A fragmented, glitching and electronic hint into the vast talent of James Blake is perhaps a good way to describe “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead” – his latest single. Layering thick bass with the ongoing noise of everyday hustle, he produces a sound which is both frantic yet woozy at the same time. Quite what the car is remains a mystery, but one thing is certain: its exploratory journey of ‘chemical haze’ remains more important than the destination.
“The List” is a warm drink on a cold evening. It is the soundtrack to a midnight stroll around New York and it is the loving embrace after a tough day. Brought to us by Moonchild – a trio of LA-based multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson, the track is a complex dessert of all things sweet. Rich, decadent neo-soul jazz at its finest.
Biig Piig is a lost youth. She is the vintage jacket-wearing cool kid a few years above, drinking cider out of a mug and proudly soaking up every minute of an underage house party. Her music – a tangy mixer of neo-soul, rap and jazz – makes a beautiful commentary on everyday life, and celebrates the ordinary. What makes us human are the imperfections and struggles we go through everyday, and Biig Piig places no filter when it comes to talking about human nature. But it’s glorious.
Let me introduce you to the wonderful Jorja Smith – a singer-songwriter from the West Midlands. Having won the Brits Critics’ Choice Award earlier this year, she has exploded into the public eye with an exquisitely soulful repertoire to hand. “Beautiful Little Fools” was inspired by The Great Gatsby and written when she was only sixteen years old – specifically when Daisy hopes for her daughter to be a beautiful little fool. With a distinctly unapologetic message, this song talks out against societal constructs and sexist power structures in place.
Having originally trained in acting, Sinéad Harnett is a lady of many talents. She entered music as a guest artist on Wiley‘s track “Walk Away” after he posted an open call for applicants on Twitter, and soon became acquainted with Disclosure with whom she worked to create the track “Boiling”. Her latest track, “Body”, beautifully swirls together the delicate intricacies of her vocals and the rich, bluesy undertones for which she is known.
At just 21 years old, there is a discrepancy between the aged wisdom of Phum Viphurit‘s distinctive sound and the youth of his face. Born in Thailand but spending his childhood in New Zealand, it is perhaps unsurprising that his field of expertise lies in the combination of different sounds. Taking inspiration from Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard, he one day hopes to make music in his mother tongue, Thai. We can only assume, however, that it will be as accessible and lovable as the track below, “Long Gone”.
Today we introduce you to Mansionair, an Australian trio perhaps best known to this date from their acclaimed support slot of the CHVRCHES UK tour. Their latest track, “Astronaut” encompasses beautifully their trademark electric soul, and comes from their experience of life on the road. In a recent interview they discussed their absolute love for touring and its relationship to the isolation also present, with the result being a feeling of weightlessness and confusion – in other words, that of an astronaut.