Hype-O and Chozen 1ne have teamed up for their new laid back, summery single "Naija 2 LDN". Based around an immediately catchy guitar riff, Hype-O brings us smooth UK hip hop flow in the verses working towards a dancey hook by Nigerian artist Chozen 1ne. Hype-O has a heap of new music planned for release very soon and Chozen 1ne released his debut 12-track album "Many Are Called But Few Are Chozen" last year. We hope this track marks the first of many future collaborations between the two!
If you're looking for more summer vibes like this, check out our dedicated summer playlist on Spotify and Apple Music!
Norwegian artist jens has turned his awkwardness into a catchy, funny pop song. The lyrics really shine on this one with clangers like: "She says she's about to fall in love, I say 'I'm honoured'". The production features lowkey 808 bass led by guitars and groovy percussion. jens wrote alongside the track: "While growing up I was one of those kids who never really fit in socially. As I've become older, I've learned to embrace that I can be, and that I am, a bit 'awkward'". He grew up loving indie rock and formed a fuzz rock band with his childhood friends. As he's grown up he's gained an appreciation for pop music from the likes of Charlie Puth, Lauv and Justin Timberlake. We love his style, honest lyrics and can't wait to hear more! Check out his video announcing the release on Facebook:
GLNNA brings us a gorgeous dance pop anthem called "Worth The Cry", named for the lyrics: "You were never worth the cry, so put the tears back in my eyes." Her captivating vocals shine over the track, particularly in the chorus hook as she lets out her regret over wasted time and emotion. GLNNA alternates between writing music for herself and collaborating on EDM releases such as Flux Pavillion's recent single Somebody Else and Yetep and Maazel's 1NIGHT. Keep an ear out for GLNNA, she's on the rise!
Talii brings us a sexy new pop and alt R&B gem called "Thickness", the second single from her forthcoming debut EP. Her alluring, confident lyrics give the track its standout appeal. She works hard for her body and won't be ordering a salad either because she's after those fitness gains. And she sure knows how to werk it, enticing her man with her smooth vocals over a phat bass line... which she stretches to over Facetime... Phew, is it getting hot in here?
Jamaican DJ/producer The Kemist has re-worked his banger "Mayhem" along with DJ Braindead and singer Nyanda, adding fresh vocals and energy. The track has a serious dance beat that's sure to set off any dancefloor, and is featured in a party scene in Netflix's new movie Tall Girl. Underneath all the party vibes though, there's a deeper double meaning to the song, ringing the "alarm" about climate change with lyrics like: "We are warn a di world we a warm / G-string a fling when the Big tune come on / Pum pum crisis FEMA a swarm." Big ups on this tune, it's a banger all round!
West coast rapper Howflyy has been putting out tracks since 2014 on SoundCloud, but this year he's started to drop singles on stores too. He's teamed up with James Kaye and Lorde Sanctus on his latest single "Own 2", a feel-good piano-based hip hop track about working hard towards what you want in life and being able to stand on your own two feet no matter what happens. The track features catchy vocals from James Kaye in the chorus and groovy flows from Lorde Sanctus and Howflyy in the verses.
Howflyy was first introduced to music through his father and grandfather with their shared interest in funk and soul music. This led to him beginning to mix records on his family's PC at a young age and rapping by middle school. Now putting out great records like this, we think his "own 2" feet are taking him in the right direction!
Singer/songwriter Emily James gives us chills on her new single about trying to move on with a new partner. Her vocals dance softly over moody production with her lyrics immediately striking deep from the first line: "I kissed someone else tonight for the first time since you." She's also worked in thunderstorm samples to set the scene for lines like: "a lightning like ours only strikes once I'm sure." Chills is the third single from her forthcoming EP and we can't wait to hear the rest!
Producers B3LLA and Oddcube have teamed up for their powerful new trap single "Save Me". B3LLA is a South Korean producer who released his first track "Cocaine" in 2017. Oddcube, previously known as Wolfsnare, released his first single "Gumball" last year. Check out this cool interview with him on QR Network. Save Me opens with a lush, dramatic soundscape glistening with soft piano notes. Intense lyrics in the verses build to a powerful melodic drop ringing out like a warning siren.
Nashville-based indie pop duo The Roosevelts have released a smooth, groovy new love song called "Trippin' on Your Love". The track features infectious vocal melodies over evolving, fun production with elements reminiscent of the likes of Spandau Ballet's True. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album.
Ella Eyre has teamed up with producers Banx & Ranx and singer Kiana Ledé for her first single for 2019, "Mama", a saucy number about: "standing up for yourself and making sure that if your relationship ends, your ex doesn't get away with telling a bunch of lies to a family you care about." The energetic track has a rhythmic dancehall-like beat over 808s and big vocal & synth accents, but the spotlight is by far stolen by the fantastic lead vocals, especially with the attitude Eyre injects on lines like: "You do me like Judas / You think I'm a fool-ah / Should've left you sooner!"
The single comes after her return from a writing trip in Jamaica which she talks about among other things in a recent interview with Lorraine - watch below. She says: "Returning to Jamaica has been a huge game changer for me and my outlook as an artist. It's where my dad grew up and to be given the chance to record there with some of my best friends has been such an incredible experience."
If you're looking for something with more of an electronic beat, then check out some of the new remixes for the track from the likes of Disciples, Just Kiddin, Herve Pagez and Simon Hardy. We can't wait to hear more from her including the announcement of her next tour!