Rising artist Cautious Clay certainly has been taking the world by storm lately. After releasing his incredible debut, “Cold War” last year (check it out HERE), he’s steadily been building up a fanbase which each track and is getting plays from the likes of Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. After his string of singles, Clay has now released his debut EP, Blood Type, collecting his previous three songs and adding in three more. The whole thing is absolutely worth your attention and solidifies Clay as one of the artists I’m most excited about, but today I want to point you in the direction of the title track, Blood Type. Cautious Clay has developed a signature take on R&B over his first releases and “Blood Type” does a great job of extending and expanding that sound. Complete with dense harmonies, glitchy production, and of course Clay’s impeccable songwriting and vocals, “Blood Type” is really something special. Do yourself a favor and check it out below and then don’t miss out on the rest of the EP.
The wait is finally over for new music from UK-based band Prep. Although I was a little late to the party with Prep, I’ve been following them since they released their debut EP, Futures, back at the end of 2016. Since then I’ve been patiently awaiting new music and now it’s finally here in the form of Don’t Bring Me Down. If you’re unfamiliar with Prep, they make excellent, throwback-inspired indie pop. “Don’t Bring Me Down” brings that sound to a new level with bouncing synths and a grooving bass line. It’s the kind of track that will get you singing and dancing along right away and wanting more. With the release, comes the announcement of their sophomore EP, Cold Fire, set for release in April, and if this is any indication, it’s going to be a body of work not to be missed. Check out “Don’t Bring Me Down” below and be on the lookout for new music soon!
This week has really turned out to be a surprisingly really great one for new music! I’ve been excited about demo taped for quite some time now, ever since I heard his track “Not Enough” back in 2015. His output throughout 2015 and 2016 earned him a spot on my Artists to Watch 2017 list and he has definitely lived up to that ever since. Last year he released two tracks, including “Insecure” which easily was one of my favorite tracks of the year. Check it out HERE if you haven’t heard it. Now he’s shared his latest, Own It, and announced a new EP, Momentary, set for release this Friday, February 23rd. It’s a great amalgamation of the gospel sound he introduced on “Insecure” and the signature electronic vibe he’s established throughout his discography. I love what demo taped is doing and I’m sure his upcoming release is just going to reinforce that. Do yourself a favor and check out “Own It” below and get on board with the massive talent now.
Canadian newcomer Boniface has just three tracks to his name so far but he’s definitely proving he’s an artist to be watching. His first two tracks, which you can check out HERE and HERE, showed a great range, with his debut tending toward the heavier, more upbeat sound, and the latter a more subdued affair. Today he’s back with his newest effort, Phantom Limbs, which finds itself somewhere in between. Here we see an 80s influence absent from his previous songs but definitely appreciated here. He manages to stand out in a crowded indie pop scene, which is certainly not an easy task. Speaking of the track, Boniface says “I wrote Phantom Limbs a few years ago when I was starting to become really unhappy with the way I was treating myself and the way my friends were treating themselves. I wrote it out of frustration without much redemption, and in the years since I’ve really tried to stop doing that. I think it’s stuck with the band and I because it’s just really fun to play and we like that contrast.” After going three for three, I’m excited to see what he has coming up next and I’m sure it’s going to be great. In the meantime, check out “Phantom Limbs” below and get on board.
International eight-piece Superorganism is another artist who is certainly building off the attention garnered after appearing all over Artists to Watch lists, including my own. They kicked off the year with their excellent track, “Everybody Wants to Be Famous” (check it out HERE), along with the announcement of their self-titled debut album set for release on March 2nd. Now that we’re within a few weeks of that, Superorganism is giving us another taste of their debut with new track, Reflections on the Screen. While premiering it yesterday on Beats 1 as the World Record, the band described it as a “way more emo version of Something for You M.I.N.D.”, and it seems an apt comparison to their debut track. The production is also a bit more straightforward then their previous releases but still with that Superorganism vibe only they can bring. Be sure to check out “Reflections on the Screen” below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify, and be on the lookout for their debut album coming on March 2nd.
Pale Waves sure have had a rigorous release schedule in 2018 so far. After appearing on essentially every tip list, the Manchester quartet are obviously cashing in on the hype by not wasting any time. Today they have released their debut EP, ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID, and with it, their third track of the year, Heavenly. I first heard the track when they recorded it as a feature for the BBC Sound of 2018 list and have been eagerly waiting for the studio version ever since. The track is a great example of their melancholy approach to indie pop music, a sound no one is doing as well as they are. The band showed up in the top ten of my Artists to Watch 2018 list and they have shown how much they deserve that recognition. The whole EP is absolutely worth your attention, so if you’re interested listen to the other tracks HERE, HERE, and HERE, but of course you check out “Heavenly” below, or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify.
End of the year lists are one of my favorite things about following new music as you get to see what other people consider the best music of the year and which artists they’re most excited about going into the year. This year, one of my favorite discoveries came from Vevo dscvr’s Artists to Watch in the form of English artist Tayá. Each act selected for their list performed a track and Tayá sang a then unreleased song, Skin, that I was instantly obsessed with and have listened to countless times over the last three months. Ever since I heard it I’ve been waiting for the studio version to be released and luckily the wait is now over. I’ve also gone back and listened to the rest of her tracks and am now a huge fan of her effortlessly cool take on R&B. I’ve seen some comparisons to Ariana Grande which I think are definitely legitimate considering how impressive her vocals are. This version of “Skin” features Lotto Boyzz which I wasn’t sure about because of how much I liked the live video she had released, but they fit in nicely here. “Skin” is one of my favorite pop songs of the year so far and I can’t wait to see what Tayá is going to do next. Check it out below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify. Also do yourself a favor and check out the live version HERE, it’s definitely worth your time.