Join us as we’re jumping into some of our favourite new music releases this month including bangers from the likes of Gorillaz, Push T and Disclosure.
Disclosure – Ultimatum
After some significant time off, UK duo Disclosure have surprised us with a new single ‘Ultimatum’ featuring a sample from Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara which they found “while digging through her discography”. The result is a remarkable lounge groover filled with delicately executed synths and basslines, perfectly getting the taste buds ready for what we hope will soon be an album from the electronic stalwarts.
Clairo feat. Rejje Snow – Hello?
Over the past year, singer-songwriter Clairo has quickly become recognised for her Lo-fi pop productions, with her biggest claim to fame coming from her breakout viral hit ‘Pretty Girl’, raking in over 15M views on YouTube. Now Clairo has returned with an EP full of new and existing material, the stand out track being the opening track ‘Hello?’ featuring Irish rapper Rejje Snow. ‘Hello?’ is a smooth, low-tempo duet carried beautifully by both Clario and Rejje’s intentionally unenthused voices.
Gorillaz – Humility (feat. George Benson)
After confirming that their sixth studio album was on it’s way, animated pop/electronic outfit Gorillaz have shared an early snippet of the album with their first single ‘Humility’ featuring the legendary Jazz guitarist George Benson. Accompanied by a music video featuring Jack Black, ‘Humility’ is a silky smooth and pleasantly digestible introduction to their upcoming album. We can’t fault George Benson’s slicked and perfectly timed guitar work, complimenting the song throughout and setting up what could be one of the most exciting albums of the year.
Matthew Young – Over This
New Zealand is filled to the brim with local talent and Matthew Young is one of our favourite hidden gems. ‘Over This’ may be one of the accompanying tracks from his latest EP, however the pop/RnB ballad is an absolute standout that melts with emotion.
Kwaye – I Go
Being dubbed as “One of the greatest artists you haven’t heard of yet” by Noisey is a pretty large feat for the London based Kwaye. Riding his own stylistic wave of Indie RnB, Kwaye’s first release of the year is ‘I Go’, a combination of Kwaye’s funk and soulful presence throughout his discography.
The song “tells two sides of a relationship that becomes divided by distance,” he says. “It was inspired by my first trip from London to LA – leaving everything I knew behind, but feeling excited in the of anticipation of things to come.”
Maribelle – I’m A Mess Without You
Maribelle is one of Australia’s most underrated pop stars right now. Her debut ‘Overtake’ EP from 2016 catapulted her on the Australian pop music scene, as she showcased her credentials to be one of Australia’s biggest rising stars. Almost two years down the track and we have her follow up single ‘I’m A Mess Without You’, inspired by an honest reflection of her “being confused about having feelings for a girl for the first time”.
Bob Moses – Heaven Only Knows
Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses can do no wrong as they return with a gazing new single ‘Heaven Only Knows’. With each and every element delivered simply and effectively, ‘Heaven Only Knows’ features Bob Moses’ recognisable vocal delivery over a big-beat kick drum and bubbling bass synths, eventually steering into darker territories with gritty basslines and climatic risers. The release comes two years after their debut album, which put them on festival lineups around the world including Coachella, Lolapalooza, Sonar and Laneway Festival. We’re pencilling them in for an album before the end of the year.
Kira Piru – Molotov
You’re going to be hearing a lot of Kira Piru over the next couple of months. Following on from her silky pop bop ‘Tension’, her new single ‘Molotov’ has been firing online with tons of blog coverage and early radio support. The past year has seen Kira develop her sound, as a funky bass melody acts as the driver of the track, underneath Kira’s catchy vocal work and groove-centric percussion. Hot off fresh collabs with Illy, Urthboy and Paul Kelly, Kira Piru is expected to bring her party vibe to some of Australia’s biggest festivals throughout the rest of the year.
Silk City – Only Can Get Better with Daniel Merriweather
There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Silk City before, but you’d certainly be familiar with the super-producers that make up one of the most exciting electronic duos right now. Made up of Diplo and Mark Ronson, Silk City is named after the diner where the pair met in Philadelphia 16 years ago. ‘Only Can Get Better’ is the first offering from the project, which has been described as a “homage to some of the greatest dance music cities; Chicago, London, Paris, Detroit” by Diplo. The duo nabbed Australian singer Daniel Merriweather to feature on the disco-house thumper, which channels the bassline heavy sounds of artists like Daft Punk.
Diplo has also confirmed that Silk City are set to drop a follow up single with Dua Lipa in the coming months.
Album of the Month: Pusha T – DAYTONA
Kanye’s Twitter tirades and multiple album announcements may have stolen a bit of the limelight from Pusha T, however it hasn’t taken any heat off an incredibly delivered 7-track album ‘Daytona’. Controversial for more reasons than one, ‘Daytona’ sees Pusha T hit his straps with arguable his best solo performance in his career so far. Produced entirely by Kanye, his influence is immediately felt through the sample heavy beat production. The 7-track album is short and punchy, however if you’re a Kanye fan, you’d know DAYTONA only marks the beginning of what is one of the biggest months in rap music history.