Friday, is it? New music, you’re wanting?
Well, we’ve got it for you. Five Fresh Tracks to soundtrack your weekend.
Featuring tracks from Stormzy, Kings, Miraa May & Jme, John Vincent III, and Brother Zulu, this is one playlist you won’t want to turn off.
Stormzy – ‘Crown’
“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” is the sobering message delivered in the latest release from Stormzy, ‘Crown’. In stark contrast to previous his single ‘Vossi Bop’, ‘Crown’, tackles with searing honesty the burdens and responsibilities shouldered by someone who has become an idol of the industry.
Speaking on the track Stormzy said: “Where words fail, music speaks. I’ve been struggling to find words to describe how much this song means to me… struggling to explain exactly why I felt the needed to say what I’ve said on the record… and can’t quite summarise the journey of emotions the song takes me on when I listen back to it. I’m very proud of myself for making this song and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
Cathartic and raw, ‘Crown’ is a must-listen.
Kings – ‘Flex’
After going certified double platinum in New Zealand with the insanely catchy ’Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’, New Zealand rapper/singer-songwriter Kings is back with another earworm in the shape of ‘Flex’.
Kings is already a three-time New Zealand Music Award winner, and it won’t be long before his sound dominates the airwaves worldwide.
Miraa May & JME – ‘Angles’
Finding just enough time to release some new music before her performance at Glastonbury next week, Miraa May has teamed up with JME for ‘Angles’. Produced by Luke Gromm, the track takes a light-hearted approach in its exploration of the gripes and pitfalls with social media.
Speaking on the track May explained: “Angles is about social media and the fact we can’t live without it. I wanted to have some banter about social media and for it to be fun and not grotesque, because social media is pretty grotesque.“
John Vincent III – ‘Songs from the Valley’
Having already received a co-sign from Taylor Swift for his track ’Back To My Ways, it goes without saying that Ohio native John Vincent III is an artist with exceptional talent. His latest release, an eight-track EP entitled Songs From The Valley, does nothing to persuade us otherwise.
Filled to the brim with folk-infused melodies and acoustics, Songs From The Valley has the power to make you feel as though that you’ve visited far-out places, having never left your room.
On his wishes for the project, the 23-year-old, LA-based singer said: “I hope someone listens to Next To You while they are falling in love, or Slow Song while they are crying alone in their bedroom. I hope people play my music while they’re cruising along the coast of Washington, wondering why they are even there at that moment at all. Whatever it is, I just want my music to make people feel something. I want them to remember that feeling every time they press play. Hold onto those moments. Hold onto those younger days. And hold onto the ‘Songs from the Valley’“.
Brother Zulu – ‘Ice Cold’
Soulful house quintet Brother Zulu are ready to bring some heat to the so-far lackluster English summer with their latest offering ‘Ice Cold’ – a playful, soul-infused number featuring West African beats and crystalline synths. Frontman Max Tuohy’s husky, euphoric vocals partner perfectly with those of guest vocalist Zoe Kypri, one of the most acclaimed and recognisable voices in UK garage. A must listen.