With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you’d think we’d be making soppy, romantic playlists – but you’re wrong. Why limit yourself when you can douse yourself in new music from the United Kindom and the United States? This week we’ve got new offerings from Dusky Grey, Katy Perry, Muna, K.Flay and more. Let’s crack on, shall we?
Dusky Grey – ‘Told Me’
Songs about cheating aren’t hard to come by, but the Wales based duo, Dusky Grey have put a new spin on the unfortunate and regular occurrence. ‘Told Me’ has a summery acoustic groove, with an insistent and hypnotic rhythm.
Leo Stannard – ‘The Way I Are’
Timbaland and Keti Hilson’s hit, ‘The Way I Are’ is instantly recognisable, but the 21-year-old instrumentalist, Leo Stannard, has totally flipped the song you remember on its head. This acoustic version showcases the versatility of Leo’s talents, we’re excited to hear more.
Katy Perry – ‘Chained To The Rhythm’
She’s finally back, and unless you’ve had your head in a book or been on the moon, you’ll know about it. ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ is the first single taken from Katy Perry’s forthcoming album, which as yet – doesn’t have a release date. Co-written with huge names, Max Martin and SIA, this is an inevitable Number 1 hit.
K.Flay – ‘Black Wave’
If you’re an On Our Radar regular, you’ll know we’ve mentioned K.Flay before. Fusing hip-hop/electro with rock influences, both in sound and image – she’s one to watch for 2017. ‘Black Wave’ is the newest single taken from her brand new album, ‘Every Where is Some Where’. Speaking about the new single, K.Flay said, ‘It’s about facing something immense and menacing and choosing not to cower, but to rise up.’
Muna – ‘I Know A Place’
Muna are already causing a stir both sides of the pond, with critical acclaim for their debut album, ‘About U’ just days after it was announced. Performing a special rendition of ‘I Know A Place’ on The Tonight Show Live with Jimmy Kimmel, the LA trio changed the lyrics to read, “even if our skin or our Gods look different, I believe all human life is significant. I throw my arms open wide in resistance, he’s not my leader even if he’s my president.”
SJBravo – ‘We Never Dream’
‘We Never Dream’ SJBravo’s debut EP features a collection of four tracks he’s been melding tirelessly. These futuristic pop-heavy hits are chart and ear worm ready.
New Portals – ‘Stereo’
New Portals ended 2016 as they meant to go on, with support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and Spotify, it’s hard not to take notice of this Belfast duo. ‘Stereo’ is another melting pot of experimental electronics and hip hop beats that make your life instantly better.
Everywhere – ‘Heroine’
With an introduction drawing similarities to The Klaxons and The Killers, Everywhere’s ‘Heroine’ is bursting with indie-pop purity. The track is available as an instant-grat with their second EP, ‘Fiction Act’.
Tyni – ‘Fighter’
Hailing from Sheffield, UK, Tyni is a 22-year-old with bucket loads of potential. Speaking the last few years between LA, London and her hometown working on her recordings, it’s clear to see there are big things on the horizon. Troy Nōka’s remix of Tyni’s ‘Fighter’ is bursting with bass heavy beats and Gwen Stefani-esque vocals.
Sarah Darling – ‘Halley’s Comet’
‘Halley’s Comet’ is the first single taken from Sarah Darling’s forthcoming album, ‘Dream Country’. The animated video is the perfect reflection of the metaphor within the song – focussing on Sarah’s uncertainty about leaving her longtime label. For what it’s worth, Sarah, we think it was worth it.