Whether you’re into some of the worlds biggest powerhouse artist like Calvin Harris or trying to discover some budding local talent like newcomer JEFFE, September has absolutely delivered on it’s fresh batch of music. Without further ado, here is the Month in Music for September 2018.
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Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises
Calvin Harris’ foothold as one of the world biggest electronic artists remains steady as he links up with fellow UK pop icon Sam Smith. ‘Promises’ follows Calvin’s recent single ‘One Kiss’ with Dua Lipa in both soundscape and style – laying the foundation for what could be a juicy new album.
Mura Masa & Nao – Complicated
Two of the UK’s coolest indie electronic exports have once again reunited, teaming up for a powerfully addictive collaboration on ‘Complicated’. Nao’s silky smooth voice cruises through the opening verse, unravelling into a belter of a chorus. Commercially known for his A$AP Rocky collab ‘Lovesick’, Mura Masa’s productions are refreshing but don’t go astray from the sounds that we expect.
Fun fact: ‘Complicated’ is surprisingly co-written by electronic powerhouse Skrillex.
CXLOE – Show You
Just when you thought the Australian pop music scene couldn’t get any better, CXLOE explodes onto the scene with her third single ‘Show You’. The Australian born, LA-based artist has teamed up with Maroon 5’s Sam Farrar to produce an indie-pop banger for the ages. With over 1M streams in a matter of weeks, and early support across commercial radio in Australia, it’s no surprise that CXLOE will be here to stay.
JEFFE – Undecided
Another Aussie talent to keep an eye on is Sydney’s JEFFE. With only two originals and a remix to her name, JEFFE is setting herself up for a long run of success. Her debut single ‘Whoever You Love, I’m Cool’ was a gazing electronic affair, while her stripped back remix of Petit Biscuit’s ‘Problems’ put her on the global music map with huge online coverage and additions on Triple J. JEFFE’s new single ‘Undecided’ is filled with upbeat and moody dancefloor productions alongside the delicately powerful voice of JEFFE that’s becoming more and more recognisable with every releases.
Broods – Peach
Kiwi Indie-Pop band and festival favourites Broods have returned with their new single ‘Peach’, the first taste from their forthcoming album (due out early next year). Vibrantly filled with uplifting vocal hooks, piano melodies and glorious backing drums, ‘Peach’ is filled with elements of Spring and is sure to be a new favourite this festival season. You’ll also find this in the latest FIFA 19.
Neil Frances – Took A While
If you’re in love with the sounds of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, then you’ll get around LA-based two-piece band Neil Frances. ‘Took A While’ is a shoegazing blend of psych-pop and indie-disco. It doesn’t stand out like a pop record, but cruises at a casual pace and is complimented with some Sunday-vibe basslines.
Loud Luxury x Anders – Love No More
Over the past 12 months Canadian EDM duo Loud Luxury have exploded onto the scene, quickly becoming one of the worlds hottest and most in-demand acts thanks to their Song of the Summer hit ‘Body’, which has over 250M streams on Spotify alone. Now, Loud Luxury have returned with a monumental follow up single ‘Love No More’ featuring fellow Canadian RnB singer Anders. Anders’ silky RnB vocal hooks takes the track to whole new heights, which leaves us to wonder why we haven’t heard of of him sooner. Backed by Loud Luxury’s trademark bassline, Love No More is quickly setting up to follow it’s predecessor in becoming the next Song of the Summer and global dance hit.
San Holo – Brighter Days ft. Bipolar Sunshine
With a couple of releases under his belt this year, Dutch producer San Holo has been slowly building towards his highly anticipated debut album, fittingly called ‘album1’. Bringing literal sense to the title, San Holo enlists the smooth vocals of Bipolar Sunshine, who you might recognise from DJ Snake’s mega-hit of yesteryear ‘Middle’. Steering away from your typical EDM album, ‘brighter days’ still showcases the upbeat eclectic and emotionally dreamy sounds of San Holo, describing the track as the realisation as “even though things sometimes don’t work out between people, life goes on and brighter days will come”. Not your conventional dance record, but that’s what makes San Holo so appealing – get around this!
Ben Khan – a.t.w (against the wall)
Following on from the hype of his previous breakout EPs, Ben Khan had gone into radio silence, and after a few long years Khan has returned armed with a brand new self-titled album and our favourite pick of the bunch ‘a.t.w (against the wall)’.
The thing that we love about Ben Khan is his ability to stay is in own lane, that brings on pop influences and distorts them in unconventional ways. His music lives in it’s own electronic ecosystem and you’ll either love it or hate it – but we’re certainly buying into it the eclectic funk and off-kilter productions.
Album of the Month: Spring King – A Better Life
By far this is not biggest album of the year (and possible the month), but the one new discovery that you should be taking a chance on if you haven’t already. Manchester based 4-piece Spring King have dropped their sophomore album ‘A Better Life’, filled with rattling high-paced energy. The album is better recognised with previously released singles ‘Animals’, ‘Us vs Them’ and ‘The Hum’ – a good entry point if alt-rock isn’t your thing. From the opening track, the UK lads strap you in with their gritty blend of garage-rock, taking off on an adrenaline filled journey. ‘A Better Life’ is the high intensity, grungy pick-me-up that you’ve needed all this time.
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