End of Week round up of all the latest new single releases.
1. Nat Slater returns with dreamy new song ‘Toxic’
West London singer/songwriter Nat Slater is back with her new single, ‘Toxic’, out now on EMI Records.
Produced by the Grammy award winning Grades, the track is a hazy slice of alt-pop/ r&b, a stunning showcase of Nat’s silky vocals and her talent for melodies that embed themselves in your subconscious. ‘Toxic’ is an exploration of those contradictory emotions you feel when you fall for someone when you know you may not be that good for each other
The 19-year-old started writing music on guitar and piano from a young age, after years of absorbing her musician mum’s love of 90s R&B. When she was about 11 she had the realisation that she wanted to be a songwriter as she sat on her Dad’s shoulders at Clapham Common watching Stevie Wonder perform. Since then she’s been trying to channel the same honesty in her writing as the masters she grew up with.
2. SG Lewis shares video for ‘Feed The Fire’
Following the release of his brand new single ‘Feed the Fire’ ft. Lucky Daye, SG Lewis today shares its explosive official video. Directed by Aidan Cullen (Dominic Fike, Omar Apollo and Trippie Red) and featuring rising stars Alton Mason and Quen Blackwell, the clip is a transatlantic vignette, shot between London and LA and serving as an ode to the nights out of old, while offering a glimpse of the times we could be soon returning to.
‘Feed the Fire’ is the third single to emerge from times, SG Lewis’ upcoming debut album, and was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and Nick Grimshaw’s Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1. The track follows the releases of huge summer singles ‘Chemicals’ and the Robyn and Channel Tres collaborative smash ‘Impact’.
3. Mae Muller releases new video for ‘Dependant’
Following the release of her highly anticipated EP ‘no one else, not even you’, Mae Muller today releases a brand-new video for the addictively catchy new single ‘dependent’. Directed by Sophia Ray [Little Mix + 5SOS], the video follows Mae on dates with a partner she’s falling for, backed by an army of girls.
First appearing as disapproving friends, the girls later transpire to be Mae’s inner thoughts as she battles between the thrill of a new love and the fear of losing her sense of self. Both Mae’s and the girls looks for the video were provided by Dolce and Gabbana. The video is the third to be lifted from the EP following “so annoying” and “HFBD”.
4. .wavrunner release new single ‘uh huh, i like it’
Introducing exciting new US pop act, .wavrunner (pronounced waverunner) who released their debut single ‘uh huh, i like it’ via Elevation Recording Group on 17th November. The song samples “Miss Broadway,” a disco hit from 1977 by French band Belle Epoque.
‘uh huh, i like it’ has been produced by Paul Meany (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, LANY) former front man of Mutemath and one of the most “in demand” producers today and mixed by Grammy-nominated Joe Grasso (“Old Town Road”/Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, “July”/Noah Cyrus, “Pop Out Again”/Polo G).
5. Lowlife release debut track ‘Wasteland’
Possessing a symbiotic relationship and hindered by their erratic ADHD outbursts, Essex newcomers LOW
‘Wasteland’ represents the culmination of their extensive influences and DIY ethos. It’s an explosive blend of larger-than-life pop hooks, West Coast hip-hop, booming dub and Middle-Eastern flavoured melodies. Lyrically, it’s a post-apocalyptic road trip that simmers with charismatic rhymes and punky disillusionment.
6. The Heavy Hours release new track ‘Desperate Days’
“Desperate Days” is the third song released by the Cincinnati quartet The Heavy Hours. The new song was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Matt Maeson) and produced and mixed by David Baron in the Catskill Mountains and follows the release of past two singles “Don’t Walk Away” co-written with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and “Ache.”
The band said of the song: ‘“Desperate Days” is the light of the sun after a storm; the reward that comes after hope during hard times. It’s a song we wrote during our quarantine experience; it’s all about the silver linings of this strange year. We sent ideas and melodies over the phone to each other, wrote the lyrics to it on a rainy day in Ohio, and then recorded the track on a rainy day in Woodstock NY.”
Listen to ‘Desperate Days’ HERE
7. Charlotte James shares new single ‘Get It Right’
Charlotte Jane’s debut EP ‘Nowhere To Hide’ established her as one of the UK’s brightest new voices. Quietly amassing millions of streams, it set her on the path to sell-out headline shows in London and hometown Hull, performing at Reading and Leeds and with the likes of Jess Glynne, Dennis Lloyd, Tom Odell and Lewis Capaldi, who believes Charlotte Jane is shaping up to be “one of the biggest fucking things in the world.” Her brand new single ‘Get It Right’ lives up to such high praise.
‘Get It Right’ immediately dictates the tone for Charlotte Jane’s sparsely opulent new sound. It’s a case of less being undoubtedly more, opening up the space for her stupendously soulful voice to explore love and life in real time. It was written in response to the frustration of realising that she’d been messed around by a love interest for over a year.
8. Lana Del Rey releases ‘Summertime The Gershwin Version’
Lana Del Rey has recorded a special cover of ‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin to raise awareness and to give support to two major American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Lana has also generously donated to both organizations whose concerts have been canceled through June 2021 due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations can be made to the “Play Your Part” fund at www.laphil.com and to the “NY Plays On Fund” at nyphil.org/virtualgala
9. Never Not Nothing share ‘Upbeat Deadbeat’
Never Not Nothing share their new single and video ‘Upbeat Deadbeat’ via Sony label Music For Nations.
‘Upbeat Deadbeat’ is a swaggering statement that sees frontman Space deliver a frenzied blow of poetic expression over hip-hop beats and distorted riffs, surfing between stripped back, motown inspired melodies to a monolithic and maximalist, hyperreal blast of drums, bass and augmented vocals.
The single follows the release of the nihilistic culture clash of ‘Ritual Destruction’ released last month, described by Rock Sound as “a swirling and daring mix of techno-fuelled ferocity and harsh rock energy that grips the neck and squeezes throughout”, and BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders stating “the music’s not changed, it goes just as hard”.
Both singles and their accompanying visuals were recorded completely-live in front of symbolic, flashing graphics created and edited entirely by the duo themselves, with the mantra “Survival Of The Nicest” being a futuristic Darwinian play on words.
10. Fickle Friends release their new single ‘Million’
With their recent tracks ‘What A Time’ and ‘92’, Fickle Friends are soundtracking our current worst of times in the best possible way. Their luminous synth-pop textures and dynamic energy provide an uplifting diversion rush of positivity, but their stories offer a timely reminder that you’re not alone in the challenges you face. They are songs which have re-amplified their voice, earning fresh attention from Jack Saunders at Radio 1 plus numerous playlist adds at Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.
Now Fickle Friends share the new single ‘Million’. It’s the third track to preview their upcoming ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’ EP, which follows on January 15th.
11. Anson Seabra releases ‘Walked Through Hell’
Anson Seabra is a midwest native with a song in his heart. Combining carefully-crafted melodies with gripping, emotional lyrics, his music has a somewhat majestic quality. Walked Through Hell is the first single from Anson’s upcoming project.
An emotive singer/songwriter, Anson Seabra makes artfully crafted and philosophical, piano-driven pop and is the latest pop prince to garner a significant following thanks to Gen-Z juggernaut Tik Tok. Anson developed his following, amassing over 1.5 million followers on TikTok and 99.4 million YouTube channel views, with his unique songwriting that cuts to the heart of our emotional life as well as his quirky personality that draws people in with his humorous observations, advice and his keen sense of humor.
12. KIAN releases new single ‘Sunbeam’
KIAN has channeled his youthful sincerity into music that captures how it feels to be young, vulnerable and in touch with your emotions. New cut ‘Sunbeam’, out now via Polydor Records, is a euphoric song about finding someone that brightens up your life, all while making you want to dance.
‘Sunbeam’ is Kian’s follow up to his recent single ‘Every Hour’ and his 2019 debut EP BLISS which generated over 100 million streams globally. ‘Sunbeam’ follows largely in the footsteps of ‘Every Hour’ with its powerful vocals, dreamy melodies and vivid lyrics.He uses songwriting to tackle everything from love and happiness to deconstructing masculinity in his songs. Bringing it all to life is a multi-dimensional sound that fuses alternative-pop with R&B elements and KIAN’s soulful vocals.
13. Tom Grennan shares anthem for hope and optimism.
Tom Grennan has released ‘Something Better’, a brand new track from his highly anticipated new album ‘Evering Road’, due March 5th 2021.
Originally inspired by the reform and empowerment that follows heartbreak, the track takes on a whole new meaning as we look ahead to 2021. Tom’s infectious energy creates an anthem for hope and optimism. Looking forward to ‘Something Better’, Tom says:
“When I wrote Something Better, it was a song about me smiling on the outside but dealing with a whirlwind of dark thoughts and distractions on the inside. Since Covid-19 and lockdown, the tables have turned! I’m smiling on the inside, and I’m constantly distracted with thoughts of the exciting, crazy and better future that is coming, and it’s just around the corner!”
‘Something Better’ is taken from Tom’s highly anticipated second album ‘Evering Road’, due for release March 5th 2021 via Insanity Records and also set to include include soaring first single ‘This Is The Place’, the soulful, introspective ‘Oh Please’ and the gospel-tinged ‘Amen’.
14. Justin Jesso unveils new single ‘The End’
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Justin Jesso has unveiled his stunning new single ‘The End’.
The track is accompanied by an atmospheric video that kicks off a limited visual series telling a bittersweet love story with every episode. ‘The End’ marks the first in the sequence, featuring Justin alongside renowned US actress Jearnest Corchado. The plot is told backwards and reaches its denouement or beginning in the last part. Of course, we don’t want to spoil anything at this point, however, we strongly recommend you to stay tuned! Watch the first clip HERE.
Love in all its facets has always been the greatest source of inspiration for Justin and his music. A sheer unsolvable mystery baring constant surprises: fortune and joy, but also disappointment, pain, and loneliness when mutual affection eventually fades. Justin Jesso knows all these emotions from his own experiences as he confesses on his new heartache ballad ‘The End’.
15. Raissa unveils the video for her latest track “CROWDED”
Multidisciplinary London-based artist Raissa unveils the video for her latest track “CROWDED” today. The song is from Raissa’s forthcoming debut EP HEROGIRL, out early next year via Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records/Columbia.
“I made this video with my friend Flo (Florence Kosky), we both are big fans of Studio Ghibli and so when I told her I wanted to do my own version of the meteor scene in Howl’s Moving Castle, she knew exactly how to bring that to life,” Raissa says. “In many ways Herogirl is a reimagining of the heroines in Studio Ghibli films – so it’s a big reference and influence for the project as a whole and that shows in the visual aspects of HEROGIRL. The animator, Anthony Schepperd, who worked on ‘GO FAST BABY,’ did the animations for ‘CROWDED’ too, continuing with that part-anime part-live action universe that’s meant to make the fantasy and larger than life nature of the project shine through even more!”