This week on Notion Now, enjoy new tunes from Knucks feat. Stormzy, Jack Harlow, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Maisie Peters, Wallice, and many more.
"Die Hard" by Knucks (feat. Stormzy)
Knucks’ new project ‘Alpha Place’ is stacked with huge collabs like M1llionz and Venna, but it doesn’t get much bigger than Stormzy, who tags in for the defiant and action-packed tune “Die Hard”.
"Dua Lipa" by Jack Harlow
Jack Harlow has been taking a short ride to ubiquity these past few months, and he cements his huge start to 2022 with a new album dropping today, including the cut “Dua Lipa”, in which his desire for more than just a feature is made very clear.
"Reasonable" by AJ Tracey
AJ Tracey lets the good vibes roll on his new drop “Reasonable”, celebrating the power of his London community in upbeat style.
"Cate's Brother" by Maisie Peters
Teased for weeks on TikTok, Maisie Peters’ “Cate’s Brother” has accrued the anticipation of an album drop. Now, the punky love song is finally out. Maisie Peters comments, “I wrote this song in Stockholm at a time I was revisiting a lot of the pop punk music I grew up listening to and thinking about how live I wanted my next era of music to feel. I always wanted to be in a band and so I channelled that energy in to this song about my friend Cate’s brother, that’s become this whole universe bigger than both of us”.
"Funeral" by Wallice
Notion fave Wallice drops her new EP today, which closes out with the darkly humorous rocker “Funeral”. She comments, ““‘Funeral’ is a spin on the usual emotions and celebrations (or lack thereof) at a funeral– shifting the view to make it more like a concert. It’s taking the EP’s “larger than life” concept of being a celebrity (or at least trying to) and having this funeral be a massive party. I want people to dance to this song and have fun. Even though it’s a song about death, I don’t think it necessarily feels that way. Maybe we should shift the perspective of funerals to not be so sad.”
"Way Out" by FKJ
FKJ twists genres into his own individual style on the playful and variable new single “Way Out”. He states, ““Way Out” is an invitation to leave my busy adult mind. I put these footsteps and door sounds on the intro because I was imagining this scene of an exit, running away from a too serious and anxious state of mind. The escape would end and I would land in a childish world where the kid inside of me that doesn’t care and just plays would re emerge. A few days later I found this abandoned attraction park next to where I live. A playful world left behind and where time did his thing.”
"No One Ever Dies From Love" by Tove Lo
Tove Lo continues her big year with the futuristic breakup tale, “No One Ever Dies From Love”, living up to the remit of ‘heartbreak you can dance to’.
"Came in the Scene" by Headie One
Headie One keeps up the pace with another big new release, “Came In The Scene”, cementing a huge release day for UK rap.
"Roadblock" by NSG & LD
East London’s NSG team up with drill stalwart LD as they vie for sound of the summer in the exuberant new tune, “Roadblock”.
"A Driver Saved My Night" by Sigrid
Sigrid ponders the nature of freedom on her brand new album dropping today, including the synth-powered new cut “A Driver Saved My Night”, exploring loneliness and escapism on a quiet night.
"Break My Heart" by Ella Mai
Ella Mai continues her blockbuster success today with her sophomore album featuring the cut “Break My Heart”, where love battles with self-doubt in a nascent relationship.
"Eartheater" by Mitosis
Enigmatic electronica star Eartheater proves herself once more with the epic yet poised new tune, “Mitosis”.
"Final Notice" by Willow Kayne
Willow Kayne defies stereotypes and defines herself in the frenetic new tune “Final Notice”, which pays tribute to UK rave culture.
"Age of Anxiety I" by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire return today for their first album in five years, and it kicks off with the fittingly titled “Age of Anxiety I”, introducing listeners to the disco-panic world that ‘WE’ inhabits.
"Born" by Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten made her name on emotional nuance and quiet pathos, but she’s capable of turning up to eleven when she needs. “Born”, a cut from her new album, turns things up to twelve, its atmospheric opening falling into a giant instrumental breakdown.
"Jealousy" by George Riley
Rising R&B star George Riley contemplates the struggles of being thrown into the limelight on the new tune “Jealousy”, which rises above the haters in confident style.
"Are You There" by Rema
Rema calls out the state of current Nigerian politics in the vibrant new track “Are You There?”, a cut from his new album ‘Rave & Roses’.
"Downright" by Pip Millett
Fresh off a blockbuster debut UK tour, Pip Millett proves her bonafides as an unapologetically confessional songwriter in the new “Downright”, chronicling her mental health struggles with admirable vulnerability.
"Lights Out" by Col3trane
Col3trane’s latest album features the new cut “Lights Out”, a tune about infatuation and expensive Prada socks.