In Notion Now: Week 4, new music has dropped from Jude Moore, Griff, Rose Gray, Bicep, Fredo, Finn Askew, Goat Girl, beaux, Curtis Waters and more.
"Black Hole" by Griff
Launched as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in The World on BBC Radio 1, this dark-pop single from 2020's breakout star Griff was written as a "bittersweet heartbreak track". “I actually love how melodramatic it is, as there’s obviously not “a big black hole where my heart used to be”, but the melodrama of the lyrics – over a really interesting beat – keeps the song fun, and not too serious”, Griff said.
"Easy" by Rose Gray
East London's rising star, Rose Gray, has shared her debut mixtape, 'Dancing, Drinking, Talking, Thinking', full of '00s indie pop and balearic-house bangers, soulful meditations on life. The perfect antidote to our currently club-less world.
"Cazenove" by Bicep
Bicep's 'Isles' album has finally landed, with "Cazenove" one of the new tracks released. This would have popped off on the festival circuit, that's for sure. Oh well, next year eh? *wipes eyes*
"Back to Basics" by Fredo
"She's an animal lover and my jacket's made of fur" - Fredo's latest effort might be called "Back to Basics" but the spacey, relaxed tune shows that the West London rapper is far from modest. Speaking on his newly-announced second album, 'Money Can't Buy Happiness', Fredo said: "I don’t want people thinking that certain things I rap about are important or the key of life because they’re not. Most things I rap about are just what I been through or reality for me and my friends".
"Get up (feat. Devon Morgan)" by Jude Moore
Jude Moore teams up with reggae artist Devon Morgan for this new soul anthem, which charted at No 1 on Apple Music's reggae chart, within 24 hours of it's release.
"Die 4 U" by Erick the Architect ft. Sophie Faith & Linden Jay
Taken from his new 'Future Proof' EP, which features collabs with Loyle Carner, Pip Millett, Col3trane, FARR, Sophie Faith and Linden Jay, the whole project floats powerful bars over soothing melodies.
"Egotism" by Finn Askew
A new tune from gravelled-toned Finn Askew's debut EP, 'Peach', and what an earworm it is. The young hitmaker is on to big things. Watch this space.
"dramatic" by Cat & Calmell
Newcomers Cat & Calmell are positioned to be the next big duo, and when you listen to this addictive pop-punk anthem that channels their frustrations at the complacency of people in power.
"what's the point?" by beaux
Dirty Hit prodigy, beaux, knows how to craft an instantly-likeable tune, and this song speaks on how we're all feeling right now. It's taken from his forthcoming new EP, 'a love letter to the moments spent outside'.
"Sweet & Dandy" by Tash Sultana
A much-needed smooth-and-dandy new single from Tash Sultana. The song is "about the process of withdrawing yourself from negative distractions and living in the present, always remembering that you are enough", Tash explained. Wise words.
"Routine Check 2.0 (feat. The Mitchell Brothers & Sneakbo)" by iLL BLU
London production iLL BLU have linked-up with Sneakbo and UK rap veterans The Mitchell Brothers for a harder-hitting poignant remix of the South London duo's 2005 classic.
"A Hero's Death - Soulwax Remix" by Fontaines D.C.
Soulwax's remix of Fontaines D.C.'s track "A Hero's Death" gives the song a whole new lease of life.
"Badibaba - Edit" by Goat Girl
"Old Ways" by Bleach Lab
South London via Buckinghamshire quartet, Bleach Lab, have shared the heart-stopping track "Old Ways". It's taken from their forthcoming EP, which looks at the five stages of grief as a basis to compare and contrast their experiences. "Old Ways" looks at the first of those emotions - anger.
"PROMISE" by Kemi Ade and Blue Lab Beats
South London's Kemi Ade returns with the second instalment of her double EP project ‘Drive – Dusk Edition’. The ambient tune "PROMISE" is one of four new tracks. Here, Kemi sings softly about a promise between her and a lover not to “fuck up each other”. Speaking on the track, Kemi says “this embodies my sound, or me as person."
"Million$Bill - Melé Remix" by Future Utopia, Kojey Radical and Easy Life
Future Utopia links up with Melé for the remix of Million$Bill. It's a pounding, techno-infused number but the vocals from Kojey Radical and Easy Life's Murray Matravers give it extra depth.
"Doodoodoo" by Curtis Waters
A feelgood bop about... well, feeling good. Watch this blow up on TikTok.