Level up your summer listening with our pick of the best new tracks this August! Whether jetting off on a sun-soaked holiday or chilling at home, this is your first destination for discovering fresh sounds and the perfect playlist additions.
The 1975 - The 1975
The 1975 sure like to keep busy. After releasing their critically acclaimed third album in November, the indie pop outfit have already promised to follow it up swiftly with another LP in 2019. But before then, Matt Healy and co are treating us to something a bit special.
This eponymous single sees the band enlist a very special guest: Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Over a delicate piano and an ethereal haze of synth, she delivers a compelling monologue; urging civilisation to change its ways and save the planet. “Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.” It may not be the catchy hit that fans of The 1975 have to come to expect, but it’s a timely message that is a hugely poignant in this day and age.
Kano - Trouble
With Stormzy smashing a historic Glastonbury headline slot and breakthrough acts like Dave making huge waves worldwide, it’s fair to say the grime music scene is in a very good place right now. But all this wouldn’t be possible without the forefathers of the genre, paving the way with an innovative new sound.
One of these elder statesmen is Kano – a London-born MC who has pioneered the grime culture since his electric debut in 2004. His new single, Trouble, is a perfect example of why he’s still a trailblazer within the genre – as he breaks down life growing up in the hood and the pitfalls of a youth becoming a victim of that system.
RAYE - Love Me Again
When it comes to producing first-class pop music, the UK is in a league of its own right now. RAYE, one of many homegrown talents flying the flag, is a prime example of this. With an upcoming debut album on the way, the south London R&B singer showcases her talent in emphatic style on Love Me Again.
Over a unique combination of funky guitars and a celestial-sounding organ, RAYE puts her own spin on the clichéd ‘break up song’. Pleading with her love interest for another chance, the track is packed full of personality – with a positive sound that defies the sore subject matter. Heartbreak has never sounded so good.
HAIM - Summer Girl
Californian sibling outfit HAIM are back to add yet another must listen banger to your summer playlist. As revealed by the band themselves, the sisterly trio took inspiration from Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side on this new material – inflecting their trademark pop rock sound with a laid-back, jazzy edge.
Summer Girl builds slowly, with baggy guitars playing between an insanely catchy saxophone riff, before the tune emerges into a sunny, feel-good finale. It’s also accompanied by a gorgeous message, with the track written after singer Danielle Haim discovered her partner had been diagnosed with cancer. “You walk beside me, not behind me, feel my unconditional love,” she proclaims in this dreamy number.
Chance the Rapper ft. John Legend - All Day Long
Given his status as one of hip-hop’s most prolific figureheads right now, you’d be surprised to find out that Chance the Rapper has only just dropped his debut album. The Big Day sees the American lyricist follow up on the promise of the success of his early mixtapes with an ambitious, feature-packed project.
Standout hit, All Day Long, is a celebratory introduction to the album – with Chance counting all his blessings and showcasing an upbeat flow that you can’t help but raise a smile to. The track’s gospel vibe is sent to overdrive when the super soulful vocal talent of John Legend joins the fun on the hook and bridge.
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