BRITs Critics Choice Award winner, voice like velvet, and all round megababe, Jorja Smith has dropped her latest track and, no shock, it’s yet another winner. Featuring one of our other faves, Stormzy, “Let Me Down” is a goosebump-inducing sizzler about “meaning very little to someone; but being okay with that, even though it hurts.” The latest in a long line of brilliant tracks from Jorja, we’re convinced it’s impossible to not fall in love with her after hearing this song…
Start your New Year soundtrack right…
Jorja Smith – “Let Me Down” feat. Stormzy
Tom Grennan – “Sober”
This year is Tom Grennan’s year. Yep, we’re only 16 days in and we’re already calling it. Set to drop his debut album Lighting Matches in May, he’s giving us a sneak peak at what beauties it will hold with his latest release, “Sober”. Detailing his relationship with alcohol, Tom explains: “I wanted to write about always getting really drunk. At one point in my life, I hated getting drunk, but I was always doing it, and the morning after I would always feel guilty. Then the next day I would get fucked up again. It’s about me not letting myself get sober. Then it took this whole different twist. It’s like a Bond song, and it’s one of the only songs on the record that takes me on a rollercoaster.”
Pizzagirl – “Favourite Song”
Born from the idea of making a track that could easily sneak onto a Blade Runner or Miami Vice soundtrack, “Favourite Girl” is the stunning debut from Pizzagirl – or Liam Brown, as his passport says. Recorded and produced entirely in his bedroom, the song is a gorgeous lo-fi slice of pensive pop music. “Ideally listening to it in 1989 would be best,” Pizzagirl advises, “but as long as you’re cruising down the city streets in a convertible at night then you should hopefully enjoy it just the same.”
Danny Goffey – “Ancient Text”
Following on from his solo debut Take Your Jacket Off & Get Into It released under the moniker vangoffey, former Supergrass drummer and vocalist Danny Goffey has returned with his new banger, “Ancient Text”. Shared under his own name, it’s a ridiculously catchy indie stomper with Suede’s Brett Anderson jumping on for some added vocals. “The inspiration behind ‘Ancient Text’ is all around us, in the news every day,” Danny says. “It is inescapable. Every day a terrible event happens in the name of religion, and it’s heartbreaking when innocent people are caught up in the destruction. Give up the Ancient Text.”
Bleachers – “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”
Bleachers have shared a new song so 2018 is already going to be amazing. Taken from the soundtrack to upcoming film Love, Simon, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” is the first piece of pop perfection following the indie-pop band’s blinding sophomore album Gone Now (which was one of our fave albums of 2017). Yet again proving why Jack Antonoff is considered a pop music maverick, we’re hoping this is just the first taste of new Bleachers music this year.
Sea Girls – “Heavenly War”
After bursting onto the scene last year, rising London quartet Sea Girls are kicking this year off in a similar fashion with the release of their incredible new track “Heavenly War”. A shimmering indie-disco anthem, it’s one of those songs that is just meant to be sung/screamed along to at a festival somewhere. As the band say themselves: “This song is about that weirdly exciting but quite difficult conflict of feelings and events that makes our lives worth living. Ultimately describing that moment when you feel the best about life. I think it’s a really positive message.”
The Orielles – “Blue Suitcase (Disco Waist)”
To get us excited for the release of their debut next month (as if we could possibly be more excited), Halifax huns The Orielles have shared their latest piece of melodic pop, “Blue Suitcase (Disco Waist)”. Taken from said debut – titled Silver Dollar Moment – it’s a psychedelic-tinged groove-filled track inspired by “events, discussions and ‘philosophical’ musings that took place in the studio during the recording of the album.” Another bit of concrete proof to show why they’re one of the most exciting bands around ATM, if this doesn’t get you excited for their debut then you’re probably dead inside…
Sylvan Esso – “PARAD(w/m)E”
Oh, how we love Sylvan Esso. After releasing their second LP What Now last year, North Carolina’s best dance-pop duo are back with latest track “PARAD(w/m)E” which, in classic Sylvan Esso fashion, is gonna have you dancing in no time. Truly on the frontline of pioneering pop, the soaring synths and hypnotising sounds show just why the pair are the best around and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store for this year.
Oscar Jerome – “Smile on a Screen” feat. James Massiah
Oscar Jerome is amazing. There is absolutely no denying it. Beautifully blending jazz and soul, his latest cut “Smile on a Screen” is a gorgeous vibey track that will instantly brighten your day. This tune has grown through being played live,” Oscar explains, “it took a while to find its identity when recorded but with a mash-up of mine, Maxwell Owin and Wu-Lu’s production skills it finally found a life of its own.” Also featuring spoken word poetry from South Londoner James Massiah, and with Moses Boyd on the drums, it’s an exciting look at what Oscar’s upcoming EP, “Where Are Your Branches?”, will hold.
Kali Uchis – “After The Storm” feat. Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins
It’s no secret that Kali Uchis is our fave new pop siren, and now she’s back to prove why she should be yours too. Dropping her latest funk-filled track “After The Storm”, the song features guest spots from Tyler, The Creator, funk legend Bootsy Collins and additional production from BADBADNOTGOOD. Taken from her forthcoming album, it’s a slinky and sleek number championing staying strong through rough times. As Kali says herself: “Just because you’re losing at the moment doesn’t mean you’ve lost yet. The storm may be scary now but it’s how your flowers bloom later, and paradise is just beyond the rainbow.”