New Music Friday is here again and here are our top ten favourite singles that have been released today.
1. Kelli-Leigh drops “Feelin’ U”
A vibrant modern rework of ‘Just Won’t Do’ the early-2000s house classic by Tim Deluxe and Ben Onono, ‘Feelin U’ sees Kelli-Leigh’s soaring, unrivalled vocals combined with a deep bassline and the infectious trumpet of the original. It follows recent solo single ‘You Don’t Know Me’, and ‘Good’ in collaboration with radio don MistaJam, furthering Kelli-Leigh’s
“I am so excited to have my first ever signed single on the incredible Warner Records!” Kelli-Leigh
She continues: “We’re all ready for some freedom after the crazy last year we’ve had, so I hope this record gives people the feeling of sunshine, holidays and good times coming. Turn it up loud, this one bangs!”
2. Georgia and David Jackson release ‘Get Me Higher’
British pop maverick Georgia and rising DJ/Producer David Jackson blast off the lockdown cobwebs with euphoric new music “Get Me Higher”, released today via EMI Records.
Arriving as the world begins to re-open, “Get Me Higher” is a transcendent and timely club banger about venturing out into the world and seizing the moment. The antithesis to TikTok trends and Zoom parties, “Get Me Higher” encourages you to get out and embrace the world. An exhilarating reminder of the beauty of human connection and transformative power of dance music, it’s imbued with an infectious sense of freedom and love.
Built around the recurring lyrics “Can you feel your heart is beating/Can you know that somethings real/When you feel your heart is bleeding/Now you know you feel it” the song is a visceral reminder of what it is means be alive, the phasing synths, padded bass and thumping beats building up until the song explodes like a confetti canon.
Speaking of about the song, Georgia said: “I want ‘Get Me Higher’ to be the anthem to lift us up out of lockdown. In a way this song sort of fell from the sky at the perfect time and I want to see people dancing to it in the street, in their cars, up in the clouds or wherever they are because this song is about so much more than just having a boogie- it’s about freedom!”
David Jackson said: “Making ‘Get Me Higher’, we wanted to create something that embodies that carefree feeling of running back out into the world, hugging your friends, and dancing like nobody’s watching. It’s like a primal scream that makes you realize we’re at the end of this long dark tunnel, about to re-enter the dreamscape we once called reality. Pure euphoria, pure love!”
3. ‘Rest’ the latest track from Alanis Morissette
Today, seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette released, “Rest”, which she originally performed at the Chester Bennington tribute at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017. The song has not been available until now. Get it here! Co-written by Alanis and Michael Farrell and produced by Alex Hope, “Rest” is being released in support of Mental Health Action Day and will encourage donations to NAMI in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, “JAGGED LITTLE PILL,” was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen.
4. The Wandering Hearts release ‘Dreams’
The Wandering Hearts had already enjoyed the phenomenal experience of recording their second album deep in the Catskills with producers Simone Felice and David Baron, but their adventure would be extended with another remarkable chapter. They met up with the legendary Marty Stuart (a five-time Grammy Award winner and a former member of Johnny Cash’s band) in Nashville, who offered them ‘Dreams’, a song he had written with his wife, the country star Connie Smith. They then headed to the iconic Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, where he joined the band, playing mandolin and guitar on the record. It was fortunate timing, as COVID-19 halted all international travel just a few days later.
The result is The Wandering Hearts’ brand new song ‘Dreams’, which fuses timeless ‘60s Americana with contemporary production. As ever, the band’s exquisite vocals are remarkable as AJ Dean-Revington’s velvet baritone is enveloped by luscious harmonies from Chess Whiffin and Tara Wilcox. ‘Dreams’ is the latest track to preview their eagerly anticipated self-titled album, which follows on July 30th.
5. Neoprism Release electrifying: “Order”
With innate danceability and an uncontainable energy, NOPRISM will return with their propulsive new release ‘Order’ today.
To mark the release, the four-piece have also announced their first ever live fixture; a hometown launch gig at Little Buildings in Newcastle on 10th July. TICKETS
Like Duran Duran and The Human League arm-wrestling with Chvrches and Justice, NOPRISM join together the forces of new wave with synthwave and put them on steroids. And this Spring, the band flex their musical might with the muscular new single: “Order”.
Filtering through sounds of 70s New York and early Chicago house, the group melds the two styles with their own love of distorted and angular guitar histrionics. What emerges is a track that pulsates with retro-tinged electronica that the band have coined as ‘‘filthy disco’. Toying with a mixture of blossoming synths and driving electro-beats, “Order” fashion touch-points of old-school house, disco and 80s club culture into something invigoratingly futuristic.
6. Kwaku Asante releases his new track ‘Angel’
Rising London R&B star Kwaku Asante offers up his first release of the year with “Angel” – the first offering from his forthcoming EP ODE, out June 25th.
The track emerges as a throwback to classic musicianship; beautifully lithe guitar instrumentation giving an airy bed for Kwaku’s trademark baritone, and complex, dark lyricism to play across. An ambitious, seemingly gorgeous love song with enough invention to make it a real moment – sonically it’s a track to mark the moments of life.
“Angel is about how selfish I am leading to neglecting a partner, not because I don’t care about them but because I want to be successful in music. The toxicity in the song is that I hoped that she would stay around, regardless of my actions and carry on being my shoulder to cry on, the person I vent to. It’s ironic, given the song sounds positive.”
7. Fya Fox releases stunning single ‘Sunset’
Ireland’s new hotly tipped alt-pop queen, FYA FOX unveils her brilliant new single, ‘Sunset’ out now.
Traversing rolling hills of sparse, panoramic songwriting, FYA FOX is the exciting new prospect from Ireland spinning tightly wound yarns of brooding and emotive alt-pop. A classically trained vocalist straying beyond Ireland’s traditional country/folk scene, FYA’s influences span from Banks, Lana Del Rey and London Grammar.
Wasting little time to resurface following her recent single ‘Body’, FOX’s new track, ‘Sunset’ marries her arresting vocal with a free flow of prickling alt-pop production. It’s a stunning offering from an artist harbouring all the hallmarks for future stardom.
FYA FOX: “This song is really about this idea/belief of meeting again in an afterlife. The SUNSET is kind of that space between this life and the next.”
8. Regent Return With New Single ‘She Rocks My Soul’
Cutting right to the centre of pure, uninterrupted rock, REGENT are the unruly rocks of Southampton. Taking inspiration from the seminal songbooks of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and the masterful melodies of their many Brit Pop acolytes, Regent revel in the works of those past masters and carry their mantle on to a new generation. Receiving acclaim for the last single, the four piece have received recent airplay across the globe with plays from BBC Introducing, Radio X, Amazing Radio, and even SiriusXM in America.
Making waves across the blogosphere too, the band have been praised by Louder Than War, Ear Milk, Gigslutz and more, with the latter hyping the band’s comparable: “swagger and sonics of 90s flag bearers like Ocean Colour Scene, Oasis and The Verve”. Already taken to the hearts of their devoted local fanbase, Regent are now well accustomed to sell-out shows in Southampton, with word quickly spreading to other corners of the UK and beyond too.
Alongside the release, the band have announced a home-town show to take place at The Joiners on Saturday 3rd July 2021, with tickets on sale now. Already well-accustomed to capacity shows in their hometown, tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes. With the temperature rising, and the bands unadulterated sound in full force, the event is set to be one to remember, for the band and fans alike.
9. Carlie Hanson shares her new track ‘Gucci Knife’
Having turned 21-years-old earlier this week, alt-pop artist Carlie Hanson today unleashes her brand new song ‘Gucci Knife’, which features the rising alternative singer MASN. It’s the first new song from Carlie since she released her second EP ‘DestroyDestroyDestroyDestroy’ in October 2020.
‘Gucci Knife’ is an infectious song about heartbreak, and is the first track to be taken from Carlie’s forthcoming debut full-length album. ‘Gucci Knife’ is released alongside a video by go-to alternative hip-hop director Nicholas Jandora (24kGoldn, Lil Skies).
Carlie commented, “’Gucci Knife’ captures the heavy heartbreak of being so unexpectedly let down by a person after they change their mind, what feels like, overnight.”
The ‘DestroyDestroyDestroyDestroy’ EP has amassed over 53 million streams in the eight months since it was released. It was heralded by the media, including American Songwriter who described it as “a marker of further mental and creative liberation for Hanson… songs driven by visceral emotions, devastating realities, and frustrated perceptions.” Billboard subsequently included Carlie in their 21 Under 21 list for 2020.
10. Dead Slow Hoot – ‘Until Your Breathing Drowns It Out’
Sheffield and London based alternative four piece Dead Slow Hoot find comfort with their latest single – ‘Until Your Breathing Drowns It Out’ – a euphoric track taken from their new EP ‘A Kinder Kind’, which is due out on the 17th June 2021. This latest instalment sees the band embracing a meditative approach to tackle anxiety.
‘I wrote the chord progression for this song with the sole desire to write another song in 5/4 time, but there are too many chords in there and I felt like it kept pulling me back into standard 4/4 time in the choruses. It’s strange because that sounds like it would make quite a stressful song but it allowed for a really subtle chorus to emerge and the lyrics came really naturally with that. The phrase ‘until your breathing drowns it out’ was a kind of mantra I kept saying to myself on long cycle commutes to and from work as a way to stop myself from over analyzing my shit. The rest of the lyrics are really about trying to see yourself in context with the rest of your life and find something joyful in engaging with what you’re doing right now, which I think is quite comforting. I really wanted to make a song that was calming because the chord progression is one I can sit and play for hours on a loop as a kind of meditation.’