This weekend has seen a heatwave, by British standards anyway.
It has been the hottest recorded early May bank holiday in history. So, whether you’re planning on chilling in the garden and topping up your tan or having all your mates over for a BBQ, here are some perfect tunes to gently ease you into the Summer feeling.
STRØM – Teenage Crime
Swedish producer STRØM has released a visionary reworking of Adrian Lux’s ‘Teenage Crime’. STRØM has said previously that he takes his inspiration from artists such as Oceaán, SBTRKT, and Jai Paul, obvious in this new track. This song is a moody and modern piece that takes the original melody and lyrics to turn it into something futuristic, ticking all the boxes of a great dark pop/dance piece.
Lewis Watson – Congratulations
It’s the cover you never knew you needed, until now. Singer Lewis Watson has released a cover track of Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’ which he has taken from his upcoming EP nineties, naughties, tennies which is due to be released on the 18th of May, where the songwriter has picked a few favourite songs from each decade he’s been alive to cover. 'Congratulations', taken from the 'tennies' era (is that a thing?) has been completely stripped back and slowed down to focus on Watson's delicate vocal. This acoustic guitar version really changes the tone of the record, a perfect chilled out track for the upcoming Summer months.
Ned – Give Me More
If you think you’ve listened to all the music British artists have to offer, why not extend your ears and listen to French singer Ned. Her debut UK single, titled ‘Give Me More’ is an energetic, electro dance song. With French lyrics exploring feminity and female equality, it’s a song for girl power. Her EP is due to be released later on this year.
Damian Marley FT. Stephen Marley, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign– Medication
Grammy winner Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, has just released the remix to his single ‘Medication’. This remix features Stephen Marley, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. Damian Marley is the youngest son of legend Bob Marley, but he has earned his own place in the industry, winning countless awards for his music and collaborations. Check out the remix, featuring chilled out reggae beats and wavy vocals.
Sonny – Ain’t too Proud to Beg
Northern soulful singer/songwriter Sonny has released his most sincere and sensitive track yet, with ‘Ain’t too Proud to Beg’. This track is lifted from his album, which is due to be released later this year. This song was written and sung by the 18-year-old singer/songwriter and mixed by Joe Zook. Following in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut album Hopeless Romance, this young artist is sure to make waves in the industry.
Orla Gartland – I Go Crazy
Her first new solo music in three years, alt-pop singer/songwriter Orla Gartland releases her single ‘I Go Crazy’. Her new material is the product of collaboration with producers Sean Genockey and Ben Langmaid. Explaining the process of writing the track she said, “it’s about telling someone you love them for the first time and not hearing it back. I went into the studio the next day so fired up, and channeling the emotion into the track was cathartic. It captures a moment where I was truly at breaking point.”
Channelling an angsty Stevie Nicks vibe, 'I Go Crazy' is a piece of pop perfection with a sharper edge.
Daniel Briskin FT. Alista Marq – Colder Homes
Sixteen year old alt-R&B singer/songwriter turned producer Daniel Briskin is taking doing things of someone twice his age. He has a finely finessed electric sound, paired with his soulful and soothing R&B vocals. ‘Colder Homes’ is an electronic track blended with Daniel’s own R&B styling and up-and-coming Alista Marq’s rapping. It’s the perfect song about young love and it encourages the listeners to delve deep into their own emotions.
Jimmy Eat World – half heart
The first new material from Jimmy Eat World since their critically acclaimed album of 2016, Integrity Blues, has just dropped, with two new tracks, ‘half heart’ and ‘Love Never’. ‘half heart’ is an emotionally charged single, they’ve dropped the emo exterior but have incorporated the power pop and alt-rock we’ve come to expect and love from 90s Arizona band.
Manic Street Preachers – Hold Me Like a Heaven
‘Hold Me Like a Heaven’ is the third single released from Manic Street Preachers Album Resistance Is Futile. This track is a power ballad that seems to explore the emotions of being torn between being a love-song and a rejection, both at the same time.
The Yada Yada Yadas – Seven Years
Fuzzy, alt-pop band The Yada Yada Yadas debuted on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music ’60 Second C.V’. They now return with a new single, titled ‘Seven Years’. This track is alt-poppy, energetic and full of meaningful lyrics, masked by the happy, up-tempo beats. Nuances of 90s alt-rock, such as Weezer, are heard throughout the track. The band are playing numerous festivals throughout the summer and this track is the epitome of a summer tune.