Playlist 01.05.20 : Five Songs for the Weekend

Playlist 01.05.20 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Playlist 01.05.20 : Five Songs for the Weekend
Playlist 01.05.20 : Five Songs for the Weekend

With his debut EP, San Francisco based singer, songwriter, and producer Vandelux delivers a cohesive and engaging batch of songs laced with smooth house production. Between the catchy, digitized vocals in “Feel Good”, the deep and hypnotizing beat in “Live Forever”, and the twangy acoustic guitar in “Ride or Die”, this project truly highlights Vandelux’s versatility as a producer. His silky vocals are intertwined throughout the EP, adding another level of depth and providing something to latch onto for repeated listens. We first featured Vandelux way back in 2015, and it’s been amazing to hear his style mature and evolve over the years…

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Gabrielle Aplin has tapped London pop songstress Nina Nesbitt to join her for a brand new version of the former’s 2016 single “Miss You.” The new version of the song, referred to as “Miss You 2” will serve as the penultimate track on Aplin’s upcoming full-length record, Dear Happy, which will see release on Jan. 17 through AWAL and her own label, NeverFade Records.

Nesbitt’s feature is a seamless inclusion that serves the single well. Breathing new life into the ripe-for-radio pop offering, Aplin and Nesbitt pair perfectly for a track that holds up wonderfully over three years since its initial release.

“I’m so excited to be featuring on Gabrielle’s new version of ‘Miss You,’” Nesbitt says. “We have known each other for a long time and one of my first ever gigs was supporting her at a gig in 2011. I’ve always been a big fan of her work and I’m so happy we’ve finally had the chance to collaborate.”

“I’m so happy to have Nina on ‘Miss You,’” Aplin concurs. “We came through as artists around the same time. We have been of both sides of an ever-changing industry and both decided to independently take control of our careers and success. The initial release of ‘Miss You’ feels like the start of that for me, and I’m thrilled that Nina has added her voice to a new version of one of my favourite songs of mine.”

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Back in January of 2019, Wild Nothing shared “Blue Wings,” a standalone track left over from the sessions for their 2018 album Indigo. It would turn out to be the only music Jack Tatum’s project released last year. But just as the ball dropped, Tatum unveiled another new song plus plans for a new EP coming soon.

The EP is called Laughing Gas. According to this pre-order page, it comprises five songs Tatum recorded with Jorge Elbrecht in Los Angeles and Tatum’s hometown of Richmond during the Indigo sessions. The tracks reportedly hung together better outside Indigo’s context. They include the aforementioned “Blue Wings” and today’s new frigid synthetic funk tune, “Foyer.”

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It’s been almost three years since STRØM released his debut single, “Mesmerize”. Featuring as the backing track to a cinematic BMW commercial, it was a dark and brooding electro-pop offering that has, until now, remained his only single to date. Proving that good things do come to those who wait, he’s back in 2020 with not only a brand spanking new single but promise of an imminent debut album as well.

The move from Värmdö in the Stockholm archipelago to Berlin in order to pursue a degree in music production and sound engineering was evidently a well-considered decision for the 29 year old multi-instrumentalist. Signed to an imprint of Sony Music, “Last Try” will be followed up with a debut album in February 2020. Until that comes, let the downtempo beats on the new track, reminiscent of James Blake and Gentle Bones, ease you in to the new year in style.

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The last few days have been pretty quiet as we approach the New Year but thankfully, we got some new heat here from Swae Lee and Nicki Minaj in time for New Year’s Eve festivities. Toronto producers Jaegen and FrancisGotHeat, who’ve been behind some defining songs of the past decade, have joined forces to drop off their new collab with Swae and Nicki. The two concoct a breezy, island-flavored instrumental for Swae Lee and Nicki Minaj who deliver more of a pop performance than a rap one. However, seeing as the two are certified hitmakers, this track is definitely another strong record in their history as collaborators.

This marks one of the few offerings from Nicki that we, the people, have received in recent times. She teased her short-lived retirement but it looks like she might be taking some well-needed time off following an iconic run.

As for Swae, his sophomore solo album was supposed to drop in September but clearly, hasn’t arrived. Maybe we’ll see it in 2020 but at this point, there hasn’t been anything confirmed just yet.

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