Here’s our latest round-up of the best new tracks to grace our headphones in August 2013.
Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
With his new album “Nothing Was The Same” just around the corner, Drake has made two releases so far to tease us with what’s to come. Whilst “Started From The Bottom” has already achieved substantial chart success in the US, the follow up is undoubtedly the best song released so far. It has a distinct 80s vibe to it, following the same feel of people like Haim, Sky Ferreira, Solange and more.
Polica – Chain My Name
Having only released their debut album last year, Polica are already back releasing new material off their follow up. After they released Tiff a few weeks back, a mellow brooding track with Justin Vernon from Bon Iver on vocals, they’ve returned with this upbeat track. It’s bassy, it’s energetic, it’s synthy, and it’s an exciting preview of what’s to come.
HAIM – The Wire
It’s been nearly a year now since I first heard HAIM and I still can’t decide what I think of them. They definitely know how to make a catchy chart topper, and The Wire is arguably their best so far. California dream pop is quite a polarising genre, and it can often be lost on us whilst sitting in our offices in London watching the rain hit the window. The Wire is not a perfect track, and it’s incredibly poppy, but it clearly takes influence from some great tracks. At times you can hear them channelling Michael Jackson vocally, and the opening riff almost sounds like The Eagles. It’s got a catchy hook and is clearly going to be jamming our airwaves for weeks to come.
Step Rockets – Kisser
From one of the biggest up and coming acts to one still stuck in relative obscurity. I’m not overly familiar with Step Rockets generally but this song has got some serious play time on my iTunes this month. With a synthy anthemic rock track and some powerful vocals, the Minnesota quarter are one to watch out for.
Sunny Gabe & Mike G – Forget Love
Another band I don’t have a particularly long term relationship with, Sunny Gabe have been growing in profile recently, and this new track with Odd Future’s Mike G will be sure to raise it even further. The track is an old school, relaxing, summer song with Mike G adding some bars at the end. A relaxing Sunday afternoon track.
Dillon Francis ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You
An unusual departure from Dillon Francis’ normal sound, this new collaboration with TEED is a mellow dance track with some thoughtful vocals laid on by the English producer. It’s rare that a DJ of his calibre releases something so emotionally invested, and since he was going through relationship issues of his own at the time it comes across as a very personal track.
Kill Paris – Falling In Love Again
With Marty Rod and Alma providing some powerful vocals, Kill Paris has once again delivered with this upbeat love tune. A layered mixture of R&B and electro sounds, it starts off slowly but builds up to a big bassy track quickly.