Best New Music Of The Week // May 18 – May 24, 2015

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Nicki Minaj + Beyonce – “Feeling Myself”:

This is the moment where those of you who are Team Minaj aka ‘Barbz’ as Nicki Minaj refers to her devoted fans or part of the Beyhive aka Beyonce‘s fandom, might want to think of subscribing to Tidal if you haven’t already. Minaj randomly dropped the visuals to her contagious track “Feeling Myself” featuring Queen Bey on her Tidal account yesterday which many are very grateful for.

The track appeared on her third studio album The Pinkprint and it was most definitely one of the most hailed songs on the album, for both the ladies and guys! Tidal have teased us with a preview on Youtube, the video definitely looks like a lot of fun featuring a few quirky scenes and cameos from Vic Mensa and HitBoy – watch the full video on Tidal or below while we still have it.

Danagog + Lola Rae – “Pelemo”:

Released a few days ago, HKN Music presents the official visuals to rising HKN star, Danagog‘s official single “Pelemo”. Featuring Lola Rae, the Shizzi produced track is a melodious love tune that sees Danagog and Lola Rae both expressing and pouring out their hearts to their love interests.

The video was directed by AJE Films and shot in historic locations in Lagos, Nigeria. “Pelemo” also features a cameo appearance from Shizzi. Expect a lot more from Danagog who, alongside “Pelemo” also has a street hip-hop track titled “Koba”, which is fast becoming a club anthem. Watch and Enjoy “Pelemo” down below…

Taylor Swift + Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”:

Taylor Swift finally premiered her highly awaited music video to the single “Bad Blood” at the Billboard Awards last night (May 17). She has been promoted it for over a week now and kept teasing her fans with pictures all over social media. However, waiting for the release was definitely worth it, since the successful singer has visibly put much effort into the project. Starring superstars such as Kendrick Lamar who even has a rap feature, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding and many more, the video is mainly about Swift fighting against her enemies. This video, directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by herself, might be Taylor Swift’s best and most mature yet. Watch it here.

Clubs & Spades + Tom Prior – “Clearer”:

Selected as ‘Record of the Week’ by Charlie Sloth on his BBC 1Xtra radio show, “Clearer Coast” is the second single to be taken from the new Club & Spades EP Deal Or No Deal, which was released yesterday (May 17). The track features Tom Prior on the hook, is emotive and offers some perspective on the dynamics of a deteriorating family relationship. Sonically, it is a fusion of Hip Hop and Pop sensibilities, backed by a stirring piano-led backdrop. The visuals for “Clearer” just premiered on Link Up TV, check it out below.

K. Michelle – “Hard To Do”:

K. Michelle just dropped the extravagant visuals of her fourth single out of her current album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?. By showing a lot of skin and being surrounded by exotic backdrops, the singer switches between sitting in a bathtub and moving around a zebra. This is not all yet though. Additionally she is pouring herself in mud with a female companion who she is about to kiss in the end. It is safe to say that the video, directed by Child Basquiat, is quite provocative. Watch it here.

Blackmagic – “Levelz”:

Blackmagic is back with a new singe titled “Levelz”. Produced by Kid Konnect, this catchy song could be set to be another hit for Blackmagic. With its danceable beat and repatitive chorus, “Levelz” is defintely a song that will stick in your mind and have you shaking a leg too. “Levelz” is a follow up to Blackmagic’s recently released visuals for the remix of his track “Africa” featuring rappers Phyno, Reminisce and Vector. “Levelz” is defintely a track to watch out for, listen and download “Levelz” down below…

Same Day – “Burning Out”:

Brighton based band Alternative rock band Same Day have just released their first single named “Burning Out”. Members: Maxine Cahill (Guitar), Will Luchford (Bass), Tasj Green (Drums), Ollie Summers (Guitar) and Will Smith (Lead Vocals) all meet whilst studying at Brighton music college BIMM and formed the band. After auditioning to get onto BIMM’s End Of Term Gig, they performed a track at Brighton’s Coalition. From there they have supported another local band The RPM’s in Brighton and Worthing. Recently they performed their own debut headline gig at The Prince Albert. More gigs are coming up for Same Day so check out their Facebook page to hear about dates. Listen to the new track “Burning Out” down below.

Sage The Gemini + Nick Jonas – “Good Thing”:

This is a quite special collaboration: former Jonas Brothers memmber Nick Jonas singing together with the rapper Sage The Gemini. Special does not mean bad though, far from it! In fact, with the song, the duo created a – as the title already tells – “Good Thing”. Sage has been very successful recently and this latest release once again proved that he’s got what it takes to be high in the music game. The song, which is about a rather complicated relationship, is a very heart-warming, melodic one and definitely worth listening to below.

Words by Ayo Adepoju, Rebecca Lemoru, Shade Alegbeleye, Antonia Künzel and Jenny Woollett

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