new music round up

New Music Round Up – 01/08/17

It’s a brand new month and we’ve got even more brand spanking new music delights to share in this week’s round up.

Last week was another stellar time in the world of music. Kesha dropped a third incredible offering from her forthcoming album, whilst Anastacia made a welcome return to the scene with her anthem, ‘Caught in the Middle’. Charli XCX accompanied her new single ‘Boys’ with the most attractive music video we’ve ever seen, whilst Don Broco also dropped an infectious new track. Additionally, we were treated to new offerings from Stephanie Rice and Club Drive.

As usual, we want to share more new music releases with you. This time we’ve gone above and beyond by finding 14 tracks which you need to be familiar with!

Julia Michaels – ‘Pink’

‘Pink’ is one of seven tracks from Julia Michaels’ highly anticipated EP, Nervous System. The track is one of our standouts thanks to its cheeky nature. “There’s no innuendos, it’s exactly what you think,” whispers Julia, as she shows off her playful side. As previously shown with ‘Issues’ and ‘Uh Huh’, Julia is an exciting emerging artist who is incomparable to anyone else out there. After writing for others for most of her career, it’s remarkable that Julia has managed to etch out such a distinctive and unique sound, with each track on the EP offering something different.

Yes Lad – ‘Something More’

Following on from their catchy debut ‘Walk Away’, five-piece boyband Yes Lad are back with their new single ‘Something More’. Written by Yes Lad and produced by KNOXA, ‘Something More’ is a “celebration of multiculturalism with its fusion of bhangra beats and house production”. The band, made up of Cian, Joel, Sonny, Lewis, and Jake, are currently on their first ever UK headline tour – tickets are available here.

Snakehips and Anne Marie – ‘Either Way’ featuring Joey Bada$$

Snakehips, made up of Oliver Lee and James Carter, have teamed up with Anne-Marie and Joey Bada$$ for their latest offering. ‘Either Way’ is a RnB bop with an infectious hook. Anne-Marie’s distinct vocal glides over Snakehips’ production, whilst Joey Bada$$ contributes slick verses. The accompanying video was filmed in London and directed by Hector Dockrill, who is known for his documentary style productions.

James TW – ‘Please Keep Loving Me’

James TW is back with his new single ‘Please Keep Loving Me’, the follow-up to the hugely popular track ‘Ex’. Coinciding with the track’s release, James has also announced his first headline tour, which will take in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, and the UK. Tickets for the tour are available here.

Sam Calver – ‘Midnight’

‘Midnight’ is the debut single from UK singer-songwriter Sam Calver. Combining his soulful vocal with poignant lyrics and a slick beat, ‘Midnight’ is a wonderful debut offering. Speaking about the track and its accompanying visual, Sam said: “‘Midnight’ was actually written and recorded in my bedroom in Hastings. It was a defining moment for me after years of floating between genres, it felt like I had finally found my sound. It’s also the first piece of music I’ve ever officially released so I’m super excited for everyone to hear it! We shot the video for it in Hastings as that’s my hometown and where I grew up. My music career started here too, gigging throughout the town on the local music scene.”

Lánre – ‘Dreams’

‘Dreams’ is the new single from British Nigerian singer songwriter Lánre’s Human EP. The song showcases the talented songstress’ poignant vocals and captivating songwriting ability. The accompanying visual was directed by Alexandra MacEwan and features contemporary artist Rebecca Sangster. It tells the story of the constant push and pull, mostly internal that comes with living one’s dreams.

FACE – ‘Imagination’

FACE are made up of David Arthur, Matt Kern, Slim Gabriel and JC. Their debut single ‘Imagination’ is energetic, anthemic and totally feel-good. Speaking of the track, vocalist David said: “‘Imagination’ is a song about letting go in life. Being wild, rebelling against authority, following your dreams without fear, doing whatever you feel is right without a single hesitation to what people say or think about you. Step outside of that little everyday box that’s been created for you by people very much inside the box.”

KStewart  – ‘Sex 4 Breakfast’

Following the success of her previously single ‘Hands’. KStewart is back with the sassy ‘Sex 4 Breakfast’. Speaking about the sultry track, Kate said: “‘Sex 4 Breakfast’ was the most fun tune I’ve ever made. Obviously the lyrics are about getting it on in the morning and all the stuff you do when you’re chilling with your man after the deed! Banx & Ranx produced it and we all just thought it would be something that everyone could relate to. We just wanted it to be as cheeky, sexy and fun as possible. Hopefully we nailed that with all the breakfast metaphors!”

Jaded – ‘In The Morning’

‘In The Morning’ is the latest track from Jaded. Made up of Nari, Jordan, and Teo, the trio come from Iran, Italy, and London respectively. ‘In The Morning’ highlights the fact that they are one of the most exciting production acts based in London right now, having garnered support from the likes of Jax Jones, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Fatboy Slim. The track is currently getting a lot of airplay on BBC Radio 1 and has broken through the 4.5 million barrier on Spotify.

Sabella – ‘Fortress’

After the release of her debut EP Home Truths, Sabella returns with her new single ‘Fortress’. The track is a sultry pop anthem which showcases Sabella’s incredible vocals. Speaking about the song, she said: “’Fortress’ is about a fortress of your mind. It’s meant to be a very free thing – like, ‘I’ll go in to my own world , I’ll build a fortress around me.’ Turn off your peripheral vision and don’t look beyond what you are.”

Amelia Payne – ‘Secret Rendezvous’

‘Secret Rendezvous’ is one of three previously unheard tracks taken from Bajan beauty Amelia Payne’s debut EP My Escape. The upbeat Caribbean-influenced offering highlights Amelia’s ability to create infectious songs with compelling lyrics and a slick vibe. The five-track EP was produced and co-written with Toby Scott (Little Mix, Pet Shop Boys) and Simon Brown (Girls Aloud). Speaking about the EP, Amelia said: “I named the EP My Escape because at the end of the day music is my main escape from everything and it’s definitely something I can always run to to bring me nothing but happiness.”

ÆVES – ‘Loaded Love’

ÆVES are a Kentucky based alternative pop-rock duo made up of Molly O’Malley and Matthew Adam. Their new single ‘Loaded Love’ takes their usual synth-tinged pop sound and introduces more organic instruments to it. Speaking about their style, the band said: “Æves is about vibes. We want people who listen to our music to kind of empathize in a way that makes them happy. We want our music to get someone pumped up, if they’re going to the gym, hanging out with friends, or just driving around. Even when we write the songs and collaborate we have to have a good vibe going and that everyone is on the same page otherwise it’s a failed attempt. Our mission, so to speak, is to make sure the listener (and ourselves) is having a good time.”

ARIA – ‘Hope’

‘Hope’ is the captivating new single from singer-songwriter ARIA. The track, which follows on from the NME premiered ‘Shot in the Dark’, showcases the singer’s vulnerable side. As usual, she serves a flawless vocal and parts of the track are simply goosebump-worthy. Speaking about the track, ARIA said: “Hope is based on the constant fear we face of losing love. I feel that sometimes after falling in love, the fear of losing that love is often what can kill the relationship.” If you’re loving ARIA’s sound, then you can expect an EP before the end of the year.

Ashworth – ‘Nobody in the World’

‘Nobody in the World’ is the latest offering from producer and DJ Ashworth. The catchy travel-inspired track has a great vibe and is a sure fire late entry for song of the summer. Speaking about the track, Ashworth told Baeble: “This song was inspired by the seven years I spent living in New York City on my own – the wild nights, the spectacular people you would meet, and the secret rooftops you would end up on as the sun was rising. It wasn’t until I escaped it that I could really look back and encapsulate it in a song. In fact, the song came to fruition in a Nashville basement studio of a former mansion that Taylor Swift’s father owned (which now houses Universal Music Publishing). Besides capturing the sentiment lyrically, it captures all the sonic elements of my musical journey – electronic production, my voice, and both acoustic and electric guitars. It’s a blend of the synthetic and organic that also made the city I lived in so unique.” With Benny Blanco as a creative mentor, Ashworth is only destined to continue his rise to the top.

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Written by Katrina Rees

I'm Katrina, or Kat to pretty much everyone. I'm an editor for CelebMix, a content writer, a boyband lover and an all round music fanatic.
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