Beyoncé – THIQUE
You can’t escape it. Beyoncé’s new album dropped today and, safe to say, it’s terrific. Oozing sass and danceable charm, there’s some real lifelong tunes on it. I’ve gone for ‘Thique’, which as our review describes, “gives thickness a classy and dignified je ne sais quoi, the lyrics transform the effects of weight gain into the sexiest thing in the world.” Amen.
Kasabian – THE WALL
Kasabian give us the fourth taste of their forthcoming album, The Alchemist’s Dream. This piano-backed tune is a rather vulnerable one in comparison to their typical raucous energy, which is fitting given their forthcoming album will be the Leicester band’s first since the departure of former frontman Tom Meighan, who stepped away from the outfit in 2020 due to “personal issues”.
April – 54321
Co-written by whynow favourite Matt Maltese (who also recently had a hand in some of Jamie T’s work), ‘54321’ forms part of April’s forthcoming mixtape, STARLANE. Encompassing the emotional turmoil of a breakup and moving from Ireland’s Kildare to London, STARLANE promises to be a real emotional ride of a project. And if ‘54321’ is anything to go by, it’ll possess some real quality.
Lava La Rue – Motel
Lava La Rue dropped their new EP, ‘Hi-Fidelity’ today. We’ve heard glistening glimpses of it before. And now we have the full thing. ‘Motel’ is its closer which twinkles and shimmers with some real-ass funk beneath Lava’s soaring vocals.
Willie J Healey – Tiger Woods
Staying with that funky feeling – those songs that make you just want to ooooohhhhh. (Which looks a lot more odd written down). Here we have Willie J Healey’s sumptuous ‘Tiger Woods’, which has that ‘70s style soul jam that’ll have you swaying till the morning.
Maggie Rogers – Want Want
Another big swinging album drop on the list (though obviously not as big as Beyoncé – I mean, how could anything be as big as Queen Bey?). Our review of Surrender might have deemed the album as a whole to be Maggie Rogers’ most raw, authentic work yet, but ‘Want Want’ is equally her go at stadium pop. Regardless, we want want it, for sure.
Jemima Coulter – Horses
Bristol-based artist Jemima Coulter released brand-new album Grace After A Party today. And just like Maggie Rogers’ album above, there’s a tune entitled ‘Horses’. It’s something of an assortment of sounds (and admittedly might not be to everyone’s taste), but with its bashful second half, it certainly packs a punch. One to listen to and soak up whilst on your own, rather than playing to a crowd.
Whitney – TWIRL
Chicago duo Julien Ehlrich and Max Kakacek, aka Whitney, have dropped two new singles today in the run-up to their forthcoming album SPARK, which is set for release in September via Secretly Canadian. Certainly one of the pair’s more emotive tracks, this track bears a climbing vocal presence reminiscent of Bon Iver. It’s okay to cry.
Oscar Jerome – Berlin 1
South London jazz artist Oscar Jerome has put out his new single ‘Berlin 1’ today, along with the announcement of a new album, The Spoon, which is also due in September. Written, obviously, in Berlin, away from the hustle and bustle of London, the track is apparently about seeing yourself through the eyes of someone you love. You just listen to it yourself and tell us you love it.
EFÉ – Loving Girl
Closing up this week’s selection is 22-year-old Anita Ikharo, aka EFÉ, from Dublin. Her new single ‘Loving Girl’ comes ahead of her first ever headline show at Dublin’s Academy 2 next month. Given she’s already supported JPEGMAFIA for two shows in her hometown and played twice at Glastonbury, we have no doubt it’ll be a roaring success. Especially with a tune such as this.