What a nifty week it’s been for music. Seems like 2017 is shaking off the early new year daze and releases are pouring in from some amazing artists both locally and worldwide. Some of the best we’ve had our eyes and ears on this week:
London O’Connor – Nobody Hangs Out Anymore
The remastered version of his stunning debut O∆ is out today and with it comes a brand new video for one of the standout tunes from that album, Nobody Hangs Out Anymore. It’s an intoxicating blend of sound, think a less gloomy Earl Sweatshirt with more pop hooks and the accompanying video is a hypnotic slacker day-in-the-life that pairs perfectly.
Timbre Timbre – Velvet Gloves & Spit
With their fourth record Sincerely, Future Pollution due out April 7th, the juxtapositionally-titled Velvet Gloves & Spit is the gorgeous new single from Canadian trio Timbre Timbre. If you like Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders, you’ll love this, baritonal storyteller vocals and uplifting synths melding together to create some of the dreamiest listening you’ll do all week.
Kilter – Count On Me (ft. LANKS)
Keen to turn it up a few gears because it’s Friday? Sydney beatsmith Kilter is here with an utter banger in new single Count On Me. Featuring LANKS of Melbourne, another of our favourites, it’s a hazy slab of the kind of dance that brings a pit to its knees. Perfect to wave summer off with, expect more big things from Kilter, whose debut album is scheduled for launch in June of this year.
Little Simz – Picture Perfect
Putting out one of the low-key best releases of 2016 was absolute firebrand spitter Little Simz with Stillness In Wonderland. Picture Perfect was one of the many standouts from that record, discordantly jazzy and with Simz going all the way in with relentless force. It’s been given the video treatment this week with an animated feature directed by Jeremy Cole, it’s deliciously neo-noir and only adds to the chaos. Check out our interview with Little Simz while you’re at it.
Vera Blue – Private
Wrapping up back on home turf with the brand new single from songstress Vera Blue, who has a debut record due out this year after a 2016 spent ensuring her name was spread nationwide. Private is the first taste of her yet-to-be-titled first longplayer but all indications are that it’s going to be an absolute ripper. It opens with a melancholic piano that gives way to an absolutely monolithic chorus with crashing trap beats and synths like a blazing inferno all sparked by Blue’s utterly killer pipes. She goes harder than we’ve ever heard her here and it’s a fantastic sign of things to come from the Sydney talent. Judge for yourself below: