Best New Music Of The Week // March 2 – March 8, 2015

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Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”:

My song of the month gets a visual accompaniment starring Hollywood legend Tom Hanks singing along to the song, it doesn’t get much better than this surely! Carly Rae Jepsen is back but let’s not call it a comeback. Her new single “I Really Like You” might just become the Pop song of the Summer, and for those referring to the Pop star as a ‘one hit wonder’, you obviously didn’t listen to her last album Kiss which had hits on hits on hits for days, and with the predicted success of this new track, I believe you’ll have to find another phrase to refer to Carly Rae Jepsen! Don’t hate, just appreciate, watch and enjoy the video for “I Really Like You” below, also starring Justin Beiber and Carly Rae of course.

Kiss Daniel + Tiwa Savage + Davido – “Woju (Remix)”:

One of the biggest songs so far this year, Kiss Daniel presents the remix to his hit single titled “Woju” which was released at the end of last year. Enjoying airplay on both the radio and in the clubs, Kiss Daniel features two of Africa’s biggest stars, Tiwa Savage and Davido on the remix. “Woju” which is a yoruba word that means “check out the face” or “look at the face” was inspired by Kiss Daniel‘s playboy-ish alter ego.

He may have come with you to the party, but no guarantee he will leave with you. The “Woju” Remix captures the theme of the song, with Tiwa Savage arriving to the party with Davido, but may or may not be leaving with Kiss Daniel. Hopefully the answer will be revealed when the official video for the remix drops soon. In the meantime, listen and nnjoy the “Woju” Remix down below.

Doldrums – “Loops”:

Canadian producer Doldrums, aka Airick Woodhead, has created a ghostly melting pot of dance music in his latest single “Loops”. It is the third track released from his forthcoming album The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, due to be released via Sub Pop on April 4. “Loops” merges pulsating, abstract sounds with an upbeat tempo. It is Doldrums’ most dance oriented record to date, with a style not dissimilar to Caribou. Woodhead’s vocals overlay the track with a surprising hint of R&B until fractions of lyrics are spliced as the song peaks at it’s misty conclusion. “Loops” is available to stream below.

Action Bronson + Chance The Rapper – “Baby Blue”:

New York rapper Action Bronson continues the build up to his upcoming LP Mr Wonderful, with the release of yet another track titled “Baby Blue”. The song features Chance the Rapper with high profile producer Mark Ronson handling the soulful instrumental. In terms of the vocal and lyrical content, we find Bronson in slightly unfamiliar and surprisingly vulnerable territory as he raps and even sings about a relationship on the rocks.

The teaser for Mr Wonderful released recently on YouTube features an amusing sketch of Bronson in the studio recording another song expected on his new album called “Only In America”. During the video, Action is seen singing the chorus of the song like he does in “Baby Blue”, perhaps indicating that his singing may be a large part of his new record. The new song “Baby Blue” is available to listen to below now, with Mr Wonderful available for pre-order on iTunes.

Kelela – “A Message”:

Kelela has announced the release of her forthcoming Hallucinogen EP.  The EP was co-written with producer Arca who previously worked with FKA Twigs on EP2 and LP1, and Kanye West on Yeezus. Originally it was thought that the EP would be released on Fade to Mind but as of yet, there is no planned label for this release. This 6-track extended play follows Kelela’s debut mixtape Cut 4 Me and precedes a forthcoming full length debut which is due for release towards the end of this year. Kelela has also shared a video for “A Message” taken from the Hallucinogen EP, you can watch the video below.

Billy Woods – “Warmachines”:

Mysterious underground New York rapper Billy Woods has released his first single for his upcoming album Today I Wrote Nothing. The song titled “Warmachines” features a pleasant jazzy instrumental which works well in contrast to the dark war themed lyrics the former Armand Hammer member spits all over the track. Today I Wrote Nothing, available on March 31, will be Woods’ first release since 2013’s Dour Candy and based on this eerie track, is likely to be as dark and gritty as his previous efforts.

Words by Ayo Adepoju, Shade Alegbeleye, Oscar Nicholas, Tom Syme and Chris Hyde

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