Its been a sad week for music but we know that the royally titular icon would want us to enjoy music in his absence anyway. So here we are.
Wild Belle – Our Love Will Survive
Chicago based duo Wild Belle bring an enchanting anthem in Our Love Will Survive, a title fitting for the feelings of Prince’s passing this week. The short and sweet psychedelia song proves sweet in sound and Natalie Bergman’s vocals are effortlessly captivating.
The Strumbellas – Shovels & Dirt
“Cus’ if we all die young then we don’t get hurt” – The Strumbellas are masters in balancing the dark with the light. How can a statement so negative actually be so mindfully and wholeheartedly optimistic? Thats a rhetorical question of course because it is exactly that. This very likeable band convey a rare warmth; the kinda stranger inviting you into their cottage to escape the rain but you know you’ll be safe kinda warmth. From the recently released Hope, the Canadian six-piece ones to watch.
A$AP Ferg – Strive feat. Missy Elliot
Just behind frontman Rocky, A$AP Ferg aka the Traplord is an exciting prospect constantly proving he is no way in Rocky’s shadow. With his sophomore album released today, Always Strive and Prosper, the skilled and charismatic MC Ferg hollers out positive vibes alongside Missy Elliot on an almost 90’s house joint. Listen to New Level feat. Future too (too explicit for the uncovered blog).
Lone – Backtail Was Heavy
For the old school ravers. A relentlessly snappy drum composition which belongs on a gritty British film parkour chase scene, Backtail Was Heavy manages to embody the 90s and the decade ahead with melodies and snares alike. No vocalist needed; on his own, Lone gets you hyped.
Prince – Purple Rain
The Purple One. Jamie Starr. The Artist Formerly Known as… One the most of iconic artists of all time is no longer with us. An absolute trailblazer and inspiration, continuously fearless and relevant until the very end, the 57 year-old legend, a word fitting for the virtuoso craftsman, has left a legacy in his music and the plethora of artists we know, love and enjoy today who are totally influenced by him. Prince made it okay to be ‘weird’. And highlighted the grey areas of sexuality which encapsulate so many. Prince brought soul, funk, R&B, rock and made them all pop. A tiny man in stature but immeasurable in presence. A megastar. Everyone from Bono to Barack, Jagger to Justin Timberlake, Madonna to Minnie Driver has extended their sentiments and tributes in honour of yet another true artist who has been taken so young, in a year where we can’t quite see an end to the losses.
This is so heartbreaking I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
i can’t believe what’s happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I’m dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) April 21, 2016
☔️still in shock☔️
— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) April 21, 2016
R.I.P. His Purple Majesty. Thank you for everything. — CHVRCHΞS (@CHVRCHES) April 21, 2016
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
DNCE – Pay My Rent
We all want that! And after a sad Friday affair, you can’t get much more upbeat than Pay My Rent. It’s pure pop, with a Jonas brother and its ‘guilty pleasure’ candidacy is clear for most to hear, once you get past the screaming teen-choice-teens.
Cousin Stizz – No Bells
The hypnotic rhymes of independent artist Cousin Stizz. With a super chilled style, he produces music to drive slow to. Fresh Prince and Super Bowl providing similar sounds, the Boston native is believable in everything he spits. He’s raps in a trustworthy way, not just because he says so on tracks such as Super Bowl. No Bells is of high quality as is the whole record of Suffolk County off which it is taken off of too.