New Music Friday - 12/10/2018
It's Friday and that means another round of fresh new tracks to sink your teeth into. In the pop field of this week's round up we have a genre-blending bop from Little Mix and Nicki Minaj with 'Woman Like Me' as well as a bold new Maggie Rogers track 'Light On'. Also, keep your eyes out for the dreamy new Girlpool track 'Where You Sink' as well as the beautiful 'Ottolenghi' from Loyle Carner & Jordan Rakei.
In a collaboration that can only exist in the current hip-hop dominated climate, Little Mix team up with hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj for the upbeat 'Woman Like Me'. With a strong focus on the female image, this genre-melting track jumps from a very trap and hip-hop inspired verse to a classically EDM climax in it's chorus, making it one of the most interesting pop songs of the year, even if Nicki's verse does fall flat. Listen below.
American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers blew up in 2017 off the back of the brilliant 'Alaska' and finds herself back in the limelight with the potent 'Light On'. Marking the second single to her upcoming album Heard It In a Past Life, the quaint acoustic instrumental slowly breaks into a piano-lead crescendo with Rogers' distinctive vocals over top, making for a pleasant, if a little formulaic, track. Find the track below.
After dropping the ghostly 'Picturesong' at the start of the year, indie veterans Girlpool treated us to two new songs this week seemingly out of the blue. One of which ,'Where You Sink', is a shoegaze inspired, haunting song that is sure to divide fans as it enters a new sound for the duo, one which I embrace with open arms. Listen below.
UK hip-hop up and comer Loyle Carner dropped the beautiful 'Ottolenghi' this week, and over a year after his debut album, it was definitely worth the wait. The song's luscious beat was produced by New Zealand's own Jordan Rakei who also sings the melodic and mellow hook, making for one of Carner's best tracks to date, as he paints a vivid picture to accompany the plodding, synth-lead beat. Listen the the track below.
With a reasonable amount of hype surrounding their as of yet unannounced 4th album, hip-hop juggernauts Run The Jewels dropped their new track 'Let's Go (The Royal We)' as a part of the soundtrack to the recent film Venom. If anything this song proves that a song can be a banger as long as El-P is producing it as the grungy and driving beat serves to outshine some of Killer Mike's recycled bars, making for a surprisingly disappointing track from a group as consistent as Run The Jewels. Check it out below.
Despite being a relatively by the numbers indie band up to this point, Sundara Karma come through with a surprisingly funky track on 'Illusions', one of their most interesting and dynamic songs to date. The song's instrumental is groovy and bouncy and not at all what listeners of the band are used to as it tiptoes on the side of disco and funk at points, while lead singer Oscar Pollock does his best Bowie impression, to varying degrees of success. Listen below.