It’s NMF and here are 10 great tracks out today.
1. Charli XCX – Good Ones
Today, I, the inimitable Charli XCX, am releasing a brand new single ‘Good Ones’, accompanied by a twisted, dramatic and quite frankly electrifying music video.
The first single of my new chapter embraces all that my life has to offer in today’s world – fame, glamour, inner demons and global hits. ‘Good Ones’ was produced by Oscar Holter of Max Martin’s Wolf Cousins entity, and laments my inability to keep hold of healthy relationships, instead being endlessly drawn back to the dysfunctional and toxic.
Filmed in Mexico and co-directed by my new favourite director: Hannah Lux Davis, the ‘Good Ones’ video sees me dramatically mourning the untimely loss of my partner as I battle with the realization that once again I’ve abandoned the goodness in my life, in favour of the sinister, with a visual aesthetic that marks a new era of me: Charli XCX.
2. HRVY – Runaway With It
Off the back of his recent club-banger ‘1 Day 2 Nights’, HRVY returns with a video for his infectious pop powerhouse single Runaway With It. The video, directed by Jordan Rossi of Rankin Film Productions, sees HRVY take us backstage on an interactive journey, switching between 3rd & 1st person, bursting with eye popping visuals – watch here.
In a track that is set to light up the airwaves and samples Shanice’s legendary hit I Love Your Smile, ‘Runaway With It’ is dance pop at its finest and an exciting new offering from an artist who’s already streamed over 800 million times on Spotify and enjoyed an incredibly successful stint on the UK’s biggest TV show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which saw him and his partner Janette Manrara become finalists.
Talking about the new track, HRVY says: “I’ve always wanted to use a sample in one of my songs, and when I heard the original “I Love Your Smile” by Shanice, I fell in love with the du du du doo duduooo bit!! Something that gives nostalgia for some of my older fans and something new for my younger fans”
3. Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart
Tom Grennan is back with a brand new single ‘Don’t Break The Heart’, released today alongside ‘Evering Road Deluxe’, a special extended version of Tom’s UK Number #1 chart topping album featuring five new tracks. Listen HERE.
As Tom prepares for a huge sold-out headline tour that’s seen over 40,000 ticket sales across the UK, including London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace, ‘Don’t Break The Heart’ arrives amidst a volley of celebratory activity. Following a landmark performance on the Reading and Leeds Festival Main stages, Tom headed straight into the booth at BBC Radio 1 for a four day takeover hosting and curating the ‘Future Sounds’ slot.
4. Toby Johnson – California
Toby Johnson today introduces a bigger, pop-focused sound with his new single ‘California’. It’s his first release of 2021, with much more to follow before the year is out. Listen HERE. The official video for the single will follow next week.
Expanding his previous folk stylings into a more expansive, singer-songwriter production style, ‘California’ finds Toby
5. Diana Ross – If The World Just Danced
If the World Just Danced is the next single from Diana Ross’ magnificent album titled, Thank You.The album is abundant with so many incredible songs that will be released on November 5 through Decca Records.“Let everyone know to have FUN. Joy, Joy, Joy is the answer. Playfulness! Happiness!
When you dance there Is only love in life”–Diana RossThere is only one entertainer in the world that has defined a generation of music and popular culture and has touched the heart of humanity. She been called a trailblazer, a leader, an icon, and a legend. The title track from her upcoming album, Thank You, was released this summer as a voice of gratitude and personal dedication to her audiences over the years.
6. James Hype and Pia Mia – Good Luck
James Hype and Pia Mia have unveiled the official video for their hit single ‘Good Luck’, out 3rd September.
With the stunning Pia Mia commanding the screen, the captivating official video for ‘Good Luck’ delivers an illustrative interpretation of the themes of love and loss explored within the song’s lyrics. Already amassing more than 3 million Spotify streams, the smash single enjoys support from Kiss FM, BBC Radio1’s Dance Anthems and Capital Dance, as well as peaking at #31 in the UK Shazam charts thus far.
The video drop coincides with the release of the PS1 remix of ‘Good Luck’. The international DJ superstar drops a club-ready rework characterised by euphoric piano chords and deep, rumbling bass. It follows James Hype’s own infamous ‘VIP Remix’ and a remix from national tastemaker MistaJam.
7. Eves Karydas – ‘Cardboard Box’ Ft. Hauskey
Eves Karydas today shares ‘Cardboard Box’ featuring Sydney-based multi-hyphenate Hauskey, listen HERE.
Produced by Konstantin Kersting (Tones and I, The Jungle Giants) — who also produced ‘Complicated’ and ‘Get Me So High’ — the track is the latest to be lifted from Eves’ forthcoming EP, Reruns, out Friday 24th September via Island records, available to pre-order/pre-save HERE.
Of the song Eves shares: “I was thinking about how huge and infinite small things feel when you’re in love. Leaving a toothbrush at their place. Having shared memories in frames on the wall. But when that love ends, that whole universe of life can get packed away into something so mundane and ordinary as a brown cardboard box. This song, which started out in my bedroom, defied lockdowns and border closures. Although we’ve never met in person, I’m a big fan of Hauskey and luckily the internet exists so we were able to connect. In a way, it added an extra edge of realness having his verse and perspective written from afar. I’ve been writing songs since I was twelve but I actually never would have picked up a guitar if it weren’t for my older brother Matthew, who showed me some of my first chords. He’s the one playing guitar on this song which makes it all the more special and pared so beautifully with my producer Konstantin Kersting’s work.”
8. As It Is – ILY How Are You and IDC, I can’t Take It.
Following their return at the end of May (with their first music since 2018’s UK Top 40 album, ‘The Great Depression’) in the form of ‘IDGAF’ and follow up, ‘I Lie To Me’, earlier this month, As It Is have today released two brand new singles – ‘ILY, HOW ARE YOU?’ and ‘IDC, I CAN’T TAKE IT’.
The double single release is a ‘call and response’ pairing, with the band having written songs back to back, with each delivering opposite perspectives. One is “I care a lot & and the other is ‘I couldn’t care less.” The take away being – wake up and put all your energy into the people, places and things that matter to you; as a friendly reminder that that’s what’s important.”
On the songs, the band share, “‘ILY, HOW ARE YOU?’ is a ‘check in’ anthem. It’s for everybody waking up and going through your day telling everybody you’re great, when you’re not. It’s still okay not to be okay. Check in on your friends.” While, “‘IDC, I CAN’T TAKE IT is a ‘fuck you’ party anthem. It’s for everybody going out of their way and caring the most but not getting the same in return. Some people won’t appreciate your presence until they feel the weight of your absence and that’s okay. Don’t let anyone take your peace. Let go, move on, and put yourself out of your own misery. It’s liberating.”
9. Navos and Harlee – You & I
NAVOS and HARLEE have unveiled the official video for their collaborative single ‘You & I’.
Expertly capturing the vibe of the track, the official video for ‘You & I’ is a feel good modern love story set within the confines of a rave. With NAVOS’ energetic production style and HARLEE’s songwriting prowess at the forefront, ‘You & I’ has already hit the ground running with upwards of almost 2 million streams in a few short weeks and is ready to make the two UK artists permanent fixtures in the Singles Charts once more.
It followed NAVOS’ silver-certified ‘Believe Me’, a track that has now surpassed 55 million global Spotify streams after becoming a viral sensation on TikTok. A permanent fixture on the UK Top 40 for over 20 weeks, the track also received airplay from BBC Radio 1, Capital FM and Kiss FM.
10. George Cosby – She Got It Bad
Bringing a romantic, cinematic grandeur to 2021’s music landscape, George Cosby sounds quite unlike anyone else. His unique voice and songs will appeal to fans of Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine and Arlo Parks. His artistic allure is all about pure, open-hearted emotions, a style that he introduces with his new single ‘She Got It Bad’. Listen HERE.
‘She Got It Bad’ is a widescreen anthem teetering between idealism and melancholy, as George captures the uncertainty of yearning for a love interest who remains intriguely just out of reach. It’s an experience that’s universal in its nature, but one that he captures with poetic lyricism: “If everything happens for a reason, where do we begin?”
George says, “I wrote ‘She Got It Bad’ as almost a religious experience. This perfect person calls to you, embodying everything you think you want. You find them soaked in sunshine amongst architecture or down by glistening pools of water. Can something so perfect be more than just a dream?”