This New Music Friday wasn’t completely shit, for a change, so I thought I’d pull together a few of my new music favs in the hope that you might enjoy them too. And should you consider me your favourite tastemaker and share this article with your friends so I can become famous and lobby successfully to restore Top Of The Pops to its former glory on the BBC, that would be great. Anyway, I digress. Let’s take a listen…
Tinashe – ‘Company’
‘Company’ is so great because it doesn’t sound like anything else out there right now. The beat is tough, the come-to-bed vocals would make Janet Jackson jealous and those glitchy Super Mario Bros. synths are fire. Love love love.
We can all forget about ‘Superlove’ and that not-so-wise decision to duet with Chris Brown now, right?
Emeli Sandé – ‘Hurts’
I’ve done my fair share of Emeli Sandé bashing since The Great Overexposure of London 2012 but ‘Hurts’ is proof that an artist is as good as their last single. This has I Am era Leona Lewis written all over it, but a brilliant middle-eight and final chorus pushes it to a level Leona’s bland songwriting never reached. Hats off to Emeli for a killer comeback.
Cosima – ‘Girls Who Get Ready’
Cosima is really exciting because she’s making great music, and has something to say. I could listen to the tight harmonies, smooth beats and enchanting synths on ‘Girls Who Get Ready’ all day. There’s a William Orbit ‘Pure Shores’ vibe on that makes me wish I was listening on a sun lounger with a huge frozen margarita. But this isn’t a pop track, it’s a soul track in disguise. And Cosima has plenty of soul.
JoJo – ‘Mad Love.’
Okay, so I’m not loving ‘Mad Love.’, but it’s JoJo and she really deserves a fucking break. So I’ll do everything I can to support her. I’m just not feeling the Ariana Grande style vocal, or the Meghan Trainor Doo Wop vibe. But when she drops down for those deep notes before the final chorus all is forgiven.