Playlist 05.19.19 : Five Songs for the Weekend

Playlist 05.19.19 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Playlist 05.19.19 : Five Songs for the Weekend

SG Lewis – Flames (feat. Ruel)

Today sees PMR-signed songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis release his new single ‘Flames’ featuring 16 year old Australian breakthrough artist Ruel. The track follows the recent Clairo collaboration ‘Throwaway’ and is the third single to be taken from Dawn, the third and final chapter of his three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out soon via PMR/Virgin. The new track comes alongside the announcement of his biggest headline show to date at O2 Academy Brixton on February 1st 2020 with tickets on sale now, as well as a huge US tour for September/October this year.

Speaking on the track, SG said “I was put onto Ruel’s music about 18th months ago, and watching his growth since then has been amazing. He’s got such soul to his voice for someone of his age, it’s crazy. Flames is the final preview of Dawn before the whole thing drops, and I can’t wait to share the whole thing.”

Ruel’s 2018 debut EP has now surpassed 200M+ global streams and last year he became the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Aria Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year”. He’s also the youngest male artist in history to sell out the iconic Sydney Opera House, and performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Dusk, Dark, Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (early 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark (late 2018) explored distinctly heavier yet still diverse sounds, Dawn is a sonic embodiment of those euphoric sunrise moments and the feeling of togetherness at the end of a night well spent.

It’s been an amazing year for SG Lewis that has seen the artist sell-out venues across the US, Asia and Europe (as well as a very special sold-out homecoming show at London’s Printworks in December). Dark lead single ‘Hurting’ has grown relentlessly, hitting No.1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart, and with SG having just played a prime slot at this year’s Coachella, he continues to cement his status as not just one of London’s hottest new talents but also a formidable artist capable of making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic.

SG has previously collaborated with Col3trane, Raye, Ray BLK, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D’s Chad Hugo, Gerd Janson, Conducta and more as well as producing Dave’s ‘100M’s’ proving his worth as one of the most respected and prolific musicians from the UK. SG’s ever-growing catalog both as a collaborator and his solo tracks showcases he is a producer capable of working outside of genre and style.

Read the rest of this article at Total Ntertainment

Alex Cameron – Miami Memory

Alex Cameron has shared the video for his new single ‘Miami Memory’ – tune in now.

It’s a damaged but addictive piece of synth pop with Americana overtones, a preening mini-epic that acts as a love song to the city itself.

Alex Cameron directs the video, starring his business associate and sax player Roy Molloy alongside Girls actress Jemima Kirke – who in addition to her acting career also happens to be Cameron’s partner.

A song about “how we audition in the present for our future selves to enjoy in retrospect” the video itself has a surreal, almost bittersweet quality.

“‘Miami Memory’ is a story about how we audition in the present for our future selves to enjoy in retrospect. In that way, tender memories that we share together are captured in thought and stored with the same electricity that keeps our heart beating,” he says. “It’s a gift for my girlfriend Jemima, and it is dedicated to the artist Greer Lankton and her partner Paul Monroe. I am lucky to have learned that a group of people can be a shining light.”

Read the rest of this article at Clash

Jimothy – Getting Talkative

Jimothy Lacoste channels UK Garage on new single ‘Getting Talkative’ – tune in now.

The London artist is currently packing his bags for an Australian tour alongside Rejjie Snow, but he’s found time to hop back into the studio.

New single ‘Getting Talkative’ is his first official release of 2019, and it features the lingering influence of UK Garage.

There are definitely traces of The Streets’ halcyon early releases at play, with production being handled by Jimothy, Toddla T, and Harley & Ferg.

Lyrically, Jimothy urges proper communication, warning: “Possessive behaviour is a curse, can’t you see…?”

It’s a neat fusion, with his clipped vocals working against the subtle piano chords and that 2-step rhythm.

Read the rest of this article at Clash

Barrie – Hutch

Inclusivity is at the heart of Barrie, the Brooklyn five-piece made of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. And on their debut LP Happy To Be Here, their multidimensional take on classic pop sounds awake and present, like a group that’s daydreaming but firmly there with one another. Lindsay largely wrote these songs late into the night, alone in her apartment, and her voice feels appropriately full of possibility throughout. Barrie, the band, is primarily her project; on the record, which she co-produced with Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear), Lindsay plays guitar, piano, synth and bass. But still, Barrie is distinctly not a solo project, and Happy To Be Here is very much a full band record. Dominic’s drums fill the entire album, while Noah added synths and Spurge sang on nearly every track; the three also contributed production. And Sabine, though stuck in Germany with visa issues, remotely recorded vocals. Engineered and mixed by Aron at his Brooklyn studio in August 2018, the album is a softly explosive document of Barrie’s collective vision: “a well-crafted pop song that’s a little bit fucked up,” they explain. The album’s singles speak to its scope: the analog synths that burst from piano pointillism on “Clovers”, the lush electric guitar grooves on opener “Darjeeling”, the minimal arrangement and modular programmed drums of “Saturated”. The album’s energetic but unhurried movement is a testament to the wide-ranging backgrounds of Barrie’s membership: Spurge and Noah met at the Lot Radio through a shared love of house and techno, Dom plays and tours with the electronic rock band Is Tropical, Sabine is a performance artist and solo musician.

Read the rest of this article at Picadilly Records

Juan RIOS – Cosmos

Producer Juan RIOS has a knack for digging up obscure samples and crafting gorgeous instrumentals around them. I imagine he’s the type of guy who frequents his local record store and listens to an ungodly amount of music, perpetually searching for the perfect sample. It’s safe to say that whatever he’s doing, it’s working. His new song “Cosmos.” revolves around soulful vocal chops and features rubbery synths, tight percussion, and a classically dusty vibe. It all comes together to form three minutes of beautifully organic instrumental hip hop.

Read the rest of this article at Audio Aquarium

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