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 Thelma Plum, GRAE, dvsn, Big K.R.I.T, and Surf Curse, this is one playlist you won’t want to turn off.
Thelma Plum – ‘Don’t Let A Good Girl Down’
Today, 24-year-old Gamilaraay artist Thelma Plum released her debut album, Better In Blak. The album explores themes of trauma, healing and what it is to be an indigenous woman in 2019 Australia.
Minimalist and artsy, ‘Don’t Let A Good Girl Down’ is the perfect thematic choice to capture the essence of the new record as it deals with rising above the toxicity and bad intentions of one’s detractors.
GRAE – ‘Your Hands’
Following on from her debut single ‘New Girl’, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, GRAE returns with ‘Your Hands’.
With dreamlike R&B-tinged vocals, ‘Your Hands’ cements the 20-year-old artist as one to watch in the coming months.
“The song is about taking power back after being in a manipulative relationship. Giving everything to someone and allowing the situation to be dictated by them, it was in ‘their hands’ until the tables turned and it wasn’t anymore. You gain your power back and realize your worth and tell this person you’re no longer here for their games.”
GRAE’s debut EP (title T.B.A) will be produced by UK singer-songwriter Kyan and slated for release later this year.
dvsn – ‘Miss Me?’
It’s been almost two years since we last heard from singer Daniel Daley and Grammy Award-winning producer Nineteen85, otherwise known as Toronto R&B duo, dvsn.
Now, following on from their critically-acclaimed 2017 EP, Morning After, the boys are back with not one, but two new tracks: ‘Miss Me’ and ‘In Between’.
The duo, signed to Drake‘s label OVO Sound, have worked hard over the years to prove their immense talent and forge a name for themselves as more than just the superstar rapper’s protégés-in-waiting.
dvsn are well-known by their loyal and supportive fanbase, and after listening to the duo’s latest efforts, it’s easy to see why.
In particular, ‘Miss Me’ – which also features production credits from Stwo – highlights a slightly new direction for the duo. The track, foregoing the usual old-school, soul sound we’ve come to know and love from dvsn, in favour of a more trap-infused beat. Daley’s wistful vocals sing of a desire to re-connect with an ex, likening his vice for love to that of an addict on the precipice of relapse.
Of the track, Daley and Nineteen85 said: “We all have that one person we can’t get off our mind, but we get scared to ask if they feel the same way. This song helps with that hard to ask question; ‘Do You Miss Me?’”
Big K.R.I.T feat. J.Cole – ‘Prove It’
Six months on since releasing TDT – a surprise compilation project consisting of three surprise EPs – Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T is back with his fourth studio album, K.R.I.T. IZ HERE.
The album is confirmed as an official sequel to his breakout mixtape, K.R.I.T Wuz Here released back in 2010.
The album, which features 19 tracks and clocks in at a tight 56 minutes, marks a welcome return to the Southern rapper’s signature sound and flow.
‘Prove It’ – which is blessed with a guest verse from none other than J-Cole, follows on from ‘Addiction’ and ‘K.R.I.T Here’ as the latest single released off the album.
Of the new project, Big K.R.I.T said: “For me, it was about showcasing that I can go different places. It either be singing, live instrumentation, and how I sometimes want to use my vocals as more of an instrument, than just being on the record. Also, tackling certain issues, or how I feel about certain social topics and things like that in my music, but not in a way that people are accustomed to me hearing.”
Surf Curse – ‘Midnight Cowboy’
Hollywood lives and breathes cinema. So, it’s only natural that Surf Curse – a duo that hails from Los Angeles – would draw musical inspiration from the world of film that surrounds.
Ahead of their forthcoming album, Heaven Surrounds You, released on 13th September, the duo have given a glimpse of what’s to come with their latest single, ‘Midnight Cowboy’.
Inspired in both lyrics and sound by the 1969 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is a neon-soaked, indie rock number that fits perfectly with a midsummer aesthetic.
The visuals for the track, directed by Jacob Rubek and released today, also play an important role in paying homage to the film.
On the video, which was filmed in Las Vegas, Rubek said: “Watching the movie over the years, one of the things that has always stuck with me is the way New York was depicted. Everything about that movie is about that environment. What [character] Joe Buck thinks is his paradise, turns out to be the place where he keeps running out of luck. To me, Las Vegas is another city where people come for the magic but end up unhappy and wanting to escape.”