- Words Liam Cattermole
A weekly playlist sharing our pick of the best new music from the world's most exciting emerging musicians. You heard it here first.
‘worlds greatest emoter’ by bar italia
“Crazy how they never miss”, reads one comment on the video for bar italia’s new single, ‘worlds greatest emoter’. It’s a difficult statement to disagree with. Sticking to the sludgy sound we fell in love with, the three-piece steamroll through crashing drums and vicious riffs, offering their unique inflections and storylines.
‘Go’ by p-rallel, DETO BLACK
Catching fans off guard with a debut mixtape of dancefloor fillers, p-rallel's return comes at a time when clubs are finally filling up again. As we move into cooler months, these spaces become havens for hedonism and ‘Go’, with its thumping 4/4 rhythms, will undoubtedly be a soundtrack to them all.
‘You, The World Vs Me’ by Odeal
Following his show at the Outernet, singer-songwriter Odeal drops the second single, ‘You, The World vs Me’, from his forthcoming project, Thoughts I’ve Never Said. Fully in record mode, the track is a cathartic listen that forebodes more mellow releases in the near future.
‘LOTUS’ by Feux
Feux reaches back into his bilingual rap bag on the sprawling single, ‘LOTUS’. Taken from MAX MANTRA (Side B), the track does some soul searching, questioning his belonging over shuffling drums and twisting melodies.
‘Feel my face’ by L0LA
21-year-old Nigerian singer L0LA returns with ‘Feel My Face’, a warped and lo-fi house heater that shows off her angelic vocals. The London-based artist, with a ‘passion4fashion’, as her Spotify bio tells us, has been quietly making waves for a couple of years now and looks set to break from the capital’s noisy alt scene.
‘Phases’ by NSJ Mali
Our favourite from NSJ Mali’s trailblazing new EP, Arcane, ‘Phases’ sees the rapper spitting words of wisdom on an equally sagacious drill beat. Over the seven tracks, we learn of his trials and tribulations, gripping us with weighty beats, an infectious cadence and intelligent rhyme schemes.
‘Holding On’ by KiLLOWEN
Released just moments before he took to the stage last night in The George’s Tavern, ‘Holding On’ is the UKG-focused lead single from KiLLOWEN’s debut EP, Pub Therapy. Produced by the man himself, the track shows off his dexterity not only lyrically, but behind the buttons too.
‘Yoyo’ by SOFY
Spearheading the release of her Chaos & Commotion mixtape, ‘Yoyo’ narrates a topsy-turvy journey and is evidently made with playing live in mind. Sonically, it pushes the alt-pop artist in new directions, embracing a darker and edgier vibe than previous singles.
‘Play It Back Again' by The Silhouettes Project, Meron T, Kieron Boothe and Nikhil Beats
Once again, east London’s The Silhouettes Project brings together talent from the capital for another jazz-infused jam. ‘Play It Back Again’ isn’t the first time Meron T and Kieron Boothe have hopped on a track by the collective while Nikhil Beats adds his undisputable production capabilities to the mix.
‘lady friends’ by kwes e, phil
‘lady friends’ sees kwes e starting as he means to go on, on his new EP, b4 my fingers crossed. The eight tracks sprawl over a spectrum of dance music, providing moments for the raving crew as well as for the more contemplative headphone warriors.