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This week on Notion Now, dive into new tunes from Lizzo, Phoebe Bridgers, Russ Millions, Digga D, Jamie xx and more.
"About Damn Time" by Lizzo
“About Damn Time”: it’s the name of Lizzo’s new single, and most likely how her fans have reacted to it. It’s a disco-laden celebration of freedom that accompanies an album release coming this July.
"Sidelines" by Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers and Sally Rooney: that’s as perfect a pairing if there's ever been one. Bridgers’ contemplative new single “Sidelines” was specially written for the upcoming BBC/Hulu Conversations With Friends adaptation, and it’s the perfect accompaniment for a series likely to feature a lot of beautiful people feeling sad.
"Backseat" by Russ Millions
UK drill king Russ Millions keeps up the momentum in his new single “Backseat”, full of clever wordplay and memorable flows.
"Main Road" by Digga D
A cut from his brand new mixtape ‘Noughty by Nature’, Digga D’s new tune “Main Road” is a frantic and raucous drill banger.
"LET'S DO IT AGAIN" by Jamie xx
After a long old five years, Jamie xx returns with a brand new single, the euphoric “LET’S DO IT AGAIN”, presaging both a busy summer festival schedule and the follow-up to his debut album.
"Apartment Complex on the Eastside" by Dylan Fraser
Dylan Fraser brings a bit of pep to an existential crisis in the playfully dark new single, “Apartment Complex on the Eastside”.
"Nice" by Matilda Mann
IVOR Novello Rising Star nominated Matilda Mann declares war on the idea of just being “nice” in the angelically scathing new tune “Nice”. She comments, “‘Nice’ is my dating rule. If I go on a date and the only word I can think to describe it is “nice”, it’s not worth another date."
"Buccho Ni Ba Bhai (Grindin')" by Surya Sen
North Londoner Surya Sen pays tribute to his British-Bangladeshi identity in the celebratory new club track “Buccho Ni Ba Bhai”, dropping ahead of a forthcoming mixtape. He comments, “The song is an ode to my heritage as a proud British Bangladeshi second generation immigrant, the Bengali lyrics are an interpolation of a song by new york rapper Lal Miah. The verse rapped in English comments on the progress in Bangladeshi British rights and race relations, since the first wave of Bangladeshi immigrants landed in brick lane in the 60s… the song is my expression that the hostility faced and trauma felt was not in vain, but we continue to move forward. It is a celebration of how far we have come as a community but also highlighting the need to keep going ".
"Colour Me Blue" by Alfie Templeman
Alfie Templeman is feeling blue, but that doesn’t mean sad. His new tune “Colour Me Blue” is a burst of positive energy with the punchy guitar and upbeat vocals you’ve come to expect. He says, "‘Colour Me Blue’ is a love song about that wave rushing through you that you feel when you fall in love”.
"Protein" by Jeshi & Obongjayar
Jeshi and Obongjayar team up to banish stress and anxiety and bring the relaxed vibes instead on the new collab single “Protein”. Jeshi says, “OB is my guy so it was super fun making this together which I think comes across in the song. This was a really important side to capture on the album to show that no matter what’s going on not every day is a bad one. This moment just feels really good and I love that.”