Friday, is it? New music, you’re wanting?
Well, we’ve got it for you. Five Fresh Tracks to soundtrack your bank holiday weekend.
Featuring tracks from Brian Rich, The Streets feat. Flohio, mxmtoon, Sinead Harnett feat. Gallant, and Kano, this is one playlist you won’t want to turn off.
Brian Rich – ‘Kids’
Last month, Indonesian rapper Rich Brian debuted ‘Yellow’ – the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, The Sailor.
Now, Brian has released a second taste of what’s to come with his latest single, ‘Kids’.
For the track, the 19 year-old raps about his meteoric rise to fame and being a role model to Asian youth worldwide.
The sound for the single – a horn-infused, 90s-style hip-hop beat – fit seamlessly with the lyrics to make for a feel-good, inspirational track that’s a pleasure to vibe to.
The Sailor is due for release on 26th July through Rising88.
The Streets – ‘How Long’s It Been?’
Mike Skinner has teamed up with South London MC, Flohio for new single ‘How Long’s It Been?’.
‘How Long’s It Been?’ marks The Streets’ latest single to be released since 2018’s ‘Call Me In The Morning’ and ‘You Are Not The Voice In Your Head’.
On the collaboration, Skinner said, “Flohio’s energy is insane. She adds colour to a quite serious trap energy and makes something just as unpredictable and homespun as anyone from Atlanta. She has the juice on stage.”
The new single was recorded and produced by Skinner at Abbey Road Studios and is just one of a collection of tracks that will feature on The Streets’ forthcoming mixtape expected later this year.
mxmtoon – ‘Seasonal Depression’
Oakland-based singer, songwriter and ukulele player, mxmtoon is an artist with a bright future.
Since the release of her debut EP Plum Blossom – a project recorded entirely in her parent’s guest room – the 18-year old has amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify.
Now, mxmtoon, real name Maia, is gearing up to release her debut album, The Masquerade.
Following the release of ‘Prom Dress’ and ‘High & Dry’, ‘Seasonal Depression’ is the third single taken from the forthcoming project.
On the track, mxmtoon said: “’Seasonal Depression’” was born to fill this gap I found in music and create something wonderful. I adore that a song written so gloom and doom can sound like the sunniest musical number of a summer movie. My hope with the song is to provide affirmation to those who find facing certain days beyond difficult, but to simultaneously uplift them from their stormy thoughts. Music can provide comedy, validation and insight, and I feel strongly [the song] hits all three wonderfully.”
Sinead Harnett feat. Gallant – ‘Pulling Away’
London-based singer-songwriter Sinead Harnett has teamed up with Grammy-nominated artist Gallant for new single ‘Pulling Away’.
Gallant’s breathy but powerful vocals bring an air of mystery and tender masculinity to the track, matching Harnett’s always beautifully soulful vocals to a tee.
‘Pulling Away’ follows ‘Leo Bear’ as the second single released from Harnett’s forthcoming project expected later in the year.
The new project will be the first since Harnett’s 2017 album, Chapter One.
Kano – ‘Trouble’
Grime MC Kano makes his welcomed return to music with two new singles, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Class Of Deja (feat. D Double E and Ghetts)’.
The new tracks are Kano’s first to be released since his Mercury prize-nominated 2016 album Made In The Manor.
The new tracks will feature on Kano’s forthcoming album announced today, Hoodies All Summer, which is due for release on 30th August.
Not merely content with a new album announcement, and new singles, the MC has also put out a powerful 17-minute short-film entitled ‘Trouble’. The video features both aforementioned tracks and takes a look at youth violence in London.