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Get stuck into all the tracks you need to add to your playlists this week, featuring Don Toliver, Bicep and Yaya Bey.
‘The Feminine Urge’ by The Last Dinner Party
The Last Dinner Party’s grandiose debut album, Prelude to Ecstasy, is finally here and it’s fair to say that the wait has been worth it. On ‘The Feminine Urge’, the five-piece inject their infectious shoegaze into our ears, poisoning us with vindictive storytelling and hallucinogenic instrumental flourishes.
‘chasing the bus’ by Yaya Bey
One of this year’s Glastonbury highlights returns with a single that encapsulates why her set was so spellbinding on Worthy Farm. ‘chasing the bus’ by Yaya Bey is sedative in mood and tempo, wisping from ear to ear like the gentle swaying of grass on a Spring afternoon. The NYC native’s tender vocals are just what we needed to take us into February.
‘CHROMA 001 HELIUM’ by Bicep
Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar are back with arguably their most ambitious project to date, CHROMA. The Belfast duo’s latest single, ‘CHROMA 001 HELIUM’ is a taste of what’s to come from a constantly evolving Bicep AV/DJ show, breathing new life into the moments of creativity they have in the studio.
‘Money Shows’ by John Glacier, Earthheater
Young’s latest signee John Glacier teams up with American composer Eartheater and producer Kwes Darko for a sparky new left-field electronic track. The Londoner slurs her spoken word over grating guitars, howling vocals and bruising drums; it’s a compelling soundscape made even more intriguing by the added contributions from Flume and Vegyn.
‘Tumbi’ by Ghetts
Whatever Ghetts and Splurge Boys were smoking in this studio session, we want a healthy dose of it. “All of my exes are iPhones, I always come with an upgrade”, the grime G.O.A.T whispers alluringly in those idiosyncratic tones. Staring us dead in the eye, he skips in between amapiano and road rap rhythms with the dexterity of a double dutch player. If there’s one take away, it’s that what Ghetts wants, he gets.
‘Burning Down The House’ by Paramore
As part of a new compilation, paying tribute to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Paramore have covered the American art rockers ‘80s indie classic, ‘Burning Down The House’. Haley Williams revels in the spirit of David Byrne, shrieking in staccato tones across unfurling synthesisers and guitar solos.
‘Bandit’ by Don Toliver
Don Toliver is on a mission to do some damage to your speakers. Sampling Tame Impala’s ‘One More Hour’, ‘Bandit’’s equally psychedelic and psychotic elements make for a rollercoaster two minutes-something. The track marks the Hardstone MC’s first single since 2023’s critically acclaimed album, Love Sick.
‘Commas’ by Ayra Starr
On her new single, Ayra Starr only has eyes for the ‘Commas’. Marking a new chapter in her musical exploration, the single shines with pristine production and soulful vocals. Inspiring others to feel confident in moments of hardship, the track stands as an ode to all the people who rejected Ayra over the years, thanking them for making her stronger in the face of their doubts.
‘Bonnet’ by TiaCorine
TiaCorine is the rising rap star you need on your radar this week. Since bursting onto the scene with the laconic hit ‘Lotto’, the North Carolina native has engraved her bubble gum style into the upper echelons of trap music. ‘Bonnet’ is our pick from a new six-track project EP called Almost There, which features the likes of Zelooperz, Key Glock and Luc Tyler.
‘Be Myself’ by The Silhouettes Project, Nix Northwest, TAMBALA
Hunkering down for some more magic, Nix Northwest and TAMBALA are the latest artists to take on The Silhouettes Project’s forthcoming mixtape release. ‘Be Myself’ is all about empowerment, calling out the fakers and reassuring us that it’s okay to embrace our quirks.