Screenshot of Blessed, via YouTube
First of all, I just want to say we’re so, so happy for Dave, a young king and a Mercury Prize winner. Equally, I’m hoping that Little Simz and Nao get more plaudits in future because they are so deserving too.
Anyway, the week in music has been a strong one as always – shout out to Tyler, the Creator’s London shows (not to mention his latest, perfume advert-style music video), all of which has made me consider whether I too could pull off a blonde bowl-cut.
I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know we have some banging tracks this week – here’s your five on it.
Blessed – ‘Love Me’
Though this has production that’s brimming with that light and breezy heat that recalls an older era of pop, this track from the South East London duo isn’t a typical call for someone to love them. Instead it’s full of joy and all they’re learning on the journey to self-love. With beautifully versatile vocals and that sweet instrumentation, we’re so excited to see what these two come up with next.
Princess Nokia – ‘Sugar Honey Iced Tea’
Destiny Frasqueri is back, and her new track goes hard. The song itself is full of that punchy confidence we have all come to love, replete with rich licks of horns and jerky percussion. This is a euphoric comeback, with a video that finds her winning a beauty pageant (Miss S.H.I.T.) before crowning the rightful queen.
Seyi Shay – ‘Gimme Love Remix’ ft. Teyana Taylor
British-Nigerian artist Seyi Shay’s banging track from earlier this year has just dropped as a remix featuring none other than Teyana Taylor – the result is pure heat. The beat is smooth, and both of their vocals are blissfully lithe.
Bakar – Will You Be My Yellow?
The exquisite Camden genre-melding artist is back with his new project, Will You Be My Yellow? Featuring sprawling soundscapes, love, drugs and devastation, this is an intimate and thoughtful project to sink into.
Amun – ‘Cycle’ ft. SAFE
This 23-year-old from west London is making tracks that throb with all the fire of a hip-hop track, She’s got an EP lined-up for next month, so if you’re not familiar now get to know.
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