A mix of the old and new, established and unsigned. Released every Friday to help you soundtrack your weekend with only the best tunes.
1. Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Previously impacting the charts with her single ‘Finders Keepers’, gaining half a billion streams in the past 12 months and ending last year with a sold out UK tour, Mabel has kicked off 2019 with her single release. Lyrically Don’t Call Me Up is a track of independence – a song that is a middle finger to a possessive ex, sending their call straight to voicemail. Alongside Mabel’s surging vocals the song is bass and bounce heavy, a combination that makes for an addictive pop song to play on repeat – a perfect track to theme getting ready for your weekend big night out.
2. Rivah Jordan – Shoebox
Veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes, Rivah Jordan has returned with his new trap-influenced single Shoebox. The story behind the track is one that focuses on a journey from serious mental health problems to ‘financial freedom’ – a topical context that identifies serious issues. The track is filled with chilled beats, a consistent mellow bassline and a vibe that can be best compared to tracks from Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar. With a background that involves the whirlpool of drug dealing and the increasingly violent streets of London, Rivah Jordan brings a undeniable realness to his music.
3. Loyle Carner – You Don’t Know
The personable rapper loved for his unapologetically honest lyrics and head-bobbing beats is back with possibly one of his best tracks yet. With his career truly kicking off on the music scene back in 2017 after the release of his debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ Loyle Carner has sharply risen in fame over the past year, selling out his 2019 spring UK tour in a matter of minutes. Accompanied with a typical music video that includes the rapper’s family, You Don’t Know gives us a track that talks of love and dating fears, particularly losing trust in love as time goes on. With a brass-led breakdown, heavy bass beats and an accompaniment of Rebel Kleff’s rap and Kiko Bun’s smooth reggae vocals, You Don’t Know is a necessary song to soundtrack this weekend.
4. Diya – Love Love
Also riding on chilled beats is the latest single from pop star Diya Love Love – a dreamy pop song, with delicate vocals and ambient vibes that also offers a refreshingly honest take on one’s feelings. Love Love stands as a treat to the ears for Lana Del Rey and The XX fans and being from the Ukraine and currently residing in Dubai, Diya creates music whose lyrical message can be appreciated universally and the transcendent effect it leaves long after the record has stopped playing.