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In Notion Now this week, hear new Aitch and Avelino, alt-J, Lola Young, Joesef, Disclosure, Jaz Karis, GRACEY, Kojey Radical and many more.
"Fire" by Joesef
Scottish crooner Joesef's new single "Fire" is all about moving on and escaping the emotional weight after a painful experience. He said: "“I always write shit down when I'm feeling shite. It’s just something I've always done to try and see what it is that I'm screaming in my head. This song stemmed from something I'd written about wanting to burn all my stuff and move away".
"Party Round My Place (feat. Avelino & Toddla T)" by Aitch
Manchester wordsmith Aitch links up with rising rapper Avelino for this Toddla T-produced party banger. We can't imagine anyone throwing a better house party than Aitch. Let's hope our invite is on its way...
"FAKE" by Lola Young
The Amazon Next Breakthrough artist is about to hit the big time. Fresh off the release of her new EP, 'After Midnight', she recently made her US TV debut on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” after being hand-picked by Corden himself. “‘FAKE’’ is a song about remembering the core of who you are,” explains Lola Young. “There is so much constantly being sold to us, so much that is trying to tell us who to be, whether it’s an advert or person on the street. How would we be if we ignored it all?"
"U&ME" by alt-J
The "Tesselate" indie trio are BACK after a three year hiatus. Described as the band's “most honest song to date”, Gus explained that "it’s about being at a festival with your best friends, having a good time, togetherness, and the feeling in life that nothing could be any better than it is right now".
"For Tonight" by Giveon
The GRAMMY-nominated R&B star has shared a new heartfelt single, “For Tonight”, the first song off his highly anticipated debut album, which is set to be released later this year. He commented: "This is the story of a taboo vice that I just can’t seem to stop indulging in.”
"Observer Effect" by Disclosure
Electronic duo, Disclosure, are here to fire up the weekend with this massive new track that is set to go OFF at the club. You don't even need a bass blaster to feel it vibrate in your chest.
"What It Is" by Amber Mark
Notion's September Digital Cover star, Amber Mark, continues to tease her upcoming album with the smooth new single "What It Is". The New York based singer, songwriter and producer has also announced details of her long-awaited debut album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’, out January 28th, from which this is a taste. Amber said: “‘What It Is’ low key is the title track of the album without it actually being the title track” explains Amber; “It comes from going through negative experiences which end up being the gateway to a question I think I’ll be asking for the rest of my life. What is the meaning of life,the universe and everything?”
"The Internet" by GRACEY
GRACEY opens up about the online hate she experienced at the beginning of her artist career in new song, "The Internet". She comments: "Throwing myself into the process of writing and working on it was really cathartic, and addressing what was making me feel broken and vulnerable head-on ended up making me a lot stronger. Hopefully it’ll resonate and do the same for others, as sadly experiencing online hate is becoming more common for all as social media continues to grow.”
"War Outside feat. Lex Armor" by Kojey Radical
Produced by KZ and Swindle, Kojey's new track sees him recruit Lex Armor. Immediately intriguing, no wonder it's Clara Amfo’s “Hottest Record” on BBC Radio 1.
"Glass Ceiling" by Matilda Mann
West London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann has dropped her 'Sonder' EP, which includes brand new track, "Glass Ceiling". "I wrote 'Glass Ceiling' about a guy I knew who would always go on about being a particular kind of person, but would never actually go through with what they said they stood for." The EP title, she explains, is about "the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own".
"Die On The Dancefloor" by L Devine
Newcastle-based pop artist L Devine has dropped her 'Near Life Experience: Part Two' EP, including the joyous new banger "Die On The Dancefloor". She explained: "It's an ode to all the nights out we’ve missed out on over the past 18 months. I love the way the song romanticises a night out and makes it feel like an all or nothing, dramatic and magical experience. Now, we can finally go out with our friends and go so hard that we simply perish on the dancefloor".
"I'll Be Waiting feat. Aquilo" by Mathilda Homer
Another beautiful, folk-leaning single from Mathilda Homer. On Instagram she revealed that the song is about "when a relationship becomes a friendship but you're both too awkward to break up with each other... It's sad but it happens a lot. When you just stay together because you're familiar".
"Falling" by Prettyboy D-O & IAMDBB
Warm lo-fi synths intertwine with Prettyboy D-O’s powerful vocals on "Falling", featuring IAMDBB, who sings in her mother tongue. "“Falling' is a 2021 version of a familiar story, a girl and guy with outside attachments fall in instant love and are forced to deal with the dilemma" DO explained.
"Describe White" by Jimothy Lacoste
Another taste of Jimothy Lacoste's forthcoming EP, 'Jimothy Lacoste's House Party Package 2", "Describe White" is all about "going to the house party and still being at the house party. Life is getting quite exciting."
"Take Me On" by Pixey
Liverpool indie-pop artist Pixey channels Girls Aloud with her new single "Take Me On". Premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Jack Saunders, Pixey explained: "The song is about taking back control when nobody is listening to you or taking you seriously, which I’ve definitely had to deal with a lot in the past. I’ve always wanted to write an empowering anthem with a simple hook, so I was so pleased when the song came together like it did.”
"Boys Are From Mars (feat. Yung Baby Tate)" by Princess Nokia
Puerto Rican-American rapper, entrepreneur and activist, Princess Nokia, links with Yung Baby Tate for this bouncing new tune that's a takedown of toxic masculinity, with Princess Nokia showing her playful side.