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In Notion Now: Week 32, hear new songs from Santino Le Saint, Tinashe, KSI, Holly Humberstone, The Weeknd, IAMDDB, Joy Crookes, TSHA and many more.
"Sleepless Nights" by Santino Le Saint
Santino Le Saint battles his demons on new single "Sleepless Nights". He explained: “This song is about getting lost in your head, getting anxious and depressed about things that make no sense and that you can’t control. It’s a feeling and place that I feel everyone has been through in some way during the pandemic. We wanted to give you a smooth, sexy, moody yet relatable banger for you to listen to as you drive or chill and to accompany you if you ever feel lost or alone."
"The Chase" by Tinashe
Notion's August Digital Cover star, Tinashe, has dropped her new album '333' and it's nothing short of stunning. Birthed from a long year of healing, the album’s title itself is an allusion to the angel number associated with messages from the divine of protection, love, and destiny that Tinashe champions within all her work. “I named it 333 because I really felt like I was on the right path, in alignment with what I was meant to do,” she told Notion.
"Silver Lines" by IAMDDB
Manchester artist IAMDDB puts her trust in the stars aligning and everything working out just fine on slick new single "Silver Lines". We'll have this on repeat all weekend.
"Take My Breath" by The Weeknd
His first solo single since 'After Hours', The Weeknd continues to revel in disco-soaked production on new track "Take My Breath" that seems to signal his red suit era isn't over yet. The music video had such intense strobe lighting that it had to be pulled from Imax cinemas.
"Please Don't Leave Just Yet" by Holly Humberstone
Ivor Novello Rising Star nominee Holly Humberstone has blessed us with a double announcement - a new single AND an EP release date! Her second EP 'The Walls Are Way Too Thin' is set to be released on 5 November. Her new single is a collab with The 1975's Matty Healy. In Holly’s own words: “The song is about wanting someone to stay so badly, even if only for five more minutes, because you know how much it’ll hurt when they leave. I think the desperation in the words really sums up how I was feeling at the time and how so many people must’ve been feeling last year when we were all completely starved of human connection!"
"Lose" by KSI & Lil Wayne
KSI continues his ascent to world domination with the new single "Lose" featuring none other than Lil Wayne. KSI said: “I can’t believe I’m actually writing this. I have a song with Lil Wayne. If you told me 10 years ago that this was gonna happen, I would have laughed in your face and blocked you from my contacts. But here we are, it’s a reality. Me and Lil Wayne have come together to make a track no one will expect. From the singing chorus to the amazing verses, this is a song that will live on for decades.”
"All of This" by Jorja Smith & GuiltyBeatz
Jorja Smith is back laying her honeyed vocals over this sultry groove, a collab with GuiltyBeatz. It has a raw, live quality to it which makes the track all the more replayable.
"Flowers and the Snow" by Fredo
Part of his third album, 'Independence Day', Fredo is on a non-stop course to keep collecting those accolades. "Flowers and the Snow" proves to be a standout from the record and further cement the rapper as a key voice in the UK scene.
"Power" by TSHA
"Power" is the second single from electronic artist TSHA’s forthcoming EP 'OnlyL', dropping on 27 August. Absolutely made for festivals, TSHA's expanding sound on this track demands dancing. Fun fact: the sample is a nod to the “Brit Funk” movement of the late 70s and early ‘80s, sourced from an obscure 1982 B-side by Direct Drive—an early 80s Brit Funk project by Paul Hardcastle and Derek Green prior to them forming First Light.
"Skin" by Joy Crookes
The title track from Joy Crookes' upcoming debut album is a goosebump-inducing, cinematic piano ballad, wrapped up in her unique smokey voice. The sign of exciting things to come.
"Into You" by Cat Burns
Breakout TikTok star, Cat Burns, has bottled the mish-mash of feelings when you fall in love. It's an easy, enjoyable sing-along number. Cat said: “For the song I really wanted to talk about the first stages of getting to know someone, it’s exciting, it's nerve racking and you put a lot of pressure on yourself so I wanted the song to represent that. I wanted to showcase how pure black queer love is, how gentle and tender it is, and i think the video accurately shows that.”
"Still Got Time" by dexter
South West London artist dexter has dropped her debut EP 'I Do Love a Good Sandwich', and it's a sunny record filled with heartfelt lyricism that cements the rising artist as one to watch. Speaking about the lead track, "Still Got Time", dexter explained: "It’s about my relationship with my dad which I don’t talk about that often and although the lyrics aren’t the happiest I still wanted to sound a bit fun and upbeat."
"Send My Love" by Jordan Rakei
Jordan Rakei has said he's making a conscious departure from his last three albums which "had been more like commentary". Now, he's focusing on personal, revealing songwriting with his recent single "Family" and new drop "Send My Love".
"Coastin'" By Victoria Monét
A breezy, feelgood summer number about crushing hard on someone from Victoria Monét, who explains: “If sunshine and a good time (and maybe a lil drank) were a song, it would be Coastin'. “It’s made for people with that good, chill energy and the bassline instantly puts you in a certain feel!"
"Steal My Clothes" by Kito & Bea Miller
Kito recruits Bea Miller for new single "Steal My Clothes" which is an undeniable earworm pop groove.
"Lemonade" by edbl & Carrie Baxter
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ed Black is back with another funk-laden collab, this time featuring soulfully-voiced Carrie Baxter. We've got this on repeat.
"Blue - 2AM" by Lola Young
A moving, intimate new single from soulful singer-songwriter, Lola Young. The Londoner is certainly staking her claim for Adele's throne with this new single.
"Central Station" by MAY-A
Rising pop star MAY-A shares her eagerly anticipated debut EP, ‘Don’t Kiss Ur Friends’. The record bottles all the rushes of emotions felt when coming-of-age, and in MAY-A's words "follows the course of a relationship, a journey of queer discovery, and the growth from an adolescent to a young adult."
"Sick" by Jeshi
London rapper Jeshi perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being thoroughly fed up with the world on his latest single. He explains: "Sick is really about the repetition of living a pretty self-destructive life and fucking yourself up every weekend but it feels justified because you got nothing better to do and no money in your pocket. Sick of late nights and feeling like everything always goes wrong."
"DARKEST HOUR (feat. Poppy Ajudha & Daley)" by Swindle
Poppy Ajudha, Daley and Swindle work together so seamlessly on this track you'd think they were a group of their own. The funk-laden and soulful track that tells an emotional story of being in a dark, lonely place before emerging together.