new LP, ‘Egyptian Luvr’ is gathering online hype with guest features from Amine and Dana Williams, while not-so secretively produced by our personal favourite producer Kaytranada. Rejje breezes through his bars in a real comfortable monotone manner, showcasing a rawness similar to the delivery of Tyler The Creator.
Jorja Smith – Let Me Down feat. Stormzy
What happens when you put two of the UK’s biggest rising stars together? You get an absolute hit on your hands. Not your typical pop song, ‘Let Me Down’ is more so a lovely piano ballad showcasing Jorja’s phenomenal and ever-soaring voice. Stormzy, the biggest name in UK Grime right now also lets his softer side shine through in his verses, even supplying some backing rap vocals on the track. Jorja’s last release saw her enter the electronic space, while ‘Let Me Down’ takes a page from the likes of Sia and Adele.
Alice Ivy – Chasing Stars feat. Bertie Blackman
Breaking out with a little indie-electronic hit ‘Be Friends’ in 2017, Aussie Alice Ivy returns this time teaming up with the alternative pop queen Bertie Blackman. ‘Chasing Stars’ is the outcome of their collaboration, best described by Alice Ivy’s growing production repertoire of rolling slow beats and flipped samples, backed by Bertie’s melancholic pop voice. Alice Ivy is quickly establishing her sound somewhere in ballpark of fellow Aussie artists like the Avalanches.
Album of the Month: DZ Deathrays – Bloody Lovely
It’s been a couple years between drinks for the two-man Aussie rock outfit DZ Deathrays, and after a hectic schedule of touring and writing, they’re back in a ‘Bloody Lovely’ way. Slogging it out between Sydney and Brisbane, their new record is their most mature to date, slamming out a fast-paced wall of sound, that’s likely to translate well in their upcoming album support tours. If you’re a fan of DZ Deathrays, you’d notice that Bloody Lovely is much more unique and unpredictable as previous records, but you’d be happy with the direction they’re taking. It’s going to be a big year for DZ Deathrays.
Props to Murray Wiggle for dusting off the red top in their latest official video.