We have picked our favourite 10 singles out today on New Music Friday …. You can find out who we picked here
1. TCTS and Nono – “On My Mind’
Having scored the biggest hit of his career to date alongside Nonô with 12 million+ streams for ‘Sorry’, TCTS again teams up with the Brazilian vocal sensation for their brand new ‘Off My Mind’. The track represents his first release under a new deal with Insanity Records. Listen HERE.
‘Off My Mind’ finds the two artists radically upping the energy from ‘Sorry’ with a track that’s sure to make an even bigger impact. Full of high intensity house vibes, TCTS’s production delivers grooves that are as insistent as its drops are dynamic. Meanwhile, Nonô’s topline gives the club-ready track an exuberant appeal that will propel it into crossover pop territory.
TCTS says, “’I first met Nonô in the studio in London last year, on the day we wrote our first record ‘Sorry’ together. She blew me away with her writing, her vocal, and her energy. I couldn’t wait to do more together, and I’m really excited with how ‘Off My Mind’ has turned out.”
Nonô adds, “I was so hyped to work with TCTS again. He’s extremely talented and I’m very happy to be releasing another record with him. ‘Off My Mind’ is about getting hooked up on feelings you can’t just brush away. It’s about being obsessed with something that is not necessarily good for you. You can’t help yourself: you’re addicted.”
2. Henry Carlyle – ‘The Ground’
Gravity pulls Henry Carlyle closer to the meaning of everything as he sets friends, including Julia Bardo, into his orbit with his first single, The Ground. Stepping briefly from beneath Orielles’ disco ball as founder member and guitarist, Carlyle’s opening side-project salvo gathers the sonic strands of avant-garde pop to draw a New York-by-Yorkshire roadmap to a place of existential sanctuary.
Studied, open-heart lyricism gets hoisted and carried over six, not-a-second-too-long minutes of The Ground, opening with glockenspiel-studded, lo-fi tenderness before finding a dusky route to wiry-guitar-backed incantation. Supported by an expressive economy in Bardo’s backing vocals, Caryle’s own voice gamely carries the weight of the world with drumming from multi-instrumentalist, Jake Bogacki restoring sinew-straining strength to those slumped shoulders.
Described by Carlyle as “a song about displacement”, dawn for The Ground’ broke during a winter’s day as the artist set down fractious thoughts of his unanchored passing through time. He says: “It was inspired by floating through the universe and through time bouncing off events and other humans, never really knowing where you should be or what you should be doing anyway.”
3. Jerome Price & Shaylen – ‘Disturbia’
Leicester-born DJ and producer Jerome Price and singer-songwriter Shaylen have unveiled a fresh four-piece sonic delectation featuring remixes of recent edit Disturbia from Punctual, Michael Walls, SUPER-HI and a VIP from Jerome Price.
Kicking things off first is Punctual, who explores deep & tropical sonic landscapes with his refined and clean-cut edit. Switching things up into turbo drive, Jerome Price turns his edit up a notch with the ‘Babylon VIP’ in a tech-house slammer. Burgeoning UK producer SUPER-Hi whisks us overseas with a balearic re-work primed for the terrace and finally Michael Walls composes a classical house edit, perfect for any occasion.
4. Anton Powers remix – ‘Champagne’
British DJ, producer, remixer & radio presenter Anton Powers returns with another slick remix, championing Jessica Hammond’s latest single ‘Champagne’, out 1st October on Paragon Records.
Reworking the feel-good pop original, Anton Powers’ remix of ‘Champagne’ is centered around an infectious, distorted bassline, delivering a vibrant house track with hard-hitting vocals and an energetic beat. It marks the first official remix of the single, which has garnered support across Spotify and Apple Music, featuring in playlists such as New Music Friday, New Pop UK and New Music Daily, alongside radio playlist support from RTE 2FM and Cool FM.
“I’m so excited to have a Remix by Anton on this track. I was so excited to hear where he would take the track and he didn’t disappoint.” Jessica Hammond explains. “The remix brings a whole new level of energy and life to the record by taking the strong, edgy, melodic chorus in the track and merging it with powerful, rock, electric guitars whilst retaining the super catchy bass line in the original, giving it a unique fresh dance sound that is very 2021.”
Speaking about the remix, Anton Powers enthuses, “I’ve gone for a filtered / twisted house remix that I’m playing in my DJ Sets, in a vibe similar to my hero Armand Van Helden.”
5. Alex Mills – ‘Worst Enemy’
Leeds-born, London-based artist Alex Mills returns with brand new single ‘Worst Enemy’, out 1st October on Ultra.
A vibrant house track, Alex Mills effortlessly combines her stunning vocals with a lively and upbeat production. The track takes us on a wild journey, delivering an emotive and dancefloor energetic track, perfect to close out the summer season.
“Worst Enemy is about realising you can either be your strongest champion or your biggest saboteur.” Alex Mills explains. “It’s about the daily game of conquering our own minds. Its dark and dirty bassline compels you to move and the marriage between the two is the perfect match.”
In the last few years Alex has featured on records from some of the biggest dance music artists, including Basement Jaxx, Hot Since 82, Camelphat, Sonny Fodera and Lee Foss. She has solidified herself as a standout artist and writer in the electronic music world, leading her to be coined the ‘producers choice’ of vocalist by the world’s biggest dance music publication, Mixmag.
6. Skinny Lister – ‘A Matter of Life & Love’
‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is the title-track of their fifth studio album (out 22nd October 2021 on Xtra Mile Recordings) and one of its finest, catchiest, and most uplifting moments.
Nodding to the works of Madness or The Specials at their ska/pop peaks, Skinny Lister’s new single ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ pays loving homage to that classic sound with its cheerful bar-room pianos, walking basslines and woozy saxophones in abundance.
Sung by the band’s Dan Heptinstall, it’s a track that encourages us to look on the bright-side of life and treasure the trivial; a recurrent theme throughout their upcoming album. As Dan explains:
‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is us capturing a collection of very true stories and feelings, that have really ‘mattered’ to us over the past year or so. And the title track is a reminder to recognise the moments in life that really matter, but that can sometimes seem ‘trivial’ or ‘throwaway’ – a sentiment likely borne out of those months of enforced limited social contact last year.”
Paired with a humorous official video filmed on Hastings beach that quite literally sees the Skinnies jumping for joy, you can check it out here
7. Calum Scott –
Produced by Gabe Simon and Jon Maguire, “Rise” offers exactly the kind of reassurance needed in difficult times. As the song unfolds in a joyful and majestic sound — pounding drums, glorious harmonies, urgent piano work — Calum delivers a spirited vocal performance that perfectly captures the uplifting message at the heart of “Rise.” Tune in to see Calum perform the song on October 7th on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“‘Rise’ celebrates overcoming, defeating the odds, and prevailing despite the obstacles or the knock-backs you face along the way,” says Calum. “We’ve all faced it during our lifetimes: feeling demotivated or uninspired, feeling like life is out to get you, that it’s easier to stay on the ground when life throws its punches. I wanted to write a song that would empower people to chase down their dreams and to try to embrace life, no matter what they are going through or what their circumstances. We all have the opportunity to do it our way, to put our best foot forward and to rise.”
8. New Rules – ‘I Really Wanna Dance With You’
UK/Irish trio New Rules have announced their signing to Elektra Records. The news is heralded by the release of single “Really Wanna Dance With You,” which is available now on all streaming platforms. On the track, breezy acoustic guitars and the group’s signature three-part harmonies underline a recollection of mustering enough courage to break the ice with an attractive stranger at the other end of the bar. “Really Wanna Dance With You” arrives alongside an official music video, which is streaming now on New Rules’ official YouTube channel.
The trio added, “‘Really Wanna Dance With You’ is New Rules to a T: fun, honest storytelling. We wrote the song at home together after a chaotic night out in London, and it’s basically about being bad at talking to women (maybe too honest!). After 18 months of us all being stuck indoors, we wanted to kick off this next chapter of our band with an uplifting song that had a story people could relate to. We can’t wait to share more music with you soon.”
9. Oliver tree and Little Big – ‘Welcome To The Internet’
Chart-topping, genre-bending artist Oliver Tree and Russian viral hitmakers Little Big have released their join EP Welcome To The Internet. The project is highlighted by standout track “The Internet” which is accompanied by an official video, streaming now HERE.
The revolutionary joint project was herald by lead single “Turn It Up” featured Estonian rapper Tommy Cash. Released earlier this month, “Turn It Up” racked up 6 million streams and over 150 million views across all TikTok videos. The Tree-produced track was joined by an eccentric video directed by Oliver Tree and Little Big’s Alina Pasok and Iliya Prusikin. Filmed in Russia, the video currently boasts over 13 million views and landed the #1 spot on Apple Music Russia. The track also garnered widespread praise with Entertainment Weekly naming it one of the best new songs of the week and stating “this stimulating new party jam will certainly elicit stares from any passersby who overhear its discordant demands to ‘go dumb’ blasting out your car stereo. Hit a red light long enough, though, and stunned game pedestrians will soon be yelling at you to ‘turn it up’ too.”
10. Agnes – ‘Here Comes The Night’
Anthemic dance-pop sensation Agnes has released her latest single, ‘Here Comes The Night’ on the 1st of October. The single is the third to be taken from her upcoming LP, Magic Still Exists which is slated for release on the 22nd of October via Universal Music. The singer-songwriter is known for her chart-topping international hit, ‘Release Me’ which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs, reached the Top Ten in charts worldwide and sold over 900,000 copies in the UK alone. Agnes gained further recognition when she featured in Avicii’s posthumously released ‘Tough Love’ single together with Vargas & Lagola, which received an official remix from Tiësto. Also on the upcoming album are her latest singles, ‘24 Hours’ and ‘Fingers Crossed’ which reached #1 on the Swedish APC for 9 weeks and Top 15 on Danish APC 5.