the soundtrack to your weekend ft. starcrawler, jamila woods and hmltd

Press play on the new releases we've had on repeat this week.

by Frankie Dunn and Matthew Whitehouse
05 May 2017, 7:55pm

Starcrawler, "Ants"
Meet Rough Trade's new secret weapon. Frontwoman Arrow de Wilde might still be in school, but that's not going to stop her performing in a straightjacket with a mouthful of blood. Oh, and by the way, she's got ants. 

Nilüfer Yanya, "Golden Cage"
Good old Nilüfer Yanya here, summoning the spirit of jazz for "Golden Cage", the latest single from her freshly announced second EP, Plant Feed. She says it's about "knowing you're caught up in something but you have no desire to attempt to leave." Sounds like us down the bar on Saturday afternoon, but at least she got a good song out of it, right? 

Justice- "Randy (Boys Noize Remix)"
Taken from the forthcoming Ed Banger Records 100th release celebration compilation, the imaginatively titled Ed Rec 100, Boys Noize have done us an amped up take on Justice's "Randy". What a European dream team.

Cartae- "Long Time"
Another week, another good song produced by Ragz Originale of "Shutdown" fame. This time, it's up and coming Londoner Cartae who gets the Ragz treatment — following on from her vocal contributions to Skepta's track "Text Me Back". She was dubbed "the future" by Skepta on Twitter and seems to be carving out a very niche for bass-driven, alternative pop. Hats off to everyone involved.

Jamila Woods- "Holy"
Now we've got Jamila with exactly the kind of declaration of self-love and self-preservation that we needed this morning. Once her mantra has washed a soft euphoria over you, you might want to explore previous collaborations with Chance the Rapper and Noname.

HMLTD- "music!"
Hey, look! It's our friends and yours, HMLTD, with another new song. Its he b-side to their latest single, "To The Door". We had a nice chat with them for the latest issue and you can read all about it here, if you're into that sort of thing.

Astro Raw, Rawmix vol 1.
Remember that handsome producer from LION BABE? Yesterday he put out an impressive 14 track mixtape full of Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, and Wiz Khalifa remixes. We were impressed from the moment the flute dropped on "YaHEY". Quick! Somebody book us to DJ, 'cause we've just acquired a whole set worth's of new material.

CYMBALS, "Decay"
In the mood for some subdued, string-laden pop music? Look no further than London's CYMBALS. Following a little hiatus after their rather incredible last record, it's lovely to have them back in business. They have a new album, "Light In Your Mind", due out on August 25. 

RL Grime, Reims
We went to Reims once. It's a nice city not too far from Paris with lots of wine and a good cathedral. It's unclear why this new tune is named after it, but in his departure from trap, we're into RL Grime's cinematic future bass adventure and its Windows media player visuals.

GFOTY - "The Argument"
What on earth is PC Music mainstay GFOTY going on about in this? We've literally no idea but it sounds good, doesn't it?


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