2019 has only just begun and it’s already shaping up to be a ridiculously huge year in music. Check out some of our most loved music recommendations for the month ahead. This is the month in music – February 2019.
Rex Orange County – New House
British Singer/Songwriter Rex Orange County has released his first song in over a year titled ‘New House’. ROC’s forte of effortless singing is sounding better than ever before, with ‘New House’ likely to be the first taste from his upcoming third album.
Dropping on Valentines Day, Rex Orange County added, “life is weird and it seems like everyone has a difficult time in one way or another. the greatest things always seem to come with a level of confusion that makes it easy to question whether anything maters….. with that being said, i must confirm that i still love doing this and that i’m beyond grateful for all the support i’ve been shown. life is good. i’m happier today than i was for the majority of last year. Thea is my valentine….. and whether you’re in love today or not, this one is for you, from me. it’s called New House.”
Jessie Ware – Adore You
It was only a few months ago that we covered Jessie Ware’s previous single ‘Overtime’ which featured the dance influences of UK House duo Bicep and Simian Mobile Disco. Ware has continued the electronic roots of her new material, with the help fo Metronomy’s Joe Mount on the sleek upbeat jam ‘Adore You’. Jessie Ware has found a lovely niche of mellow warehouse productions intertwined with eloquent pop songwriting.
Khalid & Disclosure – Talk
US superstar Khalid has surprisingly teamed up with the unlikely duo of UK house dons Disclosure on electronic bop ‘Talk’. Steering away from their traditional fast-paced house, Disclosure have reconfigured their bubbly trademark synths and productions to produce a spaciously soulful beat for Khalid’s gliding voice.
Diplo & Octavian – New Shapes
Over the past year Octavian has become one of the UK’s favourite rappers, and while still establishing himself on the global front, it didn’t take long for Diplo to get him in the studio, producing the downtempo hit ‘New Shapes’.
Alongside the release, Diplo shared the story of how the two came together; “I met Octavian at a party in London. In a dark warehouse under an over pass . Some friend said hey man meet this young artists he is going to be really big. I said “ok” took a photo and then thought ok I’ll never see this kid again.. but in fact over the next 6 months I kept hearing his name and seeing him on great songs and I tried to stay in touch even tho he had another 12 phone numbers since we met. Finally he was stuck in LA for a while where he wasn’t as known as London and it was easy to pull up on him, he couldn’t escape. After a few weeks we nailed this song and I’m glad it got to finally see the light of day.“
Kian – Childism
Aussie teenage prodigy KIAN is on the brink of superstardom in Australia. The seventeen year old already has an incredible rap sheet, touring with Baker Boy, winning Triple J’s ‘Unearthed High’ in 2018, and then going on to hit 27M streams and going on to crack #20 in the Triple J Hottest 100…not bad for a kid who had only two songs to his name.
Now an established name in the Australian music scene, KIAN returns with his follow up single ‘Childism’, a gazing RnB slowjam “exploring the constant pressure of expectation, stereotypes, fitting in, mental health and bullying”.
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
It’s hard to label Billie Eilish as a pop artist, but her haunting blend of Art-Pop is taking over the world and changing the whole dynamic of the way we see pop music today. Accompanied with a music video, her new single ‘Bury A Friend’ is the equivalent of an arthouse horror film; spectacularly terrific and equally horrifying at the same time.
Theophilus London x Tame Impala – Whiplash
A couple of months after releasing their collaboration cover of ‘Only You’ by Steve Monite, the Trinidadian-born American rapper Theophilius London has once again teamed up with one of Australia’s favourite bands Tame Impala on ‘Whiplash’. Laced with retro synths and dark moody basslines, London goes in over a steady Tame Impala beat, supported by Kevin Parker’s gazing backup vocals. Can’t help but to bop you head along to this one.
Methyl Ethel – Trip The Mains
After a breakout 2017, Perth band Methyl Ethel have returned with third album Triage, and our personal fav’ from the record ‘Trip The Mains’. The 5-piece band fronted by Jake Webb who wrote and producer the record are quickly becoming one of Australia’s most exciting indie exports, and there’s no surprises as to why.
Aldous Harding – The Barrel
New music from New Zealand singer/songwriter Aldous Harding has arrived. ‘The Barrel’ is the first taste from her upcoming third album and is accompanied by a Martin Sagadin directed music video. ‘The Barrel’ is both melancholic and upbeat at its core and is an exciting indicator of what to expect from the forthcoming album
Album of the Month – James Blake – Assume Form
A new era in James Blake’s intriguing evolution is the release of his fourth album ‘Assume Form’. Despite mixed reviews from traditional James Blake fans, Blake’s incredible talent as a producer and beatmaker remains unquestioned. Differentiating from previous albums, is the mood, steering away from the ‘sad boy music’, and unforgettable roster of guests on the album including the likes of Travis Scott, Metro boomin, Moses Sumney, Rosalia and most notably Andre 3000. Assume Form’ is a huge evolution from a producer who was once hailing from London’s post dubstep lanscape, and is only getting better and better after offering something as captivating and diverse as ‘Assume Form’