Once again, we’ve got you covered and have sourced the best songs that have dropped over the past seven days. It’s a big mix of everything, but one thing you can be sure of is that we have only included tunes of the utmost quality. If you only hear ten songs this week, make it these!
Leisure Suite – Sweet Gin
Leisure Suite have marked their return this week with the announcement that a new EP is on the way as well as the first taste of what we can expect. Sweet Gin is a total dream, soft and down tempo with enough depth to make it that extra bit special. If this duo aren’t on your radar yet, Sweet Gin is the perfect introduction.
Papoose – Michael Jackson (Ft. Rema Ma & Ty Dolla $ign)
As far as jams go, they don’t get much better than this. A big ball of fun turned into a song, Michael Jackson is too good. Big bass, frenzied beats, grandiose lyrics and enough good vibes to warm up our Australian winter nights, this will definitely feature heavily in future party playlists of mine.
BUOY – Close/Open
BUOY is one of the most exciting acts in Australia right now. I cannot rave enough about her. Her songs are so unique, so refined and there is so much detail, each listen you discover another subtle intricacy that wasn’t there before. They bloom and swell as she adds more and more to the mix, complimented by her gliding vocals that float above the frenetically produced bed of beats she’s made. Her debut EP has recently dropped, and it falls into my “Everyone Must Listen To” category. BUOY is definitely one to watch.
B.Miles – Shaking Hands
B. Miles possesses one of the most commanding voices I’ve heard in some time. Reminiscent of singers from a bygone era, she pays homage to her inspirations whilst looking forward, and her latest single Shaking Hands is yet another example of this. Slow, sexy and smoky, it’s a slow jam that has an extra punch.
Dornik – Drive (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)
Dornik + BADBADNOTGOOD = match made in heaven. Dornik’s Michael Jackson-esque vocals are perfectly suited to the downtempo jazz infusion the Canadian trio have laid down, and is shown off in a different light from his usual upbeat R&B jams. This remix comes just before Dornik’s debut album drops next month, and has us like Homer Simpson thinking about donuts when we think about that being in our ears.
DownBeat Keys – Final Round
If there is a song you have to hear on a Friday afternoon, it’s probably this one. The Brooklyn funk/R&B band have turned it up more than a few levels for this track, amping up the good vibes to a whole new level. Those vocals are to die for, and that hook will definitely be stuck in your head for days to come – lucky it’s so good though, so I’m not even complaining.
Szymon – Medusa
Szymon’s music is bittersweet. Although he lost his battle with depression at such a young age, his family decided to celebrate the bright light that he was, and have been busy releasing his collection of songs posthumously. Medusa is a beautiful, delicate narrative with fast paced guitars and summery vibes. It’s a gorgeous song, and a touching tribute to the raw talent that was Szymon.
Gill Bates – Didn’t Mind (Prod. Feki)
Brisbane’s Gill Bates has totally blown up lately, and for good reason. From the release of his debut single, She Knows, featuring Allday, he jumped on the Chubby Boy’s tour alongside Asta, and is now supporting fellow breakthrough star in the making, Baro. He’s got a voice that immediately makes you sit up and listen, sounding more like someone rubbing shoulders with Frank Ocean than someone from the Brisbane ‘burbs. Didn’t Mind is another feather in his cap, teaming up with Feki for production duties. The track holds Bates in good stead for what we can still expect from him. All I know is that Gill Bates is not one to sleep on.
Zola Blood – Play Out
Intimate, mysterious and rich, Hackney-four piece Zola Blood have returned with a fantastic tune in Play Out. It snowballs, slowly but surely, into a sprawling, intricate track with a multitude of influences on display. Play Out marks Zola Blood’s return since the release of their debut EP last year, which saw them reach #1 on Hype Machine. If this track is anything to go by, I dare say they’ll be heading that way again!
Homeshake – Give It To Me
Having just signed to label Strange Yonder, Homeshake have gone and dropped one of my favourite tracks of this year in Give It To Me. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I am including the clip as well in this playlist and it gets it’s own special mention. So chill, so cool, and so controlled, Give It To Me is the soundtrack dreams are made of, and have made Homeshake one of my favourite discoveries to date. They are tipped to have a new album out soon, and to say I’m excited is a huge understatement. All time!