Missed out on all the brand new music releases this month? Check out the tracks that we’re loving and discovering this April.
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
If she wasn’t established enough already, American country music star Kacey Musgraves is about to hit a whole new level of international stardom with her latest album ‘Golden Hour’. Plucking fans from all different genres, it’s the disco number ‘High Horse’ that was one of the stand out tracks from the phenomenal record. Kacey finds a lovely balance between pop and country, genuinely providing something that a non-country music fan can really enjoy and get behind. Backing the perky singer/songwriter are the rhythmic elements of a bouncy disco kick drum, timely backing guitars and a banjo for maximum pop-country effect.
Duke Dumont – Inhale feat. Ebenezer
Just in time for the European Summer, UK producer Duke Dumont returns with arguably his biggest crossover release since the iconic ‘Ocean Drive’ (which has now clocked up over 200M streams online). ‘Inhale’ is Duke Dumont’s first release of the year and features fellow UK rising star Ebenezer over the funk influenced beat. Taking on a different approach from his previous releases, Duke Dumont has put aside the club material for a production that’s authentic in live and organic instrumentation – serving up an entirely new sound that’s destined to be a party starter over the next six months.
KYLE – Playinwithme feat. Kehlani
Over the past few years, Californian rapper KYLE has established himself as one of the biggest rap prodigies to watch. Leading into his highly anticipated debut album, KYLE has shared the second single from the forthcoming record ‘Playinwithme’ featuring Kehlani. A clear ode to the game-playing of a relationship, the track plays out like a playful rap duet, and we’re getting all around this.
Sigrid – Raw
Nabbing one of the biggest feats for an upcoming artist, the BBC Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid has released her latest single ‘Raw’. There isn’t much else to be said as the Norwegian singer lays out a very vulnerable yet beautiful piece of music. Her song writing and sound is both infectious and emotional throughout, and her unique sound is ever so incredible even without the polished pop production noticeable in her previous work.
Thandi Phoenix – My Way (Prod. Rudimental)
It’s always amazing to see local Australian talent grab the worlds attention and Sydney’s Thandi Phoenix is here with arguably her biggest breakout track yet. Deservedly teaming up with UK powerhouse Rudimental on the production, Thandi looks an absolute star, belting out a soaring vocal performance over a thundering drum n bass production that will set Australia and the UK alight.
Golden Features – Falling out
Australian producer and cult fan favourite Golden Features is on the verge of his biggest year yet. The masked producer has been teasing at a debut album for a little over a year and he certainly didn’t hold anything back on ‘Falling Out’ – the first glimpse from the debut record. Sticking to his trademark soundscape of dark and gritty club sounds, the track takes a solid influence from a legendary era of electronic music (think Justice, Digitalism and Boys Noize), that offered a sense of song writing artistry.
Speaking on the track Golden Features stated “This song for me was a step away from conventional club music and a step toward traditional songwriting. It’s incredibly important to me that this album was built on songs and not single use/disposable club cuts.”
Deutsch Duke – So Real
There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Deutsch Duke before, however he’s one of the songwriters, voices and collaborators who have worked with the likes of Flight Facilities, Set Mo and MUTO to name a few. Deutsch Duke’s new single ‘So Real’ touches on loss with melancholic and ambient tones, that progresses into a warming element of electronic beats and vocal looping. You get a real sense that Deutsch Duke has offered something truly special and we can’t wait to see how the new phase of music will blossom.
Doja Cat – Candy
Signed to the renowned RCA Records (home to Alicia Keys, A$AP Rocky, and Childish Gambino), Doja Cat is a name we’re expecting to do big things this year. Inspired by pop and hip-hop, Doja’s ‘Candy’ is the new single taken from her debut album ‘Amala’. Doja has refined her chilled and seductive RnB sound to a tee.
SOHN – Nil
It was less than 12 months ago that we heard the latest album from English singer, songwriter and producer SOHN. ‘Nil’ is the standout companion on the two track package, that showcases his ability to innovate and keep his sound as fresh as ever before. If ‘Nil’ is a teaser to an upcoming album, then things are looking very positive.
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy
With rumour circulating that The Weeknd was going to drop a new song at any moment, he went and surprised us all with a 6 track EP titled ‘My Dear Melancholy’. Unlike his previous album, there seems to be no dedicated radio-friendly hit, rather the EP is an expressive package of The Weeknd’s singer and song writing talents over some truly powerful production. French techno producer Gesaffelstein is the only noted feature artist on the package, however dig deep into the credits and you’ll be quick to discover that The Weeknd enlisted the likes of Daft Punk, Nicolas Jaar, Skrillex and Mike Will Made-It to lend their talents on the project. Overall it’s a refreshing sign from The Weeknd, who has the opportunity to showcase his powerful talents into a project that looks as though it had an entirely different goal and creative process to his previous albums.