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Best New Music Of The Week // January 12 – January 18, 2015

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The Wombats – “Greek Tragedy”

The Wombats
For those who missed the first play of The Wombats‘ new single “Greek Tragedy” on BBC Radio 1 yesterday, the indie trio has unveiled a murderous depiction of themselves under a gory music video for the single, directed by Finn Keenan, which you can watch below. The song will feature on their upcoming album Glitterbug, their follow up to 2011’s This Modern Glitch. The album has been produced by Mark Crew (Bastille) and will be out on April 6 ahead of their album support tour in April. Scroll down for detailed dates, and pre-order the album here.

Tove Lo – “Talking Body”

Introducing fresh Swedish sensation Tove Lo, who hit the heights in 2014 with her single “Habits”, as she releases the visuals for her new single “Talking Body”, taken from her latest album Queen of the Clouds which was released in 2014 via Universal Music. The young songwriter and her team have created potent visuals with some red shoots in the production that offer an excellent result. The video is a reflection of the topic of the song, which talks about one-night relations and sex. The Swedish singer and songwriter keeps a relationship with a criminal who helps her to escape in between clubs and colourful characters. Tove Lo garnered over 75 millions views with her “Habits” video, but will she meet that level of success with “Talking Body”, you can watch and enjoy the new video below.

Banky W – “Mercy”

It’s not too late to check out the latest music video from Banky W for his song “Mercy”. Mr Wellington can now add film director to his C.V. as the thought-provoking video was indeed written and directed by the singer himself. Banky W has hinted in the past that he would like to get into film/music video directing, and last year he went on to study at the famous New York Film Academy. Now with his debut video out, the artist has not laboured in vain, as the “Mercy” video has had a great reviews so far, especially for it’s refreshing storyline. Time will tell if we will see more of the singer/label executive behind the lens instead of in front, but as for now this is a worthy effort from Mr W.

Frank Ocean – “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

We haven’t seen much of Frank Ocean since his 2012 album, Channel Orange. He deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the last we heard from him was a self-released snippet called Memrise. His new, soulful cover song, shared via Tumblr, is in tribute of the late Aaliyah who would have been 36 yesterday. “At Your Best (You Are Love)” was originally performed by the Isley Brothers, but was also covered by Aaliyah herself in 1996. Her version was sampled on Drake’s “Unforgettable” from his debut album. Hopefully we will be hearing more from Frank Ocean this year. Stream the track below.

Raury – “Fly”

Raury Fly
Singer/Rapper Raury has released his new song titled “Fly” featuring Malik Shakur, which is inspired by the murder of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson last year. About the song, Raury said, “I wrote ‘Fly’ right after hearing that Darren Wilson was not being indicted for murdering Mike Brown. The words and music didn’t even feel like mine. I knew that this track belonged to the universe”. “Fly” bears the scars, fears and thoughts of an 18 year old black boy in America. The song carries a simple acoustic beat underneath strong, meaningful lyrics such as, “so I won’t ever understand how triggers pull against a man with empty hands“. Listen to “Fly” below.

Petite Noir – “Shadows”

Petite Noir
The new EP from South African artist Petite Noir titled The King of Anxiety is due to be released next week on January 19, with a full length on the way later this year. Anyone familiar with his sound can vastly see the tracks he produces are drawn from multiple influences. With each song release, he seems to showcase another trick he had hidden up his sleeve. The new track “Shadows” is the first single to be released from his The King of Anxiety EP and won’t be the last. The track offers a peaceful instrumental, soulful echoed vocals and a mix electric vibes. Listen to “Shadows” below, scroll further for Noir’s EP tracklist and pre-order it here.

HANiF – “Feels So Good”

Portland native and New York based rapper HANiF – formerly known as Luck-One – begins 2015 with the release of his new single titled “Feels So Good”. The new track comes on the back of his recently released cleverly witty “Gentrify” music video. Produced by 5th Sequence, “Feels So Good” is a smooth boom bap record infused with a futuristic swing and is taken from HANiF’s upcoming Twelve Inch Vinyls golden-era themed EP. Listen to “Feels So Good” below.

Words by Ayo Adepoju, Tomi Olujide, Sej Jheeta, Reannon Licorish, Anabel Freiros, Chloe Williams, and Jaime Navarro

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