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In Notion Now: Week 38 we have new music from Kehlani, Amaarae, Kali Uchis, Foxes, Headie One, Porij, Lil Nas X, Hana Lili, Santino Le Saint and more.
"Old School Flex" by Jords, D Double E & Izzy Bizu
Jords takes you on a trip back to the days of bluetooth virality, Nokia flip phones and when pirate radio ruled the airwaves with his latest single ‘Old School Flex’. With an infectious garage beat steeped in nostalgia primed to blast through your sound system, the South London artist called on the silky vocals of the unmistakable Izzy Bizu and the flows of notorious grime veteran D Double E to create an ode to the era and the city that raised him.
"Altar" by Kehlani
Californian singer-songwriter Kehlani serves up sumptuous R&B with "Altar", the third single from her eagerly awaited third album 'Blue Water Road'.
"Sad Girlz Luv Money" by Amaarae, ft. Moliy and Kali Uchis
Ghanaian-American powerhouse Amaarae has teamed up with Kali Uchis and her dulcet tones to make a chasmic statement about female empowerment.
"Sister Ray" by Foxes
Along with the announcement of their forthcoming third album 'The Kick' (watch out for it in 2022), Foxes have shared dance-fuelled single "Sister Ray". Louisa has said: “'Sister Ray' came from a wild part of me during lockdown that was craving a night of freedom and fun again, a longing to let go. The velvet underground reference is a nod to describing the most debauched night you could ever imagine but in its spirit it’s a celebration of the people you can have those indescribable times with. I wanted to encapsulate that energy in a song so I could imagine that feeling forever.”
"Beggars Can't Be Choosers" by Headie One
Esteemed rapper Headie One continues to stun with his deft lyrical abilities - "Beggars Can't Be Choosers" is an unmissable contribution to the drill landscape.
"Can't Stop" by Porij
An off-kilter and high-pace ode to infatuation, beloved Manchester 4-piece Porij stride confidently across the boundaries of genre in this irresistible brisk-pop single.
"THAT'S WHAT I WANT" by Lil Nas X
The next stop-off on Lil Nas X's route for world-domination is "THAT'S WHAT I WANT", an irrefutable bop that will be swirling around your head for the next few weeks.
"Red Hearts" by Hana Lili
The 21-year-old artist from Wales, Hana Lili, has been wooing the nation with her rounded sound. One of her tracks even landed on Love Island 2021. On her latest, Lili has said: “'Red Hearts' is a hopeless love song with an inevitably sad ending to the story. The initial inspiration for the track came from 'Girl all the bad guys want' by Bowling for Soup, even though sonically miles apart!"
"Love, Drugs, Anarchy" by Santino Le Saint
A grungy single from Brixton-based artist Santino Le Saint that digs deep. The musician has just announced his upcoming debut album 'Beautiful Disaster', with "Love, Drugs, Anarchy" a slice of what's to come.
"Moody" by Self Esteem
Rebecca Lucy Taylor's experimental pop-project Self Esteem's latest single "Moody" swerves between 70s grooves, charged beats and choral polishes - an unpredictable single that lands like a bomb.
"If You Want It" by Wilkinson
Dance legend Wilkinson is making a comeback with crammed-to-bursting drum 'n' bass tunes - it's impossible not to get caught up in "If You Want It".
"Lit" by Pa Salieu
Coventry-hailing rapping phenomenon Pa Salieu showcases his versatility with "Lit", just one of the three tracks from his ground-breaking 'Afrikan Rebel' EP.
"Found" by Tems, ft. Brent Faiyaz
A swaying, breezing single with biting honesty, Tems always has us under her spell.
"The Avalanche" by Liz Lawrence
The former one half of Cash+David, Liz Lawrence's commanding vocals take centre stage on this upbeat earworm about an avalanche.
"Line of Fire" José González
Guitaring legend José González is back with another stellar single to add to his sparkling discography.
"Family" by Emeli Sandé
Heavenly singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé returns with a shiny, multifarious, bursting new sound. ("Family" even references classical composer Elgar at its end.) The artist has said: “‘Family’ marks a new beginning on many levels for me. It’s an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal! It was created last year in my home studio, a time and place in which I felt more creative freedom than ever before. I hope that it uplifts and empowers each listener!”