It’s Glastonbury weekend. The festival will invariably make the headlines, but don’t let those merry revelers distract you from some of the great new music out today.
Miles Kane – ‘The Wonder’
The third single off of Miles Kane’s forthcoming album, ‘The Wonder’ is an infectious, guitar-driven tune. In terms of subject matter, Kane himself describes is as being “about those moments in time when the mind wanders over a past relationship, and you feel the presence of that person again. The waves come and go as you sit alone and think about what has been.”
Stormzy ft Fredo – ‘Toxic Trait’
Alisson Hammond plays therapist as Stormzy and Fredo air some of their worst habits. It’s a catchy track, despite the rather serious message. The verses are quite different from each other, with the beat switching up at the halfway point, but both blend moments of genuine reflection with a satirical look at ‘toxicity’.
Bakar – ‘Alive’
The release of ‘Alive’ is accompanied by a music video that sees Bakar bring an overcast Picadilly Circus to a standstill. The song, for its part, is more upbeat. As London as it gets, it’s a fitting song for the June sunshine. Long may it continue.
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – ‘Barbie World’
Ice Spice continues on her quest to world domination with another collaboration. Titled ‘Barbie World’, the famous track is sampled and it suddenly seems a pretty obvious slam-dunk for two of, if not the, biggest voices in female rap. It might not have the same viral potential as recent Ice Spice tracks, but it’ll do numbers, I’m sure.
NSJ Mali ft Mugzz – ‘No Pressure’
At just 20 years old, there’s no doubt how talented NSJ Mali is. On his new track, ‘No Pressure’, he enlists Mugzz for a sleek record. The lyrics are sharp and punchy and the sound unique. Well worth a listen.
M24 – ‘Neighbourhood Hero’
A really impressive tune from M24. The style is nothing ground-breaking, but the MC again shows his ability with in a style that stands the test of time. Verses reflect on how far he’s come, with a couple of instances of neat wordplay, and they’re well split by a catchy hook.
Len – ‘Bebe’
More rap, this time from rising South London rapper Len. His Nigerian roots are clear and on display on ‘Bebe’, described as a track “made for people to feel sexy when the listen to”. It’s the final single ahead of Len’s Lehgoland, out next month.
Maisie Peters – ‘Run’
A high-tempo tune from English pop singer Maisie Peters, ‘Run’ is broadly about not trusting boys who promise to be there for you. The song is one of the stand-outs off Peters’ new 15-track album, The Good Witch, which arrived in full today.
Picture Parlour – Norweigan Wood
Emerging rockers Picture Parlour made headlines this week, both literally and metaphorically, after featuring on NME’s digital cover, to coincide with the launch of their debut single. Whilst this has opened-up further discourse around so-called “industry plants” (those with strong backing), the fact is that shouldn’t take the shine off just how glamorous said debut single sounds.
Wallice – Quarterlife
Rising indie-rocker Wallice breaks down the trials and tribulations of quarterlife despair amid her brand-new EP, Mr Big Shot, which arrives today. Read our full interview with her here.