A recap of the week’s finest new music.
Girlpool – Powerplant
The title track from Girlpool's sophomore record, "Powerplant" is a breezy, sunshine drenched track – one to lose yourself in. Powerplant is is the duo's first release for Anti-.
Vera – In and Out of Love
We’ve been playing this one pretty much non-stop, all the while imagining we’re in some sleazy ‘80s club lamenting the deterioration of a once great relationship. While that sounds like a terrible use of our time, it all makes for a killer track.
Danny L Harle – 1UL
“1UL” is the heady new single from Danny L Harle. The track boasts such joyous production that you’d be forgiven for not noticing that the lyrics are a bit of a bummer – it’s what Danny calls “melancholic euphoria”. “1UL” was co-written by Very Introspective favourites Phoebe Ryan (Britney Spears, The Chainsmokers) and Nate Campany (Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Christina Aguilera). PC Music will release his new EP on 19 May.
Little Simz – BACKSEAT
Still riding the wave of acclaim from her sophomore album Stillness In Wonderland, Little Simz has shared her first new track of 2017, “Backseat”. Little Simz had this to say: "I don't talk or say too much + since the beginning my music has been my way of communicating with the supporters + people who really care about me+ my art. BACKSEAT is an update for the people. It's all in the lyrics. Thank you for listening.”
Hanne Hukkelberg – The Whip
Hanne Hukkelberg has kept us waiting for five years but has made up for it with glorious new single “The Whip”. Featuring the vocals of Highasakite's Ingrid Helene Håvik, “The Whip” is a joyously distorted take on pop music. Its production is densely packed so you’ll get something new with every listen. “The Whip” is released by the reliably excellent Propeller Recordings.
Hasta – Your Love
Norway’s Hasta, co-producer of Goldlink’s 2015 single “Dance On Me”, has returned with his first material of 2017. Lifted from his forthcoming Surviving Isolation EP, “Your Love” is kaleidoscope of trap beats, chiptune vocals and a melody you’ll struggle to dislodge from your brain. One to have on your radar, Hasta will release Surviving Isolation on 26 May.
Frank Gamble – J’adore
Frank Gamble make a very welcome return this spring with sparkling new cut “J’adore”. Sitting at the crossroads of numerous genres, the duo has a real gift for melding sounds and melodies. They said: “J'adore is about an abuse of power. An abuse of trust. About being duped by someone who was meant to care for you but who instead took advantage of your innocence. It’s about trying to rebuild your life and trust in people after a bad experience and not letting yourself fall back into similarly painful patterns, behaviours and relationships....”
Frank Gamble, comprised of songwriter and musician Hannah Yadi aka YADi and South London producer Justin Tailor aka Hoost, will release their Myths EP in June.
Ella Vos – You Don’t Know About Me
LA’s Ella Vos has shared “You Don’t Know About Me”, her most personal track to date. The track was written as a response to the issues women across the United States are facing with male legislators making decisions about the bodies of young women. A hugely important message delivered by one of pop music’s fastest rising and most inventive stars.
Chastity Belt – 5am
Chastity Belt has dropped the third track from their upcoming full-length I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. “5am” represents something of a sonic shift for the band, showcasing a rougher-edge than previous tracks. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone drops on 2 June.
J Hus – Common Sense
The title track from his debut album, “Common Sense” serves as explosive statement of intent and proof, if it were needed, that J Hus has quickly become one of the most vital voices in British Music. Common Sense is released via Black Butter Records.
Take a listen to this week’s tracks below via Spotify.