Ibrahim Maalouf – Feeling Good
Fresh off a nomination at the 2023 Grammys, it’s the award award winning trumpeter and composer, Ibrahim Maalouf. It comes from his new, seventeenth album, Capacity To Love, which features guest appearances from the likes of Sharon Stone and Erick The Architect.
‘Feeling Good’ is a class track.
A$AP Rocky – Shittin’ Me
Finally, three years after first teasing the track at 2018’s Camp Flog Gnaw, A$AP Rocky releases ‘Shittin’ Me,’ signalling his new project is likely just around the corner. Another collaboration with producer Kelvin Krash, Rocky comes with his typical swagger for two (and a half) verses on the bass-heavy track.
Lewis Capaldi – Pointless
Everyone’s favourite Scottish hearthrob returns with ‘Pointless’. It’s a single ahead of his new album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, and it comes just weeks after Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Love’ overtook Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ as the UK’s most streamed song of all time.
Nas x 21 Savage – One Mic, One Gun
A collaboration that may come as a surprise to many, as just two weeks ago 21 Savage was questioning Nas’ relevancy on an Instagram live. The two seem to have settled their differences, as both continue their fine form following their recent albums. Behind a triumphant Hit-Boy beat, Nas continues his victory lap, whilst 21 confirms that “when you turn a legend, ain’t no such thing as relevance.”
White Lung – Bird
White Lung are bowing out with the impressive Premonition, which dropped today, and ‘Bird’ is a standout. In our review, Greg Wetherall wrote: “the descending guitar line midway through ‘Bird’ is a delicious thing to wrap your ears around”.
Ellen Krauss – This Time Of Year
On a more sombre note, and dipping our toe ever so slightly into the festive season, it’s Swedish singer-songwriter Ellen Krauss’ new track – ‘This Time Of Year’. The song is inspired by the “feeling of loss some feel during the festive period” and after a haunting opening, Krauss opens up the pipes and delivers a brilliant, under-the-radar little Christmas number.
Kyei – Raw Love
RnB artist Kyei drops her debut single ‘Raw Love’, and as far as debuts go, it’s quite something. Smooth vocals over a simple yet sumptuous Aaron Or Age-produced beat. Big things are expected of Kyei next year and this tune goes some way to amping up the hype that little bit more.
Metro Boomin – Creepin’ (with The Weeknd & 21 Savage)
Fresh off Metro Boomin’s new album Heroes & Villains, the St. Louis producer recruits two of the hottest artists out right now to deliver a captivating crossover. Verses about infidelity and ignorance sees both parties on top form, whilst Metro differs from his usual hard-hitting trap beats, shifting instead to an almost hip-hop/RnB crossover, to allow the features to thrive.
Wallice – Japan
Following the release of her EP 90s American Superstar in April, Wallice drops a single that was written to reconnect the 24-year-old singer with her heritage. “My father was born and raised in Tokyo and lived there until he was 27,” Wallice has explained, “and my mother lived there for a couple years in the 90s, so Japanese culture has heavily influenced my identity. I don’t know my father’s family in Japan at all… This song explores where home is and why I am so drawn to Japan.”
Emmeline – Sabrina
whynow favourite, and Fraser T. Smith protege, Emmeline drops her latest single ‘Sabrina’ today. Based on Audrey Hepburn’s 1954 film of the same name, the track sees the rising star use her typically poetic manner to paint a cinematic picture that’s befitting of the track’s subject matter.