The best new music of the week (18-24 Oct)

Here's our guide to the best new music releases over the last seven days. Dan Gray reports.

It’s been a good week for new music releases with several tracks competing for our coveted single of the week spot. In the end, however, the accolade has gone to the incredible Alice Auer and her sumptuous new single, Turn Back Time. You can find out more about the single here.

Here are the other releases which stood out this week:

See Me – Roro

The follow-up to the acclaimed Dance With The Devil, See Me sees Bajan artist Roro get busy on a whip crack fast slice of style and sassiness. Powered by an intoxicating beat, See Me centres around the Barbadian singer’s scintillating rap. Compelling.

Right Into You – Claptone with Like Mike featuring Mansionair

Recalling such iconic stars as Rosie Lowe and Erykah Badu, Maya Delilah’s Queen is sexy, sultry, and very, very soulful. Delilah’s voice works a treat, too, and it’s immediately clear that the lady has a very big future ahead of her.

You Make Me Sad – Aquilo

Aquilo’s new single might be called You Make Me Sad but the track is sure to put a smile on even the most miserable of faces. The singer’s gorgeously soulful vocal certainly helps, but at the end of the day, You Make Me Sad is all about that massive, anthemic chorus.

Sad Fuck – Ryan Mack

You certainly can’t fault Ryan Mack for his honesty. “I’m a Sad Fuck” he sings on his catchy new single of the same name. He’s not shy when it comes to elaborating about the situation, either. “Self sabotage and I mess things up” he chirps, with typically forthright honesty.

Well, Mack may well be the Sad F**k of the title, but what is also clear is that he certainly knows how to create addictive pop music. Sad Fuck is some of the most mellow, catchy and tuneful pop we’ve heard this year. 

Boo – USNA, Santino Browne

This quirky, funky, and totally compelling groove recalls the golden days of such legendary bands as Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang with its heavily reverbed bass and forthright, slapping beat.

22 year old artist, producer, rapper, and Leeds Conservatoire graduate USNA gives an impressive indication of his massive talents with Boo which sees him team up with neo soul artist, Santino Browne.

Trouble – Joy Crookes

Crookes has such a wonderful voice that the singer could recite the phone book and make it sound tuneful. Trouble is yet another sterling effort from the singer, with its Amy Winehouseish groove and lyrics which reference both Killing Eve and cockney rhyming slang. “I’m Villanelle to your Sandra Oh, It’s only for the drama, I know, Bitter to sweet’s the way that we flow, So I play for your reaction”, she sings.

Piano – Alissic

Built over a massive, insistent and sinister groove, Brazilian born singer Alissic’s Piano is soulful, tuneful, and exceedingly easy on the ear. The follow up to last year’s “Like”, Piano bodes extremely well for the singer’s future while also recalling everyone from Justin Timberlake to Canadian artist Jessie Reyez.

Black Is My Colour – Big Narstie

‘The blacker the grape the sweeter the juice’ says Big Narstie half way though Black Is My Colour and sweet is certainly the appropriate word for this rootsy dancefloor banger.

Black Is My Colour recalls such seminal artists as Arrested Development with its sweet, soul tinged style; lazy, looping beat and bright, anthemic chorus. I defy you not to dance to this one at your local club this autumn.

Turn Back Time – Alice Auer

A sumptuous mix of downtempo jazz and buttery smooth r’n’b, Alice Auer’s Turn Back Time stands head and shoulders above every other single released this week. The track, which Auer wrote following a horrific car crash, augurs well for the singer’s forthcoming first EP which is out later this year.

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What: new music
When: 18-24 Oct 21
Where: UK
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