New Music Friday - 02/11/2018
As the days start to get darker and colder, there's one guiding light to look forward to every week: The Loop's New Music Friday roundup. This week we have a triumphant return from pop queen Carly Rae Jepsen alongside a new bop from LSD as well as some new heat from Skepta and LD and an absolute banger from underrated New York group Flatbush Zombies.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Party For One
3 years after her last album Emotion in 2015, fans have been yearning for more Carly Rae Jepsen and her first song of the year, 'Party For One' is an undeniable bop that is no doubt going to shoot her back up to the top of the charts. With it's painfully relatable lyrics and an infectious beat, it's nice to have her back on form after her hiatus, as fans can look forward to a new album in 2019.
LSD - Mountains
The supergroup of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo have released their 4th track under the name LSD as apart of the Mountains EP and while it's slightly more low-key than their other efforts, it's just as engaging. Starting off as a folky and calming sing-along between Labrinth and Sia, the song soon shifts into a classic pop smash with Diplo's usual bouncy production behind the catchy but cliché chorus.
Skepta & LD - Neighbourhood Watch
Hot off the heels of 67 member LD's first solo record, The Masked One, the UK drill legend teams up with Skepta for 'Neighbourhood Watch', bringing out the best in both of them. Over a classically drill sounding beat, both LD and Skepta trade bars in one of the most aggressive and relentless songs of the year. Featuring some of the hottest talent of the UK scene, this song showcases the best of both drill and grime.
Thundercat, BadBadNotGood & Flying Lotus - King of the Hill
The three pillars of neo/experimental jazz have finally come together on 'King of the Hill' from the upcoming compilation from Brainfeeder Records titled Brainfeeder X. Sounding like the audio equivalent of a Lindor chocolate, the smooth, haunting vocals provided by Thundercat ride over the raw acoustic drums and twinkling keys seamlessly, and while it's unclear exactly who contributed what to this maelstrom of talent, the sound they curate is excellent.
Flatbush Zombies - New World Order
Surprisingly soon after their sophomore album Vacation in Hell earlier this year, New York talent Flatbush Zombies have graced us with another banger of a track that is clinically impossible not to head-bob to. It's unclear yet whether this is from another project or just a loose track, but either way it stands on it's own with Erick's fantastic, futuristic production and each member bringing their a-game.
Theophilus London feat. Tame Impala - Only You
This week American singer-songwriter Theophilus London greeted us with a cover of Steve Monite's classic 1984 funk song with revised instrumentals by Kevin Parker and while everything in the song sounds good, it doesn't really justify it's existence. After Frank Ocean covered the same song last year and quite simply did a superior job, there isn't much reason for this song to exist as it doesn't build on anything new but simply treads the same ground as the original.