The Best New Music Of The Week (25-31 Oct)

Peter Gray sifts through the week's best music.

It’s been another great week for new music with the likes of Christina Aquilera, Craig David and Majid Jordan all releasing singles. It’s a relatively unknown British singer who has grabbed our single of the week slot, however, with Hope Tala’s Tiptoeing proving the perfect showcase for the lady’s immense talent.

Here’s the pick of the week’s other releases:

Scorpio – Moneybagg Yo

American rapper DeMario DeWayne White Jr, otherwise known as Moneybagg Yo is back on form with this soulful banger from his Gangster’s Pain: Reloaded album. Scorpio will sound as good on your home music system as it does on the dancefloor of your local club with the track offering yet another indication of the man’s phenomenal talents.

Stars Align – Majid Jordan

Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan follow up Forget About The Party with the mellow, tuneful Drake collaboration, Stars align. The duo, who consist of singer Majid and producer Jordan, are signed to Drake’s record label, Ovo Sound, and Stars Align is one of the best things the pair have yet produced for the company.

 Pa Mis Muchatas – Christina Aquilera

We have absolutely no idea what she is singing about, but Christina Aguilera’s Spanish language comeback single,  Pa Mis Muchatas, is both sultry and fresh, with Aquilera’s powerful voice finding the perfect setting on this Latin flavoured twister.

 Pa Mis Muchatas is taken from the American singer’s first full-length Spanish-language album, and on this form, the album is going to be an absolute banger. 

Never Leave – WSTRN

Dripping in sweet, soulful vibes, WSTRN’s Never Leave is a rootsy, reggae infused number that conjures up images of tropical climes and hot days and nights. Charming.

Tiptoeing – Hope Tali

Produced by the man behind Adele’s Easy On Me, Tiptoeing not only boasts impeccable pedigree but also a tune which will stay in your head for weeks afterwards. 

“’Tiptoeing’ is about the dance we do when we’re at the threshold of romance” says Tali of the catchy number. “It’s about treading carefully when you’re not quite sure what the other person is feeling, but desperately wanting to take a risk because you’re young and life is short.”

I Don’t Wanna leave – Rufus Sol

Taken from their fourth album, Surrender, Rufus Sol’s I Don’t Wanna Leave is a truly epic sounding ballad which seems to get better on each listen. Impressively atmospheric and wonderfully dramatic sounding, I Don’t Wanna Leave benefits from a powerful vocal from Sol lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist.

The Drum – Josef Salvat

Recalling the great days of the early eighties and megabands like Aha and Duran Duran, The Drum weaves complex melodies, atmospheric synths and clever lyrics into one intoxicating package.  

Rockland – Gracie Abrams  

Gracie Abrams’ new single is so light and wispy that you may not feel the full weight of its many charms on the first few listens. With patience, however, Rocklands will skillfully weave its beautiful melodies and emotive lyrics right around your heart.  

It’s All Gone – Niko B

Milton Keynes’ finest returns with a delightfully humourous old school banger. Set around Future Cut’s wonderfully maximalist production,  It’s All Gone sees Niko B deliver another of those wonderfully tongue in cheek yet relatable raps on a track that cannot fail to have listeners grinning.

Dolly – Yenkee

Irish artist Yenkee’s tribute to Dolly Parton is a deliciously leftfield offering which manages to sound both resolutely now and also impressively classic.

Built around the most irresistibly funky guitar riff we’ve heard for quite some time, Dolly’s delightfully minimalist production highlights both the track’s cool instrumentation and also Yenkee’s winningly soulful vocal.

-London's Best Music-
What: best music this week
When: 25-31 Oct 21
Where: UK
Website: No Record