‘I wanna win. I want that trophy.’
Here’s a selection of music to instantly upgrade your week from drab to banger with one play. My clear favourites are Charli XCX‘s Trophy and the welcome return of one Mayer Hawthorne! Have you heard of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (of course I’m kidding)? They’ve teamed up with the divine Leon Bridges to deliver Kevin, a song that addresses prescription medication addiction. It’s goose bump inducing. Enjoy the week. Do not let it get the better of you.
Charli XCX: Trophy
Charli XCX (pictured at top) recently released her Vroom Vroom EP on her own record label, Vroom Vroom Recordings (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK). Though her sound isn’t always my cup of camomile, Trophy takes immediate anthem status.
TIGA: Make Me Fall in Love feat. Jake Shears
Mat Zo: Sinful feat. I See MONSTAS
LA-based, British producer Mat Zo‘s latest single features UK electro three-piece I See MONSTAS. It’s the second release from his long player called Self Assemble, due for release on 25 March on Zo’s own label Mad Zoo.
Mayer Hawthorne: Love Like That
Mayer Hawthorne was our champion for the return to synthesizer keys and smooth 80s style groove ballads. We fell in love with him in 2011. Forward to 2016, and for his new album, Hawthorne handled the lion’s share of production, as well as playing nearly every instrument, and writing every track. His songwriting draws from his own life experiences; heartache and joy, vulnerability and sincerity. The Man About Town album is released on 8 April.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Kevin feat. Leon Bridges
Kevin is what happens when two of today’s hottest artists collaborate. Effortless, really. The song addresses the ravages of prescription pill addiction, and tells the story of the Macklemore’s friend Kevin who lost his life to an overdose. We first posted this song back in December last year, but the official video has now been released. Kevin is lifted from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which is out now.
Paces: Work Me Out feat. Rye Rye
‘I love ‘Work Me Out’! It’s one of those songs that you blast riding in the car with the windows down and all of your friends singing together.’
Paces’ debut LP Vacation is out now.